11 Drummers We Would Rather See Play with Black Sabbath Than Brad Wilk
You know, everyone seems way too complacent about this Black Sabbath "reunion" not including Bill Ward. If you ask us, the absence of Ward cracking away behind a battery of loosely tuned cannons is a travesty of nearly unforgivable proportions -- particularly in this situation, where blame rests firmly on the shoulders of a petty contractual disagreement.
Ward changed the way people approached drumming by carving a sound that is as unmistakable his as it is earth-shaking, and his contributions to the rock music canon are difficult to overstate.
With the first string of reunion tour dates swiftly approaching, we have pretty much given up hope that we'll see a surprise resolution between Ward and the rest of the original Sabbath lineup. We've even, begrudgingly, started to warm up to the teaser tracks we've heard from the new record, 13, which feature former Rage Against the Machine and Audioslave drummer, Brad Wilk, in place of Ward. However, there is simply only so much grease a Rick Rubin production can return to a Sabbath lacking Ward.
We are definitely not alone in thinking that Brad Wilk is not the right man for the job. Is Wilk a competent drummer? No doubt. But, is Wilk the right drummer for Sabbath? Hell no.
Who is? Here are 11 people we'd prefer to see smacking the skins for Sabbath this summer.
11. Dale Crover
Crover is best known for his work as a pillar of the Melvins, which is resume enough for this list. However, Crover is also a member of the stoner supergroup, Shrinebuilder, a band that displays his pseudo-Wardisms in a more straight forward doom-metal context. Crover's disjointed snare hits are as recognizable as Ozzy's drawling howls.
10. Ben Koller
As a member of Boston-based metallic-hardcore band Converge, Koller's breakneck playing takes a vintage flavored approach to metal athleticism. While Koller's style might not immediately hit the Sabbath receptors in your brain, the drummer does check Ward as a major influence, and if you were to slow down some of Koller's nastier triplet fills and aggressive snare work, you'd be left with something not dissimilar from Ward's own playing.