This is a matchup between two progressive masters. Martin Lopez is the famed Opeth drummer that played on everything from ‘My Arms, Your Hearse’ to ‘Ghost Reveries.’ As Opeth transitioned further away from
Slipknot drummer Joey Jordison's influences are from the bowels of the underground and his stickwork is far beyond your standard metal group. Constantly adding little flourishes to his playing, the drummer gives Slipknot the edge that pushed
Here we have a matchup with two drummers who completely own their style. Meshuggah are an incredibly complex band that pioneered polyrhythm and solely influenced the djent subgenre. The music of Meshuggah would seemingly drive mo
Mike Portnoy is lauded for his drumming in Dream Theater, some considering him the metal version of Neil Peart. His complex rhythms and ability to change time signatures on a dime earned him his reputation. He also
Former Morbid Angel drummer Pete Sandoval is the king of the kick drum. When death metal was in its infancy, ‘Commando’ would practice nothing but double kicks until he would collapse. Before perfecting this style, his single pedal bla
It's a battle of the Daves! Former Slayer drummer Dave Lombardo changed the game forever. ‘Reign in Blood’ laid out the rules for early death metal and saw Lombardo’s drumming become the standard protocol for extreme and brutal music in the late 1980s. His aggression behind the kit propelled Slayer’s relentless nature. His fills intertwined with
Renowned Pantera drummer Vinnie Paul worked harmoniously with his late brother Dimebag, locking in some sort of subconscious groove that gave way to heavy metal domination. The finesse that Vinnie Paul
Jimmy ‘The Rev’ Sullivan left a noted body of work before his untimely passing in 2009. Avenged Sevenfold combine aggression with melody and soaring hooks, which are given life in The Rev’s drumming. He had a feel for the arena rock sway while maintaining his hard-hitting aspects. Sullivan also develo
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