Welcome to Travis Orbin's official site!
Here's what's new:



-Darkest Hour is soon to embark on two tours in further support of our latest self-titled effort. The first is a short co-headlining run with Unearth, starting in Canada and continuing southbound. The second is a full European tour as support for Machine Head and Devil You Know. Head to 'tour dates' on our Facebook page for more information.



-'Projects', my first solo EP, is now available to stream/purchase via Bandcamp. I also posted it in its entirety here. About the EP, credits, etc. may be gleaned from either the video description or Bandcamp. Thank you all for your potential support, it will go towards making the next release a reality!



-It's been a long journey--from the first pre-production session in March 2012 to now--but I'm quite elated to say that the new Darkest Hour record has been officially released. If you enjoy the music, please consider purchasing it. Cheers! Darkest Hour (iTunes)

Also, you can view the official video for "The Misery We Make" here.



-Three new Darkest Hour songs have been released in a variety of ways to showcase/promote our upcoming record. Click here: "Wasteland," "Rapture in Exile," and "By the Starlight" to listen/view the tunes/videos. The record will see a release on August 5th via Sumerian Records. Click here to pre-order it. Finally, we're currently on the Rockstar Mayhem Festival, so come on out and rock with us!



- I contributed an interview to the 'Give the Drummer Some' Podcast. Head here to listen, or you can download it for free via iTunes.



- Vic Firth posted a '15 seconds with...' on their Instagram page featuring yours truly. Peep it here .



- This is crazy; #2 metal drummer in the 2014 Modern Drummer Readers Poll (beaten by my former employer, hehe). Thanks so much to everyone that voted!



-I am now an official Vic Firth artist! I've been playing Ralph Hardimon Hammers (SRH2) for years, and I also love their jazz brushes when I'm feelin' saucy, hehe. Thank you to everyone at Vic Firth!



-Darkest Hour is doing a short east coast run with All That Remains and Wilson next month. Click here for dates. Thanks to anyone who comes out!



-I am beyond excited and elated to announce that I'm now a Zildjian Cymbals artist. You can peep all my new pies on the updated equipment lists. New videos showcasing my Zs are coming soon!



-I am appearing in the April 2014 edition of Modern Drummer--on newsstands March 4th--with a slightly larger feature/interview than my May 2012 debut. Seeing my name amongst other talented folks in the pages of drum set history is a feeling that will never become commonplace for me. Thanks to Ben Meyer for the great interview!



-It is to my utter surprise that I just discovered I am an option under 'best metal drummer' in the 2014 Modern Drummer Readers Poll. What an honor! Click here to cast your vote.



-I Am King's 'ONEHUNDRED' sees an official release today via Velocity/Rise Records. I played on 7/10 tracks (more info on my 'sessions' page). Head to their Facebook for more information.



-'Divided', a side project that I did with my friend Jacob Belcher, is now available for purchase via our Bandcamp. You may also view the first two drum tracking videos as well as a deeper explanation of how it all came together here. Thank you all for your potential support!



-Nick Johnston's second full-length album 'In a Locked Room on the Moon' is now available! I performed all the drums and percussion. Nick's idiosyncratic blend of powerful, soaring, and oftentimes even cinematic and whimsical melodic songwriting is in place and better than ever on this instrumental guitar-driven record. Head here for more information.



-I have two announcements: Firstly, Dyed In Grey's debut full-length is finally out! Head here to pick it up. 'The Abandoned Part' is a fresh, unique take on prog/metal and I'm proud of my contribution.

-Secondly, my band Darkest Hour will be partaking in the 'Disarm the Descent' tour with headliners Killswitch Engage. If you'd like to view the tour itinerary, please click here to be taken to KSE's Facebook page.



-My new single "Watchpork" is now available for purchase! Click here to view the drum tracking video and here for purchase information. The video also acts as an announcement for a dual EP release, so please take a gander. Thank you for your time and potential support!



-I'm very pleased to finally announce that I am the new drummer for Darkest Hour ! I’ve been jamming and writing the new record with the guys for over a year. It’s been especially rewarding in that everything was composed in a room together, a wholly organic process that I haven’t experienced in a long while. I’m excited about the tunes, signing on as a full-time member, and can’t wait to hit the road!



-I'm a tad late on this, but The Gabriel Construct's full-length debut Interior City is now available in digital form! CD hard copies are coming soon. Please head to the Bandcamp and/or the official website for more information. It's one of my very favorite sessions!



-I'm playing three gigs with Darkest Hour in the month of March. More info can be found here.



-The Orbinator/Edgemont drum sample library is available now! Check out the promo video for relevant info, and head here. Thanks!



-I'm doing a live/streamed performance on Drum Channel the 22nd of this month. Thanks so much to Don Lombardi, Cobus Potgieter, Thomas Pridgen and Tony Royster Jr. for helping to make this possible! Also, a special thank you to my most excellent webmaster for dealing with logistics for the trip.



-I've been hired for a second tour with Crown Jewel Defense. You may purchase tickets to the shows here. I am beyond excited and anticipatory to perform overseas and to once again beat the living daylights out of the drums for the guys!



-All of my previously available isolated drum take videos are now able to be purchased as .m4v digital downloads from my web store. Check out the latest promo clip here. Your support is thoroughly appreciated!



-I am featured in the 'Portraits' section of the May issue of Modern Drummer, which is currently on newsstands! I'm incredibly honored, as being in MD has been a small dream of mine since I began ardently reading it back in '95. MD was like the cooler older brother/sister I never had, that turned me onto countless good music and incredible musicians. A massive thank you to Adam Budofsky and Ken Micallef, of course, for the very flattering write-up/interview.



-I recently read a DIY-style e-book about home recording called "The Hackers Guide to Drum Recording", by Mike Gilliland. I think it's a fantastic resource for both amateur and budding engineers. There's a surplus of practical information up for grabs, and at a reasonable price. Please click here to check it out.



-Nick Johnston's 'Public Display Of Infection' will be reviewed in the upcoming April issue of Vintage Guitar Magazine. Very cool!



-I've been booked for a three week run with Crown Jewel Defense , opening for The Darkness. Many thanks to my crony and past SEA associate Lee Duck for facilitating the opportunity, and to CJD for trusting me to knock it out!



-I'm a bit late on this, but Us & Them's debut full-length is out. You can pick it up on iTunes or from their Big Cartel store here. This is an energetic, hook-laden pop/rock album with nine tracks of potent drummin' from yours truly!



-I contributed an interview for a new blog called Drumazine. Click here. It's also been archived here.



-I'm now on Pearl's website under their artist roster; click here or on the Pearl logo above to view it. It's a bit surreal seeing me on there! A massive thank you to my webmaster for composing the bulk of my bio, as I'm loathe to talk about myself in such a context!



-I am extremely elated to announce that I now endorse Pearl Drums, my favorite drum company since I began playing! Equipment specs are featured here. I've been doing sessions with my new drums and they sound exceptional, as optimum as a drum set can sound. I also plan on doing a video to showcase the versatility of my Reference Pure kit when I've an opening in my schedule. I'll be added to the artist roster on the Pearl website very soon!

-Nick Johnston's album is now available on iTunes, CDBaby and his personal website here. It's the first full-length completed out of my home studio.



-I'll be featured on a tune for bass virtuoso Ray Riendeau's (James LaBrie, ex-Halford) new solo project titled Star Monarchy. (Click here.)

-Tons of sessions! I'm booking into the new year.

-New lessons are coming very soon.



-My tune "Project 15" is for sale. Click here to purchase an MP3 copy. Thank you for your support!



-New Lamb Of God drum transcription book available! Click here to see both texts.

-Also, Bibliography page added here.


-New(er) Of Legends tour opening for Bring Me The Horizon!! Click here for dates. Our run is from Aug 31st - Sept 17th.

-Lessons now available for online download! Please visit my BigCartel store (link above).

-Added content to "The Definitive Recording Guide: For Drummers By Drummers" here.


-New Of Legends tour! Click here for dates.

-Student testimonials page added here.


-Please check this out:

The Definitive Recording Guide:
For Drummers By Drummers

It's looking more than promising in its content and purpose. I contributed a few responses, which I've included in a blog.

Check the blog here.

Also, be sure to pick up this fantastic text upon release!


-Isolated drum takes w/ video now on sale in my store!
 Click here for the promotional video.

-New isolated take from Nick Johnston session added:
 Check it on my equipment list page


-Posters are now for sale in my web store!


-Of Legends 'Stranded' is released (physical copies)!
 Pick yours up at our BigCartel Of Legends Store.
 ...Or, get a digital copy on iTunes!

Current sessions/projects:
-(finishing) Pete Peterson, Simbelmyne
-(starting) Nick Johnston Band
-(finishing) Lamb Of God drum transcription books

-Of Legends - First official video released today!
 "Save the Humans"

Current sessions/projects:

-Pete Peterson
-Dyed In Grey
-Nick Johnston Band
 Nick's ReverbNation.com page

-Lamb Of God drum transcription books

Current tours:

-Of Legends (Feb-Mar)
 Tour Dates

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