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Hannes Grossmann - Biography




Born September 8th 1982, Hannes Grossmann grew up in a musical family and started playing the piano at the age of 8. Two years later he chose the drums as second instrument, which soon should become his main passion. By learning different styles of drumming such as rock, jazz, fusion, funk and latin and taking lessons with Canadian teacher Donnie MacKay, Hannes developed an own style by combining all these different musical approaches with extreme Metal drumming.

Hannes' got his first professional obligation in 2003, becoming a member of German Technical Death Metal band Necrophagist, a band which back then was rather unknown to most people. After recording and releasing the critically acclaimed album Epitaph in 2004 the underground status of [band]Necrophagist changed completely: From 2005 until early 2007 Hannes played around 200 concerts with Necrophagist all over the world and gained popularity in the global metal scene.

In 2007 Hannes left Necrophagist in order to finish his university degree. In order to accomplish an own musical vision, he joined an underground band named Obscura. His empty place behind the drums in Necrophagist was taken by drum legend Marco Minnemann, one of Hannes' favorite and most influential drummers. In 2008 [band]Obscura was able to receive a worldwide record deal with US label Relapse Records and one year later the metal music press was stunned by the virtuosity the band showed on their album Cosmogenesis, which immediately cracked US billboard charts.

In 2010 Hannes was invited to become part of Blotted Science, an extreme Metal super group featuring Alex Webster (Cannibal Corpse) and Ron Jarzombek (Watchtower, Spastic Ink), with whom he recorded the critically acclaimed EP The Animation Of Entomology - released in late 2011.

In 2011 Hannes was extremely productive. Not only recording and releasing the Blotted Science record, he both recorded his second album for Obscura, entitled Omnivium, and also produced his first drum DVD - Progressive Concepts For The Modern Metal Drummer.

Hannes is a very active clinician, having played at the Dresden Drum Festival 2011, Meinl Drum Festival 2012, E.D.U. Drum Fest 2012, Ammerland Drum Fest 2012, among other masterclass performances. Hannes just finished his work for his first drum book entitled Extreme Metal Drums, which will be published in early 2013 by Hal Leonard.

Hannes Grossmann plays Tama drums and Meinl cymbals exclusively.