There were so many fantastic metal albums released this year that there are a number of brand new names making up our 2018 shortlist, alongside established favourites.
Even within heavy metal, the range of drumming styles that these drummers cover is mind-boggling – here we have everything from old school NWOBHM drum legends to modern groove players and blastbeat masters.
Whatever flavour of metal floats your boat, you surely have a favourite drummer driving the heaviness? Let us know who that is with a vote below.
Last year’s winner: Jay Weinberg (Slipknot)
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Voting closes at midnight on 15 November 2018.
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