i personally love tomas haake for his polyrhythmic ability, creativity and versatility.
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Haake is incredible. I just got the latest Cephalic Carnage album and the drumming is phenomenal. I love the two guys in Kylesa too, Eric Hernandez and Carl McGinley. There are definitely others but my brain isn't working today.

Brann Dailor is my absolute favorite though.
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Haake would probably be my choice as well. Either him or Matt Halpern. I've been listening to a lot of Periphery lately and I'm really loving all aspects of his playing.
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i think matt halpern is amazing too

periphery; love that shit!
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Check out also Wawrzyniec Dramowicz from Indukti.He is a very versatile drummer.
Jay Postones from Tesseract. Also Hannes Grossman from Obscura and Ryan van Poederooyen from The Devin Townsend Band/Project.
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IMO definitely Tomas Haake, Sean Reinert, Bobby Jarzombek, Derek Roddy, Gene Hoglan, Mike Heller, Jamie Saint Merat, Jon Karel, Elliot Hoffman, Kai Hahto, Sebastian Lanser, Chris Pennie, Travis Orbin, Matt Halpern, Martin Lopez, Dan Foord, John Longstreth, Navene Koperweis, Nick Pierce, Gil Sharone (well, he was in Dillinger), Blake Richardson, and Brann Dailor. Jay Postones from Tesseract is very good. As far as blast beats go, Dave Haley and KC Howard are definitely up there as well, Hannes Grossmann and John Merryman too.

Oh, Mike Smith and Flo Mounier also.
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Gar Samuelson is definitely one of my favorites. His drumming on the first two Megadeth albums is amazing.

I'm also a big fan of Tim "Herb" Alexander, even if I think his drum set is way too big haha (seriously, who needs 3 hi-hats?)

Oh and Danny Heifetz (although I'm not really sure you can classify Mr. Bungle as metal haha). Probably one of the most versatile drummers I know. He can transition between many drastically different styles very fluidly within the same song, and can keep up with Mr. Bungle's constant tempo, time signature, and genre changes.
Im not sure if TOOL counts as a metal band but..

DANEY CARREY is best drummer i've ever heard!!
Brann Dailor, Chris Adler is a close second
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favourite metal drummer... I gotta say, personally, it's Chris Adler. He's not the most techincal, gifted and or amazing metal drummer, but when I watch him live and hear him talk about drumming I always get the feeling he truly loves just sitting behind a kit and playing. And I'm sure Haake and other drummers do too, but I don't get that same feeling from them.
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If I can only pick one Dave Lombardo because of how insane his timing is.

yeah, his fills are insane. that guy can keep 1/16th double bass beats going while standing and waving to the crowd in perfect timing.
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I think Nicko McBrain is an awesome drummer. Dave Lombardo also one of my favourites. He's insane
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Thomas Haake as mentioned by those above, and Chris Adler has (Lamb of God) got some groovy beats too.
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Dave Lombardo is one of my all-time favourites. He might not be the best in the technical department, but his drumming always completes songs in a way that technically better drummers could often not hope to achieve. Just listen to Testament's D.N.R. or Slayer's own World Painted Blood.
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Gene Hoglan, Tomas Haake, Dave Lombardo, Chris Adler, George Kolias..

Thats just a couple.
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My favorite are Joey Jordison, George Kollias, Chris Adler, Jordan Mancino, and of course Dave Lambardo
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Am I the only one who is impressed by John Boecklin? He floors me all the time, but i've never seen him on a list of anything.

Is he from DevilDriver? If so, that dude's the shit. I love his style. Nothing out of place, never over-does it, but its always incredibly impressive. In terms of drumming as it compliments songwriting, I think he's one of the best there is.
John Longstreth from origin and angelcorpse is definitely up there for me, as well as Flo Mounier and Ben Koller
The Rev of Avenged Sevenfold or Alex Lopez of Suicide Silence

The Rev had a way of making the music heavy as hell, while still making it fun to play and mixing it up a lot with also tasteful fills, rather than the straight single stroke roll around the kit. Very creative man. R.I.P.

Alex Lopez has killer grooves, and his bass drum work is phenomenal (as must be with most metal drummers). I'm not sure if i've heard anyone totally annihilate a drum kit like him.
Well Flo Mounier of course!
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