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    Posted: 21 May 2010 at 12:51pm
Solid. Not flash, just downright hard-hitting drummers.

Here's my three:

Danny Carey (obligatory really)
Mike Smith (big, black, and I'm guessing his snare drum cries itself to sleep every night)
The rather underrated John Merryman (Cephalic Carnage)


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My top would be as follows:

Thomas Haake - Created a totally unique style, and definitely one of the most technical drummers out there.

Blake Richardson - Whenever I listen to BTBAM's later albums I am astounded. He perfected his drumming on Colors and kept it perfect on TGM, and his drums compliment the band flawlessly.

Danny Carey - ^ What that guy said.
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When I think solid downright hard hitting drummers I think of the likes of Phil Rudd, so compared to him all these mentioned are flash players Tongue But well...

1. Dave Turncrantz - I love pretty much everything he plays on the first two Russian Circles albums, and if I'd listened to the third one enough I could probably say the same about that. A perfect package of drive and creativity. Actually he's such a favourite at the moment along with The National's Bryan Devendorf (who doesn't hit hard and thus doesn't get his own place here), that I'll just leave this like this. No other trophies given.
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1. Mike Portnoy (a crazy-time-signature 8-legged monster)
2. Martin Lopez (a technical monster when he needs to be, but also uses jazz and prog influences in his fantastic drumming)
3. Pete Sandoval (one of the best in death metal!)
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Originally posted by J-Man J-Man wrote:


2. Martin Lopez (a technical monster when he needs to be, but also uses jazz and prog influences in his fantastic drumming)


Good call. Although I always thought Prog drumming as a mixture of whatever genres a drummer can find?

The thing that's always impressed me about Lopez is the same as Danny Carey: not what he CAN do, but what he choses NOT to do. He plays for the music, not himself, and only does fills when they sound good in the music. Respect all round for the guy Clap
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Originally posted by The Pessimist The Pessimist wrote:


Mike Smith (big, black, and I'm guessing his snare drum cries itself to sleep every night)


Impressive drummer. I saw him recently during the Suffocation gig in Paris. One of the best drumming I ever had the opportunity to witness.
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Originally posted by lucas lucas wrote:

Originally posted by The Pessimist The Pessimist wrote:


Mike Smith (big, black, and I'm guessing his snare drum cries itself to sleep every night)


Impressive drummer. I saw him recently during the Suffocation gig in Paris. One of the best drumming I ever had the opportunity to witness.




Pretty much sums up why I love his drumming... Pure fucking POWER.



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Originally posted by Pekka Pekka wrote:

When I think solid downright hard hitting drummers I think of the likes of Phil Rudd, so compared to him all these mentioned are flash players Tongue But well...

1. Dave Turncrantz - I love pretty much everything he plays on the first two Russian Circles albums, and if I'd listened to the third one enough I could probably say the same about that. A perfect package of drive and creativity. Actually he's such a favourite at the moment along with The National's Bryan Devendorf (who doesn't hit hard and thus doesn't get his own place here), that I'll just leave this like this. No other trophies given.


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I can't stick to three drummers only, so this list contains more (and it's not in any specific order):

Nicko McBrain (like a machine)
Mike Portnoy ("what J-Man said")
Mark Zonder (another technical monster, yet solid as a rock)
Sean Reinert (his dynamic drumming in Cynic never seizes to amaze me - it's flashy without losing its solidity)
Vinnie Paul (I really like his bass drum work in Pantera)
Per M. Jensen (his performance on "Weave the Apocalypse" and "Dying to Live" is amazing; sure, it was technical and flashy but never at the cost of rhythm)
Phil Rudd (doesn't get more solid than that)
Simon Wright (just as solid, and his work with Dio also offered some variation in his playing)
Cozy Powell (I really like his solid performance on the three Rainbow albums he appeared on)
Vinny Appice (I really like his heavy drumming on "Dehumanizer" and "The Devil You Know")
Carsten Nielsen (no fuss, no flash, just straight ahead old school punk-thrash drumming)
Vivi Di Bap (now a folk musician, and former drummer of the alt. metal band Impotators; I've had the pleasure of watching her perform live with Impotators, and, I can tell you, she rocks!)
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Originally posted by Silver Shade of Lead Silver Shade of Lead wrote:

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F**king brilliant Clap Rawks One of my favourites from them.

Another guy who deserves all the respect in the world is their guitarist who pulls off all the multilayered guitarparts live by looping as he plays.
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Forgot the two best drummers from Death...

Gene Hoglan and Sein Reinert. Both of these guys are absolute monsters! Rawks
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Neil Peart ( because of his innovating experimentation and monster technique.)
Mike Portnoy (like J Man said)
Gavin Harrison (his drumming is very fun to watch and he has an absolutely unique style)

These are my three main influences ( Yup, I play drums.)


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The video speaks for itself.
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Cr*p! I forgot Hoglan and Peart! Unforgivable!
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Originally posted by lucas lucas wrote:

Originally posted by The Pessimist The Pessimist wrote:


Mike Smith (big, black, and I'm guessing his snare drum cries itself to sleep every night)


Impressive drummer. I saw him recently during the Suffocation gig in Paris. One of the best drumming I ever had the opportunity to witness.
 
I saw Suffocation a couple of years ago and I have exactly the same impression. One of the greatest death metal drummers out there.
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1. Brann Dailor (Of Mastodon- King of fills, and overall probably one of the best drummers in modern metal)
2. Sean Reinert (already spoken about)
3. Aaron Harris (Isis- A tom monster, he hita the drums hard as hell)
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^ Forgot about Brann Dailor. He's really a BIG part of what makes Mastodon enjoyable IMO.
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Coming from PA, my 3 favorite drummers are probably Neil Peart, Bill Bruford, and Carl Palmer.   I'm not quite sure how these apply to the OP's post of "solid, not flashy, just down-right hard hitting drummers".  I would think that Palmer might still fall under this category, but I think that Peart and Bruford are more technically sound versus being hard hitting drummers.  Alan White might also qualify as a hard hitting drummer, but I think that I will try and stick with 3 metal drummers.  Again I am not sure how well they qualify but I've always enjoyed Alex Van Halen, Tommy Lee, and Ian Paice, so I think that these will be my answer.
 
 
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It is shoking that not one has mentioned the hardest hitting drummer yet.
 
the answer is Dave Grohl he bang hes kitt like a maniak and are 100% acurate all the time in over one hour he don't miss one stroke or fill or anything and grooves like h***ell http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T4gSjh6xmm4
 
Matt Cameron is not a p*****'sy on the kit eather just watch hes preformance with Soundgarden at Lolapaloosa, Rusty Cage and Jesus Christ Pose http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YRHfiB8vKuw 
 
 
and as Toto fan you can't just forgett to mention their two drummers Simon Phillips and Jeff Porcaro (RIP) and both were hard hitter (and subtle hitters) one of the greats on the kit  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FvpEFwnfgdY
 
 
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Cozy Powell
John Bonham
Keith Moon
 
 
All three RIP, , which shows that if their drumming was solid, they were fragile in life)


Edited by Sean Trane - 08 Jul 2010 at 5:00am
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