Issue 133 - January 2007


Guest Editor Mike Portnoy!

Mike talks exclusively to his all-time drum heroes including:

Neil Peart - Rush

Mike and Neil cover everything from the new Rush album and the creative process to practicing, influences and the evolution of his kit and sound.

Lars Ulrich - Metallica

St Anger was a dubiously received album by Metallica fans worldwide, but Lars talks candidly about his views on the album, the highs and lows of being in the world´s biggest metal band, and the progress of the much-anticipated new album.

Nick Mason - Pink Floyd

In a Rhythm exclusive, Mike Portnoy gets the lowdown about Syd Barrett, plus Mr Mason sheds some light on Dark Side Of The Moon and uncovers the truth behind The Wall.

Bill Bruford

With the unique distinction of having played with three of the ‘big five´ of prog, Bill Bruford has influenced hundreds of drummers, including Mike Portnoy. They got together in Manhatten to discuss Yes, King Crimson and odd time.

Jason Bittner

To turn the tables a little we got the

Shadows Fall

sticksman to grill your Dep Ed about all things Dream Theater, including that monster DVD.


The latest news from planet drum, interviews with Jose Pasillas, Fei Comodo and These Arms Are Snakes, book, DVD and live reviews, the hottest new drum products and much, much more...


Math Priest's advice for up-and-coming drummers. Plus your demos reviewed.


Dream Theater, 'Panic Attck'


What's on, when and where


Win a bundle of Mike Portnoy Tams, Sabian and Pro-Mark signature gear worth £980 and a Performance Percussion Kit worth £319.

Play Drums

Techniques, expert advice, play alongs, top tips and more...

Learn to Play

Nine Inch Nails - 'The Collector'

Joe Satriani - 'The Extremist'

Drum Pioneers

Adam Bushell on Zigaboo Modeliste

Recording Drums

Processing recorded sounds with Pete Riley

Gear Reviews

Yamaha Tour Custom Kit

Sonor SQ2 Drum Kit

Pearl Sensitone Snare Drums

Tuner Fish Lug Locks

Plus much, much more...

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Chris Barnes

I'm MusicRadar's eCommerce Editor. In addition to testing the latest music gear, with a particular focus on electronic drums, it's my job to manage the 300+ buyer's guides on MusicRadar and help musicians find the right gear for them at the best prices. I dabble with guitar, but my main instrument is the drums, which I have been playing for 24 years. I've been a part of the music gear industry for 20 years, including 7 years as Editor of the UK's best-selling drum magazine Rhythm, and 5 years as a freelance music writer, during which time I worked with the world's biggest instrument brands including Roland, Boss, Laney and Natal.