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 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.

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!

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

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

Freakish drumming by Danny Carey!

6 The Dance of Eternity - Dream Theater The Dance of Eternity - Dream Theater Cover Art
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 Eyeless - Slipknot Eyeless - Slipknot Cover Art
10 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!

The Contenders
11 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

12 Haunted - Annihilator Haunted - Annihilator Cover Art

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

13 Art Of Dying - Gojira Art Of Dying - Gojira Cover Art
14 Battery - Metallica Battery - Metallica Cover Art

Really fast intense metal drumming by Lars Ulrich!

15 The Violation - Fleshgod Apocalypse The Violation - Fleshgod Apocalypse Cover Art
16 Four Walls - While She Sleeps Four Walls - While She Sleeps Cover Art
17 Cast Down the Heretic - Nile Cast Down the Heretic - Nile Cover Art
18 Blacken The Cursed Sun - Lamb Of God Blacken The Cursed Sun - Lamb Of God Cover Art
19 Ratamahatta - Sepultura Ratamahatta - Sepultura Cover Art
20 Your Betrayal - Bullet For My Valentine Your Betrayal - Bullet For My Valentine Cover Art
21 One - Metallica One - Metallica Cover Art
22 Fear of Napalm - Terrorizer Fear of Napalm - Terrorizer Cover Art
23 Never Enough - Dream Theater Never Enough - Dream Theater Cover Art

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

24 Before I Forget - Slipknot Before I Forget - Slipknot Cover Art
25 Bushpig - Anvil Bushpig - Anvil Cover Art

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

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