Not all metal is melodic, I think there is a difference between a simple beat and doing something fun. Jon Theodores drumming in One Day As A Lion is energetic and captivating, even though there is no real melody to the music, only rhythmic synths with rap vocals.
Originally Posted by GRUNTERSDAD
I think that is a main reason to play the drums. To play along with the melody. To interpret the melody and and make drum parts that fit. None of us, I dare say, would play drums very long, if all we did was sit and play beats while someone read poetry. That goes back to the silly days of beatniks playing the bongos while someone read poetry. A hollywood stereotype for sure, but a very boring method of playing the drums. That is how I see Rap. If the best stuff is not the most popular stuff or the stuff getting air, time then the genre is failing in promoting itself.