Here we are looking at the Welcome To The Family drum fill. This opening fill for the Avenged Sevenfold track on the ‘Nightmare’ album was recorded by the former Dream Theatre drummer, Mike Portnoy, following the sad loss of Avenge Sevenfold’s regular drummer The Rev.

The Welcome To The Family drum fill is a very effective pattern consisting of single stroke rolls between the hands and feet so you will need two bass drums or a double pedal.

The fill is very fast and sounds great but is actually a very simple pattern when broken down and slowed down.