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Top 5 Modern Day Drummers

January 29, 2009
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OK, so I don’t give the drummers much luv in my reviews- but that’s because they tend to be placed where I can’t see them…or because I tend to gawk at the guitarists and bassists…and vocalists…or because the shit it so complicated that I can’t tell a good one from a bad one. We’ll, either way, here are my standouts:

Josh Freese (A Perfect Circle, NIN, Black Light Burns)

Danny Carey (TOOL)

Dave Grohl (Nirvana, Foo Fighters, NIN)

Ray Luzier (Army of Anyone, Korn)

Tomas Haake (Meshuggah)

Soon to make the list (though I haven’t seen him yet)

Ilan Rubin (Lostprophets, The New Regime, NIN)

Let the discussions commence…


  1. Okay, well here's a drummer coming in to offer his opinions. Of, the five on your list, I'd agree with Tomas Haake and Danny Carey, but that's it. Grohl has transcended merely being a drummer to the point where it's news if he's doing some gig where he's just the drummer, and Freese and Luzier…. well, they've never really fuelled my fire that much. Here's my replacements:

    Gil Sharone (Stolen Babies/Pusicfer/ex-DEP)
    Tim Yeung (Divine Heresy)
    Zbigniew Robert 'Inferno' Prominski (Behemoth)

    I include Sharone for the sheer breadth and depth of his work, which also includes a stint in Fishbone and an upcoming DVD foucused on ska and two-tone, while Yeung and Prominski are two of the very few drummers I've ever come across with the sheer technical skill to be mentioned in the same breath as Haake.

    And I haven't even mentioned Gene Hoglan yet…..

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