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10 Jul

Virgil Donati Announces New Solo Album

International drumming superstar, and Pearl artist, Virgil Donati has made the exciting announcement that his new album, In This Life, will be released in only a matter of mere weeks, on this upcoming July 23rd!  The new album, which Virgil has been working on for over a year, shows off Virgil’s never-ending superiority behind the drum kit, along with featuring the talents of other world renowned musicians including Doug Shreeve, Marco Sfogli, Dennis Hamm, Alex Argento, Brett Garsed, Irwin Thomas, Alex Machacek, Paul Sherman, Anthony Crawford, Tom Kennedy, Jeff Babko, Rafael Moreira, and Simon Hosford, to name a few.  Along with the announcement of the album’s release, Virgil has also made the debut track, “Red Air” available for download, which can be heard here.

Throughout the recording process for the new album, In this Life, Virgil turned to his beautiful Masters Custom MRP drums, which offers the same 6-ply, all maple shells found in the current Masters MCX line.  This particular kit, which can be seen in action below, currently resides in Virgil’s Los Angeles based recording studio, continuing to find steady action in part to the rich tones, spectacular attack, and incredible sensitivity that come from the all-maple shells- which is ideal for a drummer as technically diverse as Virgil.  The full specs on Virgil’s recording rig are as follows:

Masters Series:
Midnight Fade (154)
w/ black hardware

22x18 bass drum
10x9 tom
12x9 tom
16x16 floor tom
18x16 floor tom
14x12 tom
14x5 Masters Series snare drum
10x4 Sopranino snare

Hanging toms:
10x8 tom
13x11 tom

In This Life is currently available for pre-order, and all pre-order customers will receive a link to download the album on its release day, July 23rd. All pre-order customers will also automatically go into a drawing to win one of Virgil's personal snare drums that was used throughout the recording process of In the Life, autographed by the legendary drumming icon himself- Virgil Donati.  The winner of the snare drum will be selected at random from the list of pre-orders after July 23rd.  To pre-order Virgil Donati’s new album, In This Life, please click here.  

For more information on Virgil Donati, please be sure to visit his official website,