Vote for the Best Drummer of the Year – 6th Annual Loudwire Music Awards
Let's make some noise for the noisiest members of the band — the drummers! Between rock and metal there's been countless standout releases and it's time to recognize those who anchor these albums by voting for the Best Drummer in the 6th Annual Loudwire Music Awards.
With so many different styles of drumming, it may be hard to select just one to vote for, but you can cast a vote once every hour, so feel free to vote for multiple nominees. Listed in the poll below are the stickmen who pulled off the best performances behind the kit this year, starting with Chris Adler. Though he is no longer a member of Megadeth, we're honoring his contributions on the stellar Dystopia as well as holding it down with Lamb of God on the road.
Any year that Opeth releases a new album is, of course, a good year, which means drummer Martin Axenrot has been nominated for the Best Drummer award. He's responsible for keeping everyone together in one of the world's most progressive outfits and is as creative as they come. Anthrax anchor Charlie Benante is a pivotal part of the thrashers' sound and some of his best work is contained within For All Kings, the latest from the veteran act.
On the punk side of things, we've got Blink-182's Travis Barker who needs no introduction. Looking at progressive drummers, you can vote for the frenetic Bobby Jarzombek of Fates Warning, Meshuggah's Tomas Haake, who plays with a skill set few drummers possess, using his limbs independently, Mike Hannay of Anciients who uses his kick drums to stitch together the band's cinematic style.
Also in contention is the 'Atomic Clock' Gene Hoglan, who delivered a furious performance on Testament's Brotherhood of the Snake, Gojira's Mario Duplantier who adapted perfectly with the band's new style, and Mike Portnoy, a man who has the best chance of actually being in two places at once. The legend performed and/or released music with Twisted Sister, the Neal Morse Band, the Winery Dogs and Metal Allegiance.
You can vote once per hour through the deadline of Tuesday, Jan. 10, at 10AM ET for your favorite choice, so make sure to do all you can to help your favorite drummer to win the Best Drummer award in the 6th Annual Loudwire Music Awards.