Top Ten Best Progressive Metal Drummers

List of the Best drummers in Progressive Metal/Djent/etc. Bands.

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1Mike Portnoy (Dream Theater)Michael Portnoy is an American drummer primarily known as the former drummer, backing vocalist, and a co-founder of the progressive metal/rock band Dream Theater. Known for his technical skill as a drummer, Portnoy has won 30 awards from the Modern Drummer magazine.

My opinion, he is the best drummer in the world. Keep it up Portnoy so we love you! :)) laugh out loud

He is a best drummer in the world. And also better than mangini

Best Drummer in the history of mankind.

Only beaten by joey jordison, One of the greatest drummers ever!

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2Danny Carey (Tool)Daniel Edwin "Danny" Carey, born May 10, 1961 in Lawrence, Kansas, is an American drummer and instrumentalist best known for his work in American Grammy Award-winning progressive rock band Tool. He has also contributed to albums by and played with such artists as Zaum, Green Jell├┐, Pigface, Skinny ...read more.

Danny Carey is not only the best progressive metal drummer in the world, he is one of the best drummers of the modern era. Without Carey, Tool doesn't exist, period. He is beautiful to watch on the drums as he effortlessly delivers some of the best sequences on the planet. The only frustration is that Tool hardly ever comes out with new material, but when they do, it's always a step above the previous sound.

Without ANY DOUBT! Danny carey Is the best progressive metal DRUMMER.Listen to:Lateralus.10000Days.The Pot AND...

Most skilled drummer of all time.

The best drummer for the best band

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3Mike Mangini (Dream Theater)Mike Mangini is an American drummer. Since 2010, he has been a member of progressive metal band Dream Theater, following the departure of founding drummer Mike Portnoy.

I keep seeing this debate about Mangini vs Portnoy. First of all, they are both two of the best drummers in the world. They are both off the scales amazing at what they do (in fact anyone who can play every DT song is). Technically, Mangini kicks Portnoy's ass, that's a fact. Mangini can do a lot more and is much more technically advanced. But it's Portnoy's showmanship that everyone loves. Also it's one thing to write the drums to a DT song (Portnoy) but another to be able to cover it note for note (Mangini). In my opinion there is no better drummer they are both amazing in their own way. Portnoy shouldn't have messed about with taking breaks etc and this wouldn't have happened anyway! - carterthedrummer

One of the or simply the fastest drummer ever. - zxm

Much better than Portnoy, this guy is a beast!

Simply the best.

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4Thomas Haake (Meshuggah)

MIND BLOWING...can't explain...in my opinion MIKE and CARREY are bests...haake is below them!

Listen to bleed and you will understand what true talent is - jakespencer22

Thomas is like a butter menthol for my soul

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5Martin Lopez (Opeth)

He is a monster! When he was in opeth he did something that will never be repeated
You should be a drummer and listen part to part to find out what he plays specially in ghost reveriies.
Best in the history of prog metal with no doubt...

6Jason Rullo (Symphony X)

Jason rullo is the best prog drummer for me because his rudiments is better than any drummers here.. Peace

7Brann Dailor (Mastodon)Brann Timothy Dailor is an American drummer/singer best known as a member of the Atlanta, Georgia metal band Mastodon, in which he is the drummer, backing vocalist, lead vocalist and primary lyricist.

He is probably one of the greatest drummers out there. After Mike Portnoy and Neil Pert. OF COURSE.

Great drumming PLUS singing? Come on!

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8Gavin Harrison (Porcupine Tree)

Gavin Harrison is the best drummer in the world period. Let alone the best drummer in any individual category of music that he plays. You don't win progressive drummer of the year multiple times without being the best.

I just saw him with King crimson. I was lucky all the pawn shops were closed, otherwise I would have sold my drums and quit playing. What a beast!

He can really groove in odd time signatures and make the music feel good

9Mario Duplantier (Gojira)Mario Duplantier is a French musician and artist best known as the drummer of technical death metal band Gojira.V1 Comment
10Virgil Donati (Planet X)

One of the most insanely technical and progressive musicians out there!

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11Casey Grillo (Kamelot)

He is easily the best drummer in this..

12Bill Ward (Black Sabbath)William Thomas "Bill" Ward is an English musician and visual artist, best known as the original drummer for the British heavy metal band Black Sabbath.V1 Comment
13Blake Richardson (Between The Buried and Me)

Blake's ability to play incredibly technical and complex rhythms while maintaining flawless technique and dynamics is simply and utterly mind blowing. - MistaCrave

Watch the parallax drums video, he is so effortless on playing very complex parts, but not for the sake of complexity, but for the groove or texture of a passage.

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14Mark Zonder (Fates Warning)
15Nicko Mcbrain (Iron Maiden)Michael Henry "Nicko" McBrain is an English musician, best known as the drummer of the British heavy metal band Iron Maiden, which he joined in 1982.

What is this guy even doing here?

Kidding right? What is he doing here?

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16Shaju (Artcell)

Glad that Metal_Treasure chose this guy on his remix. He is really a very good prog metal drummer, also prog rock. His solos are great - zxm

17Matt Greiner (August Burns Red)
18Martin Axenrot (Opeth)
19Matt Halpern (Periphery)

Periphery drummer is easily the best new progressive drummer out there. Obviously he is no mike portnoy or mangini, but if you listen to Make Total Destroy or Feed the Ground, then you'll know what I'm talking about. Technically superior to any other drummer on this list besides the Dream Theatre drummers.

Its all about polyrythems, Halpern can do em, and the only other drummer that can do em is Thomas Haake from Meshuggah. You guys obviously aren't very deep into drumming if Matt Halpern isn't in the top 5

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20Matt McDonough (Mudvayne)
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