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I don't care if he is dead and people say he is getting sympathy votes, he is by far the best drummer of all time. Look, he has the necessary prerequisites, super fast feet and hands, very precise and creative (look at Chapter 4) and as an added bonus can scream like a boss. RIP Jimmy, A7X FoREVer.
I'm in no way a fanboy. His technicality was amazing. Look at City of Evil and their self titled album. Musically, he was a genius... He wrote A Little Piece of Heaven which is an absolute masterpiece. Also, the man's vocals were outstanding.
The people who call the rev overrated can blow me and then set their asses on fire
Rev is a great drummer, but nowhere near the best.
Most of the things he can do can be done just as good if not better by many other drummers. - HiBye
Lars Ulrich above Bonzo? I mean lars couldn't even play as good than Bonzo if he had 4 arms. Lars can't even play to a metronome why is he above? I mean Metallica are a good band but why is lars above this god?
This is the man who pretty much started it all, every other drummer on this list grew up idealizing this dude.
Kids, listen to him and then form an opinion.
He started it all - the Godfather of hard rock/metal drumming.
If this list for heavy metal then this is perfect but if this for hard rock then he should be in 1! - tommygunV 4 Comments
Guys come on no doubt joey is number 1 He is far more better than rev. Drummers like rev are nothing compared to joey. No one can compete with him when it comes to drumming. He is fast, excellent and the best metal drummer the world has witnessed. Joey rules
I love rev but rev is a bit overrated.. Sorry rev :) but joey is a REAL MASTERPIECE DRUMMER don, t believe me? Hear any slipknot song.. - nooreldeen
You guys are very unnoligible when it comes to drumming the rev was a decent drummer but his overall talent and complexity does not match that of most the others on this list. It kind of annoys me knowing that most the people who voted for the rev are probably just A7x fanboys and just like their new stuff for you who like their older stuff CHEERS but anyway joey is a lot better than the rev. But RIP jimmy
Amazing amazing drummer!V 8 Comments
The first Rockstar - and still one of the wildest ever. And he played drums like a hurricane!
Keith my top rock drummer period hands down
The list title is "Best Hard Rock-Metal Drummers". He can be on the list. - Metal_Treasure
He shouldn't be on this list because he's not heavy metal
R yall absolutely retarded I never even heard of this butt munch from avenged sevenfold and he's better than peart Bonham Danny carey Davelombardo and Keith moon hell I like godsmacks drummer better than a7fold
I have to say... The Rev is overrated. I'm not hating on him, he's a great drummer, but he's not the best. I could easily name many drummers better like Mike Portnoy who is just amazing. Also, Ted Kirpatrick, who pretty much shreds on the drums.
He can play 17/16 time in the song called dance of eternity
No one can defeat Mike in terms of technicality, precision and versality.
So you think the Rev is technical? You obviously haven’t heard of Mike PortnoyV 2 Comments
Its a joke... Metallica deserve 1st position in every list they all are best and check work of Lars in there every album... Lars deserve 1st position... James, Kirk, rob also deserve 1st position in every list... Just Metallica only... There are people like me who cannot live without there songs... Love Metallica and there songs
Where is Chris Adler on this list? What about Fredrick Andeerson from Amon Amarth? Both great metal drummers... All these popular fools suck. Lars is okay,
Why Lars is in this position?! He's a master of the drummers, he deserves more u_u
Is Lars good? Yes. Is he the best? By far not. He is good but his timing is almost painful - Johnnyt800V 7 Comments
You can't put TOOL's Danny Carey in any category with a typically good drummer who can hit a few extra licks between licks. Being a drummer myself, Naturally I listen to those parts of songs more intensely so that I learn the music even just to sing along.
I became a Tool fan only after hearing this incredible eclectic configuration of percussions and the unpredictable offsets that could lead one to believe that there may be second drummer.
Yes a lot of these guys who are mentioned here in this opinion rating are very good...But none of them can even be categorized with this guy playing for TOOL. He's in a class of his own. Truly MESMERIC! I'm getting chills right now as I brag on him. HE IS UNDOUBTEDLY the most Incredible, the most Enthralling drummer, percussionist I have ever heard. Thus leading me (A self proclaimed Pooh-Bah) to proclaim that "Danny Carey is the best drummer known".
Ide sure love to crawl into his head during his writing. Love Ya Danny!
Any list of the greatest drummers of all time - that excludes Danny Carey - loses all credibility in my eyes. Travis Barker? Really?
The power produced by his "banging" coupled with the unique time signatures puts him in the company of only Peart and Bonham..
Danny deserves to be in the top ten, for those who have not seen tool or Danny live you must before you vote or voice an opinion.
Imagine if John bonham and bill bruford had a child, injected octopus DNA into said child, then offered him up to the kind spirit jabubah in exchange for a distinct creative style. Now picture him standing at about 6'5 with luscious golden locks, and you've got Danny Carey. A drummer who actually enhances the music he plays for, rather than only keeping time and showing off.V 3 Comments
He may not be the very best but his attitude while drumming is something that other drummers can't really compete with.
20? Are you kidding me? HE IS DAVE GROHL!
He's the godfather of double bass drumming, he's got to be higher! - Nintendonix
It's a joke how low he is ranked. At least top 5.
Put him in top 5 dave is a big piece of pure metal drumming
2nd best after nick mcbrainV 3 Comments
Lars is good, but Nicko is way better. You know a metal drummer has fast feet when he proclaims "Double pedal is cheating." Just listen to Wickerman and Ghost of the Navigator and you will understand. Single pedal on both. He also comes up with some amazing fills, and awesome riffs. As far as heavy metal, McBrain is the best drummer.
Just simply Awesome energy!
Listened to many drummers from all walks of life, nobody comes close to Nicko!
Yoshiki san is the best drummer of Japan. His musicality and graciousness is something different which is found only once in a generation.
He hits so hard you'd think they're going to break!
Listen to the first 2 korn abums. Those are inspirational for me and shows that metal drums don't have to heavily rely on double bass or blastbeats.
One of best drummer, love his rolls
He is just awesome. When I listened to "Rust In Peace... Polaris" first time, I Thought: Their drummer is incredible, no, he can't be real, it's played by a computer program. But few years I've heard this and some other songs live, and that was even more amazing, that this guy really can do such things.
Sad that the Rev is in front of Nick and Dave Lombardo
Listen too his drum roles on the intro of holy wars
HAHA FINALLY YASSS PINK FLOYD IS HARD ROCK TOOO YEAH I AM REALLY HAPPY ABOUT THIS and yes I know I am weird lel - PanagosBoi17
Second to none. Undoubtedly. John Bonham n Keith Moon n Lars Ulrich are close by. Nicko Mc Brain is very good too
He’s drums are not only keeping the rhythm but telling you stories, rising your adrenalin. One of the top 5 to me.
Seriously underrated drummer. Creates some real funky drum beats.
This guy set a world record for the most drums (400) played in under one minute, live on television (BBC). - Metal_Treasure
Maybe the people voting on here are not familiar with Tomas? Or Danny Carey for that matter... Faster is not better in my opinion. Innovation and difficulty should be standard of which the "best" should be measured.
When it comes down to it there isn't a drummer on this list that is as complex as Tom Haake. The rev just plays really fast but safe and uninspired metal core and really isn't the best. Tom Haake is a genius
Let's face it, progressive metal and the wide use of polyrhythms and very technical drumming leads to some great drummers. Tomas Haake is a cut above the rest in my book!
This guy and Danny Carey are amazing
Yeah right John bonham at 13 and George kollias at 21. Side by side george will blow the led zepplin drummer away, Bonham wont even keep up. George kollias, gene Hoglan and Peter Sandoval are the best three metal drummers of all time.. All three should be in top 3 spots.
He is a tight drummer with a great sense... He deserves to be in top 10
Bullet For My Valentine is pretty cool.
The speed, the complexity, the epic sound. No one is nearly at this drummers level. Double bass at it's best! Pure genius talent.
10/10 must be on the top 5
Umm Thirty and Seven anyone?
Saw him live just the other night...Shannon Larkin is unreal. Talent personified
Godsmack most underrated band in the world. Shannon is a beast.
Really Chris Adler is only nine hundred years old still putting out the sickest rhythms and amazing double bass ever
Best drummer ever!
Best drummer of BVB leaving Sandra!
HELLO... ? It's ROGER TAYLOR! From the greatest band in the universe, QUEEN! Roger is AWESOME! Absolutely the Best!
Are you kidding me?! Roger Taylor is the greatest drummer on Earth! Ever!
Number 12 for metal in my opinion
Sometimes I hear the words "drum solo" at concerts and I groan, wishing it was over. I mean, the drummers who do those solos are good, but they are boring to watch. So when I went to see Halestorm last year and I heard there was going to be a drum solo, my initial thoughts weren't positive. Well, I would like to apologize to Arejay Hale and all of Halestorm if they ever see this. His drum solo was so awesome it blew my mind.
Two words: Criminally Underrated. Watch their "Love Bites" video amongst the live performances and tell me this cat ain't top 20, at least!
Fanfare For the Common Carl!
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2. Danny Carey - Tool
3. John Bonham - Led Zeppelin
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