Drum Teacher Reacts to George Kollias – Drummer of Nile
Drum Teacher Reacts to George Kollias – Drummer of Nile

Hy my name is Marthyn Jovanovic I’m a
drum teacher and in this video I’m gonna be reacting to and analyzing a live drum
cam video of George Kollias drummer of Nile performing the song laying fire upon apep
before I start with this video I want to give a big shout out again to
the guys at blastology.net especially Kenny those videos were a
big inspiration back in the days and I’m gonna link his YouTube channel underneath in the description so you can check out his live drum cam videos as well and
finally a big shout out to George Kollias an amazing drummer and huge inspiration
for all of us all as you can see here he is using axis a
long boards right now he is using his signature axis models but back in the
days this videos is like eight or nine years old he’ss using the regular axis a
longboard vdl is around the middle a bit to the front he’s using tama iron cobra beaters and a high spring tension extremely high spring tension i wouldn’t
recommend this spring tension for anyone who is just starting out playing double
bass because you’re number one you have to constantly fight against the spring
number two you need a lot of power to push down the pedal and
number three it’s really hard to learn to control your calf muscles at higher
tempos since you’re constantly working against such a tight spring but
obviously as you can see for George it works out as well perfectly works
out perfectly fine for him and one more thing he’s using axis ekit triggers in
this video all right so let’s talk about his hand
technique for a bit george is using some kind of French grip American grip
something between that he holds the stick with his index finger his middle
finger and his thumb just like this but he’s also using a bit of fingers when
he’s playing you can see that with the left hand so it’s a small wrist turning
motion a lot of wrist involvement with his playing but always a little bit of
fingers and one thing that he does is that he sticks out his arm like this so
it’s still regular French grip but his arms are not beside his
body they are out there that’s pretty much it as you can see here his left foot is not
moving he’s playing single foot blasts all the time so his right foot is
following his right hand and playing eighth notes at the song is at 128 so
256 beats per minute as you can see here he’s leaning forward
a bit he’s applying pressure from his upper leg and his calf muscles his hip
flexors are not actively assisting the motion at his high tempos so it’s not it
an up and down motion from the hip flexor everything is generated by the calf and
his calf muscles and this swivel technique plus a bit of a contraction
from your upper legs and he leans forward this way you have got even more
pressure on the pedal somewhere I read a comment about George’s double bass playing and someone was complaining about the beater distance at
higher tempos but to be honest you know he’s playing well above250
BPM he still hits really hard especially in comparison to other drummers so I
wouldn’t critique him on that he’s doing an awesome job hitting so hard all the
time snare and toms fills let’s talk a bit about his foot
technique and the swivel technique you know during the last years his swivel
things seemed to change a bit because if you watch some YouTube clips online you
will see that there are some videos where he’s playing with regular heel up
with his right foot no swiveling at all but with the left
foot he’s swiveling extremely a big swivel motion from side to side with one stroke
per side in this example he’s using his swiveling with both feet right foot and
left foot but it doesn’t look like a really a fast swivel motion like this it
looks like he is playing two notes per side so swiveling in for two notes swiveling
out for two notes I don’t think that’s a conscious decision I think swivel technique is just assisting him in performing at that high speeds and
higher bpms and but one thing that’s really interesting is right now
in this example when he’s swiveling his left foot is copying what his right does
now that dissect his swivel technique a bit his right foot swivels out then his
left foot is not swiveling in its swiveling out as well so it’s actually mirroring
what the right foot does then the right foot swiveling in again the ankle
swiveling in again and the left foot also goes to the inside technique looks like it out out in in
out out in in out out in for other drummers like kerim krim lechner he does
it the opposite way so if his right foot his right ankle is swiveling to the
outside the left foot is actually following the right foot and swiveling
to the inside and then right foot swivels to the inside and left foot to
the outside so his technique looks like this out in in out out in
alright enough theory on the swivel technique the tom fills that’s really
interesting you know he hits really hard with the Tom’s as well so it’s not like
that he loses power you get less rebound from the Tom’s you actually have
to work harder but he’s not losing any power at all when it comes to the
tom fills It’s also interesting during all his Tom
fills when he’s playing 1/16th note tom fills like this it’s just
single not a single strokes sorry but he’s always following with his right foot so
his right foot is playing quarter notes and his hands are playing single
stroke sixteenth notes there are two big advantages when it comes to accompanying
a Tom fill with a quarter note kick drum number one is if the sound on stage
is not that good and for example your bandmates are not able to hear your Tom
fills it’s gonna be easier for them to follow you because the still hear the
quarter notes of your kick drum the kick trigger is gonna be loud enough the
other thing if you follow along with the quarter notes it also gets this forward drive so the fill is like not losing power it’s still pushing forward all the
time at this point the high spring tension is
really a pain in the ass because you can see it in this short clip that
he really has to stomp from the hihat to the kick pedal it’s not like
a smooth transition because he constantly has to work
against his high spring he has to stomp really hard to get a good sound of it
but this foot pattern in combination with the sides snare and the open and
closing off the hi-hat sounds amazing did you see the stick catch let’s watch
it again again he’s leaning forward a bit but not a
lot also when he’s playing double bass
you can clearly see that his hip joint is always a bit higher than his knee
joint this tempo you can see that his right
bass drum pedal his right foot beater a is returning a bit further
back in comparison to the left one and he has this concept of leading for the
strong and weak foot in his new book Odyssey of double bass drumming so make
sure to check that one out as well to get some more information about that
topic and again The tom fills just sound great
quarter note kickdrum great video great drumming from George amazing
alright guys that’s it for this video remember if you want a certain video to
be next on this YouTube channel comment below and send me the link as well of
the YouTube video that you want thanks a lot for watching my videos cheers from
Vienna bye

100 thoughts on “Drum Teacher Reacts to George Kollias – Drummer of Nile”

  1. Marthyn Jovanovic says:

    Marthyn Jovanovic's analysis of George Kollias – Drummer of Nile – playing Laying Fire Upon Apep.

    I hope this observation on how George Kollias plays helps you figure out for yourself which of his skills at the drum kit would be interesting for you to practice.

    This song is the copyrighted property of his owner(s).
    Fair use allows repurposing content for educational, critical, and commentative purposes.

  2. Jmpsthrufyre * 665 years ago says:

    I'd love to see someone do one for Mike Bordin. A true original

  3. And W says:

    Are you familiar with Spencer prewett? Archspire. You should check him out if you haven't allready done that.

  4. Gibson Les Paul says:

    Awesome video! How about a Mike Mangini? I will attach a link below. Keep up the great work !!!


  5. Mark 13 says:

    Nick Menza Drums Cam – Megadeth – The Conjuring (Live At NEC Centre Birmingham, UK 10-13-90) HD https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_lShTMrFVco

  6. Alex Cook says:

    Would love to see you analyse my favorite drummer, HELLHAMMER. It's hard to find a decent drum cam but this one for my death isn't too bad. https://youtu.be/ycftqkw8h8E

  7. Kurgle Kreutzer says:

    Honestly I would love to see Marthyn react to Sami Kuoppamäki. There are a couple of live solos of his on Youtube, "Sami Kuoppamäki Drumsolo" and "Kingston Wall Drum Solo PROSHOT!!! Tampere YO-talo 1993". Sami seems to be just so uber-good.

  8. grassyknol says:

    Derek Roddy, Flo Mounier. They're pretty extreme. Bobby Jarzombek. Now that's a guy you'll have a field day with when you watch him. You'll know what I mean. Dream Theater even approached him but he declined.

  9. sulphur77 says:

    Anything with Kévin Paradis

  10. Igli Brokaj says:

    Do one with Hellhammer.

  11. Anderson Parra says:

    My drummer just tell me that you played with belphegor !!!! I didn't recognized you! If you played with belphegor you deserved my complete respect

  12. CanonBlaster says:

    aborted!!!! Ken Bedene


    Dez from High On Fire!!

  14. Jay sKourge says:

    John Longstreth and Francisco Paoli plz

  15. Darren Booker says:

    Hey mate, daz from Aussieland, I know this fella isn't from a famous band and all, but ……
    David Diepold… just choose any
    song, he is fairdinkim a master!! PROST!!!

  16. tyrant says:

    why a bad quality video?

  17. jtake9 says:


  18. Justin Dieter says:

    Chason Westmoreland, please!

  19. Rosalino Eldero says:

    do C-Dog from malevolence!!

  20. Pete Hammoura says:

    Max Kolesne – Krisiun


  21. Bestia 666 says:

    Thomas Haake from Meshuggah please!!!!

  22. A B Bikes Cars N’ Guitars says:

    Jesus Christ… the guys are insane. Drumming has come along way over the years…

  23. Willpower says:

    what the fuck i've never seen a drummer play so fast haha sounds like a machine gun lol

  24. Lewis Thorntondre says:

    Zach Hill from Hella

  25. Lewis Thorntondre says:

    Zach Hill from Hella

  26. Stephen Sackett says:

    George Kollias is no heel toe, no fake triggers. All SOLID hits!!!

  27. wagsbass says:

    You forgot to mention one important point in this video, George is not human

  28. wagsbass says:

    At these speeds, a little musicality is lost, don't you think u think?

  29. Forty says:

    Haha that smile and shaking of the head when you watch George ripping double bass. It's a similar gesture most people share when they watch him ripping double bass.

  30. sashi54321 samm jamir says:

    Sir,Please do a drum cover or
    some composition of your own……😃😊

  31. Sulfur of the philosophers says:

    Do you just do extreme drumming or all types because Gavin Harrison or Danny Cary would be fun to watch you to give your insight on them.

  32. millermonsterair says:

    thank you for accepting my request to do George Kollias vid.

  33. Best Metal and Rock Lists says:

    dave lombardo, gene hoglan

  34. mandrillen87 says:

    Spencer Prewitt from Archspire👍👍

  35. Elusive Anomaly says:

    Hallo Marthyn! Superb Videos, great theoretical explanations and a great human being! Are you of serb descent? Just curiosity! (i like your name)

  36. Butt Buddy says:

    Check out Kai Hahto, best finnish drummer

  37. Patrick Scheffe says:

    Check the legend. R.I.P.


  38. whanowa says:

    To be honest while I admire George as a drummer, listening to NILE and hearing the same tom fills over and over again gets a little boring at some point.

  39. Dams A says:

    WOW i did not see you made a reaction on George Kollias! That's a real treat to see him play, thanks for this ! 😀

  40. Dams A says:

    Would you do a reaction video on Alan Cassidy of The Black Dahlia Murder? I've seen him multiple time doing the same kind of feet play George Kollias does, and he does lots of play-throughs.
    "Alan Cassidy – The Black Dahlia Murder – Receipt Pro Shot Play-through"

    Keep up your work, i truly appreciate the time you take to explain drums, i'm not a player but knowing the technical aspects are to me a great way to appreciate even more what they do when you understand how they do it.

  41. aaronrus says:

    Where do you get that he’s hitting the toms hard? His range of motion is like 3 inches

  42. Eskenth Produktions says:

    i would love to see you reacting to Trym Torson playing with Emperor…we will learn a lot grom that

  43. Ádám Török says:

    The next video should be Raymond Herrera from Fear Factory. Please!

  44. Heed The Call says:

    I find what you pointed out about his swivel technique interesting, because for me i find that what Kollias does is the most natural method. Trying the opposite just on the floor i feel a little off balance in my seat. Maybe i'm weird like him, but to each their own either way.

  45. z1reticuli says:

    Kolias is a beast! I really wish you analyzed Jamie Saint-Merrat from Ulcerate at some point

  46. Ethan Smith says:

    Do Derek Roddy!

  47. Guido Bisocoli says:

    Dan Presland (NeO) – Xenoflux https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pjToVyG75tE

  48. Luis Ramírez says:

    Let’s play shit really fast!!!! But it sounds like crap! It doesn’t matter, just play faster!!

  49. Alexis Esteban says:

    Aburrido pensé que haría algo con la batería que tenia detras

  50. psilophile says:


  51. millermonsterair says:

    why not use this vid? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8clk5KaEngI

  52. skel75 says:

    React to one of the greatest drummers of all tlme Derek Roddy

  53. Adrian Garcia says:

    Check out fearfactory if u want to see some real drumming

  54. Quint73 says:

    maybe Vinnie Paul, I would love to hear your views on him.

  55. Ryan Ianaro says:

    Love your channel but I wish you used one of George's studio covers. Amazing quality.

  56. bryan peacock says:

    please..aquiles priester the shadow hunter

  57. Josh Clarkson says:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9POyvaVywL4 from GKs DVD with better sound quality

  58. Rob Dunn says:

    Try this old clip of Australian drumming legend Matt "Skitz" Saunders seen here playing with the amazing band Damaged.


  59. Roberto M. says:

    Sounds horrible, to be honest.

  60. alhammbre31 says:

    Very interesting video once again!
    Consider doing https://youtu.be/d6bHACoe5eA next please!

  61. George Tsiros says:

    aw come on… couldn't you pick a better video? 😥 can't hear shit

  62. George Tsiros says:

    ah i have similar sennheisers to yours. Do you find the highs to be a bit pronounced, too?

  63. Matt says:

    Love your videos! I don't know if Nails has any drum cam vids but would enjoy watching your analysis on their drummers technique.

  64. Lord Nazgul says:

    Kai Hahto, Wintersun

  65. Damien Boorman says:

    What's the source vid?

  66. Calisole says:

    trust me i know how tough are his pedals i tried playing them at his drum clinic lol

  67. Captain Bellykick says:

    How about a video of Marco Pitruzzella? https://youtu.be/jXFOoJB1U3w

  68. Nice.try. Garrett says:

    First drummer I saw live. Not even a drummer, but I can’t get enough of your videos 👍🏻

  69. TimetoShred says:

    Do Marco Pitruzella of Brain Drill

  70. demonocus metalocus says:

    Its a shame the audio is so distorted

  71. Squirrel Master says:

    Theres plenty of better videos of George that could have been used. Dissapointed in this one.

  72. Manolonation2 says:

    Love the fact that even though you are a beast drummer, you still look at these videos like a proper fanboy! That's awesome!!!

  73. Diocletian says:

    Fuckin blew my ear drums out lmao

  74. Gareth says:

    George is really fucking nuts.

  75. GORELORD13 says:

    David Gray – Akercocke

  76. KHETTIUS says:

    I've heard if you stand behind George Kollias he will kick you harder than a stallion, be warned people.

  77. Salil Karkarey says:

    I remember spending hours on Derek roddys drum forum and then George Kollias forum back in 2004-2005. Can’t find anything similar nowadays

  78. Holland Graves says:

    I love how you laugh at 2:31 like yea this is ridiculous

  79. Luis Ricardo Oliveira says:

    React to Aquiles Priester, please! 😉

  80. frank riley says:

    Have you done a video for frost from satyricon?

  81. Genadij Smradztoiek says:

    Check out Marthyn on Encyclopaedia Metallum, his picture there is pretty cool 😉

  82. localescariaco says:

    Please react to this, Ken Bedene from Aborted: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IeapE3z-v3Q

  83. Dan Fisher says:

    I would love to see reactions to Derek Roddy from when he was in Hate Eternal and John Longstreth from Origin

  84. Groove Machine Music Production says:

    Watching that guy play a basic groove is funny. Im not a drummer but this guy is the reason I slowed down the metronome.


    You Can BETTER?

  86. Dexter J says:

    Do flo mournier

  87. Diocletian says:

    My buddy’s band Extirpate is supposed to play a show with Nike later on this year. I’m super stoked. They’re just a local band but they got offered the show. Can’t wait to see George play.

  88. Eric Lautenschlager says:

    There are so many other videos that are much better of George playing. Sound and video quality of this is highly disappointing.

  89. Adam Carter says:

    Critique Romain gouldon or Marco minemin

  90. Wypers Anarchies says:

    The best brutal band

  91. ikhsan romadhan says:

    My favorit drumer george kollias

  92. Disgruntledhobo says:

    confirmed…George has robot legs

  93. alex boller says:

    For the fast double bass do his feet actually leave the pedals between beats?

  94. Karl Jones says:

    Meshuggah clockworks play through video.

  95. Patrick Isles says:

    No human should be that good at any skill.

    Oh my god.

  96. Jeremy Gutridge says:

    George Kollias is a badass drummer period

  97. Marc Hoyland says:

    The audio is totally terrible. Why did you not use the Shall Rise Shall Be Dead play through video??? You can hear what is going on and clearly see everything…

  98. BadgerBoeh says:

    that audio quality is as crisp as a cum sock.

  99. Frits Wester says:

    Theres so much Kollias content on YT, and you choose the one with this quality =[

  100. Du Stok says:

    React krisiun

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