Top 10 Songs with the Greatest Metal Drumming Performances

The Top Ten

1 Painkiller - Judas Priest

Mind-blowing, technical, extremely fast and skillful Drumming by the greatest drummer Heavy Metal has ever seen: Scott Travis. He is the best, no comparison. And Painkiller is the greatest performance in both Rock and Heavy Metal for Drumming, Guitar works and undoubtedly Vocals[Rob's a Monster! :)]. So, Painkiller wins without a doubt.

Gr8st drum solo ever, its made with a perfect riff by downning and tipton and awesome tenor singing by rob... Scott kick starts the song with a hype

Imagine drumming the 13 minute extended version, pain all around.

Mad drum intro by Scott Travis

2 Bleed - Meshuggah Bleed - Meshuggah Cover Art

Thomas Haake is not a drummer. He is an alien from another planet. He came to earth to enlighten all drummers from this world and show them the true meaning of limb autonomy.

If you can play this, then you are not human...

Polyrhythms, enough said.

Oneof the best drummer in the world

3 Honor Thy Father - Dream Theater Honor Thy Father - Dream Theater Cover Art

Brilliant double bass in 3 parts of the song
The song itself has such great lyrics
The hardest song to drum played by the best drummer ever!

Holy crap... that roll at the beginning... let's see anyone other than Portnoy try to get half that speed. Mind-blowing

Really good fill in at the beginning, Portnoy is technically one of the greatest drummers ever!

Oh... My... God. I wanna see any of the posers out there who call themselves "prog metal"... "bands" do that alternating roll.
P.S. when you watch DT videos on youtube watch out for imsorry110 (reddrums110).

4 War Ensemble - Slayer War Ensemble - Slayer Cover Art

Not THAT impressive for #4 position. Overall an average drum tabs, with an over-focus on speed & aggression rather than technicality which is a crucial criteria for this list. It's pretty easy to play once you learn double bass & pick-up the speed.

War Ensemble has double bass nearly all the way through, crazy stuff, and Raining Blood is even faster on drums. Slipknot's Joey Jordison is great too, but I don't know why they picked Before I Forget down there, that's a pretty slow Knot song.

This has the best drum work in history of metal. It always sends shivers down my spine every time I played this song.

The word Lombardo will appear on dictionary when this guy retires.
Masterpiece from the master Dave Lombardo

5 The Dance of Eternity - Dream Theater The Dance of Eternity - Dream Theater Cover Art

128 time signatures. I love it's base a 2 number.

A7X has better drumming than a song with 128 Time Signatures in just 6 minutes? LOLOLOLOLOL

6 Ticks & Leeches - Tool Ticks & Leeches - Tool Cover Art

Freakish drumming by Danny Carey!

7 The Essential Salts - Nile The Essential Salts - Nile Cover Art

George Kollias - isn't he the most insane drummer ever?
(technical death metal).

8 Hangar 18 - Megadeth Hangar 18 - Megadeth Cover Art
9 Holy Wars... The Punishment Due - Megadeth Holy Wars... The Punishment Due - Megadeth Cover Art

Nick Menza, though slightly underrated can really drum even in fast songs like this!

10 Eyeless - Slipknot Eyeless - Slipknot Cover Art

Compare it to anything, >>anything<< looses every time :P

The Contenders

11 Haunted - Annihilator Haunted - Annihilator Cover Art

Epic and skillful drumming (Mike Mangini). Awesome intro - fast and long (50 seconds).

12 Art Of Dying - Gojira Art Of Dying - Gojira Cover Art
13 Four Walls - While She Sleeps Four Walls - While She Sleeps Cover Art
14 Cast Down the Heretic - Nile Cast Down the Heretic - Nile Cover Art
15 The Violation - Fleshgod Apocalypse The Violation - Fleshgod Apocalypse Cover Art

Francesco Paoli is a sick sick sick drummer (technical death metal).

16 Blacken The Cursed Sun - Lamb Of God Blacken The Cursed Sun - Lamb Of God Cover Art
17 Battery - Metallica Battery - Metallica Cover Art

Really fast intense metal drumming by Lars Ulrich!

18 Ratamahatta - Sepultura Ratamahatta - Sepultura Cover Art
19 Your Betrayal - Bullet For My Valentine Your Betrayal - Bullet For My Valentine Cover Art
20 One - Metallica One - Metallica Cover Art
21 Fear of Napalm - Terrorizer Fear of Napalm - Terrorizer Cover Art
22 Never Enough - Dream Theater Never Enough - Dream Theater Cover Art

Mike Portnoy's drumming rhythms are really groovy in this.

23 Bushpig - Anvil Bushpig - Anvil Cover Art

What an intro! It makes me smile every time I hear it. Rob Reiner is the best!

24 Where Eagles Dare - Iron Maiden Where Eagles Dare - Iron Maiden Cover Art

Beastly drummer, that one foot action. One of those metal drummers who never went to double kick through principle. m/

And Dyers Eve isn't a "drum performance", unless you count drum programming. He can't even play it live. Silly Lars

What the hell?! Why is this song at 16th? This is genius amazing single bass and tom work

Very fast and technical abilities professionally shown by Niko Mcbrian

25 Chasing The High - Annihilator Chasing The High - Annihilator Cover Art

Mike Mangini - unmistakable musicality and technical skills.

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