Ryan Alexander Bloom is an American drummer, author, and private teacher. He is known for being a former member of the Colorado based thrash metal band Havok and the author of the Double Bass Drumming Explained series.
Ryan joined the band Havok in 2007 and shortly afterward the band got an offer from famed metal label Candlelight Records with whom they ultimately signed a record deal. Ryan contributed drum tracks and lyrics to Havok's 2009 debut album Burn, and appeared in the music video for the song "Morbid Symmetry". Ryan left Havok just before the official release of Burn. In 2010 Ryan briefly joined up with Five Iron Frenzy guitarist Micah Ortega to form a death metal band called Mordheim which recorded a short demo called Brutal Demonstrations before disbanding. In 2011 Ryan was hired to record percussion on Amara Grace's album Can't Keep A Sunrise Down. In 2012 he was contacted by Rob Hubbard of Synthetic Minister to record drums for a side project grunge/punk band called Amish Warfare. The resulting EP was titled Immaculate Misconception.
Also in 2012, Ryan published an instructional book Double Bass Drumming Explained: A Comprehensive Reference on the Art and Science of Double Bass which discusses double bass drum technique, style, and theory. The book draws on Ryan's own critically acclaimed drumming techniques and his teaching experience.
In 2013, Ryan began working with Mackenzie Gault, of the platinum selling Denver band Flobots, teaching drums at her music school, Denver Music Tree.
Late in 2013, Ryan published his second book,Double Bass Drumming Explained Part 2: The Workbook. Where the first book was mostly text, this sequel is a traditional instructional method consisting of mainly beats and notated exercises for practice.
Ryan holds a BA in Music from the University of Colorado at Boulder (2007)