Okay, first and foremost:
This is kind of a Meg White discussion, but only slightly.
This is the final track on Slipknot's album Vol. 3(The Subliminal Verses). The album in general is typical of a metal album, angry and crazy, with triple F dynamics and distorted guitars, the kinda stuff Polly would turn her nose up at(Not trying to insinuate anything). But when you reach the end, this starts to play, and the pure calm and odd serenity sets in.
I find it difficult to drum in these situations, and maybe that's just my style, but I'm glad the drums are there for this. It adds an expressiveness to the song that allows it to flow more easily, gives it a sense of structure. I don't think I could immediately hear a track like this without drums and think up a drum part, which makes me sad, but I suppose that's part of learning.
How do you guys tackle stuff like this? Is it something you come across often?
And please, before commenting, listen to the video. It's not going to make your ears divorce with the sides of your head.