Greatest Metal Drumming Performances


The Top Ten

1 Painkiller - Judas Priest

Scott Travis is the best metal drummer painkiller is his best performance and all the other songs on the painkiller album are great as well painkiller should be first not honor thy farther that song sucks

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

Mad drum intro by Scott Travis - petrucci75hammet

Sorry. But this is not even close to the best drum work.. the drums was overplayed on this. Scott travis is an attention seeker.

Let me seeing you trying to nail the bass solos at the beginning of the song then. - Userguy44

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2 Bleed - Meshuggah

Polyrhythms, enough said. - Userguy44

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

Oneof the best drummer in the world


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3 Honor Thy Father - Dream Theater

God...Came here just for this song...Love the intro

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). - fireinside96

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

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4 War Ensemble - Slayer

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. - calmeehan

Very good drumming but not as good as Seasons In The Abyss, in my opinion. The drum rolls in Seasons are insane at times.

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 Ticks & Leeches - Tool

Freakish drumming by Danny Carey! - petrucci75hammet

Whats Wrong with you GUYS? Why you just don't listening to the oficcial songs And then drummers performances. LARS ULRICH SUCKS. He play sekk and destroy LIKE Battery...

6 The Dance of Eternity - Dream Theater

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

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7 The Essential Salts - Nile

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

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9 Holy Wars... The Punishment Due - Megadeth

Nick Menza, though slightly underrated can really drum even in fast songs like this! - petrucci75hammet

10 Eyeless - Slipknot

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

Ya slipknot

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The Contenders

11 Haunted - Annihilator

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

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12 Art Of Dying - Gojira UListen to Sample
13 Battery - Metallica

Really fast intense metal drumming by Lars Ulrich! - petrucci75hammet

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15 The Violation - Fleshgod Apocalypse

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

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16 Blacken The Cursed Sun - Lamb Of God UListen to Sample
17 Cast Down the Heretic - Nile UListen to Sample
18 Ratamahatta - Sepultura UListen to Sample
19 Your Betrayal - Bullet For My Valentine UListen to Sample
20 One - Metallica UListen to Sample
21 Fear of Napalm - Terrorizer UListen to Sample
22 Never Enough - Dream Theater

Mike Portnoy's drumming rhythms are really groovy in this. - petrucci75hammet

23 Before I Forget - Slipknot

before I forget that this song is one of the best metal songs ever and the drums by joey jordison are really really good for me 1st place is the correct one
SLIPKNOT Best metal band actually

He hits everything on it he is the best

Not a big fan of slipknot.. but this song should get special mention... u get hooked on to it from the start itself!

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24 Where Eagles Dare - Iron Maiden

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

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

Very fast and technical abilities professionally shown by Niko Mcbrian

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25 Bushpig - Anvil

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

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26 An Epic of Time Wasted - Avenged Sevenfold

Not even close to art of subconscious illusion, darkness surrounding, the entire city of evil album, critical acclaim, scream, almost easy, unbound the wild ride, tension, crossroads, a little piece of heaven

Even though it doesn't fit the song, neither does any of the drumming in that album, the rev is still in my opinion a fantastic and original drummer who passed away way to early

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28 Deliverance - Opeth

Awesome drums throughout the 13 and a half minutes - also amazing instrumental section at the end with the repeated guitar riffing - petrucci75hammet

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30 Chasing The High - Annihilator

Mike Mangini - unmistakable musicality and technical skills. - Metal_Treasure

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31 Hallowed Be Thy Name - Iron Maiden

One of the best closing tracks that proved why Clive Burr is one of the greatest heavy metal drummers of all time. Iron Maiden at its best.R.I.P. clive Burr

32 Revolution Is My Name - Pantera

Vinnie Paul's best performance in a really intense metal song - petrucci75hammet

Every Pantera song is a drum masterpiece, including this one!

33 Symptom of the Universe - Sepultura

Bill Ward, one of metal's biggest influences in drumming. - petrucci75hammet

34 Telos - Between the Buried and Me

This is hard!

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35 Seasons in the Abyss - Slayer

Not only has amazing drum fills by Lombardo, but is such an incredible composition overall, especially its evil-sounding guitar riffs! - petrucci75hammet

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36 Davidian - Machine Head

Sad god fog mad hd sandisk 3tb

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37 The Serpentine Offering - Dimmu Borgir

The unbelievable speed of Hellhammers drumming on this song is incomparable

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38 Save Me - Avenged Sevenfold

Best a7x song, far too underrated, fantastic drumming

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39 This Calling - All That Remains UListen to Sample
40 Marianas Trench - August Burns Red

These guys are some much better then most metal bands by far

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41 Critical Acclaim - Avenged Sevenfold UListen to Sample
42 Hourglass - Lamb of God

This is some real deal please vote this thing to the top, listen to this awesome song by LOG nothing is better than this

Duct got for hah hah hah

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43 Majesty - Blind Guardian

This song is 7:30 min long and is insanely fast from start to finish. - Metal_Treasure

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44 M.I.A. - Avenged Sevenfold UListen to Sample
45 Rage Absolute - Annihilator

The impeccable Mike Mangini - fast, technical, precise. - Metal_Treasure

46 Metal Meltdown - Judas Priest UListen to Sample
47 Jesus' Tod - Burzum UListen to Sample
48 Scream - Avenged Sevenfold

One of the best songs ever created by a7x, up there with nightmare and afterlife

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49 Beast and the Harlot - Avenged Sevenfold UListen to Sample
50 Darkness Surrounding - Avenged Sevenfold UListen to Sample
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Top Remixes (5)

1. Bleed - Meshuggah
2. The Dance of Eternity - Dream Theater
3. Cast Down the Heretic - Nile
1. Telos - Between the Buried and Me
2. Painkiller - Judas Priest
3. Ticks & Leeches - Tool
1. Hangar 18 - Megadeth
2. Your Betrayal - Bullet For My Valentine
3. Four Walls - While She Sleeps

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