Chris has only said there were no live drums on BV. It's quite possible he programmed some by playing an ekit and using the live performance with samples. I think this idea that people assume what the drums are or not, somehow means its lacking or MM forcing it one way or the other. MM has been a band with programmed drums from its birth, and at this point probably has more programmed drums than actual live in the whole catalog.
Chris drum work on BV is pretty awesome, a big step up from EMDM and THEOL. I really like the use of multiple kits blended and the placement of the drum machine samples which really push the dance beat.