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Top Picks Of Progressive Drummers Around The World

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Top Picks Of Progressive Drummers Around The World

A good drummer can keep the audience grooving to the beats of the drums, bobbing their heads along the beat. Here's a look at some of the greatest all time favourite prog metal drummers.

Gavin Harrison (Porcupine Tree)

The great British prog hero has been busy with King Crimson, beginning on a massive US tour in September and October. He also found time to put out a book, Rhythmic Composition, which contains records of his Porcupine Tree drum parts. And on the subject of Porcupine Tree, Gavin is putting the finishing bits to an album of PT songs arranged for the big band!

Mike Portnoy (Dream Theatre)

Aside from running Progressive Nation At Sea cruise, the Dream Theater founder has been busy with a number of side projects including Bigelf, Haken, Winery Dogs and with a new album, Second Nature, from his more straight-ahead rock band, Flying Colors.

Matt Garstka (Animals As Leaders)

One of the highlights of 2014 when it comes to progressive music has to be Animals As Leaders’ latest, jaw-dropping album of experimental, instrumental prog metal - The Joy Of Motion. And that’s due in no small part to drummer Matt Garstka’s translating the band’s previously programmed parts and adding a huge amount of groove to the ear-bending fills and licks.

Neil Peart (Rush)

No doubt Neil Peart revolutionized rock drumming for all other to follow! With a fierce commitment to making every idea and every note as clear as day, Peart divides his time among the conception of parts, honing and polishing, and, finally, recording. Indeed, Rush has enjoyed a fruitful period lately, issuing two well-received studio albums and several live releases since 2007. And last year the band toured with a string ensemble behind 2012's Clockwork Angels.

Steve Judd (Karnivool)

With extensive touring of their fantastic 2013 album - We Are, there’s been no let up for the Aussie progsters in 2014. Drummer Steve Judd has earned a whole lot of fans around the world, whose mathematical odd-time drumming often leaves many cross-eyed and slack-jawed in wonder.

Jay Postones (Tesseract)

The Brit djent/prog metallers are still riding high on the acclaim received for their 2013 album Altered State, and released one awesome song, ‘Of Matter’ earlier this year. We’re hoping for more great things from the band and drummer Jay Postones in 2015, where the band will be releasing 'Polaris'.

Danny Carey (Tool)

No new Tool record just yet, but Danny Carey has put his awesome chops to good use in Primus, filling in for Tim Alexander, who is recovering from heart surgery. Family commitments and legal wranglings have delayed Tool’s long-awaited fifth album, but fingers crossed we’ll hear some more new material soon.

Matt Halpern (Periphery)

Matt continues to impress as one of the world’s finest proponents of Prog Metal drumming. Aside,  helping promote Evans’ 360 heads, his band, Periphery have teased a number of tracks this year from their Juggernaut album project – which has produced not one but two albums, to be released imminently – Juggernaut Alpha and Juggernaut Omega.