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Best overall metal rhythm section?

Discussion in 'Bassists [BG]' started by Kazz3lrath, Dec 7, 2012.

  1. Kazz3lrath


    Jan 5, 2012
    For me, it's gotta be Tool. Ain't nobody lays down the groove like Justin Chancellor and Danny Carey's drumming is unrivaled.
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  2. VintageBoutique

    VintageBoutique Banned

    Dec 6, 2012
    Black Sabbath
  3. mbelue


    Dec 11, 2010
    Nothing better than the origional. We're all just imitating.
  4. ShirazBop

    ShirazBop When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro Gold Supporting Member

    Sep 29, 2006
    Greensboro, NC
    Led Zepplin
  5. ReiPsaeg


    Dec 1, 2012
    Rochester, NY
    There isn't really much out there as far as a true "metal rhythm section" beyond Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath, and Tool. Most other metal bassists and drummers don't really have the kind of push and pull and dynamic interaction that would merit the term "rhythm section".
  6. these guys:

  7. Barca_bass


    May 22, 2011
    Score another for Sabbath. I prefer Zeppelin overall, but I just cannot say they are metal.
  8. I would invite you to listen to Jason Rullo and Thomas Miller of Symphony X, to me the greatest rythm section in progressive metal
  9. Hamlet7768

    Hamlet7768 Here to chew gum and rock. Still have gum.

    Jun 5, 2011
    Steve Harris with Clive Burr and later with Nicko McBrain. Simply unbelievable.
  10. lwknives


    May 6, 2012
    Cephalic Carnage, hands down.
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  11. strappa

    strappa Supporting Member

    Jun 9, 2009
    Philadelphia, PA
    unrivaled? i dunno
    the guy from lamb of god is amazing
  12. IMHO, there are two basic roles for a metal rhythm section: lead the beat and propel the band forward like an out-of-control dragster (Megadeth, Skeletonwitch, every thrash band ever), or play behind the beat and drag the band through the sludge by main force (Black Sabbath, High On Fire, every doom band ever). Slayer is unusual in being able to do both, but on the whole I think the vast majority of bands take one road or the other, and it doesn't make much sense to compare across the two.

    I guess the third way is "explode all over the place", a la Pig Destroyer. Grindcore rhythm sections are impressive in their way, but kind of hard to judge for technical quality...

  13. Tituscrow

    Tituscrow Banned

    Feb 14, 2011
    NW England
    You are all wrong. Tomas Haake and Dick Lovgren. Meshuggah. The End. :)
  14. Epitaph04

    Epitaph04 Bajo Supporting Member

    Jul 5, 2010
    Rex Brown and Vinnie Paul
  15. El-Bob

    El-Bob Supporting Member

    Oct 22, 2006
    Hamilton, ON
    This is a good point.

    I would disagree with almost all previous posts. I think Megadeth, slayer and Anthrax have had great rhythm sections for thrash (I also include rhythm guitar in the metal rhythm section because... well, it is. Dream Theater also comes to mind... maybe not a lot of 'groove' going on, but to be able to hold such complex songs together, you gotta give them props. Check out Keep of Kalessin as well.
  16. ReiPsaeg


    Dec 1, 2012
    Rochester, NY
    That's a good point, though odd that you would compare leading the beat to a "dragster".

    But Slayer I think is under appreciated in that regard.
  17. TDSLaBassiste

    TDSLaBassiste Bass drops and breakdowns since 2009

    Jul 8, 2011
    Southwest Florida
    I've gotta give it to Opeth, personally. Martin Mendez and Martin Lopez are an amazing combination.
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  18. VintageBoutique

    VintageBoutique Banned

    Dec 6, 2012
    Krist Noveselic and Dave Groel of Nirvana had it going on Nevermind. Cliff and Lars....
  19. Marial

    Marial weapons-grade plum

    Apr 8, 2011
    These two or Geezer/Bill.
  20. VintageBoutique

    VintageBoutique Banned

    Dec 6, 2012
    Lemmy and Filthy Animal