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Roy Mayorga

Roy Mayorga
Mayorga performing with Stone Sour in 2018
Mayorga performing with Stone Sour in 2018
Background information
Birth nameRoy Maurice Mayorga
Also known asRata
Born (1970-04-06) April 6, 1970 (age 50)
New York, New York
  • Drummer
  • songwriter
  • producer
  • engineer
  • Drums
  • guitar
  • bass
  • keyboards
Years active1985–present
Associated acts

Roy Maurice Mayorga (born April 6, 1970) is an American musician, best known as the drummer for the American heavy metal bands Hellyeah and Stone Sour. He is of Ecuadorian and Cuban descent.

Musical history

Roy Mayorga was the original drummer for metal band Soulfly 1997-1999. Prior to joining Soulfly, he also played with New York Hare Krishna hardcore band Shelter in 1996. He also played drums for one of the most influential political bands from New York in the late 80s/early 90s, Nausea. Also Nausea was the band he did his first proper tour of Europe and U.S. and recorded his first album with in 1989 following. Mayorga played drums on the album The Hollowing with metal band Crisis in 1996.[citation needed]

He was briefly a member of the band Medication from 1999–2001, when he left the group to rejoin Soulfly with which he recorded 3 and toured with them soon after. He parted ways with the group in 2003.

In 2004 he helped create rock band ABLOOM as with vocalist Jasan Radford and lead guitarist Levon Sultanian. Also part of the band was Mike Doling (Snot, Soulfly) and John Fahnestock (Snot). Fahnestock left and was replaced by Marcelo Dias aka Marcello D. Rapp (Soulfly). The band is currently on hiatus but are looking to start up again in the near future.

In 2005 he appeared as one of the drummers on the Roadrunner United compilation CD, The All-Star Sessions, playing on "The Enemy", "The End" and "Baptized in the Redemption", all tracks being produced and musically written by Fear Factory guitarist Dino Cazares and Roy Mayorga. "The End" spawned a music video.

On another note Roy Mayorga also does classical film scoring. He has worked on films such as Legion (2004) and Shudder (2007) and when not on the road touring and is currently working on a solo record of that nature. Mayorga temporarily filled in behind the drumkit for Sepultura's 2006 European tour with In Flames following Igor Cavalera's absence.

He officially joined Stone Sour on May 10, 2006 as a replacement for Joel Ekman. He drummed for their second release, Come What(ever) May, released August 1. Roy is endorsed by DW (Drum Workshop), Evans, Vater Drumsticks, PureSound and was endorsed by Zildjian Cymbals but it can be seen in recent videos that he now uses Sabian.

He is the currently the drummer in Stone Sour and recently told Music Feeds TV that he has finally found his home.

In October 2013, the Belgian metal band Channel Zero announced that following the death of their drummer Phil Baheux, Roy will play the drums on their upcoming album.

On May 6, 2019, Mayorga was announced as Hellyeah's new drummer for their upcoming May 11, 2019 show honoring their late drummer Vinnie Paul, who died on June 22, 2018, after the upcoming Hellyeah new album was completed.


This set of equipment is based on Roy Mayorga's Wallpaper for DW's new publicity campaign "This is my Custom DW kit" and is as it follows. In the picture Roys Kit has Zildjian Cymbals instead of Sabian because he used Zildjian early on for the album, Come What(ever) May. Roy also used Vic Firth sticks early on too.


  • DW Collector's Custom Maple Kit with Vertical Low Timbre in Black Ice FinishPly finish with Satin Chrome Hardware
  • 24x18 Bass Drum
  • 21x16 Gong Drum (left)
  • 14x8 Rock-it Shell Snare
  • 13x8 Rack Tom
  • 14x9 Rack Tom
  • 18x16 Floor Tom
  • 20x16 Floor Tom
  • 3-6x15 Rata Drums (as named by Roy Mayorga) (2 on top of gong drum, 1 in between the toms)


  • Sabian
  • 24" "Roy Mayorga" Signature Anvil Ride
  • 18" APX Crash
  • 20" APX Crash
  • 15" APX Solid Hi Hats or
  • assorted Radia Bells- 6",8",10",12"
  • 22" HH China "Bill ward" signature
  • 19" AAX-Xplosion Chinese
  • 19" AA Holy China


  • DW rack and Hardware
  • DW 8000 series Double Bass Pedal.



  • Evans
  • bass drum:
  • EMAD Heavyweight (on batter side)
  • EQ 3 Resonant (front side)
  • toms:
  • Onyx or G2 coated (batter side)
  • EC resonant or G1 clear (bottom)
  • Snare drum:
  • Emad Heavyweight (batter side)
  • Hazy 300 (snare side)
  • Rata drums:
  • G2 clear
  • Gong Bass Drum:
  • DW Stock Drumhead

Guitars and Bass





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