London May


London May


Paiste Artist Since
June 2011

United States

Main Affiliation

Other Affiliations
Danzig Legacy


Follow Artist

„By nature I could never fall in line with what everyone else was doing - so finding cymbals that were different and unique matched my punk attitude. Paiste helped set me apart and has been a big part of my signature sound for almost 30 years. Plus they add a bit of refinement to my raw style.“


London May

Cymbals listed from left to right

14" 2002 Heavy Hi-Hat Top (regular)
19" 2002 Crash
19" 2002 Power Crash
18" 2002 Medium (not pictured)
14" 2002 Sound Edge Hi-Hat
20" 2002 Rock Ride (discontinued)
18" 2002 China

Videos & Pics



London May is best known for playing drums (and subsequently bass) in Glenn Danzig's post-Misfits/pre-Danzig punk/goth band Samhain, which he joined in the summer of 1985. May played on the group's best known release, November-Coming-Fire as well as Samhain Live '85–'86, the bonus tracks on the 2001 re-release of the band's last album, Final Descent, and the band’s career spanning “Box Set” collection. During his long and continuing music career he has also recorded and performed with such popular artists as Lol Tolhurst (of The Cure), Tiger Army, Son Of Sam, Dag Nasty, Lee Ving (of Fear), Pat Smear (Of Nirvana, Germs), Exene Cervenka (of X), Cold Cave, Boredoms, Reptile House, Jackass star Chris Pontius, artist Doug Aiken, Rikk Agnew (of Christian Death and Adolescents), and Distorted Pony. In 2017 London joined the legendary Black Metal group, Ritual. In 2020 London began drumming for Industrial legends MINISTRY. London’s “greatest hits” drumming anthology “Devilution: The Early Years” was released on CD and vinyl 7/1/16 on Cleopatra Records.

Setup Cymbals

Only standard models appear in this section.
  • Details

    Sizes: 16", 18", 20"
    Volume: Medium
    Weight: Medium

    Sound character: Medium bright, full, exotic, fairly trashy. Wide range, complex mix. Responsive, full sounding crash, complex, trashy ride. The definitive classic rock china sound.

  • Sounds