Top Ten Most Underrated Metal Drummers

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1 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.

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.

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2 Arin Ilejay - Avenged Sevenfold

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

3 Michael 'Moose' Thomas - Bullet For My Valentine

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 atm

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4 Gene Hoglan - Death, Dethklok, Testament, Death Angel Gene Hoglan - Death, Dethklok, Testament, Death Angel 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.

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! - defmetal

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5 Daniel Erlandsson - Arch Enemy

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!

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6 Andols Herrick - Chimaira
7 Scott Travis - Judas Priest Scott Travis - Judas Priest Mark Scott Travis is a Grammy Award winning American rock musician, best known as the drummer for the English heavy metal band Judas Priest and the American heavy metal band Racer X.

My god just listen to painkiller his drum solo made me cry he must take first place

Scott kicks butt. A great drummer.

Very underrated. I remember Scott when he sold appliances at Northridge Mall Sears.

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8 Nick Menza - Megadeth Nick Menza - Megadeth Nick Menza (1964-2016) was a professional drummer best known for his work in Megadeth from 1989-1998 and in 2004. He recorded drums on four of Megadeth's albums "Rust In Peace", "Countdown To Extinction", "Youthanasia", and "Cryptic Writings".

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 underrated

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9 Jordan Mancino - As I Lay Dying
10 Randy Black - Primal fear, ex-Annihilator Randy Black - Primal fear, ex-Annihilator Randy Black is a Canadian-born metal drummer and recording artist best known for his stints as the drummer for Annihilator, Primal Fear, Duskmachine, and Bif Naked. He is an ambidextrous drummer.

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

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11 Charlie Benante - Anthrax

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!

12 Mike Mangini - Dream Theater Mike Mangini - Dream Theater 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.

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

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13 Jimmy The Rev Sullivan - Avenged Sevenfold

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.

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14 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.

Definitely the most underrated and so is Gojira in general.

He is simply awesome.
PS how is that douche from A7X on this list, he is most overrated drummer ever

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15 Flo Mounier - Cryptopsy Flo Mounier - Cryptopsy 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.

He's a beast (technical death metal). - Metal_Treasure

16 Clive Burr - Iron Maiden Clive Burr - Iron Maiden

Can't forget the guy who helped start Maiden off. R.I.P. clive, such an amazing drummer

17 Jason Rullo - Symphony X

Rullo rocks! Symphony X is AWESOME!

18 Jerod Boyd - Miss May I
19 Mike Portnoy - Dream Theater, Liquid Tension Experiment Mike Portnoy - Dream Theater, Liquid Tension Experiment 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'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

20 Bobby Jarzombek - Halford, Riot, Sebastian Bach Bobby Jarzombek - Halford, Riot, Sebastian Bach Bobby Jarzombek is a heavy metal/progressive metal drummer and best known for his work with Halford, Sebastian Bach and Riot. V 1 Comment
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1. Mike Mangini - Dream Theater
2. Flo Mounier - Cryptopsy
3. Randy Black - Primal fear, ex-Annihilator
Metal_Treasure
1. Gene Hoglan - Death, Dethklok, Testament, Death Angel
2. Arin Ilejay - Avenged Sevenfold
3. Nick Menza - Megadeth
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1. Daniel Erlandsson - Arch Enemy
2. Michael 'Moose' Thomas - Bullet For My Valentine
3. Andols Herrick - Chimaira
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