Fastest Metal Drummers


The Top Ten

1 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.

Ridiculous double bass and blast beats. Definitely the fastest - MetalFoREVer1228

I bet you this guy can run with 1 leg.

In the edge of human physical limits...

Drums beats into his soul & he reaps it outside! He is an amazing drummer with unbelievable pedalling so fast & so delicate! His drumming in Nile? heavenly best! mainly in the song 'Enduring the Eternal Molestation of Flames'! He is truly a pioneer in Metal Drumming!

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2 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.

His work on Mechanize is amazing! and quite probably not even his best

3 Mike Mangini (Dream Theater) Mike Mangini (Dream Theater) Mike Mangini is an American drummer. Since 2010, he has been a member of progressive metal band Dream Theater, following the departure of founding drummer Mike Portnoy.

He is the offically the fastest till now (he reached 1200 bpm in a minute but without moving hands and it didn, t sound cool)
But actually for me kolias is the fastest drummer.. And also where is inferno from behemoth.. Hear a drum solo for inferno of behemoth and you may think that he is the fastest drummer alive.. And by the way Joey Jordison is faster than paul Mazurkiewicz, Gene Holgan, Nick Augusto... But joey jordison ain't technical as Paul Or Holgan.. Even Jordison is my favourite drummer - nooreldeen

Its already been proved he's the fastest drummer ever (second fastest more accurately) - zxm

WFD-World's Fastest Drummer Champ Mike 'the man' Mangini is the only one on this list actually certified by the WFD as the World's Fastest Drummer. Mike held 5 WFD World Records at his peak. WFD is the legit certification and scoring of World's Fastest Drummer, Extreme Sport Drumming events as seen at

4 Joey Jordison (Slipknot) Joey Jordison (Slipknot) Joey Jordison, is an American musician, songwriter, and record producer best known for his work as the former drummer and co-songwriter for the heavy metal band Slipknot as well as guitarist in the Horror-punk band Murderdolls.

For all you Slipknot fanboys who think he's the fastest, you are so wrong. People who say this have never heard of George Kollias or Nile. Listen to almost any Nile song on and after Annihilation of the Wicked, or any of his solo work and you will see what I'm talking about.

Joey jordison is the fastest

He's really fast how's he not first

Yes he is

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5 Inferno (Behemoth)

Inferno is the best and the fastest and my favorite drummer. Number one

One of the fastest and most technical drummers ever number 1 for me

Zbylu is the best!


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6 Paul Mazurkiewicz (Cannibal Corpse) Paul Mazurkiewicz (Cannibal Corpse)

Pete Sandoval Morbid Angel

7 Dave Lombardo (Slayer) Dave Lombardo (Slayer) David "Dave" Lombardo is a Cuban American drummer, best known as a co-founding member of the American thrash metal band Slayer.

Lombardo shouldn't ever be below #5. I mean seriously! Without him, all death metal drummers would NOT exist! Drummers set the pace for the band's songs, and Lombardo without a doubt did that perfectly. So before voting for a death metal drummer, THINK to yourself - who really started fast drumming? - ThatStrangeKid42

Dave is a pioneer and revolutionary in speed metal. He forged the way for the rest to follow.

Dave invented this style of drumming! He needs to be number one! He is number one!

I would of voted for George but how could jordison be above the KING.

8 Dave Mackintosh (Dragonforce)

I bet non of you guys even heard him play if he is in 8th place, I am positive that he didn't leave DragonForce he would be in first place, because there is no news about him anymore, and I am the one who made the comment about him having reasons to live at 17.5 notes per second for base drumming

Listen to his double bass he should be in first place are you guys crazy listen to fallen world, revolution deathsquad, hero's of our time, and reasons to live but reasons to live has 17.5 notes per SECOND

Just Through the Fire and Flames, listen then you will know. JUST DO IT!

9 Francesco "Scythe" Paoli (Fleshgod Apocalypse)

Faster then George Kollias

Why is not on number 1?

He should be No2!

The violation. enough said

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10 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.

Seems like nobody here knows flo mounier or the tech death godfathers cryptopsy. flo's speed and technique is on the same level as kollias'

I think Flo should at least be second if not tied for first with Kollias!

When I first listened to Cryptopsy it blew me away, some of the fastest drumming I've ever heard.

Should be right behind Kollias at number 2

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The Contenders

11 Shannon Lucas (ex-Black Dahlia Murder) Shannon Lucas (ex-Black Dahlia Murder)


12 Casey Grillo (Kamelot)
13 Alex Holzwarth (Rhapsody)
14 Nick Augusto (Trivium)
15 Hannes Grossmann (Necrophagist) Hannes Grossmann (Necrophagist)
16 Aaron Kitcher (Infant Annihilator)

The guy triggers his drums, but it was shown that the he can actually play his stuff on acoustic drums, even though he didn't do it perfectly it's still impressive, since he makes the other drummers here look slow.

If we're talking pure speed, I don't understand how people like Gene Hoglan can be before this guy. Now if we're talking "heavy"...

I don't understand why he's not higher in the list. Yes, his drums are electronically produced, but in his drum play through videos, he's proved that he can pull off crazy speeds on acoustic drum kits.

He is much faster than Kollias.

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17 Jason Rullo (Symphony X)
18 The Rev (Avenged Sevenfold) The Rev (Avenged Sevenfold) James Owen Sullivan (February 9th, 1981 - December 28th 2009), better known by his stage name "The Rev" (Short for "The Reverend Tholomew Plague") was an American musician, singer and songwriter, best known as the former drummer, backing vocalist and co-founder of the American heavy metal band Avenged more.

I love the Rev (no homo) and he's one of my idols, but he's not about speed. The Rev puts more technique into his drumming as opposed to speed, which is why I think he's the all-around best drummer who ever lived (I could care less if he's overrated). - MetalFoREVer1228

Jimmy we love you! You are THE BEST drummer in the world

Jimmy is my idol and he was and will always be the best

A7x foREVer

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19 Alex Landenburg (Luca Turilli)

Alex has shown in recent years not only is he a great talent, he is so adaptable to all forms of music and excels at them all.

20 Kevin Talley (Dååth)
21 Jörg Michael (Stratovarius)
22 Randy Black (Primal Fear, Annihilator, DuskMachine) Randy Black (Primal Fear, Annihilator, DuskMachine) Randy Black is a Canadian-born metal drummer and recording artist best known for his stints as the drummer for Annihilator, Primal Fear, Duskmachine, and Bif Naked. He is an ambidextrous drummer.
23 Robb Reiner (Anvil) Robb Reiner (Anvil)
24 Tommy Portimo (Sonata Arctica)
25 Charlie Benante (Anthrax)
26 HellHammer (Mayhem)

Um, hello? Come on, hellhammer is not only one of the fastest in black metal but also one of the most technical. he at least deserves a spot.

HellHammer 4 Sure Blast Beats faster than all these Drummers

27 Pete Sandoval (Morbid Angel)

How he is not higher? He's certainly the fastest drummer I know of.

Opening of the Gates. Enough said.


28 Thomas Stauch (Blind Guardian) Thomas Stauch (Blind Guardian) Thomas ("The Omen") Stauch, also known as Thomen Stauch, is a German metal drummer best known as the drummer for the metal band Blind Guardian (1984-2005) and one of the founding members. He worked with various bands and is the current drummer for Serious Black.
29 Trey Williams (Dying Fetus)

I was expecting him in the top 10!... one of the fastest technical death metal drummer

Should be at least in the top 15


Listen to "Into the Trenches" "Devout Atrocity" and "Invert the Idols. Also, listen to the band Necrosy. They are amazing! There drummer goes over 320 bpm

30 Tim Yeung (Divine Heresy, World Under Blood)
31 Alex "Grind" Pelletier (Despised Icon)
32 Hector De Santiago (As Blood Runs Black)

This my favorite drummer so far no one ever can ever replace his drumming skills for my opinion

First drummer I ever thought was a machine until I saw videos

33 Nicko McBrain (Iron Maiden) Nicko McBrain (Iron Maiden) Michael Henry "Nicko" McBrain is an English musician, best known as the drummer of the British heavy metal band Iron Maiden, which he joined in 1982.
34 Ben Harclerode (Whitechapel)
35 Derek Roddy
36 Morgan Sansous (Henker)

Is there any one who know this drummer? If you don't know him listen to his masterpiece Slave of my art and Mental corruption. You will be blown away at the speed of more than 400 bpm.

He uses a quad pedal while I think kind ofs cheats. though he can play high 300bpm+ tempos

37 Yoshiki Hayashi (X-Japan) Yoshiki Hayashi (X-Japan) Yoshiki Hayashi is a Japanese musician, songwriter, composer and record producer. Better known by his stage name Yoshiki, he is best known as the leader and a co-founder of the heavy metal band X Japan, for which he is the drummer, pianist and main songwriter. The band achieved breakthrough success more.
38 Zach Gibson (The Black Dahlia Murder)
39 Alan Cassidy (The Black Dahlia Murder, Abigail Williams) Alan Cassidy (The Black Dahlia Murder, Abigail Williams)
40 Daniel Terchin (Oceano)
41 Daniel Erlandsson (Arch Enemy, Carcass)
42 Mike Terrana (Rage, Yngwie, Masterplan, Metalium, Tarja)
43 Pete Webber (Havok) Pete Webber (Havok)
44 Fredrik Andersson (Amon Amarth)
45 Rob Bourdon (Linkin Park) Rob Bourdon (Linkin Park)
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Top Remixes (4)

1. George Kollias (Nile)
2. Mike Mangini (Dream Theater)
3. Flo Mounier (Cryptopsy)
1. George Kollias (Nile)
2. Paul Mazurkiewicz (Cannibal Corpse)
3. Gene Hoglan
1. George Kollias (Nile)
2. Mike Mangini (Dream Theater)
3. Joey Jordison (Slipknot)

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