Top 10 Bands with Best Twin (Dual) Lead GuitarsBands that use harmonized twin leads and dueling guitar solos. This is when two different lead guitarists harmonize melodies together and not when one guitarist uses double tracking. Also, there are bands with 2 or 3 guitarists but they don't harmonize their lines and shouldn't be on this list.
Pioneers of twin guitars were: Fleetwood Mac, Allman Brothers Band, Thin Lizzy, Wishbone Ash, Home, Quicksilver Messenger Service (and maybe some other less known bands).
The Top Ten
The forefather's of Heavy Metal and defined the genre of heavy metal and laid the foundation for all the bands that followed in their footsteps, Glenn/KK are the master's of the twin axe attack, legends...enough said!
I have to give it to Judas Priest. Tipton & Downing played together on their first album and continued together for over 35 years! Also... I appreciate the different styles each brought more than playing together.
Judas Priest did it in 1973 and they were probably the first metal band that used twin guitars. I put Judas Priest higher than Iron Maiden because Judas Priest did it before Iron Maiden.
KK Downing and Glenn Tipton are better than Dave Murray and Adrian Smith
While I'm torn between Priest and Maiden, I enjoy the intricate melodies Dave and Adrian do back and forth. They are technically perfect in how they play off of each other. While Tipton and Downing were in your face, Adrian and Dave take you on a journey.
Ahh this was a tough call between maiden and priest but I'd go with maiden as 1)they did it like no other and their synchronisation was truly unique 2)I'm a die hard maiden fan so it may have been a bit of a biased choice.
@Toucan - I like both bands, too, and I truly understand your choice, and agree with you.
I have to agree.Together they bore iron maiden's pride.
Stop right now! Nothing comes close to the ABB. It's like comparing Michelangelo to a velvet painting of Elvis.
The Allman brothers put all the other bands on this list to shame
Allman Brothers, world class dual guitar army. Rock Royalty.
Thin Lizzy were one of the first bands to employ dual-guitar harmonies. Their album Jailbreak (1976) contains great examples of twin guitars style and Thin Lizzy forged a style from which future British heavy metal bands would draw.
For Me...Thin Lizzy was the first to make the Twin Guitar melodies sound so good!
Gorham and Robbo are the best twin guitar players ever.
What can I say, Heavy Metal at it's best, for over 20 years Primal Fear has defined heavy metal, scorching guitars, heavy grooves, and soaring vocals. Classic's like Running in the Dust, Final Embrace, Revolution...the list goes on!
They use the Judas Priest formula. I have to say that Primal Fear twin guitar work is very intense and damn good. Currently I like their twin guitars the most, especially the solos that are very fast yet melodic (Strike, Riding The Eagle).
Absolutely brilliant musicianship and totally fierce showmanship to go with that! Respect!
Best Band ever
Peter Green and Danny Kirwan were ahead of the curve. Took Blues to another level, add Jeremy Spencer and you have the 1st 3 lead guitarist that played it all, blues, rock and oldies.
Check Argus. This led the way for the many truly excellent bands that followed, including Priest, Lizzy and Maiden.
They influenced most of the rest in this list, especially Judas Priest and Iron Maiden in my humble opinion.
Ahead of everyone for imaginative melodic twin guitar
Argus was arguably one of the finest albums of this era
They don't have specific roles for guitarists. But both guitarists did lead guitar.
I read somewhere that they influenced Iron Maiden in this area.
A good example is their 2017 song The World Is Yours (watch the video clip), where Jeff Loomis plays an individual solo, then both play a harmonized solo, and then Michael Amott also plays an individual solo.
they really delivered!
They started using twin guitars in the late 1970s. John Sykes of Thin Lizzy played for them, also Steve Vai.
Yes, Metallica used dual guitar licks. Orion, Master of Puppets, the middle part of For Whom the Bell Tolls, Ride the Lightning, Creeping Death and more.
They don't have any dual guitar except from to live is to die
They don't use twin lead guitars
As far as I'm concerned Dragonforce is at the top of their game, there isn't anybody close to the speed and technical precision of these guys.
Seriously, this wasn't added in til now?
Anyways, Queensryche took Maiden's twin lead and took it to the next level, just like Maiden did with Thin Lizzy's and Wishbone Ash's.
Of course, they had classic twin riffs, but, as I said they took it to another level, Wilton and DeGarmo would write a normal solo and play it in twin style. Of course not every song had that twin solo, they'd often have back to back solos, or just one solo per song or sometimes no solos even.
Take a listen to NM156 and you'll see what I'm talking about.
I'm surprised that I had to add Opeth myself.
Ibrahim Ahmed Kamal had picked lead guitar and still is the lead guitarist of the band.
Russel Ali picked lead guitar and keyboards in the early days. But also played rhythm guitar.
Then they again had one lead and one rhythm in the middle years.
Jewel also joined the band as a lead guitarist.
In Moharaj, it again became two lead.
Oni Hasan also joined the band as a lead guitarist. He also did rhythm guitar part.
After departure of Oni Hasan, Samir Hafiz also joined the band as a lead guitarist.
So, except for few years, they mostly had dual lead guitarists.
Def Leppard does not get enough credit in my opinion, the template was laid with Pete Willis and Steve Clark and continues today with Phil Collen and Vivian Campbell, both guitarists can shred no doubt, they also know how to successfully employ the "less is more" approach.
Because Matthias Jabs is a great lead guitarists. Rudolf Schenker plays awesome leads and can hold his own on rhythm guitar with the best.
This doesn't mean they play twin guitars. Please read my list description.