Best Extreme Metal Guitarists

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1Michael Amott (Arch Enemy, Ex-Carcass)Michael Amott is a British-born Swedish guitarist, songwriter, founding member of the bands Arch Enemy, Spiritual Beggars, and Carnage, as well as a former member of the grindcore band Carcass.
2Quorthon (Bathory)Tomas Börje Forsberg, known by the stage name Quorthon (1966-2004), was a Swedish musician. He was the founder, songwriter, vocalist and guitarist of the band Bathory, which pioneered the black metal genre and is credited with creating the Viking metal style. A multi-instrumentalist, Quorthon wrote ...read more.
3Jeff Hanneman (Slayer)Jeffrey John "Jeff" Hanneman was an American musician, best known as a founding member of the American thrash metal band Slayer.
4Chuck Schuldiner (Death)Charles Michael "Chuck" Schuldiner was an American singer, songwriter, and guitarist, best known as the founder and vocalist, guitarist and bassist of the American heavy metal band Death. He is considered the most influential figure in Death Metal, with some publications referring to Chuck as the "Godfather ...read more.

Jeff Hanneman is higher than Chuck Shouldiner, seriously? Sorry but Slayer solos are noisy and ain't good enough but death solos are more technical.

5Demonaz Doom Occulta (Immortal)
6Alexi Wildchild Laiho (Children of Bodom)
7Mick Thomson (Slipknot)Mickael Gordon "Mick" Thomson is an American heavy metal musician. Born in Des Moines, Iowa, he is best known as one of two guitarists in Slipknot, in which he is designated #7.V1 Comment
8Morgan Steinmeyer Hakansson (Marduk)
9Pelle Frosberg (Watain)
10Mark Morton (Lamb of God)

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11Dave Mustaine (Megadeth)David Scott "Dave" Mustaine was born September 13, 1961. He is an American musician, singer, songwriter, actor and author. He is best known as the co-founder, guitarist, and lead singer of the American thrash metal band Megadeth, and well known as the original lead guitarist for the American heavy metal ...read more.
12Bill Steer (Carcass)
13Kirk Hammett (Metallica)Kirk Lee Hammett is the lead guitarist and songwriter for the heavy metal band Metallica and has been a member of the band since 1983. Before joining Metallica he formed and named the band Exodus.
14Devin Townsend (Strapping Young Lad, Devin Townsend Project)Devin Garret Townsend is a Canadian musician, songwriter and record producer. He was the founder, songwriter, vocalist, and guitarist in extreme metal band Strapping Young Lad from 1994 to 2007 and has an extensive career as a solo artist.
15Mikael Akerfeldt (Opeth)Lars Mikael Åkerfeldt is a Swedish musician, prominently known as the lead vocalist, guitarist, and primary songwriter of progressive death metal band Opeth, as well as being the former vocalist of death metal supergroup Bloodbath.
16Infernus (Gorgoroth)Roger Tiegs (born on 18 June 1972), better known by his stage name, Infernus, is a Norwegian black metal musician and Satanist.He is the sole founding member and chief ideologist of the Norwegian black metal band Gorgoroth, which was formed in 1992, as well as the founder and head of Forces of Satan ...read more.
17Euronymous (Mayhem)Øystein Aarseth, who went by the pseudonym Euronymous, was a Norwegian guitarist and co-founder of the Norwegian black metal band Mayhem.
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