Top Ten Most Influential Metal Drummers

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1 Nicko McBrain of Iron Maiden Nicko McBrain of 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.

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2 Dave Lombardo of Slayer, Testament Dave Lombardo of Slayer, Testament David "Dave" Lombardo is a Cuban American drummer, best known as a co-founding member of the American thrash metal band Slayer.
3 Mike Portnoy of Dream Dreater Mike Portnoy of Dream Dreater Michael Portnoy is an American drummer primarily known as the former drummer, backing vocalist, and a co-founder of the progressive metal/rock band Dream Theater. Known for his technical skill as a drummer, Portnoy has won 30 awards from the Modern Drummer magazine.
4 Cozy Powell of Rainbow, Black Sabbath Cozy Powell of Rainbow, 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.

Metal greats begin with him. His work on the Rainbow Rising album was very influential (1976).

He's probably the first typical metal drummer because he focused on fast and technical drumming; reduced blues, RNR beats, etc. - later all these things became typical features of metal drumming. - Metal_Treasure

5 Danny Carey of Tool Danny Carey of Tool Daniel Edwin "Danny" Carey, born May 10, 1961 in Lawrence, Kansas, is an American drummer and instrumentalist best known for his work in American Grammy Award-winning progressive rock band Tool. He has also contributed to albums by and played with such artists as Zaum, Green Jell├┐, Pigface, Skinny ...read more.
6 Ian Paice of Deep Purple Ian Paice of Deep Purple Ian Anderson Paice is an English musician, best known as the drummer of the English rock band Deep Purple.

The guy who introduced double bass drumming in metal (1971).

I'd say this is extremely influential. And Ian Paice is extremely underrated. - Metal_Treasure

7 Mike Mangini of Annihilator, Dream Theater Mike Mangini of Annihilator, 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 was the 1st person in history to break 1,200 notes when he played 1,203 single notes at the 2005 Winter NAMM Session.

His influence was even multiplied because he shared his experience as a Full-time associate professor at Berklee College of Music, Percussion Department. - Metal_Treasure

8 Tomas Haake of Meshuggah Tomas Haake of 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 MetalSucks.net. He was named the number one drummer in the "Metal" category, in the July 2008 ...read more.
9 Joey Jordison of Slipknot Joey Jordison of 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.
10 Scott Travis of Judas Priest Scott Travis of 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.

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11 Danny Carey of Tool Danny Carey of Tool Daniel Edwin "Danny" Carey, born May 10, 1961 in Lawrence, Kansas, is an American drummer and instrumentalist best known for his work in American Grammy Award-winning progressive rock band Tool. He has also contributed to albums by and played with such artists as Zaum, Green Jell├┐, Pigface, Skinny ...read more.
12 Gene Hoglan of Dark Angel, Death Gene Hoglan of Dark Angel, Death 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.
13 Chris Adler of Lamb of God Chris Adler of Lamb of God Christopher James Adler is an American drummer, best known as a member of the groove metal band Lamb of God.
14 Vinnie Paul of Pantera Vinnie Paul of Pantera Vincent Paul Abbott, also known as "Vinnie Paul", is an American professional drummer and producer who is best known for being a former member, and co-founder, of the heavy metal band Pantera.
15 Bill Ward of Black Sabbath

His drumming on songs like War Pigs defines metal.

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3. Dave Lombardo of Slayer, Testament
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2. Cozy Powell of Rainbow, Black Sabbath
3. Mike Mangini of Annihilator, Dream Theater
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