#DeathMetal, #Grindcore, USA -




PETE SANDOVAL sponsored by axis percussion



AXIS PRODUCTS (currently using):

  • 2x A21 Longboards

  • E-kit triggers

  • See below for details on Pete's setup

I was born in Santa Ana, El Salvador on May 21 1964. When I was a teen(10-11) I moved to Los Angeles, California early 1981. Note that I was not a musician back then. Didn't know anything about guitars or drums or music at all. For some reason I had to wait about two years for me to finally start my 9th grade, my first few years were so hard since I used to stutter a lot and I knew not English at all. That made it even worse!

Well like I said earlier, I wasn't planning on becoming a musician yet, It was during my 12th grade when I got interested in drums. It was 1984 and I was listening to purely heavy/trash metal until I got into the speed metal style of music. And that's the kind of drumming I picked from the beginning (Speed/Grind fast metal) then I created my own speed/grind metal drumming! I was always thinking about playing twice as fast than any speed metal band from those days like Slayer, Metallica, Kreator, Destruction, Dark Angel, Possessed, Sodom, Bathory, etc..///...Btw no other bans existed back then, black metal was not born yet, it was the time for "Death metal" to develop and to show it's ferocity and brutallity After I graduated at the end of 1984 I formed my first 2 men band (MDS)
with a high school friend of mine Tony aka (Cabbage). We were beginners and our songs were simple heavy riffs (Hellhammer style) with fast drumming, that's when I started working on my blast beat.

Then sometime in 1985 I met Jesse and Oscar, and I thought it was time to move forward and I joined their band (Unknown Death), then eventually we called the band Terrorizer. We recorded several demos which circulated throughout the underground (tape trading) very common those days, we played some local small shows. Then in 1987 one of these demos ended up on the hands of Trey and David of Morbid Angel who btw were looking for a fast drummer. So they contacted me to ask me if I can join them. I thought it out for some months and since Terrorizer was not doing much back then, I went ahead and joined Morbid Angel.

We recorded our first LP "Altars of Madness" . It was a huge success for Death Metal!...We toured the whole world for that particular album. Btw a few months after we recorded Altars, Earache records owner (Dig Pearson) wanted us to record Terrorizer "World Downfall" which instantly became a big hit for the extreme, grind, speed core metal
scene. Well since Terrorizer was my frist band, I had it as a project type of band since Jesse Pintado had moved to London, Britain to join the pioneers Napalm Death. and I had my hands busy with Morbid Angel.

Then in 1991 we recorded "Blessed are the Sick" another great success! We continued on the path of magical, classical at a times, brutal, fast and with memorable, and catchy melodies; so in 1993 we recorded our so acclaimed and brutal album: "Covenant" 




I clearly remember Chuck and Darrel walking into the studio where we were going to shoot "God of Emptiness" video. They were carrying in my first set of Axis pedals, so I started using them right away; what a change!, what a feeling I thought when I first started playing them. I loved them right away and since then I've always used Axis for my following recordings and tours. I recorded five more Morbid Angel albums and three Terrorizer albums.and
hundreds of shows all over the world playing my Axis pedals!...;)

Thank you Chuck, Darrel and everybody else at Axis percussion! (You guys are the best! no one can touch you). I wish you all the best! These pedals are really heavy duty! they last for ever( if you take care of them the proper way). They have taken a lot of punishing and hitting from me and yet they have stood still, and strong, and heavy. Hundreds and hundreds of shows and they have given me all I need to brutally play fast, hard and brutal! I will recommend you listen to our last Terrorizer album we recorded in 2018 "Castic Attack" as an example of what I'm able to do with my feet in those songs. Believe me you will be amazed of what you hear! and how those long boards help me with my attack!

Btw my set up now includes two A21 long board pedals( they kick ass for me) and also I just added the E-kit (Electronic trigger device) and I only trigger my kick drums now. Maybe I will use both trigger and microphone for snare drum if necessary.. But I'm done with triggering all my drums but my kicks, including my toms, because I lot of times it sounded like a drum machine (And I hated that) but I was just experiencing and learning back those days so I couldn't actually tell of how my drums sounded on some albums like Domination because I decided to use triggers all over the kit and a click that I was not used to, for me that album came out slow and machine sounding like, I then thought it was too ridiculous to trigger my whole kit since that's what made it sound like a drum machine on some albums but then when I did "Formulas I changed the whole concept and the too clean of a sound I had in Domination, so I used microphones for toms and snare and I only triggered my kicks. and
since then I only trigger my kicks for studio recording and for touring, then I get more of a raw and a real sounding drum instead of a machine sound.

These Axis pedals btw can adjust to any type of drumming style! Just try them and feel for yourself the change you'll feel and how easy it is to adjust to any way or position you need. You don't have to play speed/grind/blas speed drumming in order to feel and know that no matter what kind of music you play; they will adjust, then you can feel the huge difference and comfort when you start playing. And they will never brake or quit on you, maybe the spring may brake after several years of playing, but then you just install the heavy duty. thick and strong new spring they have; and you will be a happy camper! :).

The triggers are marvelous as well, the way they are installed on the pedal, they work awesome! so genius and easy that they easily become part of the pedal and your […] These pedals are very durable, heavy duty, fast and very strong!

I strongly recommend Axis pedals to all of you new and young generation of drummers; especially those who would love to learn and play speed drumming, and the infamous "One foot blast beat which I started creating back in 1985! Just go and look for the 1987 early Terrorizer demos and hear it for yourself that the one foot blast beat was already under control and was being developed! until I had it mastered, I was touring and blasting since early 1990!!