The heavy metal scene has always been a place to discover serious drumming talent. Many metal drummers make such a mark with their playing that they become as celebrated as the bands they’re a part of. And rightly so – the skills to craft unique and innovative metal beats are possessed by only a handful of the most creative drummers.
Whether your metal tastes sit at the softer end of the spectrum, or you like your music rammed with blastbeats and double kick assaults, 2017 has been a vintage year for great metal.
Is your album of the year cut from heavier stuff? Did your favourite metal drummer get you going in the mosh pit this year? Let us know with a vote below.
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Last year’s winner: Mario Duplantier (Gojira)
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