Groove Development: 21-09-2021 (Extreme Metal Blast Beat To Half Time)

Building a high tempo extreme metal pattern.

In this lesson you will be learning a fast extreme metal style groove that combines a common blast beat movement with a half time pattern. This will start with the most basic version of the part and slowly build up to the full groove. There will be four separate modifications made to this start groove, each of which creates its' own perfectly decent sounding part. In each step a link to the original lesson of the concept applied is provided where appropriate, it would be worth sidetracking and working through these lessons if you either get stuck or don't understand a particular step.

The groove is intended to be played at a high tempo, ideally 190bpm or higher. While speed is the final aim, it is always vital that you use good technique and your note placement is accurate. Without this the part will very quickly start to sound sloppy. The best way to work on this is to start out slowly and gradually build up tempo, the Two Minute Rule is ideal for this.

You can also download a version of this lesson in PDF format. In this pack you also get an example piece using the final the groove as a basis, two variations on the groove and audio files in MP3 format of all drum parts. This also includes a drumless version of the backing track for you to play a long to. You can purchase this for just $2 by clicking the button below.

NOTE that the file size of this pack is 11MB.


Step 1

The start part is a simplified version of the base rhythm. The idea here is to start getting used to the Double Kick movement used in the first bar and the drastic Shift In Feel between the two bars. Note that the pattern starts with a quarter note, this short gap remains through all steps.

Developing an extreme metal groove.


Step 2

In the first bar, add snares on the 'e' and 'a' counts to create the common Blast Beat movement. As discussed above, start this out at a very low tempo and gradually build up speed as you get more confident with the movement. At the point you can really get a feel for the switch in speed between the two bars, use counting or the MP3 provided to make sure you get this switch right.

Developing an extreme metal groove.


Step 3

Before the backbeat snare in the second bar, Add Four 32nd Note Kicks. At the full tempo this will be very fast.

Developing an extreme metal groove.


Step 4

At the end of the half time bar add in a fill. At this point just a Run Of Six 16th Snares is used but the next couple of steps explore simple developments on this.

Developing an extreme metal groove.


Step 5

Move the snares from the last step Around The Toms. That is shown here as a simple clockwise movement but experiment with other orchestrations.

Developing an extreme metal groove.