Things to consider in order of relative importance(in my opinion of course):
1. Fit - Just how well does the beat fit the song? Is it the absolute best beat for the song or could you see something else fitting better? Is Jon's drumming adding a new dimension to the song or simply accentuating what the other guys are doing?
2. Technical difficulty - Is the song's drum part hard to play? How much technical skill does it require?
3. Creativity - Is the drum part something that no other drummer ever would have thought of? Is it just so blazingly original that it boggles your mind that he could have ever conceivably invented a drum part be like the one in the song?
4. Style - Is the song a good representation of Jon's general style? If someone wanted to know about Jon's drumming would the song be a good choice to play for them?
With all this said, my pick goes to "Cygnus...Vismund Cygnus". The drums are what gives that song its dinstict feel. Plus it's blazingly original and pretty fuckin hard to play as well as Jon does. When it breaks down and goes into the guitar solo the time signature switches to 29/16 time (how fuckin ridiculous is that?!) and Jon is playing straight 16th notes the entire time and I simply have no clue how he doesn't get tired playing that part. The drumming in "A Plague Upon Your Hissing" is also damn fuckin good.
So get listening and let me know your thoughts!
Edited by crazypomp27, 07 July 2005 - 03:41 AM.