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The better drummer?

Discussion in 'Best of / Worst of Polls forum' started by Dityn DJ James, Jun 23, 2011.


Clive Burr or Nicko Brain

  1. Clive Burr

    22 vote(s)
  2. Nicko Brain

    62 vote(s)
  1. Forostar

    Forostar Conjure the Death Star again

    @Zare @Ruflux hope you don't mind I continue here.

    I do not mind the fast playing, I've always loved it and I also like his "relatively" busy work in the eighties. I love all the breaks he did, never felt any overplaying. Another major Nicko strength is the synergy between his drums and Steve's bass playing. While they do not always play the same accents, together it makes for one strong propulsing force.

    Clive was incredibly tight. And it sounds very powerful. The way he hit his crash cymbals: with deadly precision. And I love his fast hi-hat work which indeed attributed to an awesome groove. So much feel, but yeah also technique. Not sure where one things ends and where the other starts.

    Some favourite moments:

    It's really a treat to listen to Nicko's drums on the whole SIT album. His performance, the sound, everything.
    For the rest: the first two albums with Clive are really a pleasure to the ears. A lot of different moments on the debut album. Killers is probably Maiden's least melodic album, but for the rest it's a true rhythm feast. On Beast he does well too, but I find the patterns a bit less challenging, and within the songs he hardly varies his patterns. Still damn tight and way more interesting (and iconic) than Nicko's dull performance on VXI.

    Seventh Son of a Seventh Son - esp. the couplets, but I also that hi-hat stuff in the calm atmospheric part.
    To Tame A Land - the first part as soon as the rhythm starts, like with SSOASS: those 'toms' do the trick.
    LOTLDR - amazing stuff, very intense, enduring staccato rhythms, I certainly can imagine the reason why this song didn't work out too well live.
    Deja-Vu: Nicko's fluid playing here is remarkable. It sounds so dynamic and natural, you don't hear this stuff anymore in recent metal productions (from other bands). Sounds too produced, to linear.
    TETMD (The 'A Real Live One Version' is amazing! Check out Nicko's bass drums!)
    Transylvania - Clive's crash-cymbal accents are excellent, and fit the song structure perfectly. Clive really blends with the song.
    Prowler - the fast part !
    Purgatory: Nicko could never do this.
    Genghis Khan (this kind of speed and explosivity -> Nicko can't do this either & the gear shift from fast --> slow part)

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