While I do (you gotta have that!) have respect for drummers who can play and record drums without any kind of samples or quantizing, people (maybe Glenn Fricker fanboys? ) are often absolutely stupid and listen with their eyes instead of ears.
Person A can listen to album X and thing it's amazing
Then the guy finds out all drums (except overheads) are all samples and will think it sounds bad and talk shit about it.
Drums for my first Breitenhold album took about a week to record if I remember correctly
This was recorded in rehearsal, with plenty of time on my hands.
Snare = acoustic but with slight samples (my home-made samples from a couple of years earlier)
Toms = 100% acoustic + processing like reverb and compressor
Kick = acoustic with slight samples (made with the same kick recorded!)
No quantizing at all, it's all long takes save for a couple of edits here and there for a slight off-tempo hit, but yeah, I really spent time with this. And theres a fairly long double bass segment at the choruses (1:35 for example)
My second Breintehold album took maybe 2 hours to record. Several reasons; I had a stupid neighbor who hated my drumming so I couldn't spend too much time with it. Also, since I couldn't practice my drums anytime I wanted, I really had to do this as quickly as possible;
Snare = acoustic with slight samples (made with the same snare, in addition to the one I used on the previous)
Toms = 100% acoustic + regular processing
Kick = I barely played it at all. I had it miced up, but I only played it lightly to keep the beat.
And then... I chopped up and quantized EVERY SINGLE hit on the entire album. This took about 4-5 hours to do.
The first album has better mixing
The second album is "performed better" even tho lots of studio magic was involved.
I kinda regret crediting myself as "playing guitars, bass, drums" on any albums I've used this recording technqie on, because while it's 50% true, a half truth is still not really truth. So from now on, in case I dont actually play the drums for real, i will credit myself as "guitars, bass and studio magic" it's just another tool to get the job done for me.
So, are you that kind of person who absolutely despises cheating (AKA studio magic) or are you like me, whatever floats the boat?
I'm even okay with 100% programmed drums if it serves the music right.
Even Grave Digger who has a fantastic drummer used to have compltely programmed drums for a while, and it sounds awesome.
Then we have Manowar... Who dont sound as fantastic
And then we have this; this is msot certainly real drums (it's fucking J÷rg Michael!) but it actually almost sounds more programmed than Excalibur above, haha
After this album Running Wild turned to 100% programmed stuff, but Rock N Rolf keep dismissing any claims of the drums being programmed.
Does anybody really think this sounds like real drums?
Anyway, it sounds GREAT. But it doesn't sound real. And I wound'lt want this album to sound any different, I love it.
Here's another cool example;
The intro have a real snare, and then suddenly it changes to a obviously sampled snare, but it sounds super!
It depends on how much variety actually is in the songs. Genres like power metal or thrash suffer from programmed drums more than most genres, because, after a certain number of albums, you've heard it all before and it's the musicians' sweat and tears that make it interesting.
If the album is groundbreaking or novel, I couldn't give a non-alcoholic beer about samples.