The heavy metal drummer is the official timekeeper of the band. Often taking a back seat (literally) to the glitz and glam of the lead singer and guitarists, the drummer has perhaps the most difficult job…especially in metal. First of all, they have to use all four limbs in rapid succession. They must also use said limbs in an orderly fashion of some sort both of which require countless hours of practice and dedication. An indirect benefit of being a drummer is that they get to A. Sit down on the job and B. get a cardio-intense workout while sitting down on the job.
I wanted to take a Theme Thursday and focus some time and energy on the dude (or chick) sitting at the back of the stage somewhat perched up higher than the rest of the band. Some drummers are well known for their drumming while others just drum and that’s cool too. Some metal drummers have made a name for themselves in the business so I wanted to take some time to recognize them, but also note some drummers that you may have not heard of that deserve some recognition.