Roy Mayorga

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Roy Mayorga
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Mayorga performing with Stone Sour in 2010
Background information
Birth nameRoy Maurice Mayorga
Also known asRata
Born (1970-04-06) April 6, 1970 (age 49)
New York, New York
Genres
Occupation(s)
  • Drummer
  • songwriter
  • producer
  • engineer
Instruments
  • Drums
  • guitar
  • bass
  • keyboards
Years active1985–present
Labels Roadrunner
Associated acts
Website roymayorga.com

Roy Maurice Mayorga (born April 6, 1970) is an American musician, best known as the drummer for the American heavy metal bands Hellyeah and Stone Sour. He is of Ecuadorian and Cuban descent.

Heavy metal is a genre of rock music that developed in the late 1960s and early 1970s, largely in the United Kingdom. With roots in blues rock, psychedelic rock, and acid rock, the bands that created heavy metal developed a thick, massive sound, characterized by highly amplified distortion, extended guitar solos, emphatic beats, and overall loudness. The genre's lyrics and performance styles are sometimes associated with aggression and machismo.

Hellyeah American metal band

Hellyeah, stylized as HELLYEAH, is an American heavy metal supergroup formed in Dallas, Texas in 2006. The band's current lineup consists of lead vocalist Chad Gray, guitarists Christian Brady and Tom Maxwell, bassist Kyle Sanders, and drummer Roy Mayorga. The idea to form a supergroup originated in 2000 on the Tattoo the Earth tour, although plans were constantly put on hold due to scheduling conflicts. The summer of 2006 allowed the band to take the project seriously and record its first album. Recorded at Chasin' Jason studio in Dimebag Darrell's backyard, their self-titled album entered the Billboard 200 at number 9, selling 45,000 copies. AllMusic reviewer William Ruhlmann stated the album is "a competent example of its genre" awarding the album three-and-a-half stars.

Stone Sour American heavy metal band

Stone Sour is an American rock band formed in Des Moines, Iowa, in 1992. The band performed for five years before disbanding in 1997. They reunited in 2000 and since 2015, the group has consisted of Corey Taylor, Josh Rand (guitar), Christian Martucci (guitar), Johny Chow (bass) and Roy Mayorga (drums). Longtime members Joel Ekman and Shawn Economaki left the band in 2006 and 2011, respectively. Former lead guitarist Jim Root left in 2014.

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Musical history

Roy Mayorga was the original drummer for metal band Soulfly 1997-1999. Prior to joining Soulfly, he also played with New York Hare Krishna hardcore band Shelter in 1996. He also played drums for one of the most influential political bands from New York in the late 80s/early 90s, Nausea. Also Nausea was the band he did his first proper tour of Europe and U.S. and recorded his first album with in 1989 following. Mayorga played drums on the album The Hollowing with metal band Crisis in 1996.[ citation needed ]

Soulfly heavy metal band

Soulfly is an American metal band formed in Phoenix, Arizona in 1997. The original lyrical content revolved around spirituality, political and religious themes, with later albums encompassing other themes including war, violence, aggression, slavery, hatred and anger. Soulfly is led by former Sepultura frontman Max Cavalera, who formed the band after he left the Brazilian group in 1996. To date the band has released eleven studio albums, one tour EP, twenty-three singles, one video album, and twelve music videos. Their debut album, Soulfly, was released on April 21, 1998, while their most recent album, Ritual, was released on October 19, 2018.

Shelter is a Hare Krishna hardcore punk band, formed by Youth of Today vocalist Ray Cappo in 1991. Because of the religious Hindu-oriented messages in its lyrics, Shelter's subgenre has been dubbed by some as krishnacore.

Nausea (band) music band

Nausea was an American crust punk band from New York City, active from 1985–1992. Nausea is usually cited as being integral in the rise of American crust punk, a fusion of anarcho-punk and thrash metal styles.

He was briefly a member of the band Medication from 1999–2001, when he left the group to rejoin Soulfly with which he recorded 3 and toured with them soon after. He parted ways with the group in 2003.

Medication (band) music band

Medication was a group that included Logan Mader, Whitfield Crane, B. Blunt, Kyle Sanders and Roy Mayorga. They released a self-titled EP and an LP called Prince Valium through Locomotive Music, and filmed a video for the song "Inside". Before the recording of Prince Valium, Roy Mayorga parted ways from the group to rejoin Soulfly for the recording of 3. He was replaced by Chris Hamilton. They played one show in Los Angeles with Nu Metal band Strain 999 at The Whisky on Sunset with Robert Trujillo, now of Metallica, on bass. They disbanded in 2003 due to the cancellation of their European tour and the US branch of their record label closing.

<i>3</i> (Soulfly album) 2002 studio album by Soulfly

3 is the third studio album by the metal band Soulfly released in 2002 through Roadrunner Records. 3 has sold 195,000 copies as of March 11, 2008.

In 2004 he helped create rock band ABLOOM as with vocalist Jasan Radford and lead guitarist Levon Sultanian. Also part of the band was Mike Doling (Snot, Soulfly) and John Fahnestock (Snot). Fahnestock left and was replaced by Marcelo Dias aka Marcello D. Rapp (Soulfly). The band is currently on hiatus but are looking to start up again in the near future.

Snot (band) American rock band

Snot is an American alternative metal band from Santa Barbara, California. Formed in 1995, the band released their only studio album Get Some with founding vocalist Lynn Strait in 1997 and disbanded after his death in 1998. In 2008, the lineup of lead guitarist Mikey Doling, rhythm guitarist Sonny Mayo, bassist John Fahnestock and drummer Jamie Miller reunited. In 2009, a new band, Tons, was formed, with Brandon Espinoza as vocalist. As of February 2014, Snot has reformed again.

In 2005 he appeared as one of the drummers on the Roadrunner United compilation CD, The All-Star Sessions , playing on "The Enemy", "The End" and "Baptized in the Redemption", all tracks being produced and musically written by Fear Factory guitarist Dino Cazares and Roy Mayorga. "The End" spawned a music video.

<i>Roadrunner United</i> project by Roadrunner Records

Roadrunner United was a project organized by American heavy metal record label Roadrunner Records to celebrate its 25th anniversary. It culminated in an album released worldwide on October 11, 2005, entitled The All-Star Sessions. Four "team captains" were chosen to lead 57 artists from 45 past and present Roadrunner bands, and produce and oversee the album's 18 tracks: then Slipknot drummer Joey Jordison, Trivium frontman and guitarist Matt Heafy, Fear Factory guitarist Dino Cazares, and Machine Head frontman and guitarist Robb Flynn. The unprecedented project was the brainchild of Roadrunner UK General Manager Mark Palmer and Roadrunner USA VP of A&R Monte Conner. The album project was coordinated by Lora Richardson and was mixed by Colin Richardson and Andy Sneap. The All-Star Sessions spawned one single and music video. The DVD included with the CD purchase is a documentary of the "Making Of" the songs. It features the sessions of the four team captains making their songs.

Fear Factory American metal band

Fear Factory is an American heavy metal band that was formed in 1989. Throughout the band's career, they have released nine full-length albums and have evolved through a succession of styles, including nu metal, death metal, groove metal, and thrash metal. Fear Factory was enormously influential on the heavy metal scene in the mid-to-late 1990s.

Dino Cazares Mexican-American musician

Dino Cazares, is an American musician, known for being a co-founder and guitarist for industrial metal group Fear Factory. He is also the co-founder of the metal bands Divine Heresy and Asesino. He also popularized the use of digital amp modelling processors for seven and eight string guitars in metal music. Cazares was a co-founding member of super-group Brujeria.

On another note Roy Mayorga also does classical film scoring. He has worked on films such as Legion (2004) and Shudder (2007) and when not on the road touring and is currently working on a solo record of that nature. Mayorga temporarily filled in behind the drumkit for Sepultura's 2006 European tour with In Flames following Igor Cavalera's absence.

Sepultura Brazilian metal band

Sepultura is a Brazilian heavy metal band from Belo Horizonte. Formed in 1984 by brothers Max and Igor Cavalera, the band was a major force in the groove metal, thrash metal, and death metal genres during the late 1980s and early 1990s, with their later experiments drawing influence from alternative metal, world music, nu metal, hardcore punk, and industrial metal. Sepultura has also been credited as one of the second wave of thrash metal acts from the late 1980s and early-to-mid 1990s.

In Flames Swedish metal band

In Flames are a Swedish heavy metal band, which was formed by guitarist Jesper Strömblad in 1990 in Gothenburg, Sweden. At the Gates, Dark Tranquillity, Soilwork and In Flames are the only remaining bands responsible for developing the genres known as Swedish death metal and melodic death metal.

Igor Cavalera Brazilian musician

Igor Graziano Cavalera is a Brazilian musician. He is best known as the former drummer for Brazilian heavy metal band Sepultura, which he co-founded with his brother Max in 1984. Max left the band in 1996, and Cavalera himself would depart ten years later, making him the last original member of Sepultura to leave the band. The brothers have since reunited in the band Cavalera Conspiracy.

He officially joined Stone Sour on May 10, 2006 as a replacement for Joel Ekman. He drummed for their second release, Come What(ever) May , released August 1. Roy is endorsed by DW (Drum Workshop), Evans, Vater Drumsticks, PureSound and was endorsed by Zildjian Cymbals but it can be seen in recent videos that he now uses Sabian.

He is the currently the drummer in Stone Sour and recently told Music Feeds TV that he has finally found his home.

In October 2013, the Belgian metal band Channel Zero announced that following the death of their drummer Phil Baheux, Roy will play the drums on their upcoming album.

On May 6, 2019, Mayorga was announced as Hellyeah's new drummer for their upcoming May 11, 2019 show honoring their late drummer Vinnie Paul, who died on June 22, 2018, after Hellyeah's Welcome Home album was completed.

Equipment

This set of equipment is based on Roy Mayorga's Wallpaper for DW's new publicity campaign "This is my Custom DW kit" and is as it follows. In the picture Roys Kit has Zildjian Cymbals instead of Sabian because he used Zildjian early on for the album, Come What(ever) May. Roy also used Vic Firth sticks early on too.

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