Who are the Big 4 of Metal Drummers?

A question rarely asked: who are the Big 4 of Metal Drummers? How would we grade each players for this question – would it be by influence, musicality, technique, stage presence, or the player’s role in the band? Who would make the cut, and who would fall by the wayside?


For me, the answer lies somewhere in the brains of actual musicians. So we checked in with a bunch of bands, a few of which possess some of our favorite modern drummers: Magrudergrind, Baptists, Candiria, Gorguts, Exodus, and more. Check out their answers below:

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Max is managing editor of Gear Gods.