Best Extreme Metal Drummers

Extreme Metal is a term of the genres that are Black Metal, Death Metal, Thrash Metal, Doom Metal and sometimes speed metal.
The Top Ten
1 Austin D'Amond (Chimaira)

Homie is just hitting the sticks hard. So heavy and diverse. It blows me away to see a drummer nail every different sound. And I love how Austin will sit down and actually talk to you. Like you known him all you lives... Do not underestimate this guy...

This kid has always been my favorite metal drummer in the entire planet. Trust me I saw him grow into the incredible unstoppable bomb droppable G that he is. Been killing ya'll softly since the late 90's and no one knew till now. you other drummers can't touch him. Thugmetal is a lifestyle and certain type of heart. you gotta live it to shoot it. And believe me this kid has. He will always be my copilot on the Slaughter Jet! Headbang if ya Gangbang

Austin the one of the best, very unique beats and cymbal patterns. Been watching him Since the Bleed the Sky days hope for the best for him. Now he's been in Chimaira and now DevilDriver. The dude is a BEAST

One of the most diverse and impeccable drummers I've ever heard. Saw him play live while chimaira a few months back and he blew my mind. This guy deserves to be on the top ten.

2 Zbigniew "Inferno" Promiński (Behemoth)

An extremely underrated drummer in a, sadly, underrated band. Pure awesomeness.

3 George Kolias (Nile)

He did very amazing work with nile.. Nobody can play like kolias does... He is the fastest drummer alive... He did very amazing work with nile hear songs like Kafir, Lashed To Slave Sticks, The Fiends Who Steals The Magick Of The Deacesed, Annhilation Of The Wicked, cast down the heretic

When it comes to extreme metal drumming, this guy is the definition. Single foot blast at 295bpm? No problem. Just listen to "Kafir" and you'll agree

Lets be hoest, dave rules, but technically kollias is simply the best, for me followed by inferno and vitek.

Unreal speed and yet never gets sloppy.

4 Gene Holgan (Death, Death Angel, Testament, Dethklok, Strapping Young Lad)

He's a great drummer, and doesn't need to rely on triggers for his kick drum strokes to be audible. Great humble dude, and is really versatile.

5 Nicholas Barker (Cradle of Filth, Dimmu Borgir)

"What can I say? The man is featured on half of my all time extreme metal albums - from Cradle of Filth, to Dimmu Borgir, to Old Man's Child. Unique, fast and above all sheer creativity.

His drumming in principle of evil made flesh is my favourite drumming on a metal album ever.

His the reason old Cradle of Filth sounded so dark and brutal back then, I wish he never left.

Dusk and Her Embrace is his best work ever!

6 Jan Axel "Hellhammer" Blomberg (Mayhem)

The best drummer ever. Not only for being extremly fast and the most technical one. But his feeling for groove and being able to play some kind of shuffle on the Hi-Hat while blasting is intense as hell! And those Ride patterns... Damn!

I don't like him as a person but he's a great drummer.

His drumming is so fast and sick!

7 Dave Lambardo (Slayer)

He is the best thrash metal drummer alive he did very amazing work with slayer... He is the drummer who began playing with the fast style without him there won, t be most of the death metal drummers... And most of the drummers nowadays all of them are influnced by dave lambardo

Best amen.. Dave you're the one!

Greatest drummer ever he should be number 1 he invented the blast beat

8 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.
9 Tomas Haake (Meshuggah) Tomas Haake is a Swedish drummer and main songwriter of the experimental metal band Meshuggah. He is known for his polyrhythms and technical ability. In 2012, he was named the 5th best Modern Metal drummer by He was named the number one drummer in the "Metal" category, in the July 2008 edition of Modern Drummer magazine, as decided upon in the magazine's Readers' Poll.

Come on, if you ask for a reason you haven't been paying attention to Meshuggah in the last 30 years.

10 Faust (Emperor)
The Contenders
11 Kevin Talley (Dååth, Chimaira, Six Feet Under)
12 Paul Mazurkiewicz (Cannibal Corpse) Paul Mazurkiewicz is an American drummer best known as a member for death metal band Cannibal Corpse. Mazurkiewicz was originally the drummer for the band, Tirant Sin, alongside two other future Cannibal Corpse members Chris Barnes and Bob Rusay.
13 Horgh (Immortal)
14 Shannon Lucas (All That Remains,The Black Dahlia Murder) Shannon Lucas is an American heavy metal drummer from Staunton, Virginia. He is best known as the former drummer for death metal band The Black Dahlia Murder and metalcore band All That Remains.

Shannon is such a great drummer and a fantastic guy. He is very underrated most of the time. His work with TBDM and battlecross is one of a kind. Sucks that he isn't with them anymore but good to see he went back to school. Shannon rocks!

Very amazing drummer he did good jop with both All That Remains and The Black Dahlia Murder...

15 Vinnie Paul (Pantera) Vincent Paul Abbott, better known as "Vinnie Paul" (March 11, 1964 - June 22nd, 2018) was an American professional drummer and producer. Alongside his late brother Dimebag Darrell, he co-founded the Heavy Metal Bands Pantera and Damageplan, with whom he would find success with in the former. After the passing of Dimebag and the dissolution of Damageplan, Vinnie would later join another band, Hellyeah. Vinnie died of a heart attack in June 2018.

Very amazing drummer not actually extreme metal drummer
But pantera are thrash metal bands mixed with some groove metal..

Wow I didn't know pantera was more than one band. Jeez, nooreldeen, work on your English

16 Trey Williams (Dying Fetus)
17 Joey Jordison (Slipknot) Joey Jordison, was an American musician, songwriter, and record producer, best known for his work as the former drummer and co-songwriter for the heavy metal band Slipknot as well as guitarist in the Horror-punk band Murderdolls. He is the co-founder and drummer for the Blackened Death Metal band Sinsaenum and a Heavy Metal side project VIMIC.

Joey in the top 10 and Flo Mounier at #31 makes me wonder who votes on these metal lists...

Slipknot isn't extreme metal. They're nu metal.

The most overrated drummer alive.

18 Martin Lopez (Opeth,Amon Amarth)
19 Alan Cassidy (Abigail Williams,The Black Dahlia Murder,The Breathing Process)

Very amazing drummer really... Words can, t describe the greatness of this drummer hear his drummer with black dahlia murder in songs like "Into The Everblack"
And you can try his drumming with abigail williams he is E P I C I can, t believe that nobody knows about him expect few..

20 Richard Christy (Death, Iced Earth, Charred Walls of the Damned)

Extremely underrated from the public eye. Not only is he crazy good at drums, he's halarious on the Howard Stern Show

21 Derek Roddy

No matter where he stands in the ranking, each one of them should be equally rated as the greatest.

22 Kjetil Frost Haraldstad (Satyricon)
23 Hellhammer (Mayhem)
24 Fotis Benardo
25 The Rev (A7X) James Owen Sullivan (February 9th, 1981 - December 28th 2009), better known by his stage name "The Rev" (Short for "The Reverend Tholomew Plague") was an American musician, singer and songwriter, best known as the former drummer, backing vocalist and co-founder of the American alternative metal/ metalcore band Avenged Sevenfold. He was also in the metalcore stage of Avenged Sevenfold. He is often regarded as one of the world's best drummers, especially in the 21st century. He is not only known as one of the best drummers of the bands history, but also crucial to Avenged Sevenfold as a backing vocalist, making the song "A Little Piece Of Heaven" possible.
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