Drummer of the Year – 2012 Loudwire Music Awards
Many will argue that the drummer is often the most important member of any band. Along with acting as a human metronome, drummers facilitate transitions, set the mood for each individual part of a song and add a tremendous amount of character to their band's music. Simply put, drummers act as the foundation, provided they don't spontaneously combust!
The nominees in the Drummer of the Year category achieved great feats in 2012, driving their groups to new heights by adding a strong sense of identity of connectivity and using it as gunpowder. Check out the nominees below and be sure to vote in the poll below:
Adam Jarvis, Pig Destroyer / Misery Index
Adam Jarvis is a true force in the world of extreme metal. Not only does Jarvis possess the skills to play the most precise brands of metal in existence, he was recruited by Pig Destroyer for their 2012 album, 'Book Burner.' Jarvis' drumming is incredibly strong on 'Book Burner,' bringing a noticeably nastier sound to the band.
Arejay Hale, Halestorm
Mainstream radio rock doesn't tend to focus heavily on technical drumming, but Arejay Hale is an absolute exception. Fans who have seen Halestorm live bear witness to this fact, as Arejay regularly busts on monster drum solos while spinning his sticks like a veteran circus performer.
Barry Kerch, Shinedown
Berry Kerch has been holding down the drums for Shinedown since the band's inception in 2001. Kerch's skills have been broadcast on rock radio as much as any other drummer this year due to Shinedown's domination of the airwaves.
Blake Richardson, Between the Buried and Me
The technicality displayed by Between the Buried and Me drummer Blake Richardson in 'The Parallax II: Future Sequence in incredible, and his ability to transition the band's complex music from part to part is extraordinary. Plus, to witness Richardson making a mistake live is like running into a Sasquatch.
Chris Adler, Lamb of God
Chris Adler put some impressive drumming onto tape with Lamb of God's 2012 album, 'Resolution.' Not only does Adler remain tight and powerful, he also showcases his ability to write memorable drum parts, most notably heard in the intro of 'Desolation.'
Gene Hoglan, Dethklok/Testament
Gene Hoglan is a robot … actually he's 'The Atomic Clock,' but either way he certainly is not human. The talent that Hoglan possesses is mind-boggling, and he lent his stellar abilities to Testament's 2012 album, 'Dark Roots of Earth' and Dethklok's 'Dethalbum III.'
Mario Duplantier, Gojira
The metal music community saw the rise of two brothers this year: the Duplantier brothers of Gojira. While Joe handles vocal and guitar duties, Mario Duplantier leads the rhythm section with pummeling drum lines. When listening to Gojira's 'L'Enfant Sauvage,' the character Mario's drumming adds to the band is unmistakeable.
Matt Cameron, Soundgarden/Pearl Jam
As if drumming for one legendary grunge band isn't enough, Matt Cameron handles the sticks for both Soundgarden and Pearl Jam. Cameron has been most active with Soundgarden this year with the release of the band's first full-length album since 1996, 'King Animal.'
Roy Mayorga, Stone Sour
Although vocalist Corey Taylor and guitarist Jim Root from Slipknot are funnily enough, the faces of Stone Sour, drummer Roy Mayorga deserves his share of praise. Mayorga's drumming style is much different than that of Slipknot's Joey Jordison, allowing Stone Sour to further develop their own sound.
Vinnie Paul, Hellyeah/Pantera
Vinnie Paul has turned 2012 into one of his definitive years with both Hellyeah and the legendary Pantera. With Paul working behind the drum kit, Hellyeah released their third full-length album, 'Band of Brothers,' while the legacy of Pantera continued with the release of the new song 'Piss.'
Voting for the 2012 Loudwire Music Awards closes on Jan. 15 at 11:59 PM EST. Fans can vote once per hour, so keep coming back to make sure your favorite drummer wins!