Vote for Best Metal Drummer of 2022

Midterms in the U.S. are over now, but the voting isn’t done. Don’t worry: this particular election is more fun.

Or less awful?

Music Radar is taking votes for its annual best-metal-drummer award. Crowning a “best” musician in any genre is always a thankless, ultimately fruitless, and sometimes downright dangerous endeavor, but none of us semi-evolved simians can resist a list for long. MR’s candidates are more hit than miss at least, a good mix of legendary and new(ish) shredders, so we tip our sticks to that.

Did your fav player make the cut? I voted for Brann Dailor…because I’m quite old I suppose but also because he’s super amazing and I’ve lately been thinking quite a lot about Mastodon, the namesake band of a certain decentralized Twitter alternative. Voting ends on November 20, 2022.

Candidates for Best Metal Drummer of the Year

  • Art Cruz – Lamb of God
  • Ben Gordon – Parkway Drive
  • Brann Dailor – Mastodon
  • Casey Grillo – Queensrÿche
  • Charlie Benante – Anthrax
  • Charlie Engen – Five Finger Death Punch
  • Christoph Schneider – Rammstein
  • Dan Searle – Architects
  • Daniel Erlandsson – Arch Enemy
  • Danny Carey – Tool
  • Dave Turncrantz – Russian Circles
  • Dirk Verbeuren – Megadeth
  • Eloy Casagrande – Sepultura
  • Fabio Alessandrini – Annhihilator
  • Jay Weinberg – Slipknot
  • Jon Larsen – Volbeat
  • Marco Von Allmen – Zeal & Ardor
  • Mario Duplantier
  • Matt Alston – Machine Head
  • Matt Garstka – Animals as Leaders
  • Max Portnoy – Tallah
  • Michel “Away” Langevin – Voivod
  • Mike Wengren – Disturbed
  • Nicko McBrain – Iron Maiden
  • Ray Luzier – Korn
  • Thomas Haake – Meshuggah
  • Thomas Hedlund- Cult of Luna
  • Zack Simmons – Goatwhore
  • Zyon Cavalera – Soulfly

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