Norman Ceriotti

°NotOnly° Metal & Rock Drummer

22 Reviews
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Interested in heavy and fast drumming? You are in the right place! I've been playing extreme metal for over 10 years, that's my main genre, but I love EVERY kind of music. So, hit me up if you need a session drummer! I'd be more than happy to work with you and write unique drum parts for your songs!

I play drums full time in Defamed (blackened deathcore), Clairvoyance (progressive metalcore), Ego the Enemy (progressive metal), Locus Animae (avant-garde black metal) and many other projects.
During my career I had the pleasure of recording and sharing the stage with more than 60 bands from all around the world.
Even if I play mostly extreme metal, I love all kinds of music and have been working professionally also with pop, rock and jazz artists.
I graduated in "Drum Kit Performance" at the "University of West London" and in "Music theory" at the "Associated Board of Royal Schools of Music". Both these courses helped me massively in understanding, playing and getting interested in every kind of music.

My services are:
- live drum recording;
- drum machine programming;
- playthrough video shooting.

All the recorded tracks I send are edited and ready-to-mix.

Send me an email through 'Contact' button above and I'll get back to you asap.


Discogs verified credits for Norman Ceriotti
  • Ego The Enemy (2)
  • Ego The Enemy (2)
  • Roll For Initiative
  • Incognita
  • Defamed (2)
  • Defamed (2)
  • Defamed (2)
  • Defamed (2)
  • Clairvoyance (6)
  • Simone Giovinazzo
  • kennyanapple (2)
  • Defamed (2)
  • Defamed (2)
  • Marble (15)
  • Fallen Man
  • Clairvoyance (6)
  • Voxager
  • Voxager
  • Marble (15)
  • Lost The Planet
  • Karnar
  • Aces And Flames
  • Defamed (2)
  • Defamed (2)
  • Defamed (2)
  • Clairvoyance (6)
  • Clairvoyance (6)
  • Clairvoyance (6)
  • Roll For Initiative
  • Roll For Initiative
  • Karnar
  • Karnar
  • K-usura
  • Fictio Solemnis
  • Fictio Solemnis
  • Roll For Initiative
  • Defamed (2)
  • Clairvoyance (6)
  • Roll For Initiative
  • Defamed (2)
  • Fallen Man
  • Locus Animæ
  • Locus Animæ


  • English
  • Italian

22 Reviews

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  1. Review by Pete Harcia Jr
    by Pete Harcia Jr

    I was working on a a thrash project and only had programmed drums, but I wanted real feel and sound to the track. Norman provided this and highly exceeded my expectations by a huge margin. Don’t hesitate to hire this guy for your next project, he gives it his all and makes sure you are happy with the finished product!🤘🏾🤘🏾

  2. Review by Vitali Mats
    by Vitali Mats

    We worked together. One of the most serious people I’ve worked with. It was a pleasure to play together

  3. Review by Davide De Marco
    by Davide De Marco

    Norman is extremely nice to work with and always provides stunning results, couldn't be more satisfied!

  4. Review by HelShifter
    by HelShifter

    I was looking for the perfect drummer to replace all programmed drums on my Melodic Death Metal solo project, Debut Album, when I saw a FB video of Norman playing, immediately contacted him and I was surprise how fast and easy is to work with him, very profesional, serious and a great person, the funny thing is that all of my drummer friends thing I got better at programming Lol, cause Norman playing is so tight that he beats any drum machine, at the end I got to show them the videos of him performing the songs as he was recording and then they were speechless, you won’t regret hiring Norman.

  5. Review by Joshua
    by Joshua

    I've had the pleasure of working with Norman on a few projects. He is always fast, fun, efficient and has a lot of positive input. Very happy to have worked with him.

  6. Review by Andrea R.

    Stormcrow, black metal band from Milan had the privilege of having Norman as session drummer.
    One month before a date on which we had to support Belphegor and Batushka we didn't have a drummer, we contacted Norman and within a month he prepared the lineup that we had to bring to that date.
    Without any problem he prepared pieces at 230/240 bpm and the date was a success!!
    Norman is a drummer to have, technical, fast, professional and above all a great person.
    honored to have shared the stage with him!

  7. Review by Marco
    by Marco

    Serious and professional guy!

  8. Review by Roland Caron
    by Roland Caron

    Hello fellow band members that chose Norman Ceriotti for your drum session. You want double bass in your face. Where Lack of Foresight Quebec(canada) and did the best choice ever choosing Norman, Norman does it exactly like you want it to sound, including correcting all lages and defaults. why look elsewhere. Norman ceriotti is a real deal and trust me anyone chosing Norman ceriotti from Defamed will definitely not be disappointed. Everything you need' he's the guy for the job. Peace to all👊👊

  9. Review by Marius - Karnar
    by Marius - Karnar

    I have known Norman for several years, and I can say that he is an highest level drummer . We have turned to him several times, always obtaining extremely high quality products. He is a serious professional who can provide several solutions that often improve the song, absolutely one of the best of its kind in Italy.

  10. Review by Gabriele Neotti
    by Gabriele Neotti

    Norman is a very kind person and very professional!
    He taught me a lot of things in a very short time!
    Thanks to him I was able tu use a double pedal in 1 year!! Impressive!!
    I recommend Norman, if you want a good teacher or session Drummer!! His sound is very cool!
    I'm a sound engineer..

  11. Review by Helge Thorsten Kautz
    by Helge Thorsten Kautz

    Norman tracked drums for all songs on our 2021 space metal album, and we're super happy with the results! No matter whether ballad, fast-paced double-bassdrum action, or unconventional time signature and tempo changes, every track was delivered in an outstanding quality, and also rapidly. What's more, Norman contributed his own ideas in parts that weren't fully fleshed out yet. He's a great guy to work with, always friendly, very professional, and highly recommended!

  12. Review by Brian Cara
    by Brian Cara

    Norman is the most talented drummer I've ever known. He puts passion and love in everything he does, with infinite joy and politeness.
    He is skilled and very precise, totally recommended!

  13. Review by Emmanuele Iacono
    by Emmanuele Iacono

    Norman is an incredible musician and a great person overall. Super talented, very precise, attentive and reliable at anything he does, but also serious and down to earth.

    You're not going to be disappointed if you decide to work with him. In fact, you'll love the experience and the results as well!

  14. Review by Vera Clinco
    by Vera Clinco

    Norman is an excellent musician with a great taste and a super caring attitude: he surely delivers quality tracks with maniac attention to details, a professional with a very human, calm, focused yet relaxed way of working and interacting. Totally recommended!

  15. Review by Davide Aroldi
    by Davide Aroldi

    Norman is hands down an incredible drummer, very skilled teacher and amazing persone

    I had the chance to work alongside him while producing some music and the amount of attention to detail he puts in is insane, nailing it every time even via gut feeling.

    But mostly, Norman is an amazing human being very easy to interact with and emanating a calm yet focused aura, so you’re in safe hands.

  16. Review by Francesco Rizzo
    by Francesco Rizzo

    The most satisfyng thing is receiving his drums and enjoying the way he trasforms the music, highly recommended!

  17. Review by Giacomo Bonfadini
    by Giacomo Bonfadini

    One of the tightest and most creative drummers in the game. Also, a very professional and easy-going dude. Highly recommended

  18. Review by matteo alemanno
    by matteo alemanno

    I worked with Norman on many of my projects.
    He's an excellent drummer and a reliable professional musician, always on point and accurate. Can't wait to work with him again!

  19. Review by Mattia Omarini
    by Mattia Omarini

    Very professional, working with Norman is always a pleasure.
    Extremely flexible and able to adapt to all my requests during the session

  20. Review by Federico Ascari
    by Federico Ascari

    Norman is an amazing drummer, I worked with him on many studio sessions and he always delivers quality tracks and performances with great attention to detail. Highly recommended!

Interview with Norman Ceriotti

  1. Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?

  2. A: I am really proud about Defamed. The band started in 2019 and from day one our music had been really appreciated from deathcore and extreme metal fans from all around the world. In a few years we already have millions of views on YouTube and millions of streams on Spotify, that's crazy! I am one of the composers of the band, the drummer and one of the people behind the social networks and promotion ads management.

  3. Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?

  4. A: That I will give it all to make them happy and satisfied about my job on their songs.

  5. Q: What do you like most about your job?

  6. A: The creative aspect of it. Everyday is different and that's what I love both in session gigs and during lessons.

  7. Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?

  8. A: Sometimes people think I just play 300 bpm extreme metal stuff and avoid asking me to work on other kinds of music. Truth is I graduated playing jazz, rock, pop and funk music and I love playing it. Metal is the genre that gave me more work during the past years, thanks to the skills I developed, but I really love every kind of music and I'd be super happy to work on something different!

  9. Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?

  10. A: Snare drum, bass drum, hihat, drumsticks and bass drum pedal, that's all I need to be happy!

  11. Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?

  12. A: I've been working as a full time professional musician since 2017. I started as a drum teacher and session drummer and after some years I started working as a drum coach and ads/social media manager for artists too. At the moment I teach in two music academies in Italy and to private students from all around the world. I play full time in Defamed, Clairvoyance, Ego the Enemy, Locus Animae and many other bands and as a session drummer, I recorded and played live shows for more than 60 different bands in many different countries.

  13. Q: How would you describe your style?

  14. A: Creative and virtuoso on some kinds of music, groovy and in the pocket on others.

  15. Q: What type of music do you usually work on?

  16. A: I usually work on extreme metal, but I am always happy to play other kinds of music.

  17. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  18. A: I think my strongest skill is creativity. I love to write new music and to challenge myself with interesting drum parts, always aiming to enhance the track I am working on. During the years I've been working a lot on technique in order to increase my skills and be able to play whatever the song demands to me without limitations. This way I can play really technical stuff or in the pocket with ease depending on what the band/artist needs for the track.

  19. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  20. A: My main drum set is a Pearl Reference with 10" and 12" rack toms, 14", 16" and 18" floor toms and 22" bass drum. I also own a jazz size Pearl Special Edition Mahogany with 12" rack tom, 14" floor tom and 18" bass drum. I have a 13" Pearl Reference, a 13" Pearl Masters, a 14" Dixon Artisan Brass, a 14" Pearl Ferrone Signature and a 10" Bully Custom snare drums. I own many different Diril cymbals and can use them depending on the sound you are searching for. I can record up to 16 different tracks at once and am using Focusrite audio devices and Shure and AKG microphones.

  21. Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.

  22. A: I mostly work as a session drummer for studio and live gigs. The kind of music I play the most is extreme metal because I've been working in that scene for many years. Anyway, I really love every kind of music and am always super happy to work on different genres.

Defamed - Crystal Prison

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Terms Of Service

- UNLIMITED revisions until you are happy with the result
- All the drum tracks will be edited FOR FREE
- Delivery in 7 days AT MAX
- Complex or long songs may have additional costs

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  • Defamed
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Gear Highlights
  • Pearl
  • Diril
  • Vratim
  • Roll'em
  • New Drum Percussion
  • Roland
  • On Trigger
  • ACD Unlimited
  • Shure
  • AKG
  • Focusrite
  • Zoom
  • GoPro
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