Bobby Crow’s (SIGNS OF THE SWARM) Top 5 Drummers (Plus EXCLUSIVE Drum Playthrough)

Signs of the Swarm drummer Bobby Crow is a multi-instrumental wizard who not only plays drums on their single “Pernicious” (exclusive playthrough video above for hard proof) but also wrote the whole thing, all instruments! WHAT!?!?!


Bobby’s drum gear:

Pearl Masters Maple Complete Drums:
10×7, 12×8, 16×16, 22×18 BD, 14×6.5 Snare
Zildjian A Custom Cymbals
Evans Drum Heads
Vic Firth Sticks
Roland TM-2 module & RT30-K trigger

But what we REALLY wanted to know was – where does Bobby get his inspiration from? So we asked him what his top 5 favorite drummers of all time were, and more importantly, WHY?!?!?! and he was kind enough to give us a nice list.

1. Mario Duplantier (Gojira)

I’ve been a longtime Gojira fan, but recently I’ve gained so much respect for Mario. It’s inspiring to see how heavily he influences the drumming community even after 20+ years! I had the opportunity to catch them live with Slipknot in 2019 and their set legit left me in awe. My favorite track has to be Toxic Garbage Island, riffs are unmatched! 

2. Eloy Casagrande (Sepultura)

Needs no introduction, but I recently stumbled upon his Instagram and it’s truly a plethora of drum knowledge and insane playing. If you want to be shamed behind the kit definitely check out his page! The rimshots alone are deadly! 💪 

3. Bryce Butler (Shadow of Intent +others)

I had the opportunity to tour with Bryce on the Melancholy tour in 2020, and it was one of the greatest experiences of my career. Such a humble person and an incredible player. I’m always impressed by his single strokes and just sheer power behind the kit! If you ever get the chance to catch a Bryce set, do NOT pass it up. 

4. Benny Greb

I grew up on jazz and fusion, and you can’t think of those 2 things as a drummer without mentioning Benny. I discovered his Meinl Fest solos years ago on YouTube ever since. His groove and feel is something I think every drummer has tried to replicate whether you realize it or not. His creativity to make the most out of a 4 piece kit has always stuck with me!

5. Abe Cunningham (Deftones)

I’ve been a Deftones fan since the Tony Hawk Pro Skater days, but in the last few years I’ve become obsessed with their discography. There’s something so heavy and beautiful in his simplicity. The thing I’ve taken away most from his playing is to truly “serve the song”, even if it means playing “4 on the floor”, don’t be selfish!

Get the album from Signs of the Swarm here and have a “pernicious” good time!

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As Editor-in-Chief of Gear Gods, I've been feeding your sick instrument fetishism and trying unsuccessfully to hide my own since 2013. I studied music on both coasts (Berklee and SSU) and now I'm just trying to put my degree to some use. That's a music degree, not an English one. I'm sure you noticed.

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