"My father was born in New York, and both my parents were bilingual, so I spoke both English and Spanish at a very early age."Tony Laureano is a drummer who has always pushed the boundaries of endurance and creativity within the metal genre. Since childhood, he always had an affinity for various creative arts, but it wasn't until he hit his early teens while living in the U.S. that he fell in love with heavy metal, the type of music that would one day inspire him to take up the drums. By the time he got his first drumkit at the late age of 18, the more aggresive drumming of thrash and death metal had attracted his attention. Entranced by the percussive attack of this music, he immideately worked on playing this style, improving quickly and joining his first band within 6 months of picking up the drums.
"And I like super drummers like Marco Minneman, Thomas Lang, and Virgil Donati. There's plenty others, as well, Steve Asheim, Nicke Andersson, Steve Flynn, Perry Strickland, etc."Asked for his recipe to achieve such great speed and stamina, Laureano reveils:
"I used to practice individually like a madman in my early years of drumming, and then for a long time, I didn't have a place where I could play drums, so I would only play when rehearsing with a band. Currently, I am practicing more because I can now play at home, and because I have a lot of stuff to work on as well. I would say that touring has been a big help in that I can always try to do better the next night. Of course, that theory doesn't always work, as I have bad days like anyone else, but I do pay attention to what I'm doing wrong or not as good as I should be, and I try to better it. And touring with great drummers always helps because it pushes me to do better."Realizing the limited resources in Orlando, Florida, he moved to nearby Tampa, where a much bigger music scene was thriving, and for the next few years, he played in various bands, all the while honing his skill. In the fall of 1995, he was hired by Malevolent Creation to tour Europe, and after returning home, he worked on a few more recordings (with Aurora Borealis and Acheron), and later on, he did several more tours with Malevolent Creation.
"First I used the originals, and now the Longboards. I like both, but I have been thinking of going back to the originals. I also sometimes use Iron Cobras to play with a different feel. They are much heavier, and have the traditional pull of a pedal as opposed to the touch feel of the Axis."In July 2004 Laureano was contacted by Norwegian black metal band Dimmu Borgir, who needed a drummer for their impending appearance on the 2004 edition of the premiere American metal tour, the Ozzfest. With only a few days notice, and two rehearsals, he did 38 shows in the next 50 days with the Norwegian band. Upon the completion of the tour, and after nearly 9 years of constant touring, he took an extended break from music.
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