I play in an originals metal band. we have had a new drummer for about a year now. He had a good set the first gig we played. Since then, he has messed up at least once during every gig we have had. We play about once a month. His problem is during transitions from verse to chorus, he gets excited and comes in early. Also, his playing style seems stiff to me. He goes off tempo far too often. It is so bad that I sometimes have to drop out and come back in. Last night, we had a rehearsal for a gig that we have next week. He not only played terrible, he kept playing these blast beats before practice, and also other beats that i literally could not play with. During rehearsal his playing was going off and then he decides to play with a cigarette in his mouth. I live a couple hours away and only go to gigs and sometimes rehearsal. I don’t feel it is in my place to say anything but I need to something to change the situation but I am not sure what. It is very frustrating though. He is not reliable at all as a player and I don’t want to play another gig with him messing up.