Tool / Volto! / Legend of the Seagullmen drummer Danny Carey is a human octopus, rattling off polyrhythmic perplexities every time he sits atop the throne. He’s inarguably one of the best drummers ever, but during these 10 moments, it’s hard not to say he’s the best on earth.

On Tool’s Aenima and Lateralus albums, Carey serves up plate after plate of rhythmic insanity, heavily inspired by odd time signatures and Middle-Eastern technique. Of course tracks like “Ticks & Leeches” and “Forty Six & 2” stand out for this drum lines, but deeper cuts like “Triad” and “Reflection” may go even further into the technical wormhole.

If you’re into jam bands, Carey’s Volto! project may satisfy your garage day yearnings. The track “Gillz” is showcased in this list, highlighting a rare time when Carey completely goes off, becoming the focal point of the song he’s drumming on.

During Tool’s endless new album construction, Carey also made waves with Legend of the Seagullmen, a project that also features Mastodon’s Brent Hinds and Dethklok’s Pete Griffin. Carey’s hallmark style is present throughout the band’s self-titled album, and you’ll see it for yourself during this performance of “The Fogger.”

Check out these 10 Times Danny Carey Was the Best Drummer on Earth in the Loud List above.

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