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Buddy Rich
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Keith Moon
Carl Palmer
Gene Krupa
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Stewart Copeland
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Mike Portnoy

Jimmy "The Rev" Sullivan

The Rev

The Rev

So what if he overdosed before Avenged Sevenfold became big. He was still the centerpiece of the early stages of the band. He had crazy footwork, and fast hands. He had a technique he called the "double-ride thing."

He would double up the tempo between the ride and double-bass drums. This can be found in a good portion of the songs including "Critical Acclaim." He also knew when to tone it down when he had to.

You can hear him slow down and simplify things throughout the progression of albums he played in. Writing songs from their first five albums "Sounding the Seventh Trumpet," "Waking the Fallen," "City of Evil," "Avenged Sevenfold," and "Nightmare."

Some of the songs he wrote include "Almost Easy," "Afterlife," "Welcome to the Family," and "A Little Piece of Heaven." Not only was he the drummer of the band, he recorded vocals and piano parts in about a third of the songs.

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Jul 28, 2017
So consider the possibility NEW
by: Anonymous

So consider the possibility that he overdosed before Avenged Sevenfold turned out to be huge. He was as yet the centerpiece of the beginning times of the band. He had insane footwork, and quick hands. He had a strategy he called the "twofold ride thing.

Feb 28, 2017
Jimmy "The Rev" Sullivan NEW
by: WatsonZion

The Rev was genuinely compelling. It's a disgrace that he doesn't get the regard that he merits. He was the person who drove me to the picked way of turning into a drummer. Despite everything i'm adapting, yet gradually showing signs of improvement.

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Sep 30, 2016
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The Rev was truly influential. It's a shame that he doesn't get the respect that he deserves. He was the one who led me to the chosen path of becoming a drummer. I'm still learning, but slowly getting better. You can follow my drumming journey at


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