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

Best drummer I've ever heard!

Fear Factory'z 'Mechanize' ((in MY opinion BEST album ever created))
Pitch Black Forecast'z 'As The World Burns' are 2 of the heaviest & most solid albumz I've ever had the extreme pleazure of listening 2!

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. He is the co-founder and drummer for the Blackened Death Metal band Sinsaenum more.

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.

I introduced my girl into the death metal scene through slipknot... she a fan now

Joey jordison is the fastest

Bad ass!.

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5 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.

6 Inferno (Behemoth)

Inferno is the best and fastest drummer in metal. He's easily my top favorite. Just listen to "Slaves Shall Serve" and you'll know what I'm talking about.

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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7 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.

He is fast

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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!


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9 Paul Mazurkiewicz (Cannibal Corpse) Paul Mazurkiewicz (Cannibal Corpse)

Pete Sandoval Morbid Angel

10 Francesco "Scythe" Paoli (Fleshgod Apocalypse)

Faster then George Kollias

Fast gravity blasts and faster double bass

Why is not on number 1?

The violation. enough said

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The Contenders

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


12 Casey Grillo (Kamelot)
13 Aaron Kitcher (Infant Annihilator)

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"...

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.

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.

THE fastest and grooviest metal drummer out there

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14 Alex Holzwarth (Rhapsody)
15 Hannes Grossmann (Necrophagist) Hannes Grossmann (Necrophagist)
16 Nick Augusto (Trivium)
17 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

18 Dennis Röndum (Spawn of Possession)
19 Jason Rullo (Symphony X)
20 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 alternative metal/ metalcore 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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21 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.

22 Kevin Talley (Dååth)
23 Jörg Michael (Stratovarius)
24 Tommy Portimo (Sonata Arctica)
25 Charlie Benante (Anthrax)
26 Trey Williams (Dying Fetus)

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

He should be number two right behind George kollias

Should be at least in the top 15

Trey W. is the new nr.1 on the Tech. Death throne.. He have made D.F. so much better, with a variation, speed + the groove-parts, inspired by old HC-breakdowns.. How can Ex.-D.F. drummer : K. Talley, be placed better than Trey W. Try to compare once more...

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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 Tim Yeung (Divine Heresy, World Under Blood)
29 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.
30 Tomas Haake (Meshuggah) Tomas Haake (Meshuggah) Tomas Haake is a Swedish drummer and main songwriter of the experimental metal band Meshuggah. He is known for his polyrhythms and technical ability. In 2012, he was named the 5th best Modern Metal drummer by He was named the number one drummer in the "Metal" category, in the July 2008 more.

How is he not at the top!? Just listen to bleed. He is not human.

31 Spencer Prewett - Archspire

Maybe not the fastest in speed competitions, but plays the fastest songs.

32 Alex "Grind" Pelletier (Despised Icon)
33 Derek Roddy
34 Daniel Erlandsson (Arch Enemy, Carcass)
35 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

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 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.
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 Ben Harclerode (Whitechapel)
41 Robb Reiner (Anvil) Robb Reiner (Anvil) Robert Geza "Robb" Reiner is a Canadian drummer best known for being a innovator of many metal drumming styles and a founding member of the band Anvil.
42 Daniel Terchin (Oceano)
43 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.
44 Mike Terrana (Rage, Yngwie, Masterplan, Metalium, Tarja)
45 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.
46 Pete Webber (Havok) Pete Webber (Havok)
47 Fredrik Andersson (Amon Amarth)
48 Rob Bourdon (Linkin Park) Rob Bourdon (Linkin Park) Robert Gregory Bourdon is an American musician, best known as the drummer and one of the founding members of the American rock band Linkin Park.
49 Henrik Schönström (Spawn of Possession)
50 James Payne
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Top Remixes (4)

1. George Kollias (Nile)
2. Flo Mounier (Cryptopsy)
3. Gene Hoglan
1. George Kollias (Nile)
2. Paul Mazurkiewicz (Cannibal Corpse)
3. Gene Hoglan
1. Casey Grillo (Kamelot)
2. Dave Mackintosh (Dragonforce)
3. Alex Holzwarth (Rhapsody)

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