When you think of death metal drumming one name automatically comes to mind: Flo Mournier of death metal pioneers Cryptopsy. He is the embodiment of rhythm in death metal and has paved the way for more of the modern death metal scene than almost anyone else.
It’s not only his talent and precision that put him on this list, but his tenure in the death metal scene as well. Flo was there in the very beginning, when the first inklings of evil and darkness began seeping through the cracks of the underground metal scene. While Deicide, Cannibal Corpse and Morbid Angel were cultivating what would become the iconic American Death Metal sound, over in Canda Cryptopsy were starting their own mini-revolution, helping to spawn a style of music that was completely unthought of before, relying heavily on instrumentation and musicianship as well as being extremely heavy and groove-oriented. Since then, Technical Death Metal has exploded in popularity and has become one of the most prolific genres in the modern heavy music scene, and you can definitely thank Mournier for that. In fact, without him there would be no John Longstreth or Dave Haley changing the game and pushing the boundaries of speed and endurance. Flo started it all.
The video below should give you a pretty good idea of what I’m talking about. He’s extremely versatile and a serious force to be reckoned with. His playing is downright scary at times, like a runaway chainsaw out for blood.
Stick around ’til 4:40 for the all out mayhem that’s sure to make your head spin.
Cryptopsy‘s newest (and widely abhorred) effort, The Unspoken King, is out now on Century Media Records.