Top 10 Best Extreme Metal Drummers

Extreme Metal is a term encompassing various genres, such as Black Metal, Death Metal, Thrash Metal, Doom Metal, and sometimes Speed Metal.
The Top Ten
1 George Kollias (Nile)

He did amazing work with Nile. Nobody can play like Kollias does. He is the fastest drummer alive.

Listen to songs like Kafir, Lashed to Slave Sticks, The Fiends Who Steal the Magick of the Deceased, Annihilation of the Wicked, and Cast Down the Heretic.

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

Let's be honest, Dave rules, but technically Kollias is simply the best. For me, he's followed by Inferno and Vitek.

2 Zbigniew "Inferno" Promiński (Behemoth)

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

3 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.

I love how Austin will sit down and actually talk to you like you've known him all your life. Do not underestimate this guy.

This kid has always been my favorite metal drummer on the entire planet. Trust me, I saw him grow into the incredible, unstoppable, bomb-dropping G that he is.

He's been killing you all softly since the late '90s, and no one knew until now. You other drummers can't touch him. Thugmetal is a lifestyle and a 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 you gangbang.

4 Gene Hoglan (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 he is really versatile.

5 Jan Axel "Hellhammer" Blomberg (Mayhem)

The best drummer ever. Not only for being extremely fast and the most technical, but for his feeling for groove.

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!

6 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.
7 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... read more

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

8 Dave Lombardo (Slayer)

He is the best thrash metal drummer alive. He did amazing work with Slayer.

He is the drummer who began playing with the fast style. Without him, there wouldn't be most of the death metal drummers. Most of the drummers nowadays are influenced by Dave Lombardo.

Greatest drummer ever. He should be number one. He invented the blast beat.

9 Horgh (Immortal)
10 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.
The Contenders
11 Trey Williams (Dying Fetus)
12 Martin Lopez (Opeth,Amon Amarth)
13 Faust (Emperor)
14 Nicholas Barker (Cradle of Filth, Dimmu Borgir)

What can I say? The man is featured on half of my all-time favorite 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 favorite drumming on a metal album ever.

He's the reason old Cradle of Filth sounded so dark and brutal back then. I wish he never left.

15 Kjetil Frost Haraldstad (Satyricon)
16 Mario Duplantier Mario Duplantier is a French musician and artist best known as the drummer of technical death metal band Gojira.
17 Austin Archey (Lorna Shore)
18 Alan Cassidy (Abigail Williams,The Black Dahlia Murder,The Breathing Process)
19 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.

It sucks that he isn't with them anymore, but it's good to see he went back to school. Shannon rocks!

Very amazing drummer. He did a good job with both All That Remains and The Black Dahlia Murder.

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 hilarious on the Howard Stern Show.

21 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... read more
22 Chris Adler (Lamb of God) Christopher James Adler is an American drummer, best known as a member and founder of the groove metal band Lamb of God, and Grammy Award winning member of Megadeth.
23 Derek Roddy
24 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... read more
25 Hellhammer (Mayhem)
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