To start, if you just wanna come into the thread and shit on metal, then >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>.door out of the thread. Use it.
Metal drumming and what constitutes as "good metal drumming" is an incredibly subjective idea. What do you consider? Well, here are the things that I look for:
That last one, variation, might seem a little odd to some people with a finely tuned ear to the ways of heavy metal. Nonetheless, I want to ask the metal community of Giant Bomb: who do you think is the BEST metal drummer?
It's a tough choice for me. However, there's one guy that always continues to impress me with his abilities and technique every time he records or plays live:
Raymond Herrera uses a mix of drumming styles with incredible execution. He's capable of doing prog, speed, thrash, death, melodic, whatever you ask of him. His technique is one of the best in the industry as well. While I could've rattled off Gene Hoglan, Dave Lombardo, Chris Adler, Vinnie Paul, Dave McClaine, Danny Carey, or even Jason Costa, Raymond Herrera is a drummer that proves that style, groove, and flawless execution mean everything.
He's well-known for his overhand crossovers leading between cymbal and snare to create off-time mix-ups, as well as a unique double bass kick ability. This guy can TRULY stop on a dime, and his double bass helped define an entire generation of new drummers. Here are a few examples that show why I think Raymond Herrera is the best metal drummer:
Raymond Herrera's drum sessions for Fear Factory's Transgression album
Fear Factory's My Grave (the song he's laying the drum track down for on the first video)
Arkaea's The World As One
Fear Factory's Shock (in the beginning, the snare rolls are all one-handed, as are the cymbals rolls
Fear Factory's Shock (live at Big Day Out without Dino)
Fear Factory's Cyberwaste
Fear Factory's Slave Labor
Fear Factory's Zero Signal (live)