Kansas City Native (and now New York City resident), John Longstreth, is currently considered one of the most proficient drummers in the modern Death Metal musical scene. Displaying incredible technique (such as seemingly unattainable blast beats, astonishing speed, control and endurance) as well as a solid command of versatility behind the drums, John is quickly becoming a highly reputable influence in the world of drumming. Seeing is believing as John’s prowess behind some of the genres’ most popular or up & coming Death Metal/Underground bands leaves people eagerly searching for more information on this rising personality.
As with many drummers, John began his path to drumming on pots & pans but eventually graduated to a small, beginning drum set in his Kindergarten years. Growing up with a notable jazz musician as a father in the Kansas City, John was consistently exposed to the music of influential Jazz greats that ranged from Buddy Rich, Miles Davis, John Coltrane, and Cab Callaway to more modern composers like Pat Metheny and Frank Zappa. It wasn’t until his Junior High years where he officially decided to delve into the world of drumming by studying with Kansas City musician, Ray Demarchi. Solidifying a solid foundation of technique, counting, and basic theory, Demarchi helped lay the groundwork for John’s lengthy future as a drummer. In later years, early Thrash metal bands (most notably, Slayer) piqued John’s interest as their characteristic blazing tempos and highly energetic songs presented him great challenges to obtain those type of drumming qualities. It was through this style of music that John found his primary identity as a drummer.
His first experience as a member of a band was through his early Death Metal project entitled Malicious Intent. As this project was coming to a close, he received a phone call from Minnesota native, Gene Palubiki, notifying John that he was forming a band with Kansas City metal veteran, and Order From Chaos front man, Pete Helmkamp. After joining this new endeavor, an initial demo recording was picked up by Osmose Productions in France which earned John his first experience on a record label with the band eventually called Angelcorpse. Though a brief stay, John received early success in Angelcorpse through a variety of recordings (such as the reputable albums ‘Hammer of the Gods’ and ‘Exterminate’) as well as a series of EPs, popular singles and European touring. Shortly following his Angelcorpse departure (and a brief stint with Christian Death Metal band, Possession), John was introduced to Paul Ryan and Jeremy Turner of the barely formed technical death metal band, Origin. John’s notable style and captivating technique earned him the position as Origin’s drummer where he has remained a driving force behind the band since 1999.
Origin has experienced great success in the genre for many years, touring along side of many reputable Death Metal bands such as Nile, Arch Enemy, Hate Eternal, and Morbid Angel just to name a small few, and has seen excellent response throughout the music world from releasing popular recordings such as ‘Informis Infinitas Inhumanitas’, ‘Antithesis,’ ‘Entity’, and the recently released Unparalleled Universe. The technical and physical demand of Origin has enabled John to hone his characteristic drumming methods for many years which has earned him the reputation of a studio session/ session touring musician. John has been employed as a recording musician and a touring drummer by various other distinguished Metal bands such as Dying Fetus, Dim Mak, Skinless and the highly popular current touring band, Gorguts. Other studio projects include Codex Ritual, Unmerciful, and Crator as well as additional touring experience through bands such as Exhumed and The Red Chord.
The coming years show promise for John as the ever-growing popularity of the various Metal genres will only solidify his influential presence in this style. John has appeared in various media outlets including the world renown Modern Drummer magazine and he proudly endorses Pearl Drums, Meinl Cymbals, ACD Unlimited Pedals, Scorpion Drum Sticks, Footblaster Triggers, and Deathwish Coffee.
Malicious Intent: Demo 95
Goats to Azazael (demo) 1996
Hammer of Gods 1996
Nuclear Hell (7″single) 1997
Wolflust (7″single) 1997
Of Lucifer and Lightning 2007
Origin : 99′-2002 / 06′-current
Origin s/t 2000
Informis Infinitas Inhumanitas 2002
Unparalleled Universe 2017
Skinless : 2003 – 2004
From Sacrifice to Survival 2003
Skinflick (dvd) 2004
Dim Mak : 2005-current
Knives of Ice 2006
The Emergence of Reptilian Offers 2011
Gorguts : Colored Sands 2009
Jason Morely (2010 studio)
Crator 2005 – current
“The Ones Who Create : The Ones Who Destroy” 2016
Codex Ritual – (2017 Studio)
Unmerciful – (session) “Ravenous Impulse” 2016
Exhumed : winter 2004
The Red Chord : summer 2004
Dying Fetus : Winter 2005
Unmerciful : Winter 2016
Hate Eternal : November 2018 W/ Cannibal Corpse
Hate Eternal : September 2019 W/ Nile (Europe)