JAMES DeMARIA is made of metal. From 2010-2014, DeMaria was the drummer for GENERATION KILL. After witnessing his performance with GK at Dingbatz in NJ, Tony Portaro was impressed with his hammer style, and asked James to become a backup drummer for WHIPLASH.
James joined the ranks as drummer for WHIPLASH on several occasions in 2015. He crushed it in Germany to rave reviews at the Metal Assault Fest. He also performed on the 70,000 Tons of Metal Cruise, which was the second time WHIPLASH was aboard. Another festival in Connecticut, Death to False Metal, had Jim pounding while strapped to a go-pro camera.
DeMaria's intrinsic relationship with metal began in 1986, with bands MERAUDER, RIPHOUSE (1987-1991), FREEBASS (1992-1997) and POOIS (1994– never really left).
James had long been the core driving force behind the intricate and unique rhythmic sounds of POOIS. His vast and varied experiences, focus and energy to his craft, are all rapped up into one package. His POOIS bandmate has said of him: "No drummer can be on you like your underwear as Kong Foo Jim can."
Continually active with bands on the NY scene, James is known to don his death mask as "Germ," while banging behind GUNFIRE-N-SODOMY (Metal Blade Records), since 2012. G-N-S has created their own extreme music genre, termed Snufcore ... a mix of acoustic death metal and vomit-inducing lyrics.
Occasionally undertaking drum tech duties with EXODUS, DeMaria became the go-to drummer for TOXIK in 2014, playing shows and touring South America with them in 2015.