Isaac Holman (Slaves)
The Rhythm Best Of Drums 2015 polls have received over 102,000 votes, and we're now ready to roll out the winners. The nominees were what we considered to be the drummers and gear that have excelled in 2015. Here, we present the Best New Drummer of 2015. First up we have Slaves drummer Isaac Holman.
2015 highlight: Stand-up drumming Slaves frontman Isaac Holman might not be the most traditional player, but his stripped back floor tom/snare/cymbal setup does just the job on frantic tracks like Sockets from their debut Are You Satisfied, and it's great to hear authentic punk rock back on the airwaves.
Tom Whittaker (We Are The Ocean)
2015 highlight: The Essex rockers are no strangers to the music world, having formed in 2007, but their perseverance has paid of with 2015 being their biggest year yet following the release of the phenomenal ARK. One of drummer Tom Whittaker's big influences is musical master Levon Helm, and that makes him alright by us.
Bruno Agra (We Are Harlot)
2015 highlight: When Danny Worsnop left the comfort of Asking Alexandria, the world wondered what he'd do next. The answer was classic rock band We Are Harlot, and it introduced us all to the dirty beats of Keith Moon-influenced Bruno Agra. From well-placed ballad grooves to hard rock power on tracks like Flying Too Close To The Sun, Agra can do it all.
Gabe Barham (Sleeping With Sirens)
2015 highlight: The American rockers have been around for a number of years already, but it was with the release of 2015's Madness album that things fell into place and a combination of great songs, charismatic frontman Kellin Quinn and drummer Gabe Barham's furious beats taking them to the next level.
Jamiel Blake (Sam Smith)
2015 highlight: When you're one of the biggest singers to have emerged from the UK in recent years you'd better be sure you have the best musicians behind you, and that's exactly what Sam Smith has in Jamiel Blake. Blake forged his talent in his London church before hitting the arenas with Smith the world over this year.
Ash Weaver (God Damn)
2015 highlight: Proving that scuzzy grunge rock can still be relevant in 2015, and demonstrating why less is more, duo God Damn have hit big this year with debut album Vultures. Drummer Ash sits front and centre on stage and is a whirlwind of power and hair. When The Wind Blows is a monster.
Aron Mellergardh (Dirty Loops)
2015 highlight: Sweden's Dirty Loops are an incredibly eclectic band, underpinned by well-studied drummer Aron Mellergardh who draws from everything from jazz to funk and fusion. 2015 hasn't been a massively busy year for the band, but that hasn't stopped us from playing debut album Loopified on repeat.
James Price (Nothing But Thieves)
2015 highlight: The alt-rock quintet from Southend have taken the music world by storm this year with their Radiohead meets Muse belters and their self-titled debut album that landed safely within the UK top 10. Drummer Price is a machine behind the drums, particularly on breakthrough hit 'Itch', giving the band their distinctive, stomping groove.
Debbie Knox-Hewson (Charli XCX)
2015 highlight: Gaining a foundation in her trade at BIMM, it was when she landed the gig as drummer for electropop songstress Charli XCX's all-girl band that people really started to take notice of Debbie Knox-Hewson. Her highlights this year have included a massive UK headline tour and a performance on the David Letterman show.
Justin Nace (Pvris)
2015 highlight: Not really a 'proper' member of the Masachusetts rockers, but without Nace pounding the heavy grooves and electronic beats on stages across the world the band surely wouldn't have been able to fully realise their cult status. Here's hoping he's named as a full time member soon.
Chris Turner (Oceans Ate Alaska)
2015 highlight: We couldn't believe our eyes or ears when we first came across Ocean's Ate Alaska's Chris Turner. The Brummy metallers are out there musically, but it's Turner's unbelievable dexterity and creativity behind the kit that blew us away. Here's the first time we saw Chris play. If you don't become an instant fan, at the very least you'll be picking your jaw up from the floor.
Ali Richardson (Bleed From Within/Sylosis)
2015 highlight: We've watched young Glaswegian Ali for a while now, his Vinnie Paul-esque style in Bleed From Within giving the band its signature groove, particularly on 2013's Uprising. But it was when he landed the Sylosis gig that we knew he would soon be claiming the British metal crown. He's got groove, incredible double kick chops and a well tuned ear for great drum sounds. Our kind of drummer.
Rufus Taylor (The Darkness)
2015 highlight: His dad might have just celebrated the 40th birthday of rock behemoth Bohemian Rhapsody, but the Queen man has another cause to celebrate too. His son Rufus this year landed the drum chair with revived British rockers The Darkness, and us a result has ended up 4th on our list of best new drummers. If you caught the band's ace Christmas song or any tour dates this year you'll know he's settling in with the rock misfits nicely…
Dylan Bell (Years & Years)
2015 highlight: Anyone who caught Years & Years on tour in 2015 will know that, not only was the track Shine off the band's debut album Communion a belting summer anthem, but also that live drummer Dylan Bell is an integral part of their uplifting electronic pop and his beats have been getting people dancing throughout the year.
Tristan Evans (The Vamps)
2015 highlight: These young British pop stars have been rising rapidly since their 2014 debut, but it's this year's sprightly follow up Wake Up and drummer Tristan's command of the drums on some of the world's biggest stages that has earned the band legions of new fans and Tristan's place high up on this list.
Winner: Max Portnoy (Next To None)
2015 highlight: When your father is one of the most talented drummers in prog it's likely you'll pick up a thing or two. Little did we know, however, that Max 'son of Mike' Portnoy would be such a chip off the old block, and this year's fantastic A Light In The Dark album from his prog rock outfit Next To None is a sign of great things to come. We can't wait to see how his playing grows from here.