Most Technical Drummers of All Time


The Top Ten

1 Mike Portnoy (Dream Theater, Avenged Sevenfold) Mike Portnoy (Dream Theater, Avenged Sevenfold) Michael Portnoy is an American drummer primarily known as the former drummer, backing vocalist, and a co-founder of the progressive metal/rock band Dream Theater. Known for his technical skill as a drummer, Portnoy has won 30 awards from the Modern Drummer magazine.

He is the real technique.. Hear his drums on songs like Honor Thy Father (Dream Theater), Nightmare To Remember (Dream Theater) Roots Of All Evil (Dream Theater)... God Hates Us (a7x), Save Me (a7x) Dream theater lost their greatest member.. And dream theater won, t be the same without Portony - nooreldeen

DT will not ever be as good as they were with Mike. They truely have lost part of their soul and Mangini is not the answer. He's a little faster but boring not creative

Voting for this guy 100%.. He is brilliant and helped DT get to the popularity they're at now - BimmyJim

Mike Mangini is better.

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2 Neil Peart (Rush) Neil Peart (Rush) Neil Ellwood Peart, OC (born September 12, 1952 in Hamilton, Canada) is a Canadian-American musician and author, best known as the drummer and primary lyricist for the rock band Rush. Peart has received numerous awards for his musical performances.

I feel that he is the ultimate package when it comes to, power, stamina, technicality, creativeness behind the kit. He is not called the Professor for nothing.

Mike Portnoy? Really? Before Peart? Huh. Well, Peart ruled the drummer scene back when Portnoy was still a sperm cell, and he did it for over than forty years! Win that Dream Theater!

I considered him to be one the best of all time and can play anything from Rock to Jazz.

Simply the most layered and technically advanced player ever. Period. No question.

Been a drummer for for 31 years. Not even close to his level, some of the only stuff I still can't play perfectly.

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3 George Kollias (Nile) 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.

He is amazing! The biggest prove on that he is technical the he can do faster drums than Joey Jordison twice the speed but without making' the drums sound bad... Drummer Of Japan X does fast style but he ruins the sound of his drums because he tries to be speed with no creativity - nooreldeen

He is simply awesome, amazing how fast he is more than so many overrated drummers! - Ananya

The pinacle of greatess, just amazing. No question he's the best and he also plays jazz & latin

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4 Mike Mangini Mike Mangini Mike Mangini is an American drummer. Since 2010, he has been a member of progressive metal band Dream Theater, following the departure of founding drummer Mike Portnoy.

He isn't quite as entertaining as Portnoy was either Dream Theater, but Mangini is a god. He is near unmatched in technical skill and has set many worlds fastest drummer records, primarily being the first to beat 1,200 single stroke roll hits in a minute. That's ought to count for something.

5 Kai Hahto (Wintersun)

This guy is insane on drums. He's the perfect drummer for such an insane band as Wintersun.

He is sooo...UNDERRATED.

He started playing drums when he was just 6, His parents saw him hitting the pots and pans since he was 3 years old! ( Born drummer..)
So his parents decided to buy him a drum kit, then he stared practicing along Iron Maiden, AC/DC and many other bands, Since he was 13 .
He played in local bands until the late '80s when he formed Cartilage with his friends heavily influenced by death metal which became very popular in underground scene....Later he formed many bands, and hey...let me tell you he has played with more than 30 bands... - Ananya

6 Danny Carey (Tool) Danny Carey (Tool) Daniel Edwin "Danny" Carey, born May 10, 1961 in Lawrence, Kansas, is an American drummer and instrumentalist best known for his work in American Grammy Award-winning progressive rock band Tool. He has also contributed to albums by and played with such artists as Zaum, Green Jellÿ, Pigface, Skinny more.

He is so amazing I didn, t hear a lot of tool songs actually but I have to say he is one of the most technical.. - nooreldeen

The only person on this list who even compares is Mike Portnoy. Jordison and Adler are definitely not morr technical.

7 Dave Lombardo (Slayer, Testament) Dave Lombardo (Slayer, Testament) David "Dave" Lombardo is a Cuban American drummer, best known as a co-founding member of the American thrash metal band Slayer.
8 Jörg Michael (Stratovarius)
9 Mario Duplantier (Gojira) Mario Duplantier (Gojira) Mario Duplantier is a French musician and artist best known as the drummer of technical death metal band Gojira.

Listen to la enfant savage and you will know the he is one of the most technical.. Underrated drummers - nooreldeen

Listen to liquid fire, explosia, l'enfant sauvage, backbone, gift of the guilt and you will know that he is the best young metal drummer

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10 Gene Hoglan (Death, Dethklok, Testament) Gene Hoglan (Death, Dethklok, Testament) 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.

His work for Dark Angel is also remarkable - some of the fastest and heaviest thrash songs out there (Darkness Descends, Merciless Death). - Metal_Treasure

He has much fast skills, dethklok has shown us that

Anyone who created this list hadnt known a bit about Technical Drummnig. - GREYBOYY

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The Contenders

11 Hannes Grossmann (Necrophagist)
12 Alex Holzwarth (Rhapsody)
13 Dave Mackintosh (DragonForce)
14 Jason Rullo (Symphony X)
15 Chris Adler (Lamb of God) Chris Adler (Lamb of God) Christopher James Adler is an American drummer, best known as a member of the groove metal band Lamb of God.

He is the most technical drummer of all time and the most underrated too!
Hear Black Label, Omerta, 11th Hour, Ruin, Walk With Me In Hell
He is a real drumming beast.. Seriously I can, t pick between him and joey.. But I give it 51% Joey and 49% Chris
Joey got the talent, the speed and Chris adler Got the Technique, Style.. - nooreldeen

He is a beast on drumms hear hourglass, Set To Fail, In Your Words, Ruin, Omerta, Laid To Rest, 11th Hour, Now You Have Got Something To Die For, Ghost Waking, Black Label (amazing kick-pedals) - nooreldeen

16 Nicko McBrain (Iron Maiden) Nicko McBrain (Iron Maiden) Michael Henry "Nicko" McBrain is an English musician, best known as the drummer of the British heavy metal band Iron Maiden, which he joined in 1982.
17 Janne Parviainen (Ensiferum)
18 Jimmy 'The Rev' Sullivan
19 Mike Wengren (Disturbed)

He is one of the most underrated drummers nowadays..
Hear Warrior, Indestructible, Haunted, Enough, Asylum, Stricken, Perfect Insanity, Facade, Living after Midnight ( actually it is a judas priest song but Mike Wengren did it well) - nooreldeen

20 Thomas Lang (Stork)

Technically speaking, the best drummer on the planet. Should be #1.

I have to agree-Thomas Lang is superior to everyone I have ever listened too. His feet can do what others only dream about. Take a listen-you won’t believe your ears!

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Top Remixes (4)

1. Dave Lombardo (Slayer, Testament)
2. Joey Jordison (Slipknot)
3. Steve Asheim (Deicide)
1. Mike Portnoy (Dream Theater, Avenged Sevenfold)
2. Jörg Michael (Stratovarius)
3. Kai Hahto (Wintersun)
1. George Kollias (Nile)
2. Mike Mangini
3. Mike Portnoy (Dream Theater, Avenged Sevenfold)

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