Favourite Fishsticks: 5A Hoarfrost
Within playing a couple of sets with the 5A Hoarfrosts, I recognised what all the buzz was about. As well as looking killa, they're very well balanced and comfortable in the hands. They give me the right amount of leverage and strike, whilst accommodating the light and speedy feel I need for the technical aspects of my game. And as a hard hitter, Fishsticks can definitely take the abuse.
I clearly remember the turning point in my life. In Primary School, a touring orchestra performed for us at assembly, and I recall the drummer completely blowing me away with his range and the sound of his kit was incredible. At that point, I’d never seen a live performance of that magnitude before and it totally resonated with me. After months of begging my old's, they bought me a Red 5-piece beginner’s kit and from then on, however way you wanna look at it, it was either all over for me or it was just beginning.
High school really was the phase where I cut my teeth. Playing in both original and cover bands, consistently performing around the region and tracking demos with lunch money we had saved. This informative period taught me a great lesson about live performance, the comradery and chemistry required in a band and the importance of practicing as frequently as possible.
Nothing thrills me more than writing, rehearsing and showcasing your original music to an audience though. And this has been my main focus for the past 20 years. With my previous bands, and currently with SUFFER THE EVENUE and AFTASHOK I have been fortunate to be a part of and release 3 LP’s and perform countless shows across the state. What makes this even more fulfilling is the bonds you cement with other bands, promotors and supporters across the music community and how essential these relationships are to your career and to the industry.
Home Town: Port Pirie, South Australia
Favourite Styles: Metal, Grunge, Alternative
Current bands: Suffer The Evenue, Aftashok
Previous bands: Antacid, Transition
Favourite Fishsticks: 5AX Hyper Blast & the 5A Hoarfrost
I love how durable Fishsticks drum sticks are and how well made they feel. They are actually fucking amazing.
Home Town: Bowmanville, ON CANADA
Favourite Styles: Deathcore, Death Metal, Slam, Hardcore
Current bands: In The Act Of Violence
Previous bands: Thryvn, Noise Disaster, Socketchild, Dissolving Red, Dead For The Holiday
Favourite Fishsticks: 2BN ANIHILATOR NATURAL SERIES
The drumsticks are your direct link to the drums - why wouldn't you want the best?
I have tried numerous brands of sticks over the years and have not been happy with the standards of quality and durability.
2BN Annihilators can definitely stand up to the intensity of hard hitting players!
They are the perfect combination of size, weight and balance that allows me to play what I need to without compromising on feel or durability.
Nylon tips are a definite must that allows my sticking to be clearly articulated.
HOME TOWN: Sydney
FAVOURITE STYLES: Extreme music of all kinds
CURRENT BANDS: Abyss Ritual, HOST
PREVIOUS BANDS: Miscreation, The Amenta (rehearsal & studio)
Favourite Fishsticks: 5BXN THUNDER FORCE
(2BXN Destroyernator for warm ups)
The 5BXN THUNDER FORCE Fishsticks fit me so well in every aspect. The extra length makes all the difference when playing at speeds. The coating not only makes them look awesome and different but the main bit is I have not yet broken a single stick! 1 month in with the same sticks?!? Unheard of for myself.. I always found it hard to find a drumstick brand with a good nylon tip that doesn't fly off and almost blind the guitarists. These are very durable.
I am a completely self taught multi-instrumentalists with a huge passion for music of any genre. I have been playing drums for almost 12 years and have been writing and playing shows with Clockwork Sky for the last 1-2 years.
Home Town: Shepreth Hertfordshire, UK
Favourite Styles: Blastbeats! I enjoy all styles of music.
Current bands: Clockwork Sky (Deathcore) Descendant of Odin (Live)
Previous bands: A Plea From The Depths
Favourite Fishsticks: 5AN Hoarfrost
They’re all round great sticks comparable to the sticks i've used in the past, these hold up really well and the slight texture feel of the sticks is great for non slip. They are super bright thanks to the nylon tips awesome for fast and clear notes. These sticks are just badass.
Hometown: Perth, WA
Favourite styles: Death metal, thrash, brutal death
Current Bands: Grotesque
Previous/ Session bands: Naetu
Favourite Fishsticks: 5AXN Hyperblast
Whether it’s driving the band, recording for social media or specialty projects I like to take on, the FIshsticks 5AXN Hyperblasts were made for me. I like the brightness and articulation that a nylon tip gives me. The extra length on the sticks give me a lot more throw and power when I need it, with less effort. The thicker shank gives me more meat and weight, so I get longer life out of the sticks.
If you need to get around the kit quickly and want the power a thicker stick can provide, Hyperblast’s get it done. If given the choice, what other sticks would the drummer of the “Fish” want to play?
5AXN Hyperblasts literally do all the work… I just hang on to them.
I’ve been drawn to the drums as far back as I can remember, but it was three albums that were responsible for the neighbors hating me.
Moving Pictures by Rush, which introduced me to all things Prog.
The Number of the Beast by Iron Maiden, which led me to the NWOBHM and what followed.
Images and Words by Dream Theater that married both those sounds together and introduced me to bands that were taking those concepts to another level.
After years of playing in these styles, taking it on the road and never finding my place, I left it behind and began teaching. Missing the collaboration of playing live music, I retired from my teaching gig and took over drum duties in the Ontario band Rumblefish. Although I wasn’t playing “technical” music anymore and I wasn’t writing original music… I found a new outlet in programming, sampling and hybrid drumming to compliment what the band required. Michael Schack has since been a big influence. It quickly made us a big fish in a small pond.
2020 saw an abbreviation to the ’Fish’, and shortly after that COVID stalled the industry. Since then, we have been entertaining online which has grown our audience nationally. At this point… I don’t really care how I do it, just as long as I continue to play.
I exclusively play Mapex Drums and Black Panther Snares, Sabian Cymbals, Roland Percussion, DW pedals, Gibraltar hardware, Sennheiser microphones, Evans Drumheads and Fishsticks drumsticks
Home Town: London, Ontario, Canada
Favourite Styles: Progressive Rock, Progressive Metal, Hybrid Drumming
Current bands: The “Fish”
Previous bands: Rumblefish
Favourite Fishsticks: 5AXN hyperblast with Soft Stick Grips
These sticks are so ideal for playing fast and hitting hard. They feel awesome and are super robust. I really enjoying having a pairs of sticks last longer than a single band practice or a show.
Favourite styles of music:
Technical death metal
Anything heavy really
Anung un rama
Seven Acts of Mercy
Wings of Thanatos
favourite drummer /biggest influences:
Gene Hoglan - Strapping Young Lad, Fear Factory
Raymond Herrera - Fear Factory
Vinnie Paul - Pantera
Danny Carey - Tool
First Drum Kit:
5 piece Promark drum set at age 12. Everything about this kit sounded horrid due to fact I didn't know how to tune a drum. It stood the test of time until my mid teens then got a Pearl Export.
Stared playing drums at age 11, started playing in garage bands in my teens. I then moved up to playing shows most weekends and spend time the studio my first band that got to touring and playing international bands was "Closed Casket", really achieved a lot with this band. Got to be on stage with Necrophagist, cannibal corpse and dying fetus just to name a few.
After that band changed to from playing melodic death metal to metalcore, this band was called "Seven Acts Of Mercy" (i always hated the band name) this band also got to the point of playing with international bands like Born of Osiris and After the Burial.
I floated around a lot of bands in my 20's but a lot failed due to lack of other band members commitment long term.
In my early 30's, i joined atmospheric death metal Wings of Thanatos. Got a few things done in this band but nowadays black metal has a place in my heart alongside my ventricles.
My current bands are Tanin'iver and Anung Un Rama.
Favourite Fishsticks: 5AXN HYPER BLAST
From my many years of playing drums, I've struggled to find a stick that suits my style of playing and feeling. I played many from 2B to 7A sizes but I didn't really feel the connection I was looking for until I came across the 5AXN HYPERBLAST with nylon tips, I can honestly say there has never been a batter more perfect feeling stick until now.
Hometown: Fredericton, NB, Canada
Favorite styles: Classic rock, Extreme black metal, Extreme Death metal, atmospheric technical death, doom black metal.
Current bands: Monteith, Lucifearium
Previous bands: Procreating misery, Forestsoul.
Favourite Fishsticks: 5B HAMMER BLAST
I always said i'd happily use an Aussie product if its as good as an imported product and with Fishsticks it's that and more. The 5B HAMMER BLASTS are the most amazing feeling sticks for my playing i've ever used, period.
Home Town: I live between dismal swamp and Adelaide till i move to Adelaide permanently
Favourite music styles:
Death metal,all forms,brutal,tech,melodic,progressive
Thrash, Metalcore, Thrash, Groove, Djent, Hardcore, Rock, Funk
Favourite drumming styles:
Extreme metal, Metal, Groove, Funk & Gospel
Favourite Fishsticks: 5A Hoarfrost.
Personally, I prefer a light weight stick for speed and accuracy. I also prefer using a wooden tip over a nylon as I find they’re a bit kinder on the skins. Combined with the custom grips, I feel the 5A Hoarfrost is the perfect weight for me.
I love everything about Fishsticks Drumsticks. The quality is second to none and the range of different styles and colours are amazing. Being able to customize your sticks with the huge range of different coloured grips, makes them stand out above the rest.
I was born August 16th 1983 in Adelaide South Australia. Took up drumming lessons at the age of 10 and started playing at my local church at the age of 12. Besides a few cover bands with mates at school, I joined my first semi-professional band at 15, a punk band called “Choose to Ignore” playing mostly covers with a few originals. Whilst it was a fun time, I really wanted to take my drumming a bit more seriously. When the opportunity came up to join a rock band called “Foolish Things” I jumped at it. I was fortunate enough to experience a tonne of cool things in this band including, recording a full-length album and touring around Australia.
After 10 years with Foolish Things, I decided to move away from the rock music and started focussing on what I always loved…. METAL
In 2009, a good friend and I, formed the band “Born of Dust”. We had a lot of fun creating Grungy, Sludgy metal that a lot of people really seemed to enjoy. It was so good getting to play a completely different style of music to a completely different crowd of people. We played a lot of shows around Adelaide and released a full length, Live in the studio, album.
After another 10 years, Born of Dust finally came to an end in 2019. With no other projects in sight, I spent the next year thinking maybe it was time to hang up the sticks. The thought of not doing what I loved actually depressed me a bit and I longed for something else.
In the early months of 2020, during the covid 19 lockdown, an old friend and front man for the band “Those Left Behind” contacted me asking if I would be interested in joining their band as their drummer had pulled out. Whilst slightly saddened, as I was a huge fan and friend of their drummer, I was also thrilled to have the chance to join an already amazing band.
2020 has had its fair share of challenges and Covid 19 has restricted how much we can do, but has also been a blessing in disguise as we’ve been able to use the time to create a bunch of new material. Once again, it’s a completely different style of drumming to what I’ve done in the past but I’m having so much fun with it and pushing myself to try beats I never thought to try.
I can’t wait to see where this next chapter of my life will go, and with my new sponsors at Fishsticks Drumsticks and Ibbotson Drums, I’m anticipating big things.
Favourite FIshsticks: 2BX DESTROYERNATORS
I love everything about Fishsticks. I instantly fell in love with the Destroyernator 2BX. It has the extra length I need, perfect weight and balance, and a short taper that gives excellent response. Blasting is more comfortable than ever due to the extra weight, and the tips are extremely articulate on cymbals. Even for more dynamic, groove based playing, they respond perfectly. The finish provides a very comfortable feel and a grip that gets even better over time. I have tried countless different stick models over the years. The Destroyernators really are the best feeling sticks I've played in 20+ years of drumming!
Kendall "Pariah" Divoll is a professional multi-genre drummer and session musician from Massachusetts, USA. A drummer since 1999, Pariah has appeared on dozens of albums and singles, recording internationally, and played thousands of shows across the US with many bands as both a full time and a touring session musician. In 2006 he formed extreme metal group Necronomichrist, and they have remained active in the US metal scene, opening for metal legends and releasing several albums independently. In addition to Necronomichrist, Pariah has been playing with extreme metal act Totality since 2013, and has several side projects, including Pariahblaster, his collab with Will "Görebläster" Lunden(The Beast of Nod, Mimesis), and Fetal Blood Eagle. He is also an admin of Metal Drummer Nerdz Worldwide, a Facebook group and community for metal drummers. Pariah resides in the Northeastern US where he works as an audio engineer and producer for his company Ninth Order Productions out of his home studio.
Home Town: Royalston, MA - USA
Favourite Styles: extreme metal, prog, and hip hop
Current bands: Necronomichrist, Totality, Pariahblaster, Fetal Blood Eagle
Previous bands: Supastition, Infinite Descent, Replacire, Sauriel, Erin Harpe and the Delta Swingers, Lovewhip, Ethan Stone
Session Bands: Coffin Birth, Alice Loves Aliens
Original Photo by: Mike Minicucci at Bloodshed Zine
Favourite Fishsticks: 2BXN DESTROYERNATOR
The 2BXN DESTROYERNATOR was the best match for the specs I was looking for after using the same type of sticks for years. Added stick grips to further try something new and they instantly felt like they were made just for me, I felt instantly at home with these babies. Great durability, awesome looks and a perfect feel made me choose the DESTROYERNATOR as my main workhorses!
I grew up on a god forsaken island of the coast of Norway where I still live. Always loved metal music and I have always wanted to have some kind of career related to music. Started to play drums around the age of 14 in my music class and got my first kit when I was 17. My tiny island consists of mostly retired fisherman and not many metalheads so I had a hard time finding any bands or jam-buddies. I eventually met a dude I had a small project with up until he moved to the city and I was stranded all by myself. After this I focused mainly on improving my skills and learning more about this amazing instrument.
Some years later I got in touch with a new dude who wanted to jam and he's been my best friend ever since. We recently started a band together with some fresh meat that swam to shore on this island, but we are still in the starting phases so no name or material exists as of now. My drumming usually revolves around me posting covers to my youtube channel which is something I started to do pretty recently!
Home Town: Hitra, Norway
Favourite Styles: Death Metal, Black Metal, Blackened Death Metal
Current Band: ( Yet to be named)