Who said "I've got blisters on my fingers!!!" at the end of a recording?
A couple things- he tunes the bass drum almost as low as it will go without rattling, and has a mic inside. This makes it much easier for the bass drum to pick up the attack of each hit, meaning when he's hitting softer during the 16th note runs it's still audible. He plays with his pedal tension all the way up to get quicker response, and uses the hard plastic side of the beater as opposed to felt, which helps the "punch" come out a bit more.So I'm listening to Rock In Rio right now and every time I put this on the drum performance from Nicko amazes me, particularly the bass drum work.
Songs like The Wicker Man and Ghost Of the Navigator sound like they have to be double bass. It's fast and the velocity is consistent. How does he do it? Is there a special technique for getting the single pedal to sound like this? Is it just 30 years of building endurance? Is there "slight of hand" to make it sound more impressive? How long could he keep up a straight 16th note rhythm?
I'm not a drummer, so I'm asking the experts here.
Drums cam, yeees!
Apparently Lombardo was challenged by Rob Dukes, singer of Exodus (who is watching behind the kit) to hold that double bass part at the end of Angel of Death for longer than usual! Lombardo delivers!
For the lazy and non drum interested - start at 4:30!