Top 10 Best Power Metal Drummers

Power Metal drummers are underrated and I only can guess why:
1) maybe because it's not a very heavy subgenre and fans don't pay much attention to their drummers
2) maybe because vocals and not drums are the leading element in power metal.

But I have to say that without a good drummer power metal songs would fall apart because power metal is very fast, often as fast as thrash metal. I would say that vocals and drums are equally important in power metal. Guitars are important in all metal.

The Top Ten

1 Randy Black - Primal Fear Randy Black - Primal Fear 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.

His experience in Annihilator (thrash metal) shows on the faster Primal Fear songs. He is very fast, technical and creative.
"Riding The Eagle" - I like especially the fills before and after the solo, the way he pairs his beats with the solo and adds to the solo intensity, and drumming on the entire song.
"All For One"- his solo at 3:55-4:30 reminds me of machine guns sound and creates the climax of the song meaning.
"Strike" - the entire song. - Metal_Treasure

2 Thomas "Thomen" Stauch - Blind Guardian
3 Frederik Ehmke - Blind Guardian Frederik Ehmke - Blind Guardian Frederik Ehmke is a German metal drummer, who has been the drummer for the German metal band Blind Guardian since 2005.
4 Ingo Schwichtenberg - Helloween Ingo Schwichtenberg - Helloween Ingo "Mr. Smile" Schwichtenberg was a German drummer and one of the founding members of German power metal band Helloween. Schwichtenberg was famous for his high-energy drumming. His Helloween bandmates gave him the nickname, "Mr. Smile", because he often appeared to be cheerful and smiling.
5 Dan Zimmermann - Gamma Ray
6 Felix Bohnke - Edguy, Avantasia Felix Bohnke - Edguy, Avantasia Felix Bohnke, born 2 September 1974, is the drummer of heavy metal band Edguy. He joined the band just before they recorded the Theater of Salvation album in 1998.
7 Casey Grillo - Kamelot

Simply the best!

8 Daniel Mullback - Sabaton
9 Tommy Portimo - Sonata Arctica
10 Jörg Michael - Stratovarius

The Contenders

11 Aquiles Priester - Angra
12 Dave Mackintosh - Dragonforce
13 Vinny Appice - Dio Vinny Appice - Dio Vincent Samson Appice is an American rock drummer of Italian descent and the younger brother of drummer Carmine Appice. He is best known for his work with the bands Dio, Black Sabbath, Heaven & Hell, and Big Noize.
14 Hannes Van Dahl - Sabaton, Evergrey
15 Alex Holzwarth - Rhapsody Of Fire, Angra, Avantasia
16 Jason Rullo - Symphony X
17 Junichi - Galneryus
18 Anders Johansson - Hammerfall
19 Uli Kusch - Helloween, Masterplan, Gamma Ray, Symfonia
20 Gee Anzalone - DragonForce
21 Fumiya Morishita - Galneryus, Unlucky Morpheus, Undead Corporation
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