5 Albums every drummer should hear

2010-09-13 17:08

Since this list is for drummers, there is no need for me to talk about the default albums from bands like The Who, Led Zeppelin, Slipknot and the like. We all know about these drummers and their abilities. So I've decided to make this list to talk about what many drummers forget about - the passion for the music - and not necessarily about being the "best"  drummer.

1. “Disintegration” The Cure

Sometimes, the role of a drummer as the guy who lays down the beats and the grooves is forgotten. Far too much emphasis is placed on flashy fills and mini drum solos every time there is a bridge to a chorus or something. Sometimes, the song must come first and that is often the most difficult thing for a drummer to do. That is why I put this album in this list, not only because the album should be heard by absolutely EVERYONE on Earth; but because the drumming on it is tasteful and clean and it pushes the songs above all else. Even trying to think of it, I cannot pick the drum parts in my head and that goes to show how brilliant Boris Williams' drumming was.

2. “Hysteria” Def Leppard

If listening to this album does not inspire you, I don’t know what will. This album was, and still is, one of my favorite albums, ever since I first understood the story behind it. Before Leppard recorded this album, their drummer had a bad car accident in which he lost his left arm. Instead of giving up, Rick Allen worked hard at learning to play with one hand. The drive and determination of this guy was something superhuman. Over the years, Allen became so good at it, you would never know if.. well, if you didn’t know. This album stands as a statement that nothing is impossible and it should make every drummer thankful as well as give them a fresh outlook on what drumming is all about.

3. “Back In Black” AC/DC

Good ol’ Phil Rudd. This guy, indirectly, taught me how to play the drums. This album rocks, and was a very important, if not the most important album in AC/DC’s history. After losing their original vocalist to an unfortunate accident (he drowned in his own vomit), they were in limbo. They needed to carry on for the benefit of the fans and of their sanity and with the introduction of their new vocalist, they recorded what proved to be their biggest album to date. Phil’s drumming is as rocking and rock solid as ever, but still with a bit more emotion behind it than before. His use of simple rock beats and great feel proves that the music is greater than the sum of its parts and makes for an album you can’t not stomp your foot and play air drums to. When you are next at a party, look around when you hear a song from this album.

4. “Angel Dust” Faith No More

Probably one of the most unknown but most influential albums of the 90’s. Faith No More was the band that most successfully mixed genres like rap, metal, rock, country and almost everything else. One critical element in the band was the powerful and solid rhythm section of bassist Billy Gould and drummer Mike Bordin. This recording in particular shows how great rhythms and beats are supposed to be locked in with the bass guitar. Nothing flashy, but full of sheer class and brilliance. Bordin is by far my favorite drummer of all time and his keen sense of playing for the song with the bass is second to none. Definitely one of the reasons why they were so influential.

“Reign In Blood” Slayer

Released in 1986, "Reign" sent shock waves through the metal world and instantly made Slayer icons of metal. They were faster, heavier and more aggressive than anyone else, and yet today the album is still right up there with contemporary metal bands. Dave Lombardo showed everyone why he was the greatest metal drummer of his generation and it was not for the sake of being flashy and super complicated; he played for the songs and played what was needed. That said, the drumming on "Reign" is still incredibly difficult to pull off. There's never been an album quite so heavy and so short (36 minutes in length) that makes you want to play it over and over and want to get behind the drums and play as hard and as fast as you possibly can.

Artur Pereira could well be Cape Town's hardest-working drummer. He still permanently beats for bands as varied as V.O.L., Three More White Guys, Coal and Andy Lund and the Mission Men, and he has stood in with, toured with, or happened to be around for Taxi Violence, Half Price, Hog Hoggidy Hog, and The Roswell Kings.

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