Neil Peart vs. Mike Portnoy
Neil Peart has pushed his drumming to a lead position with Canadian rock immortals Rush. Peart focuses more on the technical than the inherent rhythm, drawing inspiration and skill from Buddy Rich and Jon Bonham. Peart’s drum solos are moments of legend, as is his 360-degree, one thousand-piece (only slight exaggeration) kit. His ability to play pretty much anything has taken Rush’s expansive and awe-inspiring prog rock menagerie to the edge of the universe.
Mike Portnoy, however, has been called a drummer’s drummer. Not only did he smash the skins for Dream Theater from 1989 to 2009, as well as co-produce six of the band’s albums, he’s taken home 29 awards from Modern Drummer magazine and was the second youngest person, behind Rush’s Neil Peart, to be inducted into the Modern Drummer‘s Hall of Fame at age 37. Following his departure from Dream Theater, Portnoy continued on as the drummer for Avenged Sevenfold for a brief stint, and then started two of his own side projects, Adrenaline Mob and Flying Colors.