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. Don't agree with the list? Vote for an existing item you think should be ranked higher or if you are a logged in, add a new item for others to vote on or create your own version of this list.

The Top Ten

1
Synyster 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.
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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...

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3JR 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.
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
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
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4Adam Dutkiewicz, Killswitch Engage
One of the best Hardcore bands of all time needs a great guitarist, and they have it.

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.

6Zoltan Bathory, Five Finger Death Punch
Just check out his solo on Burn MF, enough said.

7Michael Romeo, Symphony X
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

.. Freak..
It should be in no. 1..
And those who voted for sYn should better listen to Bullet For My Valentine..
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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

10Thomas Youngblood, Kamelot
While his soloing often needs improvement, he knows what he's doing with the main riffs.

The Contenders

11Virus, 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.
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!
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!!
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12Richard Z. Kruspe, Rammstein
Yeah, I know, his riffs often only contain two notes, but in other songs he shows definite musical ability.
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...
Great guitarist! His solos are amazing!

13John 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.
John Petrucci is the smartest guitar player. His music is so virtuosic none of these other guys would be able to play it.
And synyster gates? He's more like a pop guitarist. Boring music... Nothing compared to dream theater riffs.

14Billy Robinson, Abadden
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!
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!
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!

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15Thomas Erak, The Fall of Troy

16Mark Tremonti
People who think that mick Thomson is better than Mark are too stupid. Go study and don't vote for a casual guitarist
Mark is a lot more better guitarist then some others in the list like Brad Delson. He is so versatile!
Really SYN GATES what what what A7x is plain Overrated

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
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18Jeff 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

19Alexi Laiho, Children of Bodom
He is not fastest or cleanest guitarist in the world unlice Jacky Vincent and others BUT! One thing he certainly has - is STYLE!

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.


21Jim Root

22Daron Malakian, System of a Down
Daron Malakian in this place?
Has Anybody listened to rebellion?

23Mat Bellamy, Muse
He's at the bottum because, while he isn't metal, he definitely could be, based on songs like Hysteria, Stockholm Syndrome, and Shrinking Universe. Therefore, he could definitely be a great metal guitarist.
Never saw anyone playing live, using the feed-back of the guitar on the sound-system, in order to get a completly new scales!

24Mark Morton, Lamb of God
Not only is a humble great man. He has so much soul. Such a great improviser. The beginning to "grace" is the most beautiful soothing guitar play I could fall asleep to. I love mark
Mark is one of the greatest metal guitarists the world has ever seen. he covers everything in guitar to the fullest. He should be number one.

25Zacky Vengeance

26Gus G, Firewind
He is just amazing, and he also play together with Ozzy!

27Adam Jones, Tool

28Nick Hipa, As I Lay Dying

29Benjamin Burnley, Breaking Benjamin

30JB Brubaker, August Burns Red
Yeah! JB ALL THE WAY

31Robb Flynn

Robb flynn knows how to do shredding guitar solos and groove metal rhythms. It is so clean!


32Brent Hinds, Mastodon

33Phil Demmel, Machine Head

34Paul Allender, Cradle of Filth

35Oli Herbert, All That Remains

36Matt Heafy, Trivium

37Corey Beaulieu, Trivium

38Dan Donegan, Disturbed

39Aaron Marshall, Intervals
Great progressive player that uses tastefully groovy phrasing with soulful solos, his instrumentals don't need vocals on them they are magnificent on there own. He's defiantly a musical genius.

40Dino Cazares

41Rob Arnold, Chimaira

42Jon Donais, Shadows Fall

43Andy James
He's an awesome player with characteristic music

44Luke Hoskin, Protest the Hero
This man is a God with a guitar.
His sweep picking is amazing and his riffs are just some of the most beautiful melodies I have ever heard.

45Mikko Lindström, HIM

46Seth Morrison, Skillet
Skillet's new guitarist. If you haven't heard him yet, you must go check him out.

47Marc Okubo, Veil of Maya

48Jake Pitts, Black Veil Brides

49Jinxx, Black Veil Brides

50Chris Broderick, Megadeth

51Mikael Akerfeldt, Opeth

52Brian "Head" Welch, KoRn
Can't believe he's not already on this list. Come on Brian, take your 7-string + 14-string guitar, cause I don't want to live on this planet anymore.

53Herman Li, Dragonforce
He is the best. Just listen to any song of dragonforce. I'll see for yourself

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