This provides heavy metal an entire new which means.
Nate Wilkinson of Ashland, Ohio, calls himself the Gun Drummer. With a toothy grin, he beats his drums and unloads 1000’s of pistol, machine gun and even tank shells down vary, matching the beat and melody of head-banging songs with every pull of the set off.
“It’s all adrenaline,” Wilkinson instructed The Post. “I try to shoot my videos in one take, so for two to four minutes, it’s just chaos.”
Wilkinson, a fan of heavy metal bands like Slipknot and Pantera, filmed his first video in 2019 as a goof, however after it obtained greater than 2 million views on Facebook in a day, he realized he had successful. He now has greater than 200,000 YouTube subscribers however was not too long ago pulled from TikTok, the place he had 65,000 followers.
“None of these platforms are necessarily friendly to firearm content, so it’s an uphill battle,” he mentioned. “People get afraid of firearms, in general. I think that’s why more people don’t get into them or even attack for you enjoying them.”
All his movies are safely shot at a gun vary he rents out.
For Independence Day, Wilkinson donned a militia uniform and fired a musket to Metallica’s “Don’t Tread on Me.” During the holidays, he lined Mariah Carey’s “All I Want for Christmas Is You,” gleefully strolling by way of an armory stacked with numerous AK-47s, sniper rifles and miniguns earlier than firing off to the earworm.
A shoot could be exhausting and costly, particularly when blasting two fully-loaded machine weapons from the hip.
“It probably looks a lot easier than it really is, but for a whole song, I’m going through hundreds or even thousands of rounds, so it can be really tiring,” Wilkinson mentioned. “I typically spend about $500 on bullets for a video.”
In addition to espresso mugs and T-shirts, Wilkinson’s on-line store additionally sells empty shell casings and bullet-riddled cymbals – destroyed copper disks that go two for $80.
“I’ve been getting cymbals by the pallet at this point and shipping them out in pizza boxes everyday,” he mentioned. “I say to my wife, ‘Hey, baby, I’ve got to go shoot some cymbals,’ like it’s a job or something.”
Wilkinson fell in love with firearms at a younger age and fondly remembers the day his dad purchased him a Ruger 10/22 rifle.
“They’re truly engineering marvels. Guns are a very deep rabbit hole, and you can fall into it forever,” he mentioned. “It’s also important for free people to be able to have these and know how to operate them. Evil people will always find a way to use them, so good people need to know how to use them as well.”