Danny Carey vs Mike Portnoy





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Published on Jan 3, 2007


This was my first video, i know its crap footage, but it was all i had at the time.
Please stop blameing the footage - if you comment about the video it will just get removed.
Please keep your comments to either DC or MP - thank you

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The question a lot of you are asking is "Is it right to compare two great artists?"

There are two ways of looking at it; the first way is drummer "A" vs. drummer "B" and asking who is best or who would win a competition?
I believe this is wrong as neither drummer asked to be judged or entered into a competition. This is NOT what I am trying to do. I will say it again; this is not a competition and not what I am trying to do.

The other way of looking at it is one of advanced appreciation. Let me explain what I mean. Take a drummer like Danny Carey; do you enjoy his music on its own without anything to compare it to? Yes, I do. Now take a drummer like Mike Portnoy, can you enjoy his music on its own without any comparison? Yes, I also do.

But if I want to know how much I enjoy either piece or either drummer I need something to compare it against.

Our first natural comparison is with ourselves. "I like Danny Carey, and will pay money to see Danny because he is better than me". Fair statement? I don't see Danny Carey lining up to see my clinics.

Why do most of us appreciate Danny's drummer more then say Larry Mullins Jr's drummer? Because it is further from where we are. A lot of us can play what Larry plays so we think of him as a good or great drummer, but with Danny being so far pasted us we often think of him as extremely superior or a master.

To take an appreciation to a more advanced level you need to compare with another higher standard. There should only be a small variation between your personal appreciation of two players like Danny and Mike, or Vinnie or Buddy.

Who you like might change from day to day and that's fine, today you might like Danny more, tomorrow you're in a mood for Mike

How do you know what Tool song or Elton John song you like best? Compare it to another Tool or Elton song right?

What I am doing is not wrong. I am exercising my rights to free speech and I am offering you an opportunity to join me and share your opinion. There are no winners or losers, only good comments and bad comments. And I can guarantee you that at some point you have made a judgment call on a drummer based on another drummer.

If you don't like it -- Don't comment

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Devin Surine
Danny Carey all the way
Anil Gulec
Of course Danny Carey
Eric E Gutierrez
Danny Carey… 46 & 2… Epic drumming… No comparison...
brandon marie-claire
.... Brann dailor, neil peart and buddy rich :D
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Wyatt Crowley
i dont think portnoy could play the crazy times signatures that carey does. And you have to admit carey does make the the craziest patterns in the weirdest time. hell he made a pattern that formed the fibonacci sequence on tablature 
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I'm 14 and I can play lateralus. You should've compared them on harder solos
Nick Nolte
If you were to compare Danny to Neil Peart, Neil Peart checks for Danny Carey under his bed every night.
vulkan deathgrip
They're both amazing but for the best subtle nuances and technical stuff that sounds great I'd vote for Danny. But Mike is amazing with speed and utilizing every part of his set very well. Both great drummers!!
Brian Briggs
Danny Carey, hands down. Portnoy is by the numbers, fucking boring prog rock garbage. Danny is innovative and actually has a sound all his own, nobody can emulate it.
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OMG, Mike Portnoy, Stupids!
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