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

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.


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.
[Newest]He is the best guitarist of the era no one can beat his riffs. The one who says that syn is the not the best guitarist then you must suck your own?

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...


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

3Adam Dutkiewicz, Killswitch Engage
One of the best Hardcore bands of all time needs a great guitarist, and they have it.
What is Mick doing here Tremonti is probably better Mick does nothing but chugs..
Adam's melodeath will kick mick's and gates's ass!

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

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


He should be in top 2 behind SYN

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

11John 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.
His playing is beyond the comprehension of all on this list.
[Newest]This guy practically rivals Hendrix in matters of skill

12Virus, 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!

13Richard 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!

14Billy 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!


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
Deserves to be higher up there...

Should be Donegan, Tremonti, Syn, Mick, and Adam Jones for top 5.
Really SYN GATES what what what A7x is plain Overrated
[Newest]1. Tremonti 2. Syn 3. Adam

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

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.


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

19Alexi 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!

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.

21Daron Malakian, System of a Down
Daron Malakian in this place?
Has Anybody listened to rebellion?
Is this a joke? He should be top 5

22Jim Root

23Zacky Vengeance
Syn does deserve the top spot but without zacky syn isn't the best

24Mat 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!

25Mark 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.

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

27Adam Jones, Tool
The most efficient guitarist I've ever heard. His parts are so perfect for each song that I often don't notice how well-composed they are. He approaches music from a designing perspective.

28Dan Donegan, Disturbed

29JB Brubaker, August Burns Red

30Phil Demmel, Machine Head

31Nick Hipa, As I Lay Dying

32Benjamin Burnley, Breaking Benjamin

33Brian "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.

34Robb Flynn
Robb flynn knows how to do shredding guitar solos and groove metal rhythms. It is so clean!

35Brent Hinds, Mastodon

36Paul Allender, Cradle of Filth

37Oli Herbert, All That Remains

38Matt Heafy, Trivium
Ey come on guys, matt heafy is skilled guitrist...

39Corey Beaulieu, Trivium

40Andy James
He's an awesome player with characteristic music
Andy james is the best metal guitar player today in my opinion..

41Aaron 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.

42Dino Cazares

43Rob Arnold, Chimaira

44Jon Donais, Shadows Fall

45Luke 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.

46Mikko Lindström, HIM

47Seth Morrison, Skillet
Skillet's new guitarist. If you haven't heard him yet, you must go check him out.

48Marc Okubo, Veil of Maya

49Jake Pitts, Black Veil Brides

50Jinxx, Black Veil Brides

51Chris Broderick, Megadeth

52Mikael Akerfeldt, Opeth

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

54Chris Rubey, The Devil Wears Prada
Very Original and talented Guitarist right now...

55Barry Stock, Three Days Grace

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