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Discussion in 'Suspyre' started by GreggSuspyre, Jul 15, 2007.

  1. GreggSuspyre

    GreggSuspyre Member

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    It's official. Everyone please welcome Jeff Willet as the new drummer for Suspyre.

    You can read an interview and watch some videos on SickDrummer.com.

    I'm in the process of getting his e-mail and forums accounts all set up.

    Everyone be sure to give him a warm welcome!
     
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    Malacoi New Metal Member

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    Welcome Jeff, I'm glad you guys finally picked up a (hopefully permanent) ringer!
     
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    Good stuff. Can't wait to hear him playing Suspyre songs.
     
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    Malacoi New Metal Member

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    Hopefully it won't be too hard to learn Sam's parts.
     
  5. GreggSuspyre

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    It shouldn't be; I have all the parts written out (since I wrote most of them, heh). Just jamming with Jeff proved that he could play a lot of interesting things. I think he'll be able to put his own spin on everything so we could hear the old songs in a new light.
     
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    Malacoi New Metal Member

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    Even better! If he sounds good to you, I know he'll be a good candidate. I can't wait to hear some new creativity thrown into the Suspyre blend!
     
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    well, I'm glad this is finally out in the open so I could come and congradulate you guys on your fine acquisition!:headbang:

    Jeff is a very good friend of mine. We played in a band together in highschool and he's still one of my best friends. Unfortunately my family moved so we never got things too far off the ground but we still keep in touch fairly often and share song ideas and such. I'm sure y'all's fans wont be disappointed in the least. Jeff has a lot to offer and Suspyre is very much the type of band he's always wanted to be in. All in all it should be great!

    On a side note, it's through Jeff that I've recently been introduced to your music and I'm enjoying things so far:)
     
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    Rev. Clayton The Singer

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    Servilonus New Metal Member

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    Wow, after watching his drum videos, I am excited for this addition to Suspyre! Definitely seems like a great choice to join the band. Certainly an intruiging style - I hope he can add some more unique flavor to this already incredibly unique and talented band! I'm just a bit curious - how did you enlist Jeff?
     
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    Awesome. Welcome, Jeff.

    I can't watch the videos right now cause everyone's sleeping... but I know you've gotta be good to be in Suspyre.
     
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    Rev. Clayton The Singer

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    Jeff came highly regarded by Noah (Arsis, and also bass on A Great Divide) and once we got the chance to meet him and hear him play it was a perfect fit. Jeff is still busy teaching younger kids everything he knows at a performing arts camp, but as soon as he's done we'll be hitting the studio hard to record and get prepared to play shows again.

    We're really excited about everything right now and can't wait to get to work.
     
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    Those videos were pretty impressive. Can't wait to (hopefully) see him with you guys again in Chicago... soon.
     
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    66Samus New Metal Member

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    Hell yeah guys! Good luck!
     
  14. GreggSuspyre

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    Thanks a lot, Sam! Good luck to you as well!
     
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    66Samus New Metal Member

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    Ehh...we're working on it haha
     
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    Jeff actually just e-mailed me this bio. Since the bio pages aren't ready yet for the website, I thought I'd just post it here for a better introduction of our new drummer.

    "Jeff Willet has been playing drums since middle school. He stayed in the
    school band all throughout high school, and gained a lot from playing in
    the Rolling Thunder Drum Line while there. Besides the drum line, Jeff
    draws his influences from such drummers as Danny Carey, Sean Reinert,
    Jason Rullo, Thomas Haake, Mike Portnoy, Marco Minneman, Gavin Harrison,
    and Virgil Donati. Jeff played in band right from the start of his
    drumming career, but during high school was when it really started picking
    up. His prog/rock band at the time, Ellipse, was playing at a local
    coffee house called The Common Grounds. From this came many more
    opportunities, and he then joined another prog band, Awakenings. From
    there, he joined up with the technical death metal/"grindcore" band
    Aborted Existence, and recorded 2 CDs and played many shows. Jeff has
    also played with guitar shred-master Chris Gordon and keyboardist Joe
    Trainor for a few shows varying in styles from prog rock to instrumental
    guitar shred metal to funk/fusion/jazz. He recently attended Berklee
    College of Music in Boston, MA, and is teaching at French Woods Festival
    of the Performing Arts during the summer of 2007. The following semesters
    will be spent at Lebanon Valley College in Annville, PA, where he will
    study Music Recording Technology. He is excited to be playing with such
    talented musicians, and is very much looking forward to the new CD as well
    as upcoming shows, knowing that he definitely has quite the shoes to fill.
    Jeff exclusively uses TAMA Starclassic Performer EFX Drums, SABIAN
    Cymbals, DW Pedals, and is endorsed by GRINDSTIX. He is featured on
    www.SickDrummer.com as well as www.Grindstix.com."
     
  17. Petethedrummer

    Petethedrummer Sonata Arctica fan

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    ahahah wow what the hell were the chances
    i just graduated from lvc
    so...yeah...have fun jeff lol

    cograts on getting in the band and being awesome too
     
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    Want new photos?
     
  19. GreggSuspyre

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    Yes, yes we do. You will be taking them once Jeff gets back from camp.
     
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    I was going to tell you and Sam about that this weekend...so yes.

    Let's not do it at the house this time? Any suggestions...maybe in the city somehwere?
     

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