Top Ten Best Metal Drummers
The Top Ten
People who think Lars Ulrich is the best probably don't even know who Mike Portnoy is. If you haven't listened to Dream Theater you definitely should.
He can drum according to the songs mood. He is not hammering the drum when playing smooth DT songs. He is not being slow when playing aggressive DT songs. Versatility is what DT and its band members all about.
mike he is the best... his drumming is just so ammazing... no one else got the talent like he does in drumming field...
It is such an amazing feeling to click on a best metal drummers list and see your favourite at number 1. Mike has done so much for me in my personal life (in his work and perseverance in Dream Theater and how much Dream Theater has done for me) and in my drumming, I would be nowhere near as good as I am now without Mike, his drumming inspired me not only to play drums but to enjoy it. Every time I play Octavarium, yes the whole thing on the drums there is just something about it which is just incredible. His drumming and personality has so much energy and flamboyance that without him, Dream Theater were never the same. I love Mike Manginis playing but he lacks that extra element that Mike Portnoy brang to the band. Absolutely number 1
SLAYER isn't as mainstream as the bands above them, which is why I believe lombardo is all the way down here, if slayer was more mainstream lombardo would be on top, but not being mainstream makes them SLAYER.
And Dream Theater is even less mainstream but Mike Portnoy is number 1.Dave deserves second though
By far the best should be number 1 just listen to spill the blood
GET THE HELL OUTTA HERE DAVE OWNS LARS
#1 Easy Number 1. and all else is wrong in ways metal will never forgive.
an insanely fast, but still groovy and precise drummer that played in several important bands
People vote for Lars and Jimmy The Rev Sullivan are stupid and don't know anything about drums, Joey jordison is just madness. Gene is accurate, fast and most importantly he can play at any tempo, he is a god when it comes to sudden tempo change
Gene Hoglan's intense and accurate playing means that he can play extreme metal, and record it in two or three takes. That's a drummer. Most of the above are as sloppy and you could get, excluding Portnoy. But then, Hoglan is ten times better. Listen to any Strapping Young Lad song, Laser Cannon Death Sentence or Biological Warfare.
Gene Hoglan is a gun for hire drummer, who regularly appears on a variety in a variety of bands because of his immense talent. I believe he is a permanent member of Testament now, so more power to them. Hoglan can do it all, and is equal to Lombardo.
come on guys... a true musician. not just a drummer but a musician.. and creative as hell. just listen to some tool songs, and you'll see
There isn't anything what would show your abilities as a drummer than odd time signatures and not playing overcrowded if not necessary. If you can beat 140bpm that makes you a good drummer? No, it makes you fast - not the same.
Also Carey is not only a drummer but a songwriter - this isn't very common among drummer - due to the nature of the instrument.
With the passing of Neil Peart, Danny takes over the mantle of best Prog Rock/Metal drummer in the world right now.
This Guy Is Insane. My Friend Showed Me A Video Of Tool Live And Carey Did A Little Drum Solo And He Hit Every Drum. His Drum Set Is A Circle Of About 30 Drums And He Spun In A Circle And Hit All Of Them In About 3 Seconds.
Lars Ulrich on no. 4? haha whose voting here? little girls?
no one better than adler.. no one!
As much variations as Lars? Lars's songs only have variation because of what the rest of the band plays. The guy only knows 3 drum beats and can't even play them properly.
The fills are so basic that a 3 year-old could play them.
chris might not as fast as several others but his foot technique with the double bass is awesome.
No doubt chris is best metal drummer out there.!
all hail the god of drums.
By far the best metal drummer out there. He plays every bit of his drum set. He commands so much attention when he plays as well as every other member in Lamb of God. Go youtube this guy and try and tell me a reason he shouldn't be the number one metal drummer. The rev was a great drummer but not even close to the skill level of Chris Adler. Tomas Haake from Meshuggag is probably the only one who could run a close race as far as metal drummers go
The fact that Lars Ulrich is even above George Kollias just proves that the people here don't know s! @$ about drumming.
Seriously, George is only number 10? Do any of you have ANY idea about drumming? Do any of you even know half of these people? My hunch is you're all voting for your favorites, not for the 'best metal drummer'. George is absolutely insane. He can reach 280bpm (proven and recorded) which is badass, and his double bass is insane. His technique is flawless and I have to say he is like a god compared to half of these "number one drummers". I don't even like Nile.
I totally have to agree with the other comment about this drummer. Listen to some real music before even thinking about doing lists. Avenged Sevenfold, #1? Come on, let's be serious
What? People really think that The Rev, Lars Ulrich and Yoshiki Hayashi are beter than George Kollias? No these little girl, who vote for Lars Ulrich just don't know anything about real metal drummin, double bass, blast beats etc. Why George Kollias? Best metal drummer in the world, just listen to his double bass. And I'm not Nile fan!
People saying he's getting sympathy votes, listen to Beast and the harlot drum solo, the song streets, his drumming AND singing on Critical Acclaim, and the quite insane intro on Chapter 4. He always was my idol, always will be. FoREVer
A Little Piece Of Heaven, his speed, the complexity of his work. He is at least first or second best at being a Drummer/Backing Vocalist, but he deserves the same for best drummer alone! Salute this talented, funny guy. God bless Rev!
"The Rev" is easily one of the greatest drummers ever... He's ability on the doubles isn't hugely impressive but he's feet and hand co-ordination is unbelievably accurate and he's easy ability to create an original flawless beat beats all other drummers hands down!
P.S. where's dave mcintosh(dragonforce) and virgil donati...
The best drummer of the world. Jimmy is wonderful with the drumsticks, praise for The Rev.
James Owen Sullivan: gods drummer in heaven that destroy the demon in the hell including biebers fan. 2009 god need a drummer so he took THE REV cause he knows that when he made THE REV in 1981, he himself cried caused he made an entertainer of the world that can never be replaced. Thank you god for creating THE REV. I am very proud to say that I rather become his son than become a billionaire. Love THE REV FOREVER. By the way JOEY JORDISON, LARS ULRICH, CHRIS ADLER, DAVE LOMBARDO is also great drummers. They also will become gods drummer one day, but not that hentai punkass.
I don't know about drumming, but I do know quite a lot about rhythms and rhythmical challenges, and I'll have to say: This man REALLY knows what he's doing. And it's not only the rhythmical stuff, but also the way he uses his set. Haake is excellent at bringing colour into the quite dense mix of Meshuggah, by utilizing all tools at his disposal. Not only is his drumming tighter than your elder sister's asshole, but it's also filled with details and a diversity hardly matched by other drummers in metal.
Haake's Mastery of of polyrhythms in 4/4 are almost unrivaled in the metal genre. He is also one of the most technically precise drummers I've ever heard.
Ever listened to "I"? You'll see what I mean. This man is brilliant. Twenty two minutes of poor ecstatic drumming which is guaranteed to leave you breathless. A monstrous drummer.
This man is so technical. Its mind blowing. There is no one more technical. Listen to Bleed before you press voting button.
I personally think Joey should be first. His playing is way more intense and technical than The Rev. Don't get me wrong I like both of em, but Joey is GOD and he is the reason why I started playing drums in the first place.
Really why is Joey jordison at the number 1 why is Joey jordison at number 10 he doesn't deserve be at 10 are you people mad he deserves to be at number 1 He is the God of speed his nickname should be called supersonic and do you why I call him supersonic because the speed he goes At Is Like a speeding military jet so no one on this earth cannot beat Joey jordison on this Planet he will always be at number 1 forever
this is a list on the best drummers ever. when that comes to mind I think "ability to play difficult things. " not influence, not potential, only the ability to play difficult things on the drums. in the genre of metal joey wins. "The rev had great potential" big deal, this is not a list about that. "lars had the biggest influence" big deal, this is not the most influential metal drummers. "daney carey puts feel into it" this is not a list about that. joey can play more difficult things then any other metal drummer, so he wins.
I was scrolling down to find the Rev, who is possible at least top 3 greatest modern drummers, to vote for him until I saw Joey. Mike porntoy and Thomas Haake are also really good but listen to Killpop and All Out Life. He is able to keep such a tight beat and work along side the other percussionists. Everything he does ties in perfectly with the other instruments and he is somehow able to find a flawless beat with no issues. I don't know how he does it a robot couldn't keep a better beat than him.
The opening track of "Where Eagles Dare" famously displays McBrain's ability to use the single drum pedal very quickly just like double pedal. McBrain often employs the back end of his left hand drum stick to get more aggressive sound of the snare drum. He is able to play a variety of styles. the 7/8 riff which follows the second chorus of "Alexander the Great". The 7/4 riff on the song "Brighter Than a Thousand Suns" and the 14/8 riff that follows the second chorus on the song "The Longest Day" are other examples of his versatility.
This guy is one of the best drummers in general in the world not just metal. He should be number 1 of this list and at least in the top 10 in the greatest drummers of all time list
Iron Maiden rules and Nicko just keeps going! Great, heavy & hard hitting drummer. He's also the nicest of 'em all!
I couldn't choose between The Rev (come on - his Double Rides are epic) and Nicko here, but seeing Nicko not even in the top 10 absolutely disgusts me. Never uses Double-Foot pedal (with Face in The Sand being the only exception) and of course... Where Eagles Dare... Listen to that and tell me he shouldn't be in the top 3, let alone top 10!
A true musical genius! People always hate on Lars and say he's a bad drummer, but the man change the essence of drumming not to mention is if not one of the biggest drumming influences in the world. People complain because he changed his whole approach, but it's for the better good in my opinion. I'll say this if he's so bad how the hell did they sell over 130 million albums and sell out stadiums left and right? I started listening to Metallica back in 84 and yes I was a tad upset after And Justice, however listening to everything they play and how this man is so in tuned with James Hatfield is mind blowing.
Influenced many to come. Just listen to Dyer's Eve and you will se why he is the best!
His style has changed severely. His powerful double bass in "One" and his energetic bashing in "Fade to Black" shows how good he was in the past. "...And Justice for all" was the last album to really feature is amazing talent. "Hardwired... To self destruct" has some great drum beats, "Spit out the bone" is a wonderful example of his talent.' But Lars is getting old, he isn't what he used to be. All of Metallica are getting old. Kirk can shred but like the old days (Dave Mustaine has been doing really well with megadeth guitar wise) James s up the vocals in live shows by always adding "Yeahs" or "ohh" it really effects the power of the song (also... STOP SAYING ANYTHING ELSE OTHER THAN "FIX ME" in live performances of "Master of Puppets") Metallica is a fantastic band who can still put out material, but they need to make the material quality. I would rather have no albums after the black album up ...more
naahhh you guys are all wrong lars ulrich is pro. just listen to him in battery blackend and his bass pedals
wicked they are so fast
Best drummer out there. Just the way drums differently then everyone else makes him so unique
This guy is a monster. I can't believe he isn't in the top 5, and I can't believe Lars is above him! This guy is as good as Portnoy and Carey.
Toxic Garbage Island, Heaviest Matter of The Universe, The Art of Dying.
Just listen to Heaviest Matter in universe or any gojira song a u will understand.
Bill should be at least in the top 5, that guy was amazing, hell I don't even play drums but he is the only drummer that really got to me because he stand's out from the rest... Don't believe me? Listen to war pigs, beyond the walls of sleep or just about any Sabbath song.
I don't care how fast you can play, playing as fast as you can is NOT music. Bill Ward was the first metal drummer and there wouldn't be any metal without him and his band (or Led Zeppelin).
Absoulute legend in the making, Bill Ward was and is still the most inspiring metal drummer today, he's a one of a kind and his skill's where most incredibly shown on stage or wherever he played. Bill Ward is a monster on the drums and again his skill's show it all, god bless him and Black Sabbath
Bill used to play drum when he was drunk, and yet he still play sabbath song 100% awesome, I'm not gonna saying much, joey jordison never did that
Pound For Pound one of metals' saving grace in drums.
The ONLY One I'd add to my holy trinity of metal drummers.
Lombardo, Cavalera & now Dailor...
So it shall be written, so it shall be done.
Brann Dailor is #1 for me. As a non-drummer, he's the only one who's drum tracks I can listen to all the way through without getting bored. They're compositions in themselves rather than just beats. He's constantly adding rolls & fills which sound totally spontaneous & keep you guessing all the way through. God Bless Him!
No need to be upset - these lists are based on voting - so its pretty obvious the more famous band drummers would top the list - No wonder Lars is 5 th and Joey is 2nd
Mastodon is obviously not as popular as Metallica or a7x - Brann was bound to get less votes but that doesn't take away the fact he is one of the fastest and technically accurate drummers when it comes to rolls.
His style is unique and people covering his songs are known to loose pounds and pounds of weight in the process - you can imagine the effort he puts in every song. Definitely among the top 10 drummers of all time.
His drumming is absolutely awe-inspiring, especially the fills (Capillarian Crest). He is an energetic drummer who also possesses the versatility, a unique technique, and most importantly a good sense of control. In addition, he bears a calm and composed temperament, which simply makes him a quintessential role model for any youngsters out there. This guy really inspires me to begin drumming lessons at the earliest possible time and batter the heck out of the drums.
Obviously the people voting here have never actually listened to any music let alone metal. There are very few men that can compare with Blake and the few that can are depressingly low on the list as well.
Watch 'Blake Richardson recording Obfuscation' on YouTube, you'll realise why he deserves a spot on this list!
Wow... Not one on here knows metal.
He's definitely number one in my opinion. Watch Telos demonstration on YouTube. Enough said!
I'm not sure who made this list but the only one in the top ten that should be there is Dave Lombardo! He should be #1 and what is the Rev and Jordison doing in the top 3? Drumming isn't just speed you fools! Watch Vinnie Paul play behind some of the heaviest riffs of all time, he plays some sick off beat licks that blend beautifully and turn on the speed when he needs to. Like Lombardo he doesn't just throw all together in a blurred mess they hit with intensity fast or slow that makes you rock your body. You need to give the right people the respect they have earned, this isn't a popularity contest! Work on your ear for music before you make a list like this! UNREAL!
I wouldn't say Vince is the greatest but to be able to back Dimebag isn't an easy task. He has a different approach to drumming. He doesn't gimmick around with fast and unnecessary beats. He keeps it simple but tight! No space for errors! He's sometimes fast like a machine gun too.
Above all, he's one badass killer drummer!
Vince knew how to let a song breath, instead of filling it unnecessary double kick and noodley business. Death Metal drummers need to learn from guys like Vinnie Paul and Dave Lombardo and know when to groove instead of blast. Sometimes less is truly more.
What people forget is that Pantera are a band. And they were one of the tightest bands of all time because of Darrell Abbott and Vinnie Paul, because they never used pro-tools to manipulate their tightness, just pro-skills. They became a bit too loose on Far Beyond Driven, but Cowboys and Vulgar were tight as a fish's ass.
Mangini kicks it off in the new 2012 Dream Theater album. With 4 World's Fastest Drummer Records, and his insane technical abilities, I think Mike Mangini deserves a spot in the Top 10. He preforms a mind-blowing keyboard-drum duet in 'Illumination Theory', and consistently finds a way to impress me more than even Rudess or Petrucci. Great start for Mike Mangini, and I expect that he'll continue to impress everybody.
One of the most musical drummers, with amazing rhythmic perception and a unique style of playing, other times subtle, other times in your face. Probably the most versatile and non-egoistic drummers in the metal world.
Dream Theater's new drummer is one of the fastest I have ever seen.
This guy is the best thing happened to Dream Theater...after mike portnoy left DT, this guy carried his legacy...one of the fastest and most technical drummers in the world...he deserves at least 10th place..other drummers cannot even compete with this guy!
More fastest and technical drummer! Morbid Angel it is one of the most brutal and technical band ever in METAL! They are one of the few death metal bands that influences most death metal bands in times! Summarizing they have great technical, heavier and fastest metal! Without Pete Sandoval in the band it's not the same! They to be back with old school metal they have before the last album! The album it's not bad but it is not MORBID ANGEL old shool!
He is one from best death metal drummers, try song from morbid angel drum check and after that you should know what I'm talking about
Yes. When I first heard him on Altars of Madness and Blessed Are The Sick/Wicked? (I forget), it was out of this world. It's one of those 'you had to see it to believe it' sort of things.
I definitely like some of these other guys but Pete is by by far my favorite. Its obvious through his music, he loves playing.
Every drummer in this Top Ten is amazingly good, without excepction. But If I had to vote in one of these it had to be on John just because he is the only drummer that I imagine to play in every genres of music. And to prove it you can listen to all the System of a Down and Scars on Broadway and you can see in al of his breaks are amazing and he insists of doing those challenges to himself in every thing he plays... John to the top 5 at least. As soon as you guys listen to Toxicity and I-E-A-I-A-I-O you know what I'm talking about.
John Dolmayan is a crazy good drummer! Some of the beats that he does for System of a Down are incredible! I love is style of music and the way he plays drums is mind boggling!
I would probably have to say John is probably my drum idol, and his drum technique is my top 3, his drum lines in songs like revenga, chop suey and toxicity are legendary and recognisable by everyone, this man deserves to be higher!
One of the best drummers I have ever heard in my life, if you listen to the Toxicity album. I can guarantee you that you will understand why he by far one of the best drummers out there. He never miss a beat live
God, Avenged Sevenfold fans are really polluting the metal world. Yeah, we get it, he died young. Keith Moon and John Bonham died young, but that's not why they got all their respect. It was because they were amazing. Not dissing the Rev here, just dissing the stupid teenagers that vote for him because he's dead and he was in their favorite band. Anyway, HOW IS MATT THIS LOW? Seriously, he is top 20 at least, no questions asked. The only ones I can see besting him are Dave Lombardo and Danny Carey (Although I'm a fan of Scott Travis, Bill Ward, Nick Menza, Nicko McBrain, Brann Dailor, etc.).
Matt is like my Mum's Sunday dinner. Simplest ingredients, nothing fancy and most satisfying meal ever. Thanks Matt
Him is one of the best even better than the ones on the top numbers... GO MATT.. SOUNDGARDEN best of all voices
Probably the most underrated drummer of all time.
Amazing drummer. One of the best. really fast and brutal footwork. Also very technical. Great influance...
WANTED - great comments and mentions for brutal technical death metal's groove master,naysayers need not comment,cause there is nothing bad to say about him anyway.
Suffocation’s first (and best, in my opinion) drummer. Definitely my favourite BDM drummer of all time. Just listen to his insane blasts and super-fast double bass kicks - absolutely masterful, especially in this genre’s infancy.
This guy is a top 5 drummer easily. Listen to Death's "The Sound of Perseverance"... Any song will do... How about 'Scavenger of Human Sorrow? '. 'The Rev' and Ulrich and all the like... None of them could play that song. And in that creativity is tremendous feel, as well. The ONLY thing that drags him down is that in other projects he went for a more straightforward approach.
Extremely underrated drummer. He has a perfect blend of technique and creativity. He can play anything, and he is very creative about his use of more technical playing. Truly an amazing drummer, he'd very well end up at #1 on my list.
Helped define the death metal genre with "The Sound of Perseverance". Can't say I agree with this list, as some of these bands wouldn't exist with out his work with Death.
A true idiot savant. I mean that with the highest respect. I used to think of him as the prank phone call guy. Now I just think of him as the best drummer in the world.
AWESOME and Overlooked by most
Should be higher on this list!
Better Than Steve Asheim?
Caffine Beats, He has been able to adapted to all of Chino and Steph's different musical lines. He is so consistant.
36th PLACE! Come on people! This guy was a legend. He easily beats Lars and every other drummer here (minus Dave Lombardo and Neil Peart (Not metal, but who cares? )). Just listen to Killing is My Business... And Business is Good and Peace Sells... But Who's Buying? And you'll see what I mean.
This man merged trash metal with his strong jazz background. Unique style.
Very underrated. Listen to the drums in wake up dead and into the lungs of hell. He was crucial in making megadeth songs awesome in peace sells and so far so good albums
WHY IS GAR SAMUELSON ON 36 PLACE?! He should be on the top 10. Just listen to The Conjuring, My Last Words, Loved to Death, Rattlehead, and every song on Killing Is My Business and Peace Sells. I like Lars but I'd pick Gar and Dave Lombardo over him.
I wouldn't say he's the best heavy metal drummer out there, but he fits with the band really well, I've never seen anyone who's able to do that, in fact most of metal drummers just playing fast, and doesn't give a crap about what other bands member are playing. I would listen to Menza's more simpler beats and drum fills rather than listening to Joey Jordison's boring solo (joey plays only one drum fill, and repeats over and over again) Another good Metal drummer is Thomas Lang, who is more legendary and more technical than Menza. I vote for Menza because he's work impress me the most
Good drummer from Megadeth. Did a nice job on "Rust in Peace".
Megadeth is my favorite band is my favorite band and rust in peace is my favorite band by them so obviously nick menza is my favorite drummer
Wait what? He deserves a place in top10! He was the drummer of the two legendary albums such as rust in piece and countdown to extinction! He is underrated and his technique is good. Also with Mustaine he is my favorite band member! Credit to menza!