As you know, I have a tremendous passion (albeit a lack of any skill) for the drums. As a kid, I would assemble my own kits out of my Mom’s collection of pots and pans. Eventually, I got my first children’s kit for Christmas, which was the greatest gift I had ever received, at least until my brother put his foot through the bass drum (thanks Chris). I finally graduated to my first full size patchwork kit, passed down from my great uncle, and lined up my first drum lessons.
Sadly, those lessons conflicted with hockey practice, and at that age, I was certain I was going to grow up to play for the Boston Bruins, so I foolishly chose hockey and never followed through on my passion for learning the drums. However, that never altered my obsession with it. At live shows, the majority of my time is spent fixated on the drummer, wishing it was me up there shredding the skins. I have had the privilege of seeing some incredible drummers live, and that inspired me to create the following list of my top 5 drummers:
5) Chris Adler – Lamb of God
One of the most electric drummers in metal. Tight grooves, killer in the pocket, and thunderous double pedal. The backbone of the mighty Lamb of God.
4) Matt McDonough – Mudvayne
Probably the most underrated drummer in metal, and that is partly because we haven’t seen him in a while thanks to the Mudvayne hiatus. But this guy is a monster and holds down the best rhythm section metal has to offer.
3) Josh Freese – NIN / A Perfect Circle (among many others)
Josh Freese’s reputation speaks for itself. He has been called upon to play drums with the likes of NIN, A Perfect Circle, Sting, Devo, Sublime, Blink 182 and The Descendants among others. Probably the most technically bad ass drummer on the planet and an absolute treat to watch live.
2) Jean Paul Gaster – Clutch
JP is the groove master. His kit is stripped down to the bare bones and he demolishes it night in and night out. For my money’s worth, JP is the best drummer in the pocket on the planet. He also makes some of the best drum faces out there for whatever that’s worth.
1) Morgan Rose – Sevendust
No surprise here in the 1 spot. Simply put, to this guy, there is no drummer in Morgan’s league breathing the same air we are. He is a monster of a presence behind the kit. His technical ability gets lost in the shuffle of the Alien Freak. It is impossible to look away from him when he is performing. He hits the drums like they stole something from him, and on top of it, he is a huge goofball who clearly loves what he does, which is obvious when you watch him play. And to make matters better, he is 1 of the good guys in the scene, just a really chill dude (as are all the guys in Sevendust), and he took the time to meet me and personally draw an Alien Freak tattoo. Your boy Mc is a branded Alien Freak for life!
So that’s my list. Sure, I’m a little biased, but that’s the whole point. I would love to know who you would put in your top 5. Drop us a line in the comments section and share your thoughts. There are no wrong answers (unless you don’t have Morgan #1, because then you would be wrong). Have fun with it!
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