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Danny Carey vs. Brann Dailor – Greatest Metal Drummer, Round 1

Danny Carey vs. Brann Dailor
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Tool write music that goes beyond the borders of being progressive. In math terms, the group is equivalent to Calculus Level Four. Danny Carey has the unenviable job of keeping it all together in add

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Martin Lopez vs. Mike Mangini – Greatest Metal Drummer, Round 1

Martin Lopez vs. Mike Mangini
Official Opeth Website / Official Mike Mangini Website

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

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Joey Jordison vs. George Kollias – Greatest Metal Drummer, Round 1

Joey Jordison vs. George Kollias
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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

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Tomas Haake vs. Mike Smith – Greatest Metal Drummer, Round 1

Tomas Haake vs. Mike Smith
Sonor Drums / Facebook: Mike Smith

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

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Mike Portnoy vs. Sean Reinert – Greatest Metal Drummer, Round 1

Mike Portnoy vs. Sean Reinert
Mary Oullette, SheWillShootYou.com / Mike Eller, Chapter9Photography

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

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Gene Hoglan vs. Mario Duplantier – Greatest Metal Drummer, Round 1

Gene Hoglan vs. Mario Duplantier
Facebook: Gene Hoglan / Liz Ramanand, Loudwire

Gene Hoglan has been in a LOT of bands. Let’s just get this out of the way: Dark Angel, Strapping Young Lad, Zimmer’s Hole, Fear Factory, Testament, Dethklok, Death, Devin Townsend, and he even filled in live with

Pete Sandoval vs. Chris Pennie – Greatest Metal Drummer, Round 1

Pete Sandoval vs. Chris Pennie
Official Morbid Angel Website / Facebook: Coheed and Cambria

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

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Dave Lombardo vs. Dave Witte – Greatest Metal Drummer, Round 1

Dave Lombardo vs. Dave Witte
Jo Hale, Getty Images / Nuclear Blast

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

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Vinnie Paul vs. Chris Adler – Greatest Metal Drummer, Round 1

Vinnie Paul vs. Chris Adler
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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

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Jimmy ‘The Rev’ Sullivan vs. John Dolmayan – Greatest Metal Drummer, Round 1

Jimmy 'The Rev' Sullivan vs. John Dolmayan
Ethan Miller, Getty Images / Scott Harrison, Getty Images

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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