Meytal Cohen: Israeli Metalhead Invades Los Angeles

Meytal Cohen
Age 27
Equipment: DC California drums, Soultone cymbals, Vic Firth sticks, and DW double pedals
Contact: meytalcohen.com

Israeli women don’t usually come to mind when thinking of awesome metal drummers but Meytal Cohen could mop the floor with most of the aggro dudes in her current base of Los Angeles. Her series of YouTube drum covers is a total disconnect — here’s this smiling adorable girl in a sun dress and bare feet nailing every note to classic tunes from Pantera, Rush, and Tool with total accuracy and great feeling. Born and raised in Ramat-Gan, Israel, Cohen studied theater in her native country before switching to drums at the relatively late age of 18. After serving a mandatory two years in the Israeli military, Meytal moved to the States and enrolled in the Los Angeles Music Academy. She has received personal instruction from Joe Porcaro, Ralph Humphrey, and others, in drums as well as percussion. Thank God she chose a career in music and not the Mossad.