Top Ten Best Metal Drummers

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21 Scott Travis (Judas Priest) Scott 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.

Scott is a powerhouse, as his notorious solo on PainKiller will rip your face off, but he's also much more technical than many of the drummers on this list. Definitely in the top 10. (Anyone else confused why you have to go beyond the top 5 to find Judas Priest on any list? )

the starting solo in painkiller make he get in one of the top tree he is incredible

Of course, the Painkiller solo is an insane drum experience, but come on guy, look at his lives, he'll show you that his techniques are more stronger than only one song!

Scott is THE master of the drums in a Heavy Metal band.

Too much fanboy and fangirl idiots on this list. Travis can sadisticly humiliate all other drumers on the list.

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22 Flo Mounier (Cryptopsy) Flo Mounier (Cryptopsy) Flo Mounier is the drummer of technical death metal band Cryptopsy. He has toured Canada, Europe, Japan, Australia and the United States as a headlining act over the last 24 years, and combined record sales have reached over 300,000 copies to date.

Probably the most insane technical wizard I've ever heard behind the drum kit, in any genre. All the teenagers who think the Rev is the greatest metal drummer are working from a very small sample size in terms of their own metal knowledge.

Listen to te album "None So Vile and you'll know what I'm talking about.

Next too unheard of studio musicians this guy tops em all for speed, accuracy, and musical ability. The man is a machine.. Only downside is that he"s canadian

Defenestration, the pestilence that walketh in darkness, phobophile, cold hate warm blood, all amazing drumming and his vocals are insane. While lord worm does the lows flo is right behind doing the insanely high shrieks

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23 Francesco "Scythe" Paoli (Fleshgod Apocalypse)

Speed And Technicality!
Should be in the top 3... He obliterates most of these drummers!
Death Metal drummers rule!

He has to be the number 1, no question. The speed, skill and endurance is far above anyone else.

This drummer is faster than the speed of the light and have great techiques that are perfect on the genre he plays.

He should be way above this...

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24 Charlie Benante (Anthrax, Stormtroopers of Death)

What why is no one voting for Benante. This guy is amazing. Even Dave Lombardo, Mike Portnoy, and Lars Ulrich said Benante is the greatest metal drummer.

Massively underrated, I'm picking those voting for slipknot and Avenged Sevenfold drummers have probably never listened to Anthrax

Charlie is by far the fastest most technical drummer on the list he should be number 2 - gravy1255

To be honest. Charlie should be in the top 5. He is SO UNDERRATED! Him and Lombardo should be tied for 2nd or 3rd - DoroExploro13

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25 Franky Costanza (Dagoba)

When I listened to this band the first time ( and it wasn't too long ago maybe a few months) I was like who is this drummer, then I started listen to more songs and I gotta say this guy is a monster, technical simple power, love this band love the drummer.

Franky is an amazing Drummer with a big heart, drum is his passion and he shared this passion with the fans. Not just an amazing Drummer but an amazing person that's the reason Why I vote for Franky

Best drummer in the world. An animal on Stage, a SIR on Backstage. See him in Portugal with Epica and Dragonforce, a true gentleman under the "stage animal" skin. Franky Rules!

Simply amazing on stage! One of the best in the world for me.

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26 Blake Richardson (Between the Buried and Me)

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.

Progresive Technical D. M Evolution of Metal Genre you are number one and I Like your songs

27 Matt Cameron (Soundgarden) Matt Cameron (Soundgarden) Matt Cameron is a American composer, and musician. He is mostly famous of being the drummer of three grunge bands: Soundagrden, Pearl Jam, and Temple of the Dog.

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.

28 John Bonham (Led Zeppelin) John Bonham (Led Zeppelin) John Henry Bonham was born on May 31, 1948 in Redditch, United Kingdom. Bonham (nicknamed Bonzo) was a professional hard rock drummer who was best known for being the drummer in the band Led Zeppelin. Bonham was also one of the background singers in the band. His drumming is mainly displayed on the ...read more.

Great drummer. Kept up a steady beat in many of Zeppelin's songs.

28th on the list? John Bonham should be at the top! He was nothing less than amazing.

Come on! John should be number one! Who is voting? Lars? The rev?

Not metal but great drummer. - LightningBlade

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29 Mikkey Dee (Motorhead, Helloween, King Diamond, Dokken) Mikkey Dee (Motorhead, Helloween, King Diamond, Dokken)

Super drummer, fast and accurate, I don't understand why he's so low in this rating.

This guy has serious skill, I've watched a lot of metal music videos and listened to a lot of metal music and this guy stands out when he really gets going in my view.

best. drummer. ever listen to Hell Was Made In Heaven or any song he did with Motorhead -

Amazing drummer, better than Snowy Shaw

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30 Matt Garstka (Animals as Leaders)

I saw animals as leaders for the first time in July. Let me tell you, his drumming is so dynamic, technically complex and challenging. He is not only a drummer, he is an amazing all around musician and is skillful in most generes. The only drummer who is more versatile than him is Danny Carey. Please folks, I have extensively studied most drummers' styles on this list and matt is such a technical drummer compared to most other ones here. I am a jazz drummer and I still love this guy.

Matt Garstka is the most technical of this list. Playing in 11/8 time signature while keeping a hihat going while playing ghost notes on snare and polyrhythms on cymbals? Not to mention he's one of the more dynamic performers of modern music. Exceptionally talented and his playing really flows with the progressive metal feel.

Animals as Leaders are just people trying to be cool by showing off their skills and changing time. Pay attention to how your music sounds.

Can't say anything about him. Just got one word for him, BEAST! He should be at the top 10 at least

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31 Jukka Nevalainen (Nightwish)

Jukka is phenomenal, he 's an absolute Beast, he 's really fast, POWERFUL, and the most important, his creativity on drums is High as hell. I can't say he's the fastest drummer, but speed never matters. There must be faster drummers than him, but they 're just noisy, and not enjoyable. He 's an amazing musician and he knows perfectly to fill a song in the best possible way!

Jukka Nevalainen is an ANIMAL on the battery! His style and emotionality while playing are second to NONE! Jukka may not be the most technical drummer out there. But he is Tight, Highly skilled, and Incredibly musical behind his Instrument.

I just love how he took extra lessons in jazz to get his jazz performance better for just one song. He is dedicated and an absolute genius on the drums. He is a musician on the drums and that certainly counts.

Wishing you all the best Jukka! You are the greatest

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32 Shawn Drover (Megadeth) Shawn Drover (Megadeth) Shawn Drover is a Canadian musician, best known for his work with the American thrash metal band Megadeth.

just listen to endgame he done a great job on that album - sherno94

He can do a hell of a lot more than he usually lets on. He doesn't show off very much so not everyone really knows everything he can do.

Just listen to Never Dead on Th1rth3en! It is awesome and perfect! The ranking has to be updated, because number 30 is ridiculous.

He was an awesome drummer for Megadeth. Endgame is just awesome. - LightningBlade

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33 Nick Menza (Megadeth) Nick Menza (Megadeth) Nick Menza (1964-2016) was a professional drummer best known for his work in Megadeth from 1989-1998 and in 2004. He recorded drums on four of Megadeth's albums "Rust In Peace", "Countdown To Extinction", "Youthanasia", and "Cryptic Writings".

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

What the hell is this guy doing in 33rd? The Rev in 1st? what IS WRONG WITH YOU PEOPLE

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34 Jason Costa (All That Remains)

Once again, I am stunned to see Jason Costa not in the top ten of a "best drummers" list. This guy is amazing. Personally, I think Joey Jordison is the best, but Jason Costa belongs right up there with him.

Wow 36? That is wrong, he's easily in the top 10 if not the top 5.. But Jimmy Sullivan definitely is where he should be on this list.. A7x foREVer

He plays with traditional sticking! That guy knows his rudiments and syncopation like no other. His fills and solo's and double base are ridiculous, he belongs in the top 10.

He is easily in the top 10. No question.

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35 Mike Terrana (Rage, Yngwie Malmsteen, Masterplan,Metalium, Tarja, etc)

Not a big name at all but trust me this guy is a beast.

Perfect metal drumming master. He can play everything! Go on Mike!

He can play different styles and be awesome in each and every one. With Tarja and in his solo albums he proves that he isn't just a metal drummer.

His drum solo I saw on a video from Argentina 2012 has me voting him all the way.

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36 Martin Å karoupka (Cradle of Filth)

One of the finest and most intricate drummers ever! Superb.

37 Richard Christy (Death, Iced Earth, Control Denied)

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.

Definitely top 5

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38 Gar Samuelsson (Megadeth)

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

Gar Samuelson is criminally underrated! There is no drummer that can swing,jazzy,fast fills like Gar did.He's the best for me.Him & Chris Poland bring such a unique style to Megadeth that can never be repeated again

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39 Marco Minnemann

He has playing with Necrophagist. Not metal?

The Aristocrats, KMB (Keneally/Minnemann/Beller), Steven Wilson, Joe Satriani.

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40 Dave McClain (Machine Head)

Dave McClain is a great and amazing technical drummer and should be much higher as he displays skills nearly all above him do not. He has never let a fan down in listening and loves to hide neat little things in that I find when listening even years later. You will find less than a handful which rival him in skill.

Kicks the arse off of most of those listed above him. Hell, if Metallica think he's good enough to fill in for Lars for a portion of their festival set, then he must have something going for him in the industry... if he weren't tied into Machine Head I'd almost tip him to be Joey's ideal replacement for Slipknot...

The best drummer still getting around. Dave McClain should easily be in the top 10. His drumming on the Blackening and Unto the locust is some of the best of all time and he can punch it out night after night on your for 3 hours plus Lars at no 3 what a joke

Lots of great drummers here but nobody beats Dave McClain. Wonder why he is on place 28, while Lars Ulrich is in the Top Ten...

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