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Frank's Favorite Drumers

Frank's Favorite Drummers: Tomas Haake

Being a drummer myself, I'd have to admit I tend to hone in on his business more so than the rest of the band. It's a well known saying that "the drummer can make or break any band", but there is a lot more to it than hitting things as fast as you can to be amongst the top metal drummers of today. Much consideration went into the following list including: Agility, Diversity, Endurance, Style, Precision, Embellishment, & Showmanship.

Now, I'm not a big fan of "Top 10" lists, I personally feel there is no place for competition in music, but when Rob approached me with the idea of talking about my favorite drummers, how could I decline? I now present my 10 favorites in no particular order. (Give me a break! it was hard enough to narrow a list down to 10.)

When you hear the name Meshuggah, you immediately think of nonrhythm insanity that has made the band what it is today. Despite Haake admitting he doesn't always write his own drum parts,I feel it sometimes takes twice the crafty player to flawlessly pull off the work laid out for him by another person, especially if that person is Fredrik Thordendal. If you've never seen Meshuggah live, your clearly missing out on some amazing musicianship. The band has not only paved the way for polyrhythmic madness I hear filtered down into so many younger bands today, but they prove to push themselves harder and harder with each effort. It's only a matter of time before Tomas melts his own face off.

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