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.
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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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3Brad 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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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.

6Zoltan Bathory, Five Finger Death Punch

7Michael 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


.. 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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8Michael Romeo, Symphony X
The greatest metal guitarrist I know, a virtuoso with really great taste.

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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12Billy Robinson, Abadden
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!

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!
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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.

14Richard Z. Kruspe, Rammstein

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

15Thomas Erak, The Fall of Troy

16Jeff 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

17Mark Tremonti
Really SYN GATES what what what A7x is plain Overrated
Mark is a lot more better guitarist then some others in the list like Brad Delson. He is so versatile!

18Amen, 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.

19Alexi Laiho, Children of Bodom

20Mat 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!

21JR Bareis, Love and Death

22Mark 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.

23Zacky Vengeance

24Jim Root

25Daron Malakian, System of a Down
Daron Malakian in this place?

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

27Adam Jones, Tool

28Robb Flynn

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

29Brent Hinds, Mastodon

30Paul Allender, Cradle of Filth

31Oli Herbert, All That Remains

32Nick Hipa, As I Lay Dying

33Corey Beaulieu, Trivium

34Benjamin Burnley, Breaking Benjamin

35Aaron 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.

36Phil Demmel, Machine Head

37Dino Cazares

38Matt Heafy, Trivium

39Rob Arnold, Chimaira

40Dan Donegan, Disturbed

41Jon Donais, Shadows Fall

42Andy James
He's an awesome player with characteristic music

43Luke 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.

44Mikko Lindström, HIM

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