“i feel like i’m dying to see them immediately after seeing them.


The Thirteenth Floor is a deathcore trio from Ottawa Ontario, formed in the year 2012. The band is comprised of drummer JaeKwon Park, vocalist Stephan Lear and guitarist JR Harold. Since their debut release of their self titled EP in 2014 they have been working on their follow up The Departed. Many bands often choose to rush the writing process and releasing an unfinished album but with a polished high quality sound. Or spend so long writing they get frustrated and release a lower quality recording after spending too many years listening to the same songs. The Thirteenth Floor wanted both, spending three years writing and perfecting the songwriting process and investing heavily into recording.

Now with their latest release, they’re ready to show the world their evolution and fresh take on the genre. “It’s Progressive Deathcore, but with this eerie vibe to it. The typical deathcore thing isn’t necessarily what we’re going for. The whole deathcore tag comes with the music we write, we see it as depth in terms of what the listener can feel.” says vocalist Stephan Lear. The title The Departed actually directly addresses the lyrical content of the EP. It’s about life, but ultimately the reality that comes with it, those who depart us in death. They wanted to listener to ‘feel’ the weight of the lyrical content in the sound of the music, and they achieved it. Aggressive, eerie, technically proficient The Departed will surely become a staple in many heavy music fan’s listening roster.


JaeKwon Park

New Snare Day! Here is the newest addition to my arsenal, @sonordrumco @bennygreb's signature snare drum. 
Specs: 13
New Snare Day! Here is the newest addition to my arsenal, @sonordrumco @bennygreb's signature snare drum. Specs: 13" x 5,75" 9 ply 5 mm Beech shell with a Scandinavian Birch outer finish. 45 bearing edges. 16 lug TuneSafe configuration. tl;dr play what sounds good to you. I'm not super into signature artist products. Simply, just because it works for them, doesn't mean it'll work for you. That having been said, I'm also all about going with what your ear and heart tells you. Sometimes that's what works for others and their reasonings for as to why they like a particular item. When I first started drumming I didn't even know much about Sonor. I was a beginner, I didn't even know who played their stuff besides Benny Greb and Thomas Haake from Meshuggah (writing this now, that should good enough for most drummers lol). I just walked into a music store and hit every kit in my price range, listening for what sounded good, and not just looking for what most people played or just looked good. And that's how I picked my Sonor kit, which I still play to this day. When I first heard about this snare drum, I was stoked to see how it would sound, I never came across one in person though. I wasn't too keen on ordering one without trying it either with its "signature" price tag. Last year I got to try it for the first time in person, and fell in love with immediately. Still wasn't too sure about buying it, but I told myself "if this thing is still here when I come back next year, I'll buy it." Sure enough; to my own despair and excitement, it was still there. So now I own one! There are a lot great companies out there, find what works for you, what you like. With playing music comes the endless amount of gear choices, and that's our biggest problem; the never ending G.A.S. (looking at you next #SQ2 series...) What are your favourite products and companies for your gear? Comment them below! (It can be what you own or what you want! Not drum exclusive either!)