Here's an interesting quote from HELLYEAH drummer Vinnie Paul about drum technique, mainly his dislike of blast beats and how young musicians may "overplay":
"It's drummers playing for drummers. It's called, 'Look at me. Listen how fast I can go' — dudududududududu [mimics ultra-fast double-bass beat]. There's no melody, there's no song and there's no chorus. It just doesn't take you anywhere, so it doesn't have a groove to me."
He continued: "I think there's a lot of death metal or doom metal dudes that somehow or another find a groove in it. David Vincent from MORBID ANGEL is a good friend of mine, and he's, like, 'Yeah, bro, there's great groove in that. What do you call it? — blast beat, man. You just haven't found it yet.'
"I can appreciate people for being able to go that fast with their left hand, man. But I just can't groove to that beat. I'm sorry. It's just like somebody sweeping the floor or something — tik tik tik tik tik. It just doesn't really jam to me. I'd rather hear a [John] Bonham groove going on than somebody sweeping the floor. You know?"
Look if anybody knows about groove, it's motha fuckin' Vinnie Paul. I mean, you've heard "Medicine Man" right? If the man isn't into blast beats, that's fine with me. He has plenty of other tools in his arsenal to create some awesome music. But how do you feel about blast beating in general? Is it just fast for the sake of being fast or is there more to it?