Best Modern Metal Guitarists

This list is for the best MODERN metal guitarists. Bands that formed after 1990 and are still around today, making albums.

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1Synyster Gates

Sun is actually extremely hated by a lot of people in the metal fan base. But that's just stupid. Gates is an amazing guitarist and he has some awesome solos is Second Heartbeat, Afterlife, I Won't See You Tonight Part 2 and many other songs by Avenged Sevenfold. Just an awesome guitarist. - MetalFoREVer1228

Often called the best metal band to come out recently, Synyster Gates is what makes them as good as they are.

Doesn't need an explanation, he's too awesome for one.

Of course he's the man

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2Mick Thomson, Slipknot

though his chugging skills are excellent, people overlook his serious musical chops, his ability to shred like no other with fluidity and amazing dexterity, clean. much better than virus of dope. He can really play his ass off.

A great range of metal for this guitarist, much like the singer.

Thomson's performance is very good... - 09ShamsulBahriel

Great guitarists deserves to be no. 1 and what is brad Delson doing on this list linkin park is not metal

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3Adam Dutkiewicz, Killswitch Engage

One of the best Hardcore bands of all time needs a great guitarist, and they have it.

You just need to listen to killswitch engage and you will know adam is the best modern metal guitarist of all time! All hail king adam!

What is Mick doing here Tremonti is probably better Mick does nothing but chugs..

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4JR Bareis, Love and Death

A guitar prodigy discovered by Brian "Head" Welch when he was only 15 years old. His skills increase exponentially each year. He can definitely hold his own with the best of them. Watch out he is just getting started.

His style of play is precise but fluid, he reminds me of Randy Rhodes, he has the gift were he makes it look easy and he is dead on each note when I seen him live, he just blew me away

JR blew us away when we caught the live show with Korn this last year! When I researched and saw just how young he really was I was even more in Awe He's incredible already! I'm a fan4life! I'm excited by what he will bring us next! It should be noted that he's a talented vocalist as well! Keep Rocking JR! -PrincessJena

The dude can rock, but his magnetic personality makes him an amazing fit for Metal.

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5James Shaffer, Korn

A very good guitarist, who is underappreciated in this band.

He is a mind blowing guitarist, he has always been my idol, and will always remain my idol. Simply awesome guitarist. He deserves #1.

Well, he's James Shaffer.

6Zoltan Bathory, Five Finger Death Punch

Just check out his solo on Burn MF, enough said.

7Michael Romeo, Symphony X

Has all the skills of the old Masters, and then improves it in every metal way, He's the ultimate metal shredder, he has all you need to know about new Metal guitar

The greatest metal guitarrist I know, a virtuoso with really great taste.

8Michael Padget, Bullet for My Valentine

He's awesome! He can play both heavy metal electric and then turn around and play amazing acoustic solos! And they're all original. He simply fascinates me.

He is the most underrated guitartist he and mick thompson but mick thompson is better in my mind :) but padget is so underrated - nooreldeen

He should be in top 2 behind SYN

This guy should be on the top 3.

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9Willie Adler, Lamb of God

An old friend... He used to be more of a hippy who liked Rage Against the Machine and Beastie Boys... Lived in the Redwoods and is the most amazing drummer I have ever heard... All before becoming one of the best guitarist in the world

Keeping technical ability in the mix while still being intense, he definitely deserves his spot on this list.

This list is overly biased, Adler is far more talented than anyone on this list

The greatest rhythm guitarist of all time.. Better than anyone on this list. Period

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10John Petrucci, Dream Theater

Why is he higher in the best metal guitarists (all time), vs the best modern medal guitarists? :? Also, look at the panic attack solo people.

No one on this list can touch the level of musical virtuosity of John Petrucci. Period.

This guy practically rivals Hendrix in matters of skill

John should be first

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11Thomas Youngblood, Kamelot

While his soloing often needs improvement, he knows what he's doing with the main riffs.

12Richard Z. Kruspe, Rammstein

He is not typical modern guitarist - he has no knowledge about playing technics or well known solo scales. But he has great precision in playing riffs! Also, he is a great composer, his guitar sound is outstanding...

Yeah, I know, his riffs often only contain two notes, but in other songs he shows definite musical ability.

Great guitarist! His solos are amazing!

13Virus, Dope

He's the most amazing guitarist. Every time he picks up a guitar he puts everyone else to shame. He can play everything and anything without practice. The man is just a genius.

His personality is totally expressed through his playing. Especially when you listen to all the music he has recorded, he is a total package guitarist outside of Dope!!

Virus deserves this spot more than anyone else. I mean come on have you seen him perform on broadway "Rock Of Ages". He's AMAZING!

Is this really a competition?! Hands down Virus should win this thing. His talent oozes out of his pores. He is a very underused talent

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14Thomas Erak, The Fall of Troy
15Billy Robinson, Abadden

It's refreshing to hear clean, intricate, soulful and melodic solos being thrown into new school, fast-speed thrash - and hell! Billy does this brilliantly! I could listen to his solos all day!

He's a great guitarist both to listen to on Abadden's debut album and to watch live. A band and guitarist well worth watching!

A truly brilliant guitarist who may not be that well known outside of the UK, but he shows all the hallmarks of becoming a future guitar legend!

Definitely one of the best modern Metal guitarists out there right now!


Definitely the best young metal band with F... G awesome guitarists. Wait for they new album-i belive will kick ass

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16Mark Tremonti

Mark tremonti made Creed and Alter bridge..and went on to form his own band, before Creed released their album weathered, Brian Marshall left the band well most bands would look for a new bassist but mark tremonti pulled his and to be honest I never noticed Brian's absence, he's better than Zach Myers, Zach Wilde, hell you can go so far as to say he's as good if not better than Jimi Hendrix...he has his own unique style which leaves his own personal signature in music...and he never catch his guitar on fire or pick strings with his teeth to get popularity and recognition... Guitar world ranked him 4th greatest metal Guitarist of all time but I don't think that's right either, this guy deserves #1, yaw are choosing Guitarist from what famous band you like most and don't actually listen to their individual talent.

Tremonti is the backbone of three successful bands Creed, Alter Bridge, and Tremonti. He can shred as well as anyone in metal today. He's by far the most complete guitarist in the game right now!

People who think that mick Thomson is better than Mark are too stupid. Go study and don't vote for a casual guitarist

1. Tremonti 2. Syn 3. Adam

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17Brad Delson, Linkin Park

Best Modern Metal Guitarist!
Guitarist of the Legendary Band LINKIN PARK

Best ever simple and awesome

He is the greatest guitarist I have ever seem...

I don't know why he is in the 3rd place...

... He surely deserve the 1st place...
After all he is the lead guitarist of LP

18Alexi Laiho, Children of Bodom

Alexi laiho should be in the top ten

The best in years.

He is not fastest or cleanest guitarist in the world unlice Jacky Vincent and others BUT! One thing he certainly has - is STYLE!

19Jeff Loomis, Nevermore

Jeff Loomis has some of the most intelligent and involved riffs out there. His solos are near impossible to play. I've never seen someone sweep like him. His ability to play great emotion as well as shred your face off make him my number 1 pick.

Listen to the shredding he does on "Miles of Machines" - all I'm saying. - petrucci75hammet

Jeff is probably the best underrated guiarist out there, his solos are guitar playing is unmatchable

20Amen, Lordi

While his riffs are generally easy at this point, they are still great and define the band. He has also become great at solos.

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List StatsUpdated 4 Oct 2015

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Top Remixes

1. Brad Delson, Linkin Park
2. Synyster Gates
3. Mick Thomson, Slipknot



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