Hannes Grossmann is a drummer, writer, sound engineer and music producer from Nuremberg, Germany. He made a name in the metal scene as drummer for the band NECROPHAGIST; playing on their ground breaking album ‘Epitaph’. Hannes was also the drummer and main songwriter for German tech-death outfit OBSCURA, producing the genre-defining albums ‘Cosmogenesis’ (2009) and ‘Omnivium’ (2011). In 2011, Hannes became part of Blotted Science, feat. bandmates Alex Webster and Ron Jarzombek. The band released their critically acclaimed album ‘The Animation Of Entomology’, on which
they synchronized music with movie sequences.
In 2014, Hannes formed his own band ALKALOID feat. former and current members of Necrophagist, Obscura, Aborted, Dark Fortress and Noneuclid. The band released two albums, which Hannes also recorded and mixed. Hannes also participated on Hate Eternal’s album ‘Upon Desolate Sands’, which was released in 2018. Hannes is also an active member of Swiss Extreme Metal legends TRIPTYKON. In 2019, the band released the orchestral live album ‘Requiem’ together with Metropole Orkest.
On his solo albums, Grossmann continues his work and writing style once started in OBSCURA. So far he has released the albums ‘The Radial Covenant’ (2014), ‘The Crypts Of Sleep’ (2016), ‘Apophenia’ (2019), and now the brand new album ‘To Where The Light Retreats’ (2021) independently.
Hannes does session work (live and studio) for many bands and artists in various styles, and is an active part of the drumming community; often playing at clinics and drum festivals (i.e. Meinl Drum Festival, Adams Drum Fest, among others). He also wrote the instruction book ‘Extreme Metal Drumming’, which was published by Hal Leonard Co. His instructional DVD ‘Creative Concepts For The Modern Metal Drummer’ is also considered a standard in the genre of metal drumming educational works. In addition to staying busy as a drummer, Hannes works in recording, mixing, and mastering at his own studio, MORDOR SOUNDS, where he produces not only his solo work, but also bands from all around the world.