The 10 Best Metal Guitarists

Categories: Metal


6.Chuck Schuldiner-DEATH
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.


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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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