David Kinkade
David Kinkade
Musician Info
BornAugust 25, 1983 (age 28)
GenreSoulfly, Borknagar. Arsis, Council of the Fallen, D.O.T.A.C., Insatanity Malevolent Creation, Kastasyde
Notable InstrumentsDrums, Percussion
Associated acts'

David Kinkade (born August 25, 1983) was the drummer of Borknagar until 2011 and Soulfly until 2012.


David Kinkade was born in New Jersey in 1983. At the age of three, he started picking up drums after his Grandfather gave him his first drum kit.

He is known for his extreme hand and double bass speeds and technique. Davids technique is not limited to metal. He is experienced in jazz, fusion, prog, swing, rock, and many others genres of music.

His influences bands such as- Metallica, Pink Floyd, Kiss, Iron Maiden, Sepultura, Immortal, Emperor and Devin Townsend Project. Drumming influences include- Gavin Harrison, Horacio "el Negro" Hernandez, Nick Barker, Mike Mangini, Hellhammer, Nick Mason, Carmine Appice, Vinnie Appice, Dave Lombardo, Nicko McBrain, Peter Criss, Eric Singer, Eric Carr, Neil Peart, Lars Ulrich and Pete Sandoval.

In August of 2011, he was announced as the new drummer of Soulfly.

In October of 2011, he parted ways with Borknagar.


Aside from his drumming career, Kinkade is known for his interest in animal welfare. In 2007, he started a foundation called the "Metal 4 Pets Foundation", which stands against animal abuse. The Metal 4 Pets Foundation's goal is to unite the metal world to fight animal abuse.

David also has a teaching background which includes eight years of private instructions. In the summer of 2008, David worked with 13 students ranging from ages 7–13 at an middle school program aimed at teaching children with autism the beginning fundamentals of drums and percussion.

He currently lives in Chicago.


With SoulflyEdit

With BorknagarEdit

Endorsements Edit

  • Pearl Reference & Masters series drums & Pearl Icon rack and hardware
  • Pearl Ultracast snare (size 6.5x14)
  • Sabian HH, AAX, AA, HHX Cymbals
  • Axis A long-board pedals w/ ekit triggers
  • Alesis DM10
  • Evans drum heads (EQ3, G2, Power center reverse dot)
  • Promark drumsticks ( 16 3/4" .603 Hickory- David Kinkade signature)
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