It's finally time! After starting out with 32 of metal's all-time greatest drummers nearly a month ago, we've made it to the final round! After hundreds of thousands of votes cast in our semifinals, Pantera / Hellyeah drummer Vinnie Paul enters the final round to take on Slipknot's Joey Jordison.
Our first matchup in the semifinals of our Greatest Metal Drummer tournament brings two veteran skin bashers together. Both of these men are renowned for bringing a tremendous amount of character to their music, earning them legions of fans in the process.
There is no doubt that late Avenged Sevenfold drummer Jimmy 'The Rev' Sullivan is beloved by his fans, and that was very evident in his decisive victory against the very talented System of a Down drummer John Dolmayan in Round 1 of the Greatest Metal Drummer tournament. During his career, 'The Rev' provided distinct combination of power and technique for Avenged Sevenfol
Despite the tragic death of shredder 'Dimebag' Darrell Abbott and the hostility held between certain members of the great Pantera, there has been rumblings of a possible reunion of the band for the past few years. Pantera / Hellyeah drummer Vinnie Paul hasn't been one to pioneer any sort of reunion, and while paying tribute to late Slayer guitarist Jeff Hanneman along with his late brother Dimebag, the drummer addressed the Pantera situation with a simple bat-away.
Phil Anselmo has been incredibly open lately about wanting to bury the hatchet with Pantera bandmate and Hellyeah drummer Vinnie Paul. Anselmo has repeatedly stated that his "door is wide open" for a reconciliation with Vinnie Paul, but in a new interview, the drummer reiterates that he simply has no interest in reconnecting with Anselmo.