The 10 Best Metal Guitarists

Categories: Metal


8.Dimebag Darrel- Pantera, Damageplan
Dimebag was an obvious choice on this list. The man is another late GREAT guitar virtuoso iconic player who was in the same league as other guitar greats such as Eddie Van Halen, Randy Rhoads and Ace Frehley. His shredding ability was best displayed with Pantera, and his musicianship was top notch. It was his partying lifestyle and in your face humanity that also made this guitar player shine. Dimebag's playing with Pantera took metal to another level of heaviness, and his riffs added the famous grove that the band became known for. To this day, there aren't many guitarists who can come close to what Dimebag brought to heavy metal music, though many are inspired by the legacy he left.

What is most tragic is how his life was horrifically cut short by a mentally deranged Marine, and Pantera fan, who was also killed in a shocking violent stand off in 2004 at a club in Ohio, while Damageplan was on tour. His senseless death was truly a loss for the entire music world and heavy metal community. Dime was one of the guitar greats, whose spirit will never die among guitarists and metal heads worldwide.


7.Ihsahn-Emporer
Emperor certainly didn't invent the genre of black metal, but they pioneered it with a new, majestic force to bring in symphonic elements to the music. The band, formed in the early '90s, and with the sorcery of Ihsahn's guitar playing, perfected the art form of Norwegian Black metal.

Ihsahn's unique guitar playing to this day entrances listeners both with Emperor and his solo career. As a revered guitar player, his song structures, and vibe alludes to a musical séance. Very primeval sounding work with the first albums in the Nightside Eclipse (1994) and Anthems From The Wilken At Dusk (1997). His craftsmanship as a guitarist added so many variables, and haunting layers of despair and anguish, listeners can feel each song in their veins when they listen to Emperor.

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19 comments
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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