Most Technical Drummers of All Time

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21Jimmy 'The Rev' Sullivan
22Scott Travis (Judas Priest)Mark Scott Travis is a Grammy Award winning American rock musician, best known as the drummer for the English heavy metal band Judas Priest and the American heavy metal band Racer X.V1 Comment
23Steve Asheim (Deicide)
24Joey Jordison (Slipknot)Joey Jordison, is an American musician, songwriter, and record producer best known for his work as the former drummer and co-songwriter for the heavy metal band Slipknot as well as guitarist in the Horror-punk band Murderdolls.V2 Comments
25Buddy Rich

Apparently, most people think technical drumming is just really fast playing, playing strange time signatures, and a lot of fills that utilize a double bass pedal to make everything sound as crowded, complicated, and quick as possible. Sure, a lot of the drummers listed are very talented, but you don't need to play heavy music (like metal and such) to be technically great.

Personally, I find the vast majority of higher ranking drummers to play music that is... well... awful. Like, really bad.

When I listen to the previously listed drummers' songs, it's almost as if they approach the songs with a mentality of "how can I make MY instrument stand out more than the other instruments and what is the most complicated, counter-intuitive, crazy drum track I can lay down to prove how awesome I am? " Buddy Rich, on the other hand, had the chops, but also knew how to play with the music! When it was his time to shine (i.e. a drum solo) he did so brilliantly, but when he ...more

Not only the greatest technical drummer, but also one of the the ultimate technical musicians, in any genre. It seems unlikely that any other will be taking his crown anytime soon.

Somehow not on here? And that's truly a shame.

26Lars UlrichLars Ulrich is a Danish drummer and one of the founding members of the American heavy metal band Metallica.
27Zbigniew "Inferno" Promiński (Behemoth)
28Paul Mazurkiewicz (Cannibal Corpse)
29Chad Szeliga (Breaking Benjamin)Chad Szeliga is an American drummer and percussionist from Elyria, Ohio. He is best known as the former drummer for the band Breaking Benjamin.
30Matthew Greiner (August Burns Red)
31Eloy Casagrande (Sepultura)
32John Dolmayan (System of a Down)John Dolmayan is a Lebanese-born Armenian–American songwriter and drummer. He is best known as the drummer of System of a Down.
33Tommy Portimo (Sonata Arctica)
34Michael 'Moose' Thomas (Bullet for My Valentine)
35Steve Gorman (Black Crowes)

I catch myself focusing on the drums when listening to the Crowes. Also, Gorman has played with Stereophonics and on Warren Zevon's "The Wind. "

36Alex Pelletier (Despised Icon)
37Trey Williams (Dying Fetus)
38Les Binks (Judas Priest)

Only had 2 albums with priest, but doing a fast double bass drum solo in the late 70's is as technical as it gets

39Matt Halpern (Periphery)
40Leroi Moore
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