Dave McClain (drummer)

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Dave McClain
Dave McClain Rotterdam 2009 02.jpg
Dave McClain in Rotterdam 2009
Background information
Birth name David Wayne McClain
Born (1965-10-24) October 24, 1965 (age 49)
Wiesbaden, Germany
Genres Thrash metal, groove metal, heavy metal
Occupation(s) Musician
Instruments Drums
Associated acts Machine Head
Sacred Reich
Website Official website

Dave McClain (born on October 24, 1965, in Wiesbaden, Germany) is the drummer for the American heavy metal band, Machine Head.[1] He joined the band in 1995 when Chris Kontos left shortly after their first album, Burn My Eyes.[2] He was formerly a member of S.A.Slayer (not to be confused with the California-based Slayer), Riot off-shoot Narita, Turbin, Catalepsy, Murdercar (feat. noted producer Ross Robinson), Ministers of Anger (Dave Clemmons), and Sacred Reich.


He currently endorses Evans drumheads, Yamaha drums and hardware, DDrum electronics, and Zildjian cymbals. He also uses Zildjian 5B Natural Wood Tip Drumsticks. He previously endorsed Tama, Pearl and DDrum.

  • Current Setup

Yamaha Oak Custom X Drumkit/Only available in Europe as of May 2010 (White or Black Sparkle - as seen in Sonisphere and Wacken 2009)

  • 22"x20" Bass Drum (x2)
  • 10"x6" Rack Tom
  • 12"x7" Rack Tom
  • 16"x15" Floor Tom
  • 18"x16" Floor Tom
  • 14"x7" Snare drum

Zildjian Cymbals

  • 14" A New Beat Hi-hats (x2)
  • 18" Z3 Rock Crash
  • 8" A Splash
  • 10" A Splash
  • 17" Z3 Rock Crash
  • 19" Z3 Thrash Ride
  • 21" Z3 Mega Bell Ride
  • 19" Z3 Ultra Hammered China (x2)

He uses the Yamaha Hex Rack and all Yamaha pedals and stands.

pre-Machine Head discography[edit]

Albums & EPs:


- In the Blood of Virgins, Metal Massacre VII (Metal Blade Records, 1986)

  • with Murdercar

- Mirage of Blood, Metal Massacre X (Metal Blade Records, 1989)

  • with Ministers of Anger

- The Great Escape, Metal Massacre XI (Metal Blade Records, 1991)


  1. ^ Monger, James Christopher. "Biography: Machine Head". Allmusic. Retrieved 1 May 2010. 
  2. ^ http://zildjian.com/Artists/M/Dave-McClain