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Mike Portnoy Faces Off Against The Dillinger Escape Plan’s Billy Rymer In A ‘Drum Fight’

The Dillinger Escape Plan drummer Billy Rymer and Mike Portnoy (Adrenaline Mob, ex-Dream Theater) battled each other at the recent “Drum Fight IX” in Amityville, NY earlier this month. You can watch footage of that below:


  • Ska_Mitzvah

    Wow, didn’t expect it to be that sick!

  • aftersound

    well..we all know the apparent winner of that fight…

  • They Ate Their Macaroons in Silence

    Rymer bp

    • Surly

      Here’s Johnny!

  • NdR23

    Wow Rymer fuckin killed it.

  • skyburial

    Rymer absolutely destroyed. The part where he went into 6:00 sealed the deal.

  • Vautour

    It’s almost funny how Rymer kills Portnoy. Portnoy does his stereotypical hyper-doublebass shit, while Rymer includes great grooves AND then beats Portnoy at his own game.

  • xxdjpxx

    Said to myslef befor i pressed play, Rymer of course and i was right.

  • Fred Fred Burger (Darkdevout)

    Damn that was awesome.

  • jayofdajungle

    Everything you can do I can do better! Rymer, and it wasn’t even remotely close.

  • Tkelly426

    rymer def won this face off, but in all reality you have to know portnoy is a better drummer.

    • Vautour

      Uh… no?

    • jayofdajungle

      The drumming on “Option Paralysis” is better than anything Portnoy has ever done. Yes that includes Dream Theater.

  • whatisyourforte

    i’ve always wanted to see portnoy getting hatefucked.

  • TheMediaProphet

    This is why I hate getting into drummer discussions with guys over 40. To them, there hasn’t been a talented drummer since Neil Pert. I try to talk to them about drummers like Rymer, but they always say, “just because they can play fast, doesn’t mean they’re good”, but while I’ve listened to Pert, Bonham, and Portnoy, they have never listened to a modern metal drummer.

    • Vautour

      Thing is: Portnoy can’t do anything but play fast.

    • TattooPanda

      hate to say it, but that’s because there hasn’t BEEN a talented drummer since Neil Pert. This coming from someone who is 32 and has been playing guitar for 20 years.

      There will never be a drummer who comes anywhere near Pert’s ability to do what he does with the drums. Ever. Period.

      • pathos

        Why are you all saying Neil Peart’s name wrong if you’re such big fans?

      • whatisyourforte

        misspelling his name constitutes giving these guys a Neil Peart Necklace.

      • jayofdajungle

        You aren’t going to hear me hate on Peart, but what does you playing GUITAR for 20 years have to do with your knowledge of drummers? I’m a fan of Rush and Neil, but to say there is no one better than him is just plan ignorance.

      • jayofdajungle


      • TheMediaProphet

        If you had said there hasn’t been a BETTER drummer than Peart, I would say, “cool, you’re opinion, maybe you’re right, but I disagree.” But you said there hasn’t been a TALENTED drummer since Peart. I’m not even sure which way to begin this reply, so I’m just going to say you’re wrong.

    • goop

      Try talking to someone over 50, to them there hasn’t been a talented drummer since Keith Moon. har! I refer people to Bill Bruford, Billy Cobham, Carl Palmer, Simon Phillips and Terry Bozzio, but I also think an argument could be made that Neil Peart is the originator of progressive rock drumming. Bill Ward was good & heavy, but Peart combined speed, consistent finesse and steady power, a unique sound for its time that noone would (could?) duplicate for years.
      Throughout history there has never been a shortage of great drummers, but I think overall drumming in music has improved over the years due to technology and style crossover.

  • Jenkem Dealer

    So the question is: Is Rymer better than Pennie?

    • jayofdajungle

      it’s definitely close