BlogJune 28, 2012 9:02 AM ET

Drum fight: Mike Portnoy vs. Billy Rymer (Dillinger Escape Plan)

Former Dream Theater drummer Mike Portnoy recently faced off with Dillinger Escape Plan drummer Billy Rymer for Drum Fight IX. Watch the two do "battle" below:



Now tell us what you think.


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anonymous 6/28/2012 7:16:42 AM

get your blue goatee out of here gay


anonymous 6/28/2012 8:26:10 AM

Billy Rymer is actually playing beats and rhythms. Portnoy just seems to be performing throwaway drum solos.


anonymous 6/28/2012 8:28:36 AM

Billy's drum solo had a few cool parts, Portnoy's performance was a disappointment - too bad he started "playing along" with Billy in his second solo. The coolest thing of this video was to see how limited two well-respected drummers are when playing solo on a "regular" drumkit. Makes me feel good about my own drumming skills.


anonymous 6/28/2012 8:34:50 AM

Mike Portnoy is by far the best drummer in the world, all you people who voted for Billy Rymer are retarded


anonymous 6/28/2012 9:02:52 AM

You don't hand the Cup to Brodeur just because he was once the best goalie in the world.


anonymous 6/28/2012 9:27:47 AM

Hahahah dying at the first comment


anonymous 6/28/2012 9:33:35 AM

dying at the first comment


anonymous 6/28/2012 10:27:44 AM

Billy Rhymer destroys Portnoy. Anyone who thinks otherwise is in denial... in addition to being a total gay.


ineedsalt 6/28/2012 10:39:42 AM

only room for one nerd to win a lifetime subscription to modern drummer mag. portnoy is looking like dimebag, except people care about dimebag


anonymous 6/28/2012 3:18:09 PM

portnoy's a sage. end of story. fck sages.


fuckthisband 6/28/2012 3:42:53 PM

the difference between progressive rock and progressive metal


anonymous 6/28/2012 4:12:57 PM

Portnoy is talented, but boring. Rymer is actually memorable. Why did Portnoy start playing along at the end? He was making it too busy (though I liked the double bass at that one point).


anonymous 6/28/2012 6:02:46 PM

My parents pugs could do a better job on the kit than Mike Portnoy. Anyone who thinks Mike Portnoy is a good drummer is a literal TURD.


anonymous 6/30/2012 6:20:56 AM

So visibly awkward for Portnoy. Dude got smoked.


anonymous 7/1/2012 3:06:22 AM

Kenneth Schalk is the real beast.


anonymous 7/1/2012 1:59:11 PM

billy rymer vs lars ulrich . comedy central special.


anonymous 7/1/2012 3:13:49 PM

agreed on Schalk Portnoy is the most supreme of overhyped hacks.


anonymous 7/2/2012 4:16:22 PM

Rymer was playing an old Dream Theater track. Thats why Portnoy started playing along. Cool to pay homage to a great old school drummer. Rymer def stands out in the evolution of musicianship. Portnoy must have felt old after this.


anonymous 7/2/2012 8:55:28 PM

if any of you truly think this kid is better than portnoy, you know nothing about the drumset and music...he can play no doubt, but he is not a better drummer than mike portnoy. this is a fact.


anonymous 7/3/2012 12:54:06 PM

Thinking that portnoy is better after watching that makes you a dipshit..kill yourself


anonymous 7/5/2012 5:09:25 AM

Even Portnoy knows he got his ass kicked


anonymous 7/5/2012 9:10:29 PM

Yeah fck off anonymous.


grape_scented 7/12/2012 5:59:05 AM

obviously not watching this, but dep's drummer is called "Billy Rymer" now. where the fck is the real drummer?


thelovesausage 11/13/2012 3:18:59 PM

Phil Rudd would kill all these fools. Wait...


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anonymous 7/20/2013 1:57:07 PM

portnoy is looking a little less than competitive. destroyed