Top Ten Best Metal Drummers

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61 Ariƫn van Weesenbeek (Epica)

Speed, power and unbelievable control. Along with some others that spring to mind he doesn't always get the recognition he deserves in this genre in my opinion. Also check out his work with MaYaN, it's seriously good. He deserves to be way higher on this list.

He makes honor to his nickname "The beast", it's totally amazing when you discover at the end of the a show that he is completely wet because of sweating. Is a real monster on stage and he shows tons of energy when he's playing.

Respect for this incredible drummer.

Not because of his energy in epica but also because of his work in Mayan. His touch is remarkable m/

He is a beast on the drums!

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62 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.

This guy is the most skilled speed drummer of all time. his is insane listen to any mayhem song and hear him - Morbid_Deth

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63 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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64 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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65 Ian Paice (Deep Purple) Ian Paice (Deep Purple) Ian Anderson Paice (born 29 June 1948) is an English musician, best known as the drummer of the English rock band Deep Purple. He has been the band's only constant member since its foundation.

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!

Top 5 of all times...

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.

66 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.

good one! - Morbid_Deth

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67 Martin Axenrot

Most talented metal drummer of today... Should be in top 5 at least!

68 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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69 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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70 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

71 Jen Ledger (Skillet) Jen Ledger (Skillet)
72 Vinnie Apprice (Dio, Black Sabbath)

Powerful, creative, Amazing. One of few drummers who's drum set is a 360 in performance.

73 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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74 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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75 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

76 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

77 Nicholas Barker (Cradle of Filth, Lockup)
78 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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79 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...

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