George Kollias

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Georgios "George" Kollias (born (1977-08-30) August 30, 1977 (age 43) in Corinth, Greece) is a Greek heavy metal drummer and music teacher best known for his work with American death metal band Nile. He is the first of their four drummers to perform every song on more than one full length album (handling drum duties so far on Annihilation of the Wicked, Ithyphallic, Those Whom the Gods Detest and At the Gate of Sethu). His sponsors include Sabian, Evans and Vic Firth In addition to being the drummer of Nile he also teaches drums at the Modern Music School in Athens.

Biography

He started playing drums, as self-taught, at the age of 12, covering songs of his favorite bands like Sepultura and Slayer. Around 1999, he started drum lessons with Greek drummer Yannis Stavropoulos, who was a big influence on him.

His early inspirations include Richard Christy, Paul Bostaph, Pete Sandoval, Dave Lombardo, Igor Cavalera, Gene Hoglan and Lars Ulrich, later his taste expanded to very different drummers like Vinnie Colaiuta, Dave Weckl, Steve Gadd, Thomas Lang, Mike Mangini.

He previously drummed for Sickening Horror, a death metal band. He also used to be in the Greek melodic death metal band Nightfall, but left the band in 2005 to join Nile.

Kollias made an instructional drumming DVD called "Intense Metal Drumming" that was released in July 2008.

A press release dated April 5, 2012 announced Kollias' recruitment for session drums on the Wagnerian Opera Metal project Lyraka's upcoming album.

He has a brother named Iraklis Kollias, who was guitarist for the band Extremity Obsession.

Technique

Kollias uses a foot technique in between heel up and heel down. His heels remain close to the bases of the pedals, but he doesn't actually touch the pedal board. All the weight of his legs fall on the balls of his feet. When playing at slower bpms, George's legs do the vast majority of the movement of a kick, moving up and down as much as the pedal does itself. However, as his speed increases, the heels of his feet move less and less, until the bpm is high enough that all the movement of the pedals stems from his ankles. Once he gets up to speeds that are this fast, he employs a swivel technique. In this technique, he uses his feet to keep count of the beats he has hit, moving his ankles to the right side of the pedal and then swinging them over to the other side of the pedal. In this way, as he explains, the extra energy that one's legs waste when they work so hard is utilized.

George's hand technique allows him great precision as well, though it is not nearly as individualistic as his foot technique. George grips the stick fully with his index through ring finger, letting them stretch forward and wrap around the stick. He does not use his thumb and index finger to create a swivel. Instead, all of his speed stems from his wrists, much like his ankle usage in the kick.

George Kollias Drumstick Collection

Current Drumstick Count in Collection: 1.

0926 George Kollias - used signature model Vic Firth drumstick, 01/31/2010 Those Whom the Gods Detest Tour, House of Blues, San Diego, CA.