Tuesday, May 1, 2018

The Top 50 Metal Guitarists - 30 to 21

The death of a guitarist I played with turned my thoughts to what makes a good guitarist great. Metal finds the stakes for guitarists high. Shredding can come before playing a fucking song. While all of these guitarists can play a solo, I was also looking for tone, impact on the genre as a whole and how their personalities came through in their playing. So this list of the top 50 Metal Guitarists. If you don't find your favorite guitar player here then know they were just wankers.


Known for theatrical performances , his tight playing style and clean picking always finds the melody to compensate for the rough vocals. His band has so much going on that over playing would be a detriment.


29-Gunter Schulz 

 The best industrial player, as he can pull out thrash riffs as solid as anyone's and color them with the kinds of melodic embellishments needed to give the vocals the back drop they need. Playing with as many electronic elements as he does , you can set you clock to this guys playing. He is a machine.


28-Shinichi Ishikawa

 Playing in what became like a black metal version of Mr. Bungle, Shinichi's playing ranged from a more classic rock n roll to lots of wild Hungarian minor scales. He added a human component in his playing to what would otherwise turned into a chaotic circus of wild gymnastics.


27-Christian Hector 

Funeral doom can sometimes focus more on the atmosphere than the chops, though a great guitarist can always breathe life into a song despite the trappings of a genre and work within those to still shine. Hector is a prime example of this. He can fire out a solo with enough tasteful shred in it to satisfy any moody metal head. It's his almost jazz like approach that is the most appealing part of his playing.

26-Bill Hayden 

 This guy came out of the trash scene inn the late 80s early 90s but his playing was way ahead of it's time, much like his band. His solos retained the dark mood of the songs and were full of melodies , I can sing them all in my head. Then the singer died and never heard from him again.


25-Sami Duet

His dark and dynamic playing was more impressive to me in his first band than this current band. He does however prove himself to be just a capable playing blackened death metal as he was swamp sludge that was haunted by the ghost of the Doors. The few solos on those his early work had a rock n roll slant and a touch of wah.


24-Marty Friedman

His playing pretty much made the "Rust In Peace" album. He blended all the neo classical non-sense that Yngwie did into something more fluid that worked better in a metal context, than just using boring 80's gallops. Granted he had Dave Mustaine to work off of.


23- Juuso Heikkilä

 The thing I like about depressive black metal is the range of emotion. His playing embodies this. He remains tasteful at all times even when his solos go from delicate melodies to ripping your face off, in a band who dynamics is their stock and trade he honors this and is always a part of the song writing process rather than just seeing the song as something that bookends a guitar solo.


22-Brent Hinds

Next time I run into Brent he will probably say "Hey man what's up? How's your daughter, we need to jam again sometime, listen man if you weren't so big I would slap you up side your head for putting me on a god damn metal list. Yeah... I know we listened to a bunch of Dio that night I did cocaine off your ferret's cage, but I am a blues guitarist from Alabama. I'm not like those dudes in Meshuggah." But his band put out metal albums and he plays well so here he is. He made it this high because he has a unique finger picking style.


21- Paul Masvidal 

 He used to play in a death metal band, but they gradually got more progressive until their music can now summon elves from the future. Listen to the song below and then if you think he doesn't belong where he is then you do not know anything about anything so who cares what you think about this list or any other subject.


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