Lars is a very one dimensional player. Although capable, there are far better metal drummers then him
Roger Taylor is a very gifted musician. He plays with a very natural swing, and is able to play convincingly in different styles. He also generates a great deal of power. A much better player than Lars Ulrich.
Neither player comes close to Neil Peart or any of the drummers who played in Frank Zappa's band over the years.
The Real Wizard wrote:
Why do people compare musicians?
Lars may be a technically better player, but that's about the only thing that can be compared here. Everything else comes down to opinion and taste.
That's why we discuss it. Of course, I think we would all think pretty much the same thing, but it's still nice to let our opinions be known. If we couldn't discuss our opinions on people and things, what the hell would we be doing on this website?
Naturally I meant "competition," which can lead to short-sighted statements about the music as a whole. Comparison is healthy and all, but every second youtube clip has "singer X is better than singer Y, therefore band Y sucks" type banter.
I guess I just don't like things that lead to some kind of partisanship. Maybe it's the hippie in me.
I did notice their physical similarities a long time ago, they DID look similar, just compare Roger from the early 70s with Lars from the late 80s/early 90s.
But as musicians ... Both used to be excellent drummers but both suck now. But Roger was always an excellent singer. I heard singing Lars once and I don't want to hear him again
While Roger mignht not master the use of double-bass drums, he plays much tighter than Lars who seems to forget the basics of his instrument...
Anyway, there are many better drummers out there than the two of them.
'better' is very objective. Others that can play all the technical stuff and do double kick work etc? Yes. Drummers that can play with feel, taste, and perfectly match the song? Not many better than RT. I know which I'd describe as 'better'.
To cmsdrums: in the 70's, Roger was clearly a fantastic drummer according to your criteria. In the 80's..well..there was a drummer in Queen?
I could name dozens of drummers who match the technical and feel-taste items.