Top Ten Most Underrated Metal Drummersnooreldeen
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Nicko is honestly the greatest drummer to ever live. Iron Maiden is the best. No double bass just single. Up the Irons!
Does he actually not do double-bass drumming? I thought that he does, 'cause of how quick that that bass-drum-playing sounds to me. - Feirceraven
He is underrated. The double cross is not the greatest thing. He plays in a different way and also that makes the "maiden sound". He don't need to make any fast bass drum taps like joey's. He is unique and my favorite drummer.
Best hasn't got any writing credit except some b side of singles yet has written so many drum tracks yet so underrated
Nah clive burr is more underrated than him.V 3 Comments
Arin is not The Rev dumbass Jimmy is the Rev
How is the Rev underrated? He is #1 on the best metal drummer list haha
His beats always linger in my mind
He's quite talented guys
Arin isn't as good as the rev but he's till good
This drummer is SICK! Hear songs like your betreyal, the last fight, scream aim fire and you will know that he is the most underrated drummer but joey, adler, lambardo are the best drummers atmV 1 Comment
Gene is by far the most active heavy metal drummer on the planet. And oh wait... He's REALLY good! Lars should be bumped way down. All rock beats now.
He was in Dark Angel, not Death Angel. Still a badass, though!
Gene gets planet of respect. He's not really underrated - Sabbath
Don't forget, he was in Strapping Young Lad and Zimmer's Hole! - defmetalV 2 Comments
Most people won't have heard of him, which is a shame because he's really good
He is and insanely good drummer crap... he is much better than most drummers these days... for example listen to time is black by arch enemy... insanity!V 1 Comment
My god just listen to painkiller his drum solo made me cry he must take first place
Scott kicks butt. A great drummer.
Travis rocks. Very underrated
Racer X & Judas Priest work is enough to make him #1V 1 Comment
The forgotten king is dead... Long live the king Menza!
As a drummer I can say Nick Menza is a supremely talented drummer but only drummers seem to know this as never appreciated as much as he should be Megadeth fans but any drummer will tell you Holy Wars is superb and also listen to the jazz band with whom he played. He certainly had talent in abundance and definitely underrated.
Nick Menza is the king drummer of metal, he was kicked out off megadeth by Dave Mustaine, when Dave asked him to perform with megadeth again, the other drummers that dave mustaine hired was nervous when they saw nick menza there
What?! Gar Samuelson is criminally underratedV 4 Comments
Definitely the most underrated and so is Gojira in general.
French for the win
He is simply awesome.
PS how is that douche from A7X on this list, he is most overrated drummer ever
Mario is definitely one of the best drummers ever, his timing is different but really works! And I agree with the comments below about himV 1 Comment
Fast, technical and creative. Ambidextrous.
Awesome fills and intros. Incredible musicality and versatility. He uses a wide range of beats/styles from all metal subgenres. - Metal_Treasure
This guy has one of the best double kick techniques on the planet. It's so tough to be super-fast and super-accurate at the same time, but this guy does it effortlessly. Without him, god knows where Anthrax would be right now!
Nobody could have replaced Portnoy any better. He is incredibly fast and insanely technical. A truly great drummer that lives in the shadow of his predecessor.
I have nothing but admiration for this guy. I honestly think he's even better than Portnoy but still doesn't get the credits he deserves. - Metal_Treasure
He�'s probably the best I know - SweetChaos
Some will tell you he is all about speed, but he isn't. he's about the technicality, and the style. The speed is just a bonus. We all miss ya Jimmy. foREVer
The rev is overrated as hell!
He's underrated because people think he is talentless, and all about speed. He's not, he's the best metal drummer
People underrate him because Avenged Sevenfold fans overoveroverrate him.V 1 Comment
Can't forget the guy who helped start Maiden off. R.I.P. clive, such an amazing drummer
He's a beast (technical death metal). - Metal_Treasure
Rullo rocks! Symphony X is AWESOME!
He's not really underrated. - Metal_Treasure
It's weird how no one has a "halfway" opinion about Mr. Portnoy. Everybody either hates him or worships the ground he walks on, but neither group can really say why they feel the way they do. Has anybody noticed this or is it just me?
One of the most underrated and one of the greatest in last years but joey and chris adler are the most underrated
Seriously I think it's because he's so quiet but people don't realize that this guy is as great a drummer as anyone. He doesn't miss a beat
Still underrated in the underrated list
Just listen to Deer Dance, Toxicity, Radio/Video, etc.
Extremely complex dudeV 1 Comment
Jeremy Spencer is definitely one of the best metal drummers out there. He deserves way more attention!
His groove is incredible and his double bass is better than most others.
He's an inspiration for not having an arm yet still doing what he loves, but I never really considered definitely Leppard metal
How many people actually know that this guy has one arm?V 2 Comments
Joey Jordison underrated?
Are you kidding me?
Mike Wengren from Disturbed ist one of the best, but also most underrated drummers.
He is fast but powerful, a beast on the drums!
Genuinely the only one out of these people who I think is not only super speedy, but can do atmospheric drumming like religious beats etcV 1 Comment
Just try to replicate some of those polys he lays down...you will suddenly find yourself in doubt of your supposed skills
This dude is god. Play this joey jordison id love to see you try and fail
Just hear the song bleed. Enough said.
This man must have 4 arms and 3 legs.V 2 Comments
After 6 Faith no More albums and such a standard kit he manages to never sound or drum the same every album. Respect
Has probably gone thru more snare drum skins than any other drummer on this list. Wields his drumsticks like Thor's hammer! Probably should have been in the band Manowar, but is still brilliant in FNM.
No one pounds them harder in the world
Cozy set a world RECORD for the most drums (400) played in under one minute, live on television (BBC). He was quoted as saying in an interview, "I drive like I drum - madly". - Metal_Treasure
Metal greats begin with him. - Metal_Treasure
Same skill level as David, don't just bash him because he replaced him, jesus.
The first metal drummer who used double bass (1971, Fireball). - Metal_Treasure
Listen to songs like Ruin, Redneck, Grace, black label, Laid To rest and you will know that he is the most underrated drummer. But all other drummers listed are good too - nooreldeen
Chris adler is the best modern metal drummer. He is the most technical drummer nowadays
Music isn't about technique and speed, it's about sounds and emotions. No ones better at painting a picture with drums than carey
Phenominal talent but he's not really underrated. He's one of the most respected/recognized in the business! In terms of underrated drummers, Matt Halpern and Matt Garstka should be on the list alongside Duplantier, Haake, Dailor, Orbin and Rudinger
This guys should be at least top 10 best metal drummers! Just listen to No excuses, what a master piece.
Most underrated drummer even underrated on a list of underrated drummers
His beat is just so amazing and groovy
Always creative. Rarely ever plays the same beat for two songs. If ever. Great drummer that can carry any song. If not for Abe, there wouldn't be Deftone
Matt Halpern has created a free style of drumming. He drums with pure emotion and an immense love for drumming which can be felt through your speakers. The combination of technique and passion make this drummer a godly person. If you don't know Matt, then don't be a drummer.
Seriously, if you haven't heard of him, hit him up on Youtube. Too many metal drummers nowadays are idolised for nothing but speed, but Halpern should be well within the ten most underrated due to his skill outside the bounds of fast semiquavers. Speed is great, but he has so many other things covered like polyrhythms, grooves, shuffles and ghost notes. And he's a fine improviser.
He also played in Control denied and cynic. His drum work In sound of perseverance was amazing and his power if the double bass in the song cut down by control denied is enough to put him I. The top 2 - Sabbath
The crazy tricks he does on stage are awesome, and no Halestorm show would be the same without them, but sometimes I believe people only think of the show when they think of Arejay Hale and that makes his actual skills at being a drummer somewhat underrated compared to the show.
He's amazing. I don't really know why he's on this list, though. He's not really underrated because everybody knows he's amazing.
Amazing at playing drums AND fun to watch. Like a front man behind drums!V 2 Comments
This guy inherits his fathers drumming. No wonder he plays in zeppelin and in Scott Ian 's band Damnocracy!
This guy is insane. I would put him up there with Danny Carey, who Brann actually BEAT IN A DRUM COMPETITION. His drumming is sporadic, complex, and fast. Just listen to Megalodon, Divinations, or Capillarian Crest. He never reuses a fill. Just the fact that Dave Grohl thinks he's the best in the world should speak volumes about his playing.
He is definitely one of the best drummer. His beat is so complicated and fast. Just listen to aqua dementia
Definitely one of the best and most underrated
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