Rock magic simply cannot be fully delivered without the proper foundation laid by the groove-making machine called the rhythm section.
Consisting of a bassist and a drummer, the section has an important task of making sure that the tune's in time and grooving like it should be. So this week, by readers' request, we decided to delve into the matter of the best rhythm section in the history of rock and metal. You guys came up with some quite interesting answers, check out the final result below.
Being a steaming groove factory, Meshuggah reached the list with drummer Tomas Hakke and not one, or two, but each of the four bassist featured in the band's lineup so far, including axeman Fredrik Thordendal at one point.
9. Keith Moon and John Entwistle (The Who)
Both rocking out in heaven, drummer Keith Moon and bassist John Entwistle of the Who changed the way their respective instruments are perceived almost five decades ago. Moon's hectic skin bashing and Entwistle's frantic strumming were truly a sight to see. The clip below doesn't feature Mr. Moon, but might as well be one of the greatest bass solos of all time.
Fully based on groove, Primus made the list mostly thanks to Les Claypool's dizzying bass skills. However, the rest of the band isn't that far behind.
7. Danny Carey and Justin Chancellor (Tool)
Tool's rhythm section is possibly the most technically advanced and unique groove duo in the history of rock, so Danny Carey and Justin Chancellor pretty much had a guaranteed spot on the list.
6. Neil Peart and Geddy Lee (Rush)
Another progressive duo, wall-crushing Neil Peart and high-pitched, slightly overdriven Geddy Lee make up a big chunk of that magic needed to create the signature Rush vibe.
5. Steve Harris and Nicko McBrain (Iron Maiden)
Iron Maiden might feature three guitarists in their lineup, but the groove Steve Harris and Nicko McBrain deliver will somehow always be on par with what the guitar leads are doing at the moment.
4. Tim Commerford and Brad Wilk (Rage Against the Machine)
RATM's Tim Commerford and Brad Wilk bring us a step closer to the big Top 3 with some of the tightest performances rock has ever seen.
3. Bill Ward and Geezer Butler (Black Sabbath)
We're in the giants domain now, delving into the work of unpredictable Bill Ward and possibly the greatest bassist in the history of metal - Mr. Geezer Butler. Add Tony Iommi's monster riffs and you've got yourself quite a mixture.
2. Flea and Chad Smith (Red Hot Chili Peppers)
RHCP is all about the groove, and hearing Chad Smith and Flea doing their thing is simply bound to get your head bopping, whether you like it or not.
1. John Bonham and John Paul Jones (Led Zeppelin)
Finally, the true greats, the one and only John Bonham and equally crucial John Paul Jones. Led Zeppelin's rhythm section changed the game for good back in the day, earning them the title of the best rhythm section of all time.
That about wraps it up for this week, let us know what do you think of the list in the comments. Think somebody might be missing? Myung and Portnoy? Rex and Vinnie? Yes? No?