Bill Rieflin

R.E.M.

Bill Rieflin

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About

Paiste Artist Since
June 1992

Nationality
United States

Main Affiliation
R.E.M.

Other Affiliations
Ministry
King Crimson

Setup

Cymbals listed from left to right

16" Twenty Medium Light Hats (discontinued)
19" Signature Dark Energy Crash Mark I
20" Signature Traditionals Medium Ride (discontinued)
18" Signature Dark Energy Crash Mark I

Cymbals listed from left to right

16" Twenty Medium Light Hats (discontinued)
20" Formula 602 Classic Thin Crash
21" Masters Medium Ride
18" Alpha Thin Swiss Crash (discontinued)

Videos & Pics

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Biography

30.09.1960-24.03.2020 Rieflin provided the metronomic foundation for Ministry as Al Jourgensen’s band flirted with taking industrial music into the mainstream in the late ’80s and early ’90s. The following decade, he’d become an important part of R.E.M.’s third act, playing on several late-era albums by the pioneering alt-indie band, in addition to touring with them all over the globe. And when prog’s wildly adventurous progenitors, King Crimson, out-Crimson’d themselves by unveiling a radical three-drummers-across-the-front lineup in 2014, there was Rieflin in the middle, providing the rhythmic ballast between Pat Mastelotto’s percussive outbursts and Gavin Harrison’s precise shredding.

Setup Cymbals

  • Details

    Sizes: 16", 17", 18", 19"
    Volume: Medium
    Weight: Light

    Sound character: Dark body, full frequency spectrum, brilliant highs. Very wide range, complex, pleasing musical mix. Immediate, sensitive response, strong attack, controllable spread, even, layered fade. This crash combines silky, soft qualities with energy and projection for an incredibly versatile application range. Also extremely well suited as suspended cymbals and for mallet rolls.

  • Sounds