Best Death Metal Drummers

The Top Ten
1 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.

I know him since our teenage years, and I have only one word for him "Hardworker". This guy practice even in walls or tables! All day with drumsticks...

I love his drums man I am a death metal drummer an I don't have anything on him his blast beats are insane.

Godlike hand speed, insane blastbeats and double bass faster than a machine gun. His solo album is pure awesomeness.

2 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.

Not only is he so technical and his immense foot work that is probably the best in the industry, I think people forget his creative and diverse he can be. There's no mistaking his playing for when listening you know it's him behind that set. With that said pretty different styles when playing for death Testament and especially unique when combined with fear factory. Such a great dude to talk to, Modest, and very humble. I got the chance to see him live with the great Chuck Schuldiner back in the day with Death, Devon Townsend Strapping Young Lad, and of course one of my all time favorites FEAR FACTORY twice with Burt, Dino, Byron. Blew my mind live! He makes it look so easy. Salute!

3 Paul Mazurkiewicz - Cannibal Corpse Paul Mazurkiewicz is an American drummer best known as a member for death metal band Cannibal Corpse. Mazurkiewicz was originally the drummer for the band, Tirant Sin, alongside two other future Cannibal Corpse members Chris Barnes and Bob Rusay.

Techniqualy not the best, but he has style that is reconizable and its one of those things that make Cannibal corpse sound different from any other death metal band. he's also one of the pioneers in this genre.

Should be the top of the list, for he is has the best timing in the world, he never misses a note and plays exactly like in the cd when he plays live.

Cradle of filth and suicide silence are not death metal laugh out loud, and cannibal corpse is one of the best

4 Nils Fjellström

Played in Aeon, Sanctification and Dark funeral. Now in Nordjevel. Just a great drummer for death metal and black metal.

5 Francesco Paoli - Fleshgod Apocalypse Francesco Paoli is the drummer for the Italian technical death metal band Fleshgod Apocalypse, formed in 2007.

God-tier drummer! just listen to his INSANE blastbeats in "The Violation" or the precision in "Minotaur"...

6 Krimh - Decapitated

Great drummer, just check out his YouTube channel!

7 Mike Smith - Suffocation

Talking about Mike Smith is not only about his career with Suffo but also his contribution into death metal and extreme drumming technique. God has sent him to the world for inventing death metal drumming.

Who's the master? Of course Mike Smith. With his multi instrumentalist background, he's able to put the "art of drumming" proportionaly. He's the best drummer ever.

Can commend any drummer with wrists like Mike's. Crazy stuff.

8 Flo Mounier 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.

Utterly insane drummer,his talent hasn't gotten through unnoticed but he still needs more than what he gets!

9 Dave McGraw - Cattle Decapitation

This is the level I want to reach. Dave is near untouchable as a drummer.

Cattle Decap is one of the heaviest band around, and this guy is one of the reasons.

An absolute beast on the skins.

10 Pete "The Feet" Sandoval - Morbid Angel

Not higher how? He blast beats like a motherf*****, his work on Formulas Fatal to the flesh is just amazing

The Contenders
11 John Longstreth - Origin, Skinless, Gorguts

No questions asked, by far one of the most technical and fastest drummers, and he still is able to make it catchy

12 Hannes Grossmann - Necrophagist, Obscura Hannes Grossmann is a German drummer who plays for the US death metal band Hate Eternal, German progressive band Alkaloid, and for U.S. technical extreme metal supergroup Blotted Science. He was also the drummer during Necrophagist's Epitaph era and played with Obscura for their first two albums.

Was about to vote for George Kolias until I scrolled down a bit and saw Hannes, absolute monster, his work for Necrophagist, Obscura, Blotted Science and Alkaloid is incredible.

He's a beast. His work for Blotted Science is also remarkable.

13 Richard Christy - Death

Richard is my favorite. Pumpkin Beer and Halloween (the movie and the holiday) and the Chiefs and Krampus and Taco Tico are also my favorites.

And God bless our blessings, right, Jack.

Hey Richard this is your Dad. Killed a opossum today caught it tryin to eat the chickens. Ok bub we'll talk to you later.

Only one one album of Death but he was the best one in my opinion.

14 Lyle Cooper - Absvrdist, The Faceless, Abhorrent

Shawn Cameron?!?!? But no Lyle Cooper? Listen to his work with Abhorrent and look me in my face and tell me even a quarter of this list is on his level.

Planetary Duality is a piece of art because of his work. What a creative and cool drummer!

15 Spencer Prewett - Archspire
16 Zbigniew "Inferno" Promiński - Behemoth

Great doublebass drumwork, A variety of blastbeats.
When he's playing live he uses different kinds of tempo's for the blast making the liveset diverse, also great technic.

17 Steve Asheim - Deicide

Steve is the founding drummer of technical death metal drumming. Being one of the founding members of Deicide he also is one of the defining death metal drummers. His blast beats are insane, especially his early works (I. E Deicide and Legion) was completely impossible for it's time. The producers at Morrissound Studios were dumbfounded on how to clearly handle a blast beat like that. He is ranked the 14'th fastest blast beat drummer of all time (According to Guiness) and that alone makes Steve a drumming god. Not to mention that he can play the rack toms and cymbals so fast and fluently that I'd sometimes rather just listen to Deicide's drum tracks and not the whole song. He may not be as fast as George Kollias or some other drummer but he is a musical genius and will always be my top drummer.

18 Fabio Ramirez - Internal Suffering, Christ Denied
19 Romain Goulon - Necrophagist

These top ten are based on famous they are. Technically, Romain Goulon blows Gene Hoglan clear out of the water.

20 Derek Roddy

I hate all of you, derek roddy is up there with george kollias in skill level and he's not even in the list at all. his work in I, Monarch is some of the best drumming I've ever heard in death metal.

Derek is the mastermind and he is best known as Derek "ONETAKE" Roddy. Hails to this flawless lunatic m/

By far the best drummer in the death metal scene right now, he's up there with george kollias but plays so well that he's done every single recording in one take, hence the nickname derek "onetake" roddy

21 Ken Bedene - Aborted

Damn this dude's drum parts go hard. Really creative in what he writes as well.

Insane speed and power. Technique is flawless and is one of the cleanest players in death metal

22 Darren Cesca - Deeds of Flesh, Goratory, Arsis
23 Krzysztof Raczkowski - Vader
24 Sean Reinert Sean Reinert was the drummer of Æon Spoke. He was also the drummer and founding member of Cynic, until leaving the band in September 2015.

How's the hell is Reinhart not higher?

25 Shawn Cameron - Carnifex
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