Alex's drumming on the new Van Halen record absolutely slays me. This is, by far, the "heaviest" Van Halen record and Al does a bang-up job (pun intended) kicking these songs into high-gear. Nearly 60 years old? You'd never know it. His signature snare tone is prominent and his double-bass work on songs like China Town and As Is, is amazing.
The guy has an incredible pocket and grooves the more "subtle" tunes like Blood and Fire and You and Your Blues, like a master. This could be the best rock drumming since... well... the last Van Halen record (like Van Halen III or not, the drumming was the highlight).
Looks like his live solo has taken a "Latin" flavor! Good stuff!