The 10 Best Metal Guitarists
Perhaps one of the most under rated, and important guitarists in the history of death metal, Chuck Schuldiner founded the band Death. Schuldiner was prolific guitarist and songwriter; his songs are revered among most death metal fanatics. The early DEATH albums set the standard for grind and gore metal, but as the band evolved, so did Schuldiner's talent and passion for the guitar, and an ability to switch tempo and use abstract sound. Schuldiner's guitar playing was full of beautiful layers of melodic thrashy riffs that were beautiful and horrifying all at once.
Classic albums such as Leprosy, Human, Individual Thought Patterns, Symbolic and others, showcase his song writing structure and amazing talent with the guitar. Unfortunately, the guitarist best known as the Father of Death Metal lost his battle with a brain tumor in December 2001 at the age of 34.
5.Dino Cazares- Fear Factory, Brujeria, Asesino, Divine Heresy
This Mexican American guitarist gave birth to a signature sound with his guitar playing and song writing structure that most new metal/metal core bands owe their existence to. Sepultura, Cazares used his skills with Fear Factory to create musical breakdowns with the guitar that sounded good before they were trendy and overdone by the post hardcore set. As a metal shredder, Cazares' talent is evident when you hear his catchy hooks and brutal riffs.
As a world-renowned guitar player, Cazares helped to usher in a new (or nu) metal scene that emerged in the late '90s, early 2000s. He helped to discover Dez, from the band Coal Chamber, and later Devildriver, as well as paving the road for future artists alongside Korn, Deftones, Soulfly, Static X, Sevendust and Limp Bizkit.