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Discussion in 'General Metal Discussion' started by RedStorm, Sep 6, 2014.
Not an Opeth fan, but I love his work on the first Amon Amarth album.
You should definitely at least check out his work with Soen and Fifth to Infinity.
Quo Vadis was awesome, whatever happened to them? What is Bart up to?
The drummer of Complete.
Thought I posted in here the other day but, given that no one will mention him, and he's one of the reasons I got a kit
Even if he no longer plays, and is (at least in my opinion) a better guitarist.
Can't think of anyone else in metal that is/was so fantastic at both drums and guitar.
Forgot how to put video fuck off and listen to Cadaver Inc
I will probably get shit for this...
Haake is awesome. Haters can go fuck themselves.
Haake is one of my favorites. People should at least recognize talent regardless of if they think a band is shitty.
Last time I talked to Bart, he said he still needs to record it, most of it written, but something happened to his recording studio and it set him back big time. He still thinks he'll release it eventually.
Yanic Bercier is in another band now Gone In April, some symphonic Power Metal band, and the song I heard was amazing. He hasn't lost his touch.
Also, I remember seeing Quo Vadis live, Roxanne who was the keyboardist at the time who eventually turned bass player, had mad skills on a fretless bass. It was awesome. Probably one of the most memorable shows I've ever been too.
It's a crime that Asgeir Mickelson doesn't have a better video of Spiral Architect up :
There's many more of course, but aside from some already mentioned, I cant think of any that compare.
I know a lot of you are choosing your tops based on technical prowess, but in terms of colorful beats and motion, no one else in metal comes close to matching Aaron Harris.
Anyone who isn't saying Jamie-Saint Merat is just incorrect. Sorry.
I just checked out Quo Vadis tonight. That band was fucking SICK!
The perfect mix of technicality, melody and aggressiveness.
One of the bass players for that band is in Beyond Creation and I saw him this past Saturday. Fucking sick.
Tom Corn. Proscriptor.
and a pretty cool dude too.
Yes! Love Proscriptor! Dude is creative as shit
Derek Roddy is a monster drummer. In like... all styles. So complete.
Those jazz trailed guys rule. Kollias is a killer all around drummer too.
Also love the dude from Vektor
Beyond Creations drummer is pretty alrite too
I've been studying drums for 10+ years and I gotta say a lot of metal drummers succeed in technique but lack in feeling, movement, groove, or creativity. I've gotten gradually more tired of the blast masters as I've progressed with my own drumming and more interested in drummers that truly know their instrument. A lot of other metal drummers I've met and talked with do not understand that drums have many angles to it. It's one dimensional thinking that makes metal drumming bland. Too much of it! Like shit, guys. Maybe taking a break from single stroke rolls and experimenting with rudiments would add a little versatility.
There are a few that stand out to me. I've learned that a metal drummer is a mental approach to music as well as a playing style, so I'll be listing drummers that play in non-metal bands but approach their instruments like they are. To really understand the mind of a drummer, I think it's wise to observe what they're doing on sheet music. That's just me, though.
John Bonham-It still amazes me how much groove Bonzo could carry with such a simple beat. Can you imagine him playing on a song like Dunkelheit?
Hellhammer- Man, he always gives an excellent performance on this song. Watch the angle of his sticks closely, he uses different heights for different sounds multiple times in a measure. That extremely off time fill at 3:26 is smooth. Very smart playing. He never overplays, but plays perfectly for the music and ends up driving all of Mayhem's songs. The rhythm section on DMDS is what makes it so good. Varg and Hellhammer were in the pocket.
Moonie- what can be said that hasn't been already? He is one of the most unique drummers to come out of rock & roll and all the genres it spawned. Listening to some of his isolated tracks are worth it. He uses the fuck out of the double bass. He plays bass drum FLAMS (two hits almost on top of each other) on the beat while doing fills that fall in and out of the beat. Somehow he always knew where the one was. Except when he was on too many drugs.
Pete Sandoval- He has always been one of my favorites and also a good friend of mine. Although he isn't as creative as some of the others I listed, I've come to respect his drumming for his technique and feeling alone. Believe it or not, he shifts his feel for each song. What I mean is that for some songs he plays slightly behind the beat, others on the beat, and others slightly ahead. It's dependent on the song and that alone shows that, while keeping the drumming simplistic, he approaches his playing with a certain complexity.
Blake Richardson- Say what you will about BTBAM, I'm not a huge fan of their music. Blake has continued to progress as a musician over the years and this is clear in their live shows especially. This guy knows the ins and outs of the drum set.