Monday, December 5, 2011

DrumTHRONE: Ben Koller

Punk as fuck
Ben Koller is one of my favorite drummers around. Like a human tornado, or Tasmanian devil on speed, the guy doesn't play his instrument, he bombards it. I've been luckily enough to watch Ben shred behind the kit in his main band Converge many times over the years. It doesn't matter where they played, be it tiny shit hole clubs, large theaters or out door festivals, Ben always channeled his inner John Bonham and brought the house down. Renowned for his blazing speed and off kilter times changes/drum fills, Ben is easily one of the most innovative drummers in modern underground, extreme music.

Here's some footage of Ben chillin' in the studio:


While he's made his name playing in Converge over the past decade, Ben is also currently a member of thrashers All Pigs Must Die, trippy punks Acid Tiger, and the hardcore super group United Nations. It doesn't really matter who he's playing with though, Ben has developed a signature playing style that Converge bassist Nate Newton has described as "punk as fuck," and shines through in all of his projects. Of course his drumming with Converge is my favorite amongst his repertoire. The first time I heard his playing on Jane Doe, I just about shat bricks. And he was only 19 or something when he recorded that album!

Sadly, there isn't too many videos of Ben doing damage with Converge online. I've found some pretty rad drum covers for you all to enjoy:
Exhibit A: Awesome Japanese Dude!


Exhibit B: Awesome Portuguese Dude!


These guys did some serious work on these covers but there's nothing like seeing Ben playing these jams for himself.

*Bonus Video*
Ben playing live with Converge.

20 comments:

  1. Converge is so intense, I give props to any drummer that can keep up that kind of intensity.

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  2. Wow he really pulls no punches, wow again, never even slows down, just wow..

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  3. Those covers are sick. Sick. And seeing him live like that must be effing intense, I wanna!

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  4. Wow, dude is a monster. I saw Terry Bozio a couple years back and that was awesome. Definitely love the power of drums.

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  5. I'd never heard of this drummer or this band before but he's actually really good! Thanks for sharing this buddy!

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  6. He didn't play that drum, he made rough love to it to show it who's boss.

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  7. Acid Tiger just melted my face, but not before lol'd at Mark's comment

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  8. wow, that some nice skills on the drums!

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  9. that was like a kick in the pants to help me wake up!! thanks! :D

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  10. Wow his he ever a good drummer! "Punk as fuck" is right!

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  11. JB is a great person to channel. That and the dude from Rush!

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  12. Uh, he is pretty bad ass!! Sadly I have never heard of him or the band. I will definitely be checking them out, thanks!

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