Top 10 Drummers in Prog Rock, Metal & Around in 2014

Top 10 Drummers in Prog Rock, Metal & Around in 2014
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Dennis Chambers once told: “When you approach this instrument for the first time, what comes out of you is simply what you feel.” It’s obvious that I am talking about drums here.

Although there are hundreds of drummers in the world out there that can “beat the hell out” of the instrument, it always comes as a matter of preference and style. Progressive rock and metal and its legitimate subgenres have shaped many great drummers and musicians over the course of time. The accent in this “Top 10 Drummers in Prog Rock, Metal & Around” list was put on the contemporary drummers that are closely related to progressive rock / metal.

Feel free to leave your comments with your picks. Not to forget to mention, the list below is in the order from #1 to #10.

Top 10 Drummers in Prog Rock, Metal & Around


Mike Portnoy (Transatlantic, The Winery Dogs, Flying Colors, Liquid Tension Experiment, Dream Theater,…)

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Nikola Savić is a prog enthusiast, blogger and author, in addition to being the founder of Prog Sphere, Progify, ProgLyrics and the ongoing Progstravaganza compilation series.


  1. Nomad

    May 18, 2014 at 8:16 pm

    Is Neil Pert still ‘around’ in 2014?

    • Nikola Savić

      May 18, 2014 at 8:23 pm

      He’s still out there.

    • E

      May 18, 2014 at 8:39 pm

      Its PEART for gods sake. After 40 years why can’t people spell it OR say it right?

    • Michael Anthony Ranne Jr

      May 19, 2014 at 11:17 am

      ken schalk? thomas lang? eliot hoffman? cmon guys.

    • E

      May 23, 2014 at 6:13 pm

      Neil Peart is the most influential of all these guys when it comes to prog rock/metal.

  2. Kriss

    May 18, 2014 at 9:45 pm


  3. cloto

    May 18, 2014 at 10:52 pm

    Carl Palmer have to appear in this list!

  4. Ernesto Pacheco

    May 18, 2014 at 11:51 pm

    Danny Carey should be in the top 5

    • Nikola Savić

      May 19, 2014 at 6:41 am

      He was there for some time, though. He is definitely a great drummer and that Volto! record is sick!

  5. Jonathan

    May 18, 2014 at 11:55 pm

    Where is Blake Richardson!?

  6. Andrew Joseph Smith

    May 19, 2014 at 2:39 am

    what? No Ted Kirkpatrick? wow, some people live insular lives…

  7. bob

    May 19, 2014 at 6:18 am

    no danny carey? you must be joking, maybe neil peart should be higher, and mike portnoy way lower, otherwise ok

  8. Shashvat Aditya

    May 19, 2014 at 6:35 am

    danny carey? gavin harrison?

  9. Lars Helge Rasch

    May 19, 2014 at 7:01 am

    Missing Simon Phillips, Carls Palmer, Jon Hiseman, Bill Bruford – to mention a few.

    • Nikola Savić

      May 19, 2014 at 7:06 am

      Thanks, Lars. Bill Bruford is retired since 2009.

  10. Ian

    May 19, 2014 at 9:08 am

    Danny Carey (Tool), Billy Rymer (The Dillinger Escape Plan), Carl Palmer, Jon Theodore (The Mars Volta), Raymond Hearne (Haken)?!

  11. Rz

    May 19, 2014 at 10:02 am

    Anybody ever heard of Hanness Grossmann (Obscura, Blotted Science)?? He’s the sickest prog metal drummer i’ve ever known of all time!!

  12. bvazif

    May 19, 2014 at 10:45 am

    All incredibly talented and versatile drummers. Peart?! LOL Doesn’t belong here.

  13. kartik kaul

    May 19, 2014 at 10:52 am

    they missed out danny carey

  14. Tim

    May 19, 2014 at 12:20 pm

    Where is Mark Zonder and Danny Carey???

  15. Mridul

    May 19, 2014 at 12:37 pm

    Where is tomas haake?

  16. Daniel Knowledgeable

    May 19, 2014 at 12:50 pm

    without Blake Richardson or Danny Carey this list is incomplete.

  17. Adnnan

    May 19, 2014 at 1:35 pm

    Where is Benny Greb? o_O

  18. Andrés

    May 19, 2014 at 2:01 pm

    Another Mike Mangini hater list, and I think Jason Rullo at least deserves a mention

  19. Scott C

    May 19, 2014 at 2:04 pm

    Mike Mangini?

  20. brady

    May 19, 2014 at 2:19 pm

    awesome, no magnini XD

  21. Kelly

    May 19, 2014 at 11:00 pm

    This list is missing some very important drummers …drummers who without their contributions, guys on your coveted list would not even be where they are. Sean Reinert for one.. how can you include the guys from AAL, and Periphery, without Sean..or Thomas Pridget,..and perhaps im a bit biased but dont forget the unusual contributions of Steve Flynn…..just my opinion. It’s tough making these kinds of lists, there are so many new talents, i get it, but lets not forget who paved the road for them all to speed down at a new velocity..and to ANYONE who asks if Neal Peart is still around..dont be a fool..peart is still a monster and would play circles around most to this day. Have a nice day! :)

  22. osman390

    May 20, 2014 at 3:31 pm


  23. Mark Ketchum (@pureintent_llc)

    May 21, 2014 at 12:36 pm

    Love the list… glad Danney Carey is not on here… but where is Todd Sucherman?

  24. Petra

    May 23, 2014 at 7:17 am

    Arijn van Weesenbeek from Epica deserves a place here. Nobody can tame the double base quite like he does. ;-\

  25. Nikola Savić

    May 19, 2014 at 6:42 am

    He is not that bad, just he’s just not THAT good, imo.

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