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Puts so much PASSION and enthusiasm into everything he does, especially drumming. He works so hard especially when he's on stage switching back and forth between drums and piano. Was a PLEASURE to see him at Lollapalooza. I only went to see them
No drummer in the face of Rock plays like Yoshiki! He's brilliant! On Drums & Piano! He's a god on Drums & piano! No one can play like Yoshiki!
A lot of drummers are great but Yoshiki, who can play the piano and the drums, knows music with passion, he's got music in his blood. Listen how he plays the drums, he keeps the heart alive.More comments about Yoshiki Hayashi (X-japan)
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Wow 36? That is wrong, he's easily in the top 10 if not the top 5.. But Jimmy Sullivan definitely is where he should be on this list.. A7x foREVer
Once again, I am stunned to see Jason Costa not in the top ten of a "best drummers" list. This guy is amazing. Personally, I think Joey Jordison is the best, but Jason Costa belongs right up there with him.
I don't see why he's not at least on 2More comments about Jason Costa (All That Remains)
This Guy Should be on the top 10 not the best but one of the best for sure... Perfect drummer in terms of being Technical & Accurate and named as one of the most talked drummer in modern metal
Seriously like why is he not on here? Song slaves shall serve he drums at 280bpm. Shemhamforash he clocks in at just under 290. Please I beg you if you like drumming look him and his band up on youtube.
Um, top 10. Fast isn't always best but he's extremely skilled. He should be many many many many many slots higher up on the list.
Super drummer, fast and accurate, I don't understand why he's so low in this rating.
He is so awesome live! Can't understand why lars is nr. 3 and he isn't on the list
best. drummer. ever listen to Hell Was Made In Heaven or any song he did with Motorhead
just listen to endgame he done a great job on that album
Endgame and Th1rth3en really great job one of the best MegadetH's drummers
"number 30 is ridiculous" Agreed!
Just listen to Never Dead on Th1rth3en! It is awesome and perfect! The ranking has to be updated, because number 30 is ridiculous.
Whether you love voiovd or not, this guy can come up with odder drum beats and is the best with the tom-tom drum rolls. Perhaps only beaten in the genre by thom Haake and Dave Lombaro.
Very passionate and skillful drummer. Uses pearl drums and other custom cymbals.
Brandon can kick ass on drums when he wants to! He mainly concentrates on keeping a solid beat and playing a few fills! Mainly so it can fit for his singing! He keeps it simple on the chorus's and rips out the rest!
This guy is an awesome person. I got to talk with him for 30 minutes or so and have a beer with him when he came to my town and he is just an awesome guy, let alone he is one of the best drummers around ANNDd one of the best singers of our generation. HIs voice is so intoxicating and he is just so passionate about what he does and he makes it look easy! He deserves at lead top 10 I would think! DO IT! Vote for him!
The guy is a legend in his own right. Nowhere near as mainstream as some of those near the top, its why he's down at this ranking. Singing the way he does AND play drums, now that's a feat not many can accomplish! Steve-hell or highwater uk street teamMore comments about Brandon Saller (Atreyu)
Do you even know travis... Please make me a favour.. LISTEN TO HEARTS ALL GONE by BLINK 182... Just hear the incredible drum.. He's not one of the best.. But he deserves to be at top 25!
Very diverse, extreme. I really think some of his other bands are better than TLGS, but none the less, a brutal metal drummer.
Always overshadowed by his thrash peers, Bostaph was just as good. He deserves a place in the top 5 at least his work is on the level of Lombardo and Hoglan
How could you leave him out of the top ten? He absolutely slays in so many thrash metal bands and sometimes leaves them better
Played the albums "Divine Intervention" "Undisputed Attitude" and "God Hates Us All" with Slayer, and drums for Testament. His drums on Slayers track "Disciple" are unbelievably quick and catchy.More comments about Paul Bostaph (Slayer, Testament, Exodus, Forbidden)
better drummer than yoshiki, more complex drumming styles
I can't believe that I am the first one to think of adding 5FDP's drummer! I have only been listening to them for a little while, but Jeremy Spencer is by far the best drummer ever. I'll admit that Jimmy The Rev Sullivan does deserve to be in the top ten, but he can't match Jeremy Spencer's ability. Jeremy Spencer's best song is Under and Over it.
What the Hell! Jeremy Spencer must be from the Top 3
72! You must be kidding me
Hands down one of the best metal drummers of all time.
He has the whole package, technique, speed and creativity.
Just listen to tracks like "Welcome to Dying", "The Script for my Requiem" or "Battlefield".
His performance is especially impressive on the album "A night at the Opera".
I think he deserves to be MORE higher!
He is one of the best drummers in the whole world.. I'm my opinion he should be at the list of 5
Gavin harrison should be on the top 3... What just listen to porcupine tree!
Shinya and Inferno should be nearer the top ten and considering who has been placed as top ten both should be well up there. You'd have to scroll down to No.5 (Portnoy) before seeing someone worthy of being up there.
WHAT THE HELL!? Why is Shinya so low!? Joey Jordison said he was amazed by Shinya's work!
Shinya has very nice flow to his drumming style and has played some wonderful pieces. Perhaps not worthy of the top ten (not that he isn't better than the current top ten) but still fit for top 25.
Amazing double bass work. Doesn't deserve to be in the top 20, still amazing drum work regardless. Listen to "Dreamer".
Uses amazing linear patterns that no one else does. Should be top 50 for sure
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Updated Thursday, December 12, 2013