Originally Posted by neilpeartjr.
Well, the only way of making drums sinister in my opinion is to go all Scott Travis on them, really.
There's that too. Unfortunately our drummer doesn't have any double-kick equipment, but that's something I've been pushing for. The drummer and other guitarist (and other main songwriter as well) in the band are very much traditional in their metal, so initially they had what amounts to a moral opposition to double kick. But over time I've pushed them in a heavier direction.
Another thing is our drummer has practically no equipment. One decent crash cymbal (that the guitarist owns) and a cheap ass ride. Even the floor tom belongs to the guitarist. Bah.