Drummer Bobby Jarzombek (FATES WARNING, RIOT, SEBASTIAN BACH, HALFORD) has posted Part 3 of ‘In the Studio’ with ARCH/MATHEOS on his official YouTube channel at this location http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mMlfjZhNlSI.
The 15-minute clip features the intro to ‘Stained Glass Sky’ and a lengthy excerpt of ‘Neurotically Wired’ off the band’s highly acclaimed off the band’s ‘Sympathetic Resonance’ album as well a video commentary about the recording process which took place at Carriage House Studios in Stamford, CT.
Talking to Sick Drummer magazine as part of an extensive cover story http://www.sickdrummermagazine.com/issue21_free/, Jarzombek had this to say about the making of ‘Sympathetic Resonance’: “I wanted to make sure that Jim and I were on the same page, so as I worked on the songs I started recording demo versions of everything and started sending Jim (Matheos) my multi-track drum recordings of the songs. Jim listened and made comments and maybe asked me to make a few changes along the way. I made the changes and solidified everything. I wanted to be prepared as possible before going into the studio. I’m definitely not a ‘wing-it’ type of drummer when it comes to progressive stuff. Everything was good but the only problem was that Jim and John weren’t working at a fast pace and I was touring a lot in 2010 with both Sebastian (Bach) and Halford so I wasn’t working on it while on the road. So even though Jim and I started exchanging files in early 2010, it wasn’t until January of 2011 that I was scheduled to record my drum tracks at Carriage House Studios. I was scheduled for 4 days to record all my drum tracks but due to the intense weather in Connecticut in January 2010, my flight was cancelled, then re-booked a day later into another airport, etc. and so my recording days were reduced to 3 days. But it all worked out. I had already demoed 90% of everything so I was ready to go, and there were minimal things that we worked out in the studio. Pieces of ‘Incense And Myrrh’ and the endings section of ‘Any Given Day’ were worked out in the studio, but everything else was about me getting good performances on tape.”
ARCH/MATHEOS will be making their eagerly anticipated live debut next April with a headline appearance at Germany’s Keep It True Festival where the band is set to play a cross section of John Arch era FATES WARNING favorites in addition to cuts off ‘Sympathetic Resonance.’
Drummer Bobby Jarzombek (HALFORD, RIOT, FATES WARNING, SEBASTIAN BACH) has posted the following update on his website www.bobbyjarzombek.com :
“Just wanted to turn your attention to the latest issue of SICK DRUMMER magazine which is online now at this location http://www.sickdrummermagazine.com/issue21_free/. The guys were kind enough to put me on the cover (a first for me!) and put together a marathon 20-page feature you can read on pages 56 through 77. I don’t think I’ll have to do another interview for a long time – just about anything you ever wanted to know about me as a drummer is in there. Thanks again, Ian!
“My year is slowly winding down (doing local gigs and continuing work on a cool Danish prog metal project throughout December) but the first half of 2012 is already shaping up nicely and will keep me on the road quite a bit. I’ve got January U.S. shows with RIOT, pending European dates with FATES WARNING for March, February and April stints with SEBASTIAN BACH, and an exclusive headline gig with ARCH/MATHEOS in Germany at the end of April.”
Confirmed gigs are as follows:
Jan. 18 – B.B. King’s – New York, NY
Jan. 19 – Jaxx – West Springfield, VA
Jan. 20 – Montage Music Hall – Rochester, NY
Jan. 23 – 28 – 70.000 Tons Of Metal Cruise (Miami to Cayman Islands and back)
Feb. 11 – Deerfoot Inn & Casino – Calgary, AB
April 12 – Teatro Caupolican – Santiago, Chile
April 13 – Teatro Flores – Buenos Aires, Argentina
April 14 – Carioca Club – São Paulo, Brazil
April 15 – Opiniao – Porto Alegre, Brazil
April 27 / 28 – Keep It True Festival, Tauberfrankenhalle – Lauda-Königshofen, Germany
Drummer Bobby Jarzombek (FATES WARNING, RIOT, SEBASTIAN BACH, HALFORD) has posted the following update on his website and uploaded exclusive studio footage of ‘Stained Glass Sky’ off the forthcoming ARCH/MATHEOS album ‘Sympathetic Resonance’on his YouTube channel.
“Well, the ARCH/MATHEOS album release is inching ever closer – less than a month away now! – and I thought I’d give you a bit of background info on the genesis of it all from my point of view to go along with some footage I took in the studio.
“In early 2010, Jim (Matheos) started sending me demo versions of material he was writing. I began working things out, recording my drum parts at my studio in San Antonio, and sending files back to him. Shortly after I started working on the songs, John (Arch) got involved in the project and things started to change a bit (in a good way, of course). John’s vocals made the songs more clear to me and he even extended various sections (of certain songs) to fit his vocal style.
“Jim and I continued to exchange files and I worked on the material throughout 2010 between my busy touring schedule with HALFORD and Sebastian Bach. The writing and demos were all done by the end of the year and in January of 2011 I was scheduled to fly to Connecticut to record my drum tracks at Carriage House Studios, which is where a lot of FATES WARNING recordings have taken place over the years.
“Everything was good to go but when the fly date arrived I wasn’t sure if I was going to make it up to CT due to the crazy snow storms that were pounding New England at that time. But, after re-scheduling my flight and changing my departure date, being on stand-by on another flight, and arriving at a different airport than originally planned (aarrgghh!), I made it to Carriage House Studios after all! After all that hassle, Johnny Montagnese made me feel very welcome at his studio for what was going to be my first time working with long time FATES WARNING engineer Phil Magnotti. It was an awesome 3 days working with Phil, Jim, and John. Luckily, I remembered to set up my flip video camera and got some footage of the drum recordings. Just wish I had more than one angle…..
“It’s been a while since I’ve posted any new videos on my YouTube channel, and with the sneak preview of the 5-minute ‘Stained Glass Sky’ edit being out there and getting people excited, I thought this would be a good time to share this drum footage of the song. I have enough footage of a few other songs to fill another clip or two. I’ll post those shortly after the ‘Sympathetic Resonance’ release on September 13.
December 20, 2010 - L.A.-based Platinum Samples, one of the foremost producers of drum samples in the world, have issued ‘Bobby Jarzombek Multi-Format Metal MIDI Groove Library’, formatted for BFD2®, BFD Eco®, EZDrummer®, EZplayer®, Superior Drummer 2.0s®, Addictive Drums®, Cakewalk® Session Drummer™ as well as General MIDI which can be used with any GM compatible drum software or hardware. The ‘Bobby Jarzombek Metal MIDI Groove Library’ includes 24 complete performances by Jarzombek and edited into separate grooves for easy song creation. The package which features over 1,670 MIDI files (over 3,430 bars of grooves), with tempos ranging from 92 BPM to a blistering 298 BPM, is available as an immediate download product at this location http://www.platinumsamples.com/ps/BobbyJarzombekGrooves.php
“I am proud to be a part of the Platinum Samples family and am thrilled to see this project come to fruition”, states Jarzombek. “I had previously worked with Platinum Samples on ‘Joe Barresi Evil Drums’ back in 2006. It was a great experience so I was honored when they asked me if I would be interested in doing a Metal Grooves pack of my own. This is an awesome creative tool that will kick your songs up a whole new level, so if you’ve been looking for a reason to ditch the uninspring old drum machine – now is as good a time as any!”
Best known for his 10-year tenure with the HALFORD band, featuring legendary JUDAS PRIEST vocalist Rob Halford, Bobby Jarzombek is also currently the drummer for progressive metal pioneers FATES WARNING, long running New York City metal institution RIOT, and former SKID ROW frontman, Sebastian Bach. Making his recording debut with JUGGERNAUT on ‘Baptism Under Fire’ in 1986, the San Antonio, TX native has also toured and recorded with SPASTIC INK, ICED EARTH, DEMONS & WIZARDS, ROB ROCK, JOHN WEST, and PAINMUSEUM, among others.
Jarzombek just wrapped up a six month world tour with HALFORD in support of their latest studio effort, ‘Made of Metal.’
Former SKID ROW singer Sebastian Bach returned to Finland after 18 months. Last year Sebastian and his band got so many excellent reviews and overall positive feedback that it wasn’t a big surprise that they wanted to return here as soon as he did. This current BACH IN THE SADDLE IN EUROPE –tour consisted of nine shows and when three out of those nine shows were now in Finland so there must have been such a high expectations here. Last year Sebastian played Tampere at the SAUNA OPEN AIR festival and so now it was ttime to find out how successful he will be here one his own?
Although the New York based band RIOT was formed in 1975 by guitarist Mark Reale, they reached their biggest success in the early ‘80s with the classic release FIRE DOWN UNDER. The band then went on to release a number of albums before releasing the landmark disc THUNDERSTEEL . The now reunited, classic THUNDERSTEEL lineup consists of, in addition to founder Mark Reale, Tony Moore on vocals, Don Van Stavern on bass, Bobby Jarzombek on drums, with Mike Flyntz on second guitar. We caught up with Mark backstage at the Sweden Rock Festival to discuss some of the happenings in the past, present and future of RIOT, as well as his side venture, WESTWORLD.