Best Hard Rock-Metal Drummers


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21 Cozy Powell - Rainbow, Black Sabbath, Whitesnake Cozy Powell - Rainbow, Black Sabbath, Whitesnake Colin Trevor "Cozy" Powell was an English rock drummer, who made his name with many major rock bands and artists like The Jeff Beck Group, Rainbow, Robert Plant, Whitesnake and Black Sabbath.

This guy set a world record for the most drums (400) played in under one minute, live on television (BBC). - Metal_Treasure

22 Alex Van Halen - Van Halen Alex Van Halen - Van Halen Alexander Arthur "Alex" Van Halen is a Dutch-born American musician, best known as the drummer and co-founder of the hard rock band Van Halen.
23 Tomas Haake - Meshuggah Tomas Haake - Meshuggah Tomas Haake is a Swedish drummer and main songwriter of the experimental metal band Meshuggah. He is known for his polyrhythms and technical ability. In 2012, he was named the 5th best Modern Metal drummer by He was named the number one drummer in the "Metal" category, in the July 2008 more.

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

24 Gene Hoglan Gene Hoglan Eugene "Gene" Victor Hoglan II is an American drummer. He is acclaimed for his creativity in drum arrangements, including use of odd devices for percussion effects and his trademark lengthy double-kick drum rhythms.
25 Ginger Baker - Cream Ginger Baker - Cream
26 George Kollias - Nile George Kollias - Nile Georgios "George" Kollias is a Greek heavy metal drummer and music teacher best known for his work with American technical death metal band Nile.

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.

27 Joe Rickard - RED
28 Taylor Hawkins - Foo Fighters Taylor Hawkins - Foo Fighters Oliver Taylor Hawkins is an American musician, best known as the drummer of the rock band Foo Fighters.
29 Ringo Starr - The Beatles Ringo Starr - The Beatles Richard Starkey, MBE, known professionally as Ringo Starr, is an English musician, singer, songwriter and actor who gained worldwide fame as the drummer for the Beatles.
30 Phil Rudd - AC/DC Phil Rudd - AC/DC Phillip Hugh Norman Rudd is a New Zealand-based Australian drummer, best known for his membership in Australian hard rock band AC/DC from 1975 through 1983, and again from 1994 to 2015. Upon the 1977 departure of bass guitarist Mark Evans from AC/DC, Rudd became the only Australian-born member of the more.
31 Brad Wilk - Rage Against the Machine Brad Wilk - Rage Against the Machine
32 Matt Greiner - August Burns Red

The speed, the complexity, the epic sound. No one is nearly at this drummers level. Double bass at it's best! Pure genius talent.

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33 Michael Thomas - Bullet for My Valentine

He is a tight drummer with a great sense... He deserves to be in top 10

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34 Jordan Mancino - As I Lay Dying
35 Chris Adler Chris Adler Christopher James Adler is an American drummer, best known as a member of the groove metal band Lamb of God.

Really Chris Adler is only nine hundred years old still putting out the sickest rhythms and amazing double bass ever

36 Christian "CC" Coma
37 Roger Taylor - Queen Roger Taylor - Queen Roger Meddows Taylor is an English musician , multi-instrumentalist, singer, and songwriter born on April 26th,1960 in Kings Lynn, Norfolk. He was the drummer of the band Queen and wrote few of many hits such as including Under Pressure, A Kind Of Magic and Radio Ga Ga. Despite being well known in Queen more.

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!

38 Vinnie Paul - Pantera Vinnie Paul - Pantera Vincent Paul Abbott, also known as "Vinnie Paul", is an American professional drummer and producer who is best known for being a former member, and co-founder, of the heavy metal band Pantera.
39 Yogi Watts - Demon Hunter

Number 12 for metal in my opinion

40 Steven Adler Steven Adler Steven Adler is an American musician. He is best known as the former drummer and co-songwriter of the hard rock band Guns N' Roses, with whom he achieved worldwide success in the late 1980s.
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