Top 10 Songs with the Greatest Metal Drumming Performances

The Top Ten
1 Painkiller - Judas Priest

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.

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.

2 Bleed - Meshuggah

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.

3 Honor Thy Father - Dream Theater

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!

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

4 War Ensemble - Slayer

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
6 Ticks & Leeches - Tool

Freakish drumming by Danny Carey!

7 The Essential Salts - Nile

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

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

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

10 Eyeless - Slipknot
The Contenders
11 Where Eagles Dare - Iron Maiden

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

12 Haunted - Annihilator

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

13 Art Of Dying - Gojira
14 Four Walls - While She Sleeps
15 Cast Down the Heretic - Nile
16 The Violation - Fleshgod Apocalypse
17 Blacken The Cursed Sun - Lamb Of God
18 Battery - Metallica

Really fast intense metal drumming by Lars Ulrich!

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

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

24 Bushpig - Anvil

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

25 Deliverance - Opeth
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