Top Ten Best Metal Drummers

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61 Hellhammer (Mayhem)

Listening at this guy playing is simply mind-blowing. Even if you don't like all of the projects/bands he has participated in you can't deny his playing is out of this world. Such speed, such technicality, power and everything. He is one of a kind and should be in the top-10 (instead of John Dolmayan).

I've seen hundreds of metal drummers live, including many of the names higher on this list. Easily the most impressive live performance behind the kit I've ever seen came from Hellhammer.

When it's COLD... And when it's DARK... The freezing moon can obsess YOU! Hellhammer shifts tectonic plates with his drumming.

Aside: where is Sean Reinert on this list? Listen to Cynic's "Focus" if you don't know who he is.

That's Not His Real Name.Fastest Drummer Ever.Declaration And Chimera Is Awesome.The Only Legit Member Left.

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62 David Silveria (Korn)

Deserves to be in top 10

Need to be in top 20!

Amazing and fast drummer with feel and rhytme

Such a great drummer, my favorite! f

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63 Dave Mackintosh (DragonForce)

He is my favorite not because of that he should be near the top ten and I also wonder, what does he use for bass drums in the studio for DragonForce. He also left DragonForce :(

88?! What? This man is a legend, his double bass is insane! Just listen to fallen worlds and tell me this man still deserves to be this low on the list?

To be able to keep up with the guitar work is a milestone all in itself.

Why isn't he topping this list?

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64 Paul Bostaph (Slayer, Testament, Exodus, Forbidden)

Played the albums "Divine Intervention" "Undisputed Attitude" and "God Hates Us All" with Slayer, and drums for Testament. His drums on Slayers track "Disciple" are unbelievably quick and catchy.

This is always the go to guy we big bands need to have a bad ass album and concert. Every album this guy appears on has awesome sound. His drumming style is my personal favorite. He is a very underrated drummer with great sound and a great drum tech.

Always overshadowed by his thrash peers, Bostaph was just as good. He deserves a place in the top 5 at least his work is on the level of Lombardo and Hoglan

Highly underrated I mean the Rev and Lars way above Paul, please. He is very technically proficient, high energy accurate, great fills and has the speed too. Just listen to Disciple and tell me he shouldn't be in top 5.

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65 Daniel Erlandson (Arch Enemy)

This dude is just so overpowered, seriously he's got so much skill, his drums parts are so complicated, in term of speed and in term of breaks. This dude is just a genius!

He ist extremely skilled, fast and accurate! He deserves a better Ranking I'm my view.

He has a lot of talent, war eternal has a lot of challenging drumming and he nailed it.

This guy is just so underrated for what he does :/ He's just so skilled

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66 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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67 Jordan Mancino (As I Lay Dying)

This Guy Should be on the top 10 not the best but one of the best for sure... Perfect drummer in terms of being Technical & Accurate and named as one of the most talked drummer in modern metal

He has amazing control over his pedals, great speed and technicallity. But he also knows when to hold back and slow things down. Additionally, the chemistry he has with his band mates doesn't hurt him either.

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68 Timmy Lafayette (The Looking Glass Self)

A true soul drummer!, saw him in (EOS) doom band, just really cool, his double bass is amazing, and odd time signatures.

Very diverse, extreme. I really think some of his other bands are better than TLGS, but none the less, a brutal metal drummer. - sarahgrey

69 Jen Ledger (Skillet) Jen Ledger (Skillet)
70 Rob Bourdon (Linkin Park) Rob Bourdon (Linkin Park)

This guy rules! Go listen to the bleed it out drum solo

Rob Bourdon is the best drummer of all time. He shouldn't be no 20. At least he should be in the top five.

After jimmy this drummer is the best

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71 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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72 Mike Bordin (Faith No More, Ozzy Osbourne)

One of the very few drummers where you can recognise his playing, whatever he's playing. He has a style all of his own.

Underrated drummer who was over-shadowed in Faith No More by Patton and Jim Martin.

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73 Jaska Raatikainen Jaska Raatikainen

What? Are you kidding me? Jaska at 32? This guy is one of the best double bass drummer in the world and his precision and accuracy is way beyond imagination. You should check out some of his solos and songs like every time I die, in your face, etc where he plays the drums absolutely amazingly.

How come in 32, he should be in top 10
Check out his speedy legs for his double paddle - eklapothik.sidrat

74 Ian Paice (Deep Purple) Ian Paice (Deep Purple) Ian Anderson Paice is an English musician, best known as the drummer of the English rock band Deep Purple.

Can't believe I had to add him. He is amazing. He was one of the founding fathers of heavy metal and invented several drum techniques!

He most likely made double kick drumming popular with the early 70's track 'Fireball' and comes from the school of Buddy Rich (jazz drumming giant) I reckon.I still feel he's overlooked,the drum groove on 'Black Knight' is timeless.

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75 Nicholas Barker (Cradle of Filth, Lockup)
76 Pete Webber (Havok) Pete Webber (Havok)

Wow. Way too low. Most excellent drumming I have ever heard since Rust in Peace. Give havok a listen and you will see what I mean.

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78 Kevin Talley (Dying Fetus, Daath)

I had to scroll all the way to 79th to find Kevin Talley? Holy crap, Talley is a God. Please, please go check out his work with Dying Fetus. Hell just look up "We are your enemy" on YouTube. The man is ridiculous...

79 Joe Rickard (RED)
80 Cozy Powell (Black Sabbath) Cozy Powell (Black Sabbath) 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.

Fantastic player one of the best... Period

His solos when he played with Rainbow blew my mind.

Top 5 drummer ever best work in rainbow and whitesnake cozy is a record holder he played 200 seperate drums in less than a minute beat that

@visitor - he played 400 and not 200 drums in less than a minute! And he did that on a live T.V. show! - Metal_Treasure

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