Editors’ Picks

Top 20 Drum Albums Of The Last 20 Years

ANDREW LENTZ

Betty by Helmet

Betty
Helmet
1994

John Stanier’s right foot sticks out on this quantum-leap outing. He’s now in hipster darlings Battles but he’ll never be as kick-tastic as he was the year punk broke.

Key Tracks: “I Know,” “Wilma’s Rainbow”

Evil Empire by Rage Against The Machine

Evil Empire
Rage Against The Machine
1996

On Evil Empire, Brad Wilk’s boom-bap blossomed into pocket that wasn’t obvious. The single-stroke interstitials on “Bulls On Parade” are perfect synergies of groove and musicality.

Key Tracks: “Vietnow,” “Year Of The Boomerang”

300 Percent Density by Candiria

300 Percent Density
Candiria
2001

Kenny Schalk flipped the script on the jazz-metaller’s fourth disc. The Tony Williams influence is there but it’s massive groove and disguised trickiness that land 300 on this list.

Key Tracks: “Without Water,” “300 Percent Density”

Miss Machine by Dillinger Escape Plan

Miss Machine
Dillinger Escape Plan
2004

Chris Pennie’s speed and precision had drummers gasping for a while, but on their second record he was more dynamic than bludgeoning so those polyrhythms really popped.

Key Tracks: “Phone Home,” “We Are The Storm”

Obzen by Meshuggah

ObZen
Meshuggah
2008

Meshuggah’s ’90s albums had 11/8 and other ridiculous times but ObZen saw Thomas Haake push an advanced math + busy + power formula. He improves with age.

Key Tracks: “ObZen,” “Bleed”

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