Mike Bordin, The Hardest Hitting Drummer

Mike Bordin is one of the few drummers who established their careers quite early in their lives. He cut his teeth in high bands to secure a spot in the world of great drummers. And he received his reward when he was able to play alongside Metallica bassist Cliff Burton. He gained his recognition as a hard-working drummer while working for different bands.

Mike Bordin was acclaimed for his hard-hitting style during his tenure with alt-metal originals Faith Noe More. He then went on to work with everyone from Ozzy Osbourne to Korn, Alice, and many others. In the world of hard rock and metal, this is a resume that can never go unnoticed. His skills improved with every encounter, making him an asset for the teams he worked with.

Mike Bordin
Mike Bordin

Drumming for this music style requires more than just talent. One has to be strong, innovative, and easy to adopt. These are some of the characteristics that made Bordin grow. Every project he worked on seemed to come with something new to the table. His speed is unlike anything you would get from another drummer. Some people even think he has a metronome in his arms, which drives them automatically.

Bordin was born on November 27, 19642, in San Francisco. His dreams of becoming a great musician started much earlier in his life. His first obsession was with Creedence Clearwater Revival. The drummer faced a family trauma at an early age, and he used music to escape. His early influencers were musicians like Jimi Hendrix, Tony Iommi, and Jimmy Page.

At the age of 10, he heard about Black Sabbath and how good they played their music. That is when he became obsessed with his passion for becoming a drummer. He attended Castro Valley School, where he met Cliff Burton, and they became friends. Bordin was so eager to see Black Sabbath that at one time, he stole a neighbor’s car to see them in a show. He was only 15 years then.

He then saw The Sex Pistols in 1977, and that became another major turning point in his life. He and Cliff joined their first band called Fry By Night. After that, he joined another band called EZ Street but did not last with them either because he was sent to a boarding school in Menlo Park. He has some behavior issues which led to this decision. 

Mike Bordin Performing
Mike Bordin Performing

That did not stop him from doing what he liked, as he continued playing drums at any given a chance. His friend Cliff Burton was killed in a bus accident on September 27, 1986. That made him even more determined to succeed as a musician. In the early 90s, he was often the object of ridicule while playing for Guns ‘n’ Roses. This is because he had such an intense personality.

He joined Metallica in 1989 on their tour across the US while drumming for FNM. When FNM broke up in 1998, Bordin joined Ozzy Osbourne. Over the years, he has worked on numerous other projects, including Jerry Cantrell’s Solo album “Degradation Trip in 2002.

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Andrea is a music lover and an experienced drummer with more than 15 years of drumming with different bands and music projects, such as Seditius and Hermano & the Marines.

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