"INFERNO" and "Flower Language"recording set-ups



Interestingly, Sakura uses the same setup for both Rayflower and Creature Creature. In interviews from this period, Sakura has changed his old attitude completely. Back in the "True" era, he said in an interview "I don't want people to be able to say 'This is Sakura's sound!'" and the results were that he changed gear all the time. However, he is now saying the opposite in interviews: "I want to use one setup for everything, and for people to say 'This is Sakura's sound!'" And this kit is the "sound" in question.

Drums:

Snare drum: 14"x6.5" Pearl Toshi Nagai Hammered Copper
Toms: Custom Pearl Masters 10"x8", 12"x8", 14"x12", 16"x12"
Bass drum: Custom Pearl Masters 22"x22"

These have been detailed nicely in magazines. Not much to add.

Heads:

Snare: Remo Emperor X (top), Remo Ambassador Snare Side (bottom)
Toms: Remo Ebony Ambassador (top), Remo Clear Ambassador (bottom)
Bass: Unknown heads on the bass drum

Unfortunately I have no clue what the bass drum heads are. The batter head is either clear or ebony, but definitely not white.

Cymbals:

15" Paiste mystery Sound Edge Hi-Hats
22" Paiste Signature Dry Ride
19", 18", 17" Paiste Formula 602 Crashes
10", 8" Sabian Terry Bozzio Radia Splashes
18" Sabian HHX Chinese
19" Sabian Paragon Chinese

Cymbals, as we can see in the (unfortunately tiny) studio shots, are finally changing. His crashes are now primarily Paiste Formula 602 crashes. Hi-hats are still clearly 15" sound-edges, and could be either Formula 602 or 2002 (he also has two pairs, so maybe both are represented?) The ride in this picture still appears to be his 22" Paiste Signature ride but it is very difficult to say for sure. His main chinese is now a 19" Sabian Paragon, and his secondary chinese is the 18" HHX from SOAP.

The following images come from Rhythm and Drums magazine. It shows Sakura's recording set-ups for these albums. Unfortunately they were very, very small, surely to obscure details.