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Originally posted by BrufordFreak BrufordFreak wrote:

Does anybody have any specific songs that you can point to as examples of each drummer's prowess?

This comes to mind instantly, though I look at this more as a stellar band effort.


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It would be helpful if the OP would give feedback to the examples given. Then we could refine our top drumming performances.

Also, someone mentioned Billy Cobham. Don't recall anything he did in the last decade. Is he as good as Art Blakey?
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Originally posted by Shadowyzard Shadowyzard wrote:

Originally posted by siLLy puPPy siLLy puPPy wrote:

You obviously don't listen to a lot of tech death metal to even know what i'm talking about so why are you even commenting?

Oh, believe me I've listened to lots of extreme/technical metal drummers. I also can play the drums, can do blast beats too. I wouldn't otherwise comment like this. The fact that you don't remember my challenging your "top dog status" doesn't mean it didn't happen. You can check out VH's R.I.P. thread for that. I'm too lazy to do that now. Comparing VH with YJM is... not OK. Then, Quentin Tarantino surpassed Woody Allen. LOL Anyway, have a good night. 


I don't spend enough time in the forum to care about such challenges to be honest.

I also don't really care who thinks who's better than who etc

Music isn't a contest but if we are ranking artists as supposedly being in the top of their respective game then we do have to tick off a few characteristics of their craft in order to gauge their overall abilities.

Not sure what you're talking about but when i say Malmsteem is a better guitarist is solely from a technical point of view. I find VH much more interesting to actually listen to actually and there are dozens of guitarists who are better in every possible way than both of them!

Top drumming is a perception. What do we mean by TOP DRUMMING PERFORMANCES? In my world that includes not only creativity, innovation, compositional ingenuity and a firm command of textures, timbres, tones and rhythmic nuances but also includes speed and the ability to navigate through fields of time signature changes.

If you or anybody else on the other hand interprets TOP DRUMMING PERFORMANCES as the most interesting to them or some other interpretation, then so be it.

IMHO, tech death is unsurpassed in not ONLY speed but in myriad attributes.

That does not mean in any way that non-metal drummers are not excellent or talented!

And of course these observations have ZERO to do with enjoyability regarding personal taste.

Jazz and jazz-fusion bands are indeed talented ( as are prog bands ) but i personally haven't heard anything that exceeds the all-encompassing technicalities of tech death and even proggy black metal.

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Originally posted by Grumpyprogfan Grumpyprogfan wrote:

It would be helpful if the OP would give feedback to the examples given. Then we could refine our top drumming performances.

Also, someone mentioned Billy Cobham. Don't recall anything he did in the last decade. Is he as good as Art Blakey?


Reading some reviews of his albums since 2010, he's lost it and taken the great fall into mediocrity.

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Originally posted by siLLy puPPy siLLy puPPy wrote:

IMHO, tech death is unsurpassed in not ONLY speed but in myriad attributes.

That's fine. Speed doesn't impress me like it did when I was a teen. In fact, overreliance on speed can make things quite boring.

'Sides, no tech/death metal drummer is better than this guy. Wink

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I won't post the original video. The title itself is inappropriate unedited. Fortunately this is an instrumental take. The bands lyrics are beyond the most vile thing I have heard previously, regardless of their alleged satirical intent. But the drummer is just insane. So here is a reaction video of it.
And no, I won't recommend any of their other videos. Search at your own risk.

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^ that was sick! Never heard of them but dude was indeed an impressive beast!

OK, i take it back. THIS is the best drummer EVERRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR!



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Originally posted by siLLy puPPy siLLy puPPy wrote:

Originally posted by Shadowyzard Shadowyzard wrote:

Originally posted by siLLy puPPy siLLy puPPy wrote:

You obviously don't listen to a lot of tech death metal to even know what i'm talking about so why are you even commenting?

Oh, believe me I've listened to lots of extreme/technical metal drummers. I also can play the drums, can do blast beats too. I wouldn't otherwise comment like this. The fact that you don't remember my challenging your "top dog status" doesn't mean it didn't happen. You can check out VH's R.I.P. thread for that. I'm too lazy to do that now. Comparing VH with YJM is... not OK. Then, Quentin Tarantino surpassed Woody Allen. LOL Anyway, have a good night. 


I don't spend enough time in the forum to care about such challenges to be honest.

I also don't really care who thinks who's better than who etc

Music isn't a contest but if we are ranking artists as supposedly being in the top of their respective game then we do have to tick off a few characteristics of their craft in order to gauge their overall abilities.

Not sure what you're talking about but when i say Malmsteem is a better guitarist is solely from a technical point of view. I find VH much more interesting to actually listen to actually and there are dozens of guitarists who are better in every possible way than both of them!

Top drumming is a perception. What do we mean by TOP DRUMMING PERFORMANCES? In my world that includes not only creativity, innovation, compositional ingenuity and a firm command of textures, timbres, tones and rhythmic nuances but also includes speed and the ability to navigate through fields of time signature changes.

If you or anybody else on the other hand interprets TOP DRUMMING PERFORMANCES as the most interesting to them or some other interpretation, then so be it.

IMHO, tech death is unsurpassed in not ONLY speed but in myriad attributes.

That does not mean in any way that non-metal drummers are not excellent or talented!

And of course these observations have ZERO to do with enjoyability regarding personal taste.

Jazz and jazz-fusion bands are indeed talented ( as are prog bands ) but i personally haven't heard anything that exceeds the all-encompassing technicalities of tech death and even proggy black metal.

You said YJM surpassed EVH in creativity and technique. And this was not a "humble opinion" of yours. You insisted on it around a year later, as I said. Sorry but, you're like comparing Usain Bolt with Lionel Messi. Speed is a good thing. I love speed. But when speed is combined with endurance, you generally lose versatility and creativity. This is the case with most extreme metal drummers.

You're not exerting "humble opinions" here, either.

Anyway, discussing with you is a real bore. Go on believing that you "surpassed" me.

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Originally posted by siLLy puPPy siLLy puPPy wrote:

IMHO, tech death is unsurpassed in not ONLY speed but in myriad attributes.

This is mostly because most musicians are not interested in competing with technical death metal musicians. I prefer creativity with taste. I wouldn't want to be a prophet, either. And you can add lots of other "sick" things to those examples.

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Originally posted by Tapfret Tapfret wrote:

I won't post the original video. The title itself is inappropriate unedited. Fortunately this is an instrumental take. The bands lyrics are beyond the most vile thing I have heard previously, regardless of their alleged satirical intent. But the drummer is just insane. So here is a reaction video of it.
And no, I won't recommend any of their other videos. Search at your own risk.


I once watched a guy whose beats are like "lines" more than "dots". But he was an obscure drummer. Nice to see someone like him got some recognition with a similar drumming. Hahah, sick indeed. But, boring.

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Here's one of the extreme drumming examples that I find exciting. The drummer (Nicholas Barker) is not seen in the video due to the lighting. Perhaps they didn't want to show his humungous body. LOL


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Originally posted by Grumpyprogfan Grumpyprogfan wrote:

It would be helpful if the OP would give feedback to the examples given. Then we could refine our top drumming performances. 

This (from siLLy puPPy)
"Top drumming is a perception. What do we mean by TOP DRUMMING PERFORMANCES? In my world that includes not only creativity, innovation, compositional ingenuity and a firm command of textures, timbres, tones and rhythmic nuances but also includes speed and the ability to navigate through fields of time signature changes. 

If you or anybody else on the other hand interprets TOP DRUMMING PERFORMANCES as the most interesting to them or some other interpretation, then so be it." 

I'm loving and really appreciating the split-screen drumming videos--very educational/instructional (for me)--especially that Tommy Lang vid. I never knew that kind of array existed for the feet! Incredible!! I used to be so amazed by church organ players with their active feet on the bass pedals and all the stop-gap switches to manipulate, but I'm gaining a whole new appreciation for modern drummers. Which leads me to respond to the following comment with the question, can Billy Cobham or Art Blakey with single bass pedals be compared to these modern sets? Or, better yet, could the Virgil Donatis and Marco Minnemans and Aaron Kitcher and John Longstreth gain recognition with just a snare and hi-hat (as many of the old jazz drummers did)?

Also, someone mentioned Billy Cobham. Don't recall anything he did in the last decade. Is he as good as Art Blakey?
Or Awk, the B.C.E. Greek warship cockswain! 

Anyway, as to the OP: I'm really hoping you guys can link me up to certain songs or albums on which the drumming really caught your ear.

Thanks!


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Originally posted by Shadowyzard Shadowyzard wrote:

Originally posted by Tapfret Tapfret wrote:

I won't post the original video. The title itself is inappropriate unedited. Fortunately this is an instrumental take. The bands lyrics are beyond the most vile thing I have heard previously, regardless of their alleged satirical intent. But the drummer is just insane. So here is a reaction video of it.
And no, I won't recommend any of their other videos. Search at your own risk.


I once watched a guy whose beats are like "lines" more than "dots". But he was an obscure drummer. Nice to see someone like him got some recognition with a similar drumming. Hahah, sick indeed. But, boring.

I LOVED this video--felt EXACTLY the same as the "drum teacher" watching Aaron. That was not only amazing but beautiful! This is EXACTLY what I'm looking for. Wow! that was impressive! "Sick" technical skills employed in an artistic way! AWESOME!

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^ Yes it is very impressive. One of the best I've ever seen. These boundries had been pushed to this degree many years before, but this guy plays like perfectly. The sub-genre doesn't appeal to me though. It is kinda boring. Like a person yelling manically, and then apoligizing depressively in turns.

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Originally posted by Shadowyzard Shadowyzard wrote:

^ Yes it is very impressive. One of the best I've ever seen. These boundries had been pushed to this degree many years before, but this guy plays like perfectly. The sub-genre doesn't appeal to me though. It is kinda boring. Like a person yelling manically, and then apoligizing depressively in turns.


How many times do you have to shout to the world that you don't like extreme metal? I think everyone has gotten the point by now.

Some of us LOOOOOOOVE these extreme manic musical expressions. Me included Wink

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^ Not many more times, I guess. I'm bored. Star
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Originally posted by siLLy puPPy siLLy puPPy wrote:

Originally posted by Shadowyzard Shadowyzard wrote:

^ Yes it is very impressive. One of the best I've ever seen. These boundries had been pushed to this degree many years before, but this guy plays like perfectly. The sub-genre doesn't appeal to me though. It is kinda boring. Like a person yelling manically, and then apoligizing depressively in turns.


How many times do you have to shout to the world that you don't like extreme metal? I think everyone has gotten the point by now.

Some of us LOOOOOOOVE these extreme manic musical expressions. Me included Wink

BTW, I didn't mean "extreme metal" there. The sorts with lots of "breakdowns". (like being violent and then apologetic - manic/depressive.) I can like some extreme metal like Lock Up, Krisiun, old Behemoth etc. I prefer drummers that play more dynamically though. Like Nick Barker, Inferno, Max Kolesne etc. 
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^ i love it all however when i feel like a machine gun attitude adjustment is in order, NOTHING satisfies more than extreme tech death / black metal or proggy deathcore :)

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Anyway...getting back to the OP request

JD Beck and Domi have been a YouTube sensation the last couple years. I thought their album was supposed to be out this year, but have not seen notice of it yet.

Drummer JD Beck was I believe 16 years old when these videos where released.



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Originally posted by siLLy puPPy siLLy puPPy wrote:

^ i love it all however when i feel like a machine gun attitude adjustment is in order, NOTHING satisfies more than extreme tech death / black metal or proggy deathcore :)

This black metal guy has attracted lots of attention in the recent years. I think he is fun to watch. Should I join the Darkside? LOL


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