1: HVRK 189 HEAVY ROCK 15
6/8 for the 21st Century though equally useful for steady Blues rock. Tribal, and snare marching grooves are also conveyed in 6/8. Making the most of this misleadingly powerful time signature is the name of the game here. Starting with an almost lazy, Blues feel, the grooving intensifies with more kick drums and open hi-hats - the latter of which become part of a tug-of-war cross rhythm with the main groove. This feel is continued onto the ride cymbal and then the feel darkens to a spacious tribal groove which exudes melody. A snare marching 6/8 feel provides the perfect requisite for this composition.
2: HVRK 173 HEAVY ROCK 18
4/4 Hi-speed Rock with blistering snare rolls and breakdowns a plenty. Sounds like 'Monkey Wrench' with a Metallic edge. A straight no-nonsense Rock groove kicks off this composition and develops into occasional half-time grunge rock grooving - a worthy, fat accompaniment for this style. Trademark flam and ruff fills are present here and a twelve bar snare crescendo should provide enough juice for your builds and fills to last a lifetime. Track reference Foo Fighters, My Chemical Romance.
3: HVRK 165 HEAVY ROCK 06
7/8 Bonham progged up but with a hybrid Nine inch Nails, Soundgarden feel. Keeping a steady 7/8 meter throughout, the grooving here is dealt with a subtle power and is coloured with varied hi-hat, ride and crash patterns. With a 7/8 snare marching groove and industrial tribal finale enough is provided to satisfy any prog urges. Track reference Soundgarden, Nine inch Nails.
4: HVRK 160 HEAVY ROCK 07
4/4 Intense Swing grooving with Rage / Queens of the Stone Age drum filling and feel. The half time section adds even more depth. Urgency is conveyed throughout in this intense composition. Taken to the edge of swing, a variety of two bar grooves are played which include detailed snare dynamics - ghosts and accents. Some blistering rolls are played to provide transitions and at the end, a halftime swung groove is played that Rage Against the Machine would be proud of. Track reference Queens of the Stone Age, My Chemical Romance.
5: HVRK 155 HEAVY ROCK 05
4/4 Pounding Rock 'n' roll grooving suitable for any uptempo Rock riff. The power of Dave Grohl with dynamic sensibilities. The emphasis in this composition is the push on the kick drum which is so often favoured in rock due to its punchy feel. The opening two-bar groove provides a great foundation for a rock tune here and with all cymbal riding possibilities covered, is dynamic enough to convey a range of feels. There is also a halftime groove section for a breakdown vibe - or is it?! Track reference Foo Fighters, Paramore.
6: HVRK 140 HEAVY ROCK 04
4/4 Straight Rocking grooves with a Grunge finale. General riding on hats, ride and crash is present with a traditional rock breakdown. Straight two bar grooving progresses from the hi-hats to the ride to the crash to provide definitive song parts. At the midpoint the snare takes on a more active role then forms the basis for a dotted quarter-note feel groove. The finale see's the kick drum bounce with syncopation and a drum solo of fills being played. Track Reference Nirvana, Kings of Leon.
7: HVRK 140 HEAVY ROCK 03
4/4 Rock played with urgency with more emphasis on the kick. A slightly dancy feel with grungy snare offbeats played in the finale. The opening hypnotic groove is the basis for this composition. The kick drum conveys a snappy, syncopated feel whilst the snare backbeat remains steady until the finale where it unleashes syncopated power. Track reference Foo Fighters, Incubus.
8: HVRK 138 HEAVY ROCK 17
4/4 Think 'Dancing in the Moonlight' meets Green Day. A modern twist on a Rock swing with well articulated snare dynamics throughout. A four bar, snare-roll crescendo opens proceedings into the ultimate swing rock groove. This journeys alongside shuffled hi-hat and ride patterns and simple stomping 4/4 grooves that are occasionally joined with some aggressive filling. To complete the picture a swung, snare-march groove is included. Deep Purple, Thin Lizzy references.
9: HVRK 138 HEAVY ROCK 16
4/4 Bonhamesque shuffle with a steady kick pattern. A tribute to 'Fool in the Rain' with varying kick patterns and a beautiful shuffle feel conveyed throughout. This composition oozes feel thanks to the detailed ghost notes played on the snare. These do not get in the way of the rock steady back beat that is played throughout and the kick drum pattern offers enough variation to inspire varied composing. Shuffled hi-hat and ride patterns further enhance this composition.
10: HVRK 130 HEAVY ROCK 02
Traditional, Heavy Rock beats with groovy kick drum patterns.The space allows the drums to sound larger than life and create a style that is reminiscent of The Police crossed with Jimmy Eat World. The kick drum pattern throughout literally screams riffs at you because of its casual grooviness. This helps stage a great 'in the pocket' feel and the inclusion of that favoured 4/4 rock feel brings to the table a Rock groove kit fit for any 21st century composer.
11: HVRK 130 HEAVY ROCK 01
4/4 Industrial grooving with a relentless edge and displaced backbeat. Keeping the same industrial flavour throughout, the displace snare backbeat groove is complemented by a variety of riding patterns including open hi-hats, crashing and sixteenth note hi-hat patterns. The composition finishes with a snare-driven, heavy Motown groove. Track reference Nine Inch Nails, Stone Temple Pilots.
12: HVRK 120 HEAVY ROCK 14
4/4 Straight as a die grooving - fit for any dance rock tune. Think Basement Jaxx meets Kings of Leon with a more industrial edge. Riding patterns include open quarter note hi-hats, Closed sixteenth note hi-hats, disco hat patterns and for balance, crushing crashes played with during the 4/4 stompathon at the end. Snare rolls a plenty should see through any transitions needed with the grooves.
13: HVRK 110 HEAVY ROCK 13
Four-to-the-floor Hard Rock grooves with a bounce. Smashing Pumpkins type snare march groove with a big open groove at the end. Opening with a bouncy four-to-the-floor groove, the kick and snare are played in unison on the backbeat throughout this composition. With several riding options covered from hi-hats open and closed through to the china, a nice contrasting snare march groove is played at the mid-point to break away from the bounce. The finale features a more spacious groove played on the china.
14: HVRK 110 HEAVY ROCK 12
4/4 Focusing on the funkier side of Rock, this Chili Peppers inspired composition provides a single pocket groove played with feel and power throughout with variations occurring with offbeat snares and kick drums to ensure enough colour is provided. With a steady pulse always apparent on the ride bell, hats and crash cymbal each groove section in seamed with classy fills that have shape and character. The composition bows out with a spacious sixteenth note hi-hat groove to complement the funkier side of Rock. Track reference Red Hot Chili Peppers, Smashing Pumpkins.
15: HVRK 99 HEAVY ROCK 11
4/4 Syncopated hi-hat accents sit in a groove that is extremely hypnotic and is accompanied with dark tribal tom patterns. After opening with a melodic, tom pattern, a groove is introduced with syncopated, open-hi-hat accents that develops into a more simplistic groove with controlled crashing. Further syncopation is introduced onto the ride in a second verse / bridge section with the whole composition ending with the original tom melody. Track reference Alice in Chains, Incubus.
16: HVRK 90 HEAVY ROCK 09
4/4 Open grooving with eclectic riding patterns on the hats and ride. Think 'Digital Bath' with the funkiness of Incubus. With a very definitive verse section played on the closed hi-hats, the composition develops into a potential pre-chorus featuring dotted, ride-bell figures that explodes into an open chorus, steadied with quarter-note open hi-hats. For more detail, the second verse features further embellishments on the hi-hat after which the composition ends with an open-crash groove.
17: HVRK 90 HEAVY ROCK 08
4/4 Big, bad beats with a 'Psycho-Snare' emphasis. The more aggressive moments of Linkin Park but with spacious grooving evident. Starting with an active, syncopated snare feel, the groove lays back into an almost hip-hop/ rock feel exuding space and feel. As the composition progresses, offbeat, hi-hat feels are explored which culminate in a heavy, open crash groove and straighter grooving.
18: HVRK 82 HEAVY ROCK 10
4/4 'Pure Pocket'. With a hypnotic pulse ever present, the kick and snare pattern are perfectly balanced with subtle ghosting on the snare. Big open crash sections and 'in the pocket' ride and hi-hat pulsing give enough variance for powerful song construction. The explosive finale also provides a useful fill toolkit. Track reference Janes Addiction, Stone Temple Pilots.
19: HVRK 79 HEAVY ROCK 20
4/4 Super-straight, sleazy, rock feel - has a hybrid Queen / ACDC feel with plenty of riding textures to jam to. This is as simple as it gets. The space created provides a great foundation for riffing over and with the various changes in cymbal riding from hi-hats to ride, ensures there is enough to construct a song with dynamics. Plenty of flams too for those fat accents.
20: HVRK 70 HEAVY ROCK 19
Steady, solid grooving with space and feel which is enhanced with ghosting on the snare. Starting straight and gradually getting more syncopated with the kick drum and snare this composition can inform rock sub-genres such as big-beat, ballad rock and even points towards dubstep in places . Varied cymbal dynamics are played such as crashing, riding the bell and surface which are all useful for dictating chorus and bridge sections. Tasteful fills are played throughout that further enhance the groove transitions. Track reference ‘When the Levee Breaks’ by Led Zeppelin.