Listening to the drumming on synchestra, that is some hellish technicality. As well as all the whole background that dev creates, all the technicality thrashes out from those drums. I'm not a drummer, yet I was super impressed. I was even more impressed by the drumming on this album than by that on physicist, even though that had the legendary gene hoglan. but the main thing that blew me away, dev isn't a drummer, but he WRITES the drums. how in hell?! when it comes to drums I just immediatly end up confused, although comparing myself to the almighty musician power is a patheticly stupid idea, but I've never head so much technical drumming since I heard Death of a Dead Day by Sikth.
RVP wrote all the drums for Synchestra (at least that's what he claims ).
Although for Accelerated Evolution, Dev did write the drum lines, all Ryan had to do was learn them and then record.
I'm not sure how he does it, but Devin has a very strong 'vision' (not really the right word because we're talking sounds here) of the music and what it's supposed to be, I guess drums are just part of that?
Oh and for his new solo project, tentatively called "The Mighty Masturbator", he's going to program the drums with Drumkit From Hell. No real drummer on there, I'm curious to see how that works out.
But yeah, RVP is a great drummer (Check out his work for Non-Human Level and Lalu, if you haven't so already. Worth it )