The 10 Best Metal Guitarists

Categories: Metal

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Andrew Youssef
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When it comes to heavy metal music and the various sub genres it has spawned, one cannot deny the impending necessity of the most holy of instruments in the metallic equation: the guitar. It is the perfect instrument to capture the essence of the most brutal music ever created and we've got eternal love for the iconic shredders who have mastered it. So, without further delay, we now present our totally subjective list of the 10 Best Metal guitarists.


10. Max Cavalera-Sepultura, Soulfly, Cavalera Conspiracy
As a guitarist and founding member of the Brazilian thrash metal unit Sepultura, Max Cavalera's guitar playing helped the band rule over the international metal scene. With a primitive, tribal sound and urgent social political message against oppression Cavalera led the band with until his departure in 1996, and formed Soulfly a few years later, which still tours.Cavalera's guitar is instantly recognizable, for its roots in thrash and hardcore punk, but also it's very groovy hooks.


9.Alex Skolnick-Testament, The Alex Skolnick Trio
This guitar virtuoso, speed metal axe man rose to fame and is most known by thrashers for his work with bay area veterans, Testament. But some may not know that Skolnick is also a world renowned jazz guitarist and expert, having a career his own Jazz band, The Alex Skolnick Trio, a technical, instrumental Jazz band with subtle hints of rock and throughout its layers of heavy drums and beautifully clean, rapid guitars. Skolnick's speed, mesmerizing solos and utter dominance over the guitar with Testament really bring out thrash metal's epic approach to guitar playing. His best work is on Testament's album, the New Order, which many claim is a good rival album to Slayer's Reign in Blood but often over looked because it is not as fast.


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20 comments
Hail
Hail

Ahahahahh is it joke? Karl Logan is the best.

creepymaggotlunatic
creepymaggotlunatic

dime, max cavalera, ihsahn, mick murphy!... but where the hell is ALEXI LAIHO MICK THOMPSON AND JIM ROOT?

chg3814
chg3814

two questions...where is Alexi Laiho, and where is Angel Vivaldi?

tipofff
tipofff

What a shit eating list...signed Bralalalala

theburningdown
theburningdown

I don't understand how Jeff Waters and Dave Mustaine could be left off of this list. Hell, even John Petrucci should be on this even though DT is less of a metal band and more of a band with sincere metal moments.

Rory Reynolds
Rory Reynolds

What a joke. Dimebag and chuck from Death didn't crack the top 5.

Gonzales Celya
Gonzales Celya

^ I detect the ultra-cool presence of Tommi Iommi :)

tongue_twister_for_t
tongue_twister_for_t topcommenter

And they definately forgot Demonaz from Immortal (Black Metal Norweigen) I read something recently where they said that he developed tendonitis in his hands/arms from shredding so fast at the live Immortal concerts - don't know if that tendonitis has been cured or repaired or not.

do-45
do-45

The guy who made this list is fucking retarded

irwin001
irwin001

Where's Dave Mustaine? 

MJay
MJay

And where is Zakk?

twman899
twman899

Andy James,Jeff Loomis, Chris Broderick.........

soilworker
soilworker

In related article: Top 5 Douchebags Musicians - Dino #2 right after Geoff Tate #1.

jreese7
jreese7

Weak list. Depending on your definition of Heavy Metal, Randy Rhodes should be numero uno!

jherwitt
jherwitt

Adam Jones deserves to be on this list.

909Jeff
909Jeff

Adam Jones deserves to be ranked very HIGH on this list. Typical list though... Dude basically listed guitarists from 10 of his favorite bands.

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