Best Metal Guitarists

The Contenders: Page 3

41 Michael Romeo Michael Romeo Michael James Romeo is an American guitarist and a founding member of the progressive metal group Symphony X.

One of the most skilled guitarists I've ever listened to. He should work on putting feeling into his playing, but in terms of raw skill he gets a 10. He is definitely in my top 15.

An excellent, well polished guitarist. He's actually a musician I'd consider learning from. His power and skill are wonderful, but he should work on putting feeling into his technique.

One of the absolute best in my opinion. It's a damn shame that he and Gus aren't higher on this list. I look forward to hearing more of his work.

An incredibly good musician

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42 Steve Harris Steve Harris Stephen Percy "Steve" Harris is an English musician and songwriter, known as the bassist, occasional keyboardist, backing vocalist, primary songwriter and founder of the British heavy metal band Iron Maiden.

No one can compete Steve Harris' godlike shredding and epic composition. He makes the guitar literally sing. He is very creative at writing solos. My favorite ones are eruption, creeping death, holy wars... The punishment due, the trooper, painkiller. He is the most technical thrash metal guitarist ever. He plays so fast yet with harmonious notes. Even Nick Menza can't compete with Harris.

I'm sorry, but I don't think you read the bloody name of this list. Steve Harris is a bassist for gods sake. - Mumbizz01

What is Steve Harris doing in this list? He's bassist!

I know it's a prank, but the bass is a guitar, and the list states Best Metal Guitarists, so it has to be Cliff Burton.

He is a Bassist - christangrant

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43 Chris Broderick Chris Broderick Christopher Alan Broderick is an American musician, best known as the former lead and rhythm guitarist of the American heavy metal band Megadeth.

No one can play so fast, so accurate, and so effortlessly. He looks like he's not even trying, not breaking a sweat. He almost looks bored while playing riffs only a handful of people in the world can even approach. Guys like Mustaine and Dime Bag innovated in ways that we all know, and they are deservedly rated highly, but Broderick is innovating stuff on such a high level, you have to be a pro guitar player yourself to even recognize it.

I highly rate Marty Friedman. But Chris is a better guitar player than Marty Friedman. Chris is the best modern Metal guitarist.

Even if is creation skill is not the best technically he is easily in the top 10 best technical guitarist spot than Hammett can't even be in top 200 we have Mustaine to create awesome riff and lyric and Broderick to play it perfectly

The individual who likes Marty Friedman is better than Kirk Hammett. Go read his verbose autobiography: it's called 'Looking For Hire'.

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44 Jim Root Jim Root James Donald "Jim" Root, also known by his number #4, is an American musician known for being the rhythm/lead guitarist for the heavy metal band Slipknot, and the former lead guitarist for alternative metal band Stone Sour.

Excellent melody, rhythmic notes. The solos just flow through your ears. Should be at the top with Mick Thomson.

I think Dimebag definitely deserves number 1 place but Jim Root should be ranked way higher so I voted on him. He's one of the most influential new wave metal guitarists with technicality and great melodic stuff

What? HE SHOULD BE ON the TOP HIS SOLOS are not Just Fast but he puts his soul into it. His SOLOS beat overrated guitarists like SYNYSTER GATES. Please vote.

He's got my vote. Definitely the best rhythm guitarist of the 2000's and has kick ass solos. He should be higher than Daron Malakian and Syn Gates.

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45 George Lynch George Lynch George Lynch is an American hard rock guitarist and songwriter. Lynch is best known for his work with heavy metal band Dokken and his band Lynch Mob.

Are you an idiot? Except this list, see the other ratings. That says Lynch is the 7th in top 10. Hammet is 10. Mustaine - out of list. got it?

Even Randy Rhoads thought Lynch was the best guitarist between himself, Eddie Van Halen and Lynch. The master of the guitar vibrato.

Are you guys kidding me? This guy can beat almost everyone of this list. Listen to almost any Dokken songs you'll se what I mean

Lynch rocks them all. Top ten of all time

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46 Herman Li Herman Li Herman Li is a Hong Kong-born, British Chinese musician, record producer, and lead guitarist for the British Power-Metal band Dragonforce.

He should be in top 1! You should see the way he played, from: play on the TOP of the neck, play with his tongue, the speed, the effects, and else. Although he was self-thought, but he's very talented. You can hear his solo in "Through The Fire And The Flames" song m/

DragonForce is such an underrated band! Listen to songs like through the fire and flames and operation ground and pound and listen the the dueling guitar solos in those songs. I recommend listening this this dude and his band to all you guys

I love the speed, skill, and the effects of course. Just listen to Dragon Force's song: "Heroes Of Our Time" and "Through The Fire And The Flames"

Top 1 especially with epic solos and effects like intro to through the fire and the flames

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47 Phil Demmel

Not only guitarist of Machine head, also guitarist of pioneering thrash band Vio-lence.

Amazing guitarist. Machine head is one of the most underrated metal bands out today. These guys shred. If you need proof look up Halo. Or their cover of hallowed be thy name by iron maiden. And Kirk Hammett at number 2? LOOOL k if we need some good ol simple pentatonic drenched in wah wah I'll call Kirk. Leave the real guitar work to Phil demmel and Dave mustaine B)

48 Alex Lifeson Alex Lifeson Aleksandar Živojinović, better known by his stage name Alex Lifeson, is a Canadian musician, best known as the guitarist of the Canadian rock band Rush.

Working Man, 2112 Overture, The Trees, Freewill, Circumstances, Spirit of the Radio, Tom Sawyer, Limelight... Alex' integration of acoustic classical guitar and tight electric within a piece of music make for some of the best rock guitar ever.

One of the most under rated guitar players His guitar playing stands out I'm most of Rush's songs even though he is over shadowed by arguably the best drummer Neil Peart and Bassist Geddy Lee in rock

Most inspiring and complete guitarist of all time. He was already playing better than Jimmy Page on his first album, and continued to evolve his playing to a higher level. Amazing musician.

Very good

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49 Richard Z. Kruspe Richard Z. Kruspe

May not be the fastest, or makes the most difficult songs to play but Richard Zven Kruspe is a very creative guitar player and influential. The man has a unique loud sound he inspired me and I bet many more people to pick up the guitar and play. The man even designed a microphone robot so you won't have to go back and forth changing the positions of the mic, and he designed some badass guitars that are worth playing for any heavy metal player.

Really talented and brilliant guitarist! R.Z. K forever!

Richard, thanks for playing with rammstein.

Richard Z. Kruspe has a unique sound and style. This is a man who has honed his guitar playing to perfection, not the fastest or a show off. He provides rectified, pure industrial sound with awesome power and feeling. He makes memorable heavy riffs with impeccable military timing, you might mistake him for a machine. One thing is for sure he leaves the audience wanting more and will continue to inspire people to pick up a guitar and play. :D

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50 Adam Jones Adam Jones Adam Thomas Jones (born January 15, 1965) is a three-time Grammy Award-winning American musician and visual artist, best known for his position as the guitarist for Tool.

Amazing riffs, and everything. Just amazing. Adam Jones primarily makes tool sound so absolutely instrumentally amazing. Danny backs him up, and Maynard sings beautifully. There's not one other guitarist on this list as complex as Adam. These guys are amateurs compared to Adam, musically.

Like the truly great guitarists, that are not individuals but are in truly great bands, they operate in unison and complement the whole. Metallica pried open my third eye to this before Tool.

This guy plays with ridiculous time signatures and focuses on the bands overall sound far more than many on this list.

Hey, he's a member of Tool, so of course he's sophisticated and great. But MJK is better than him, and Danny Caret is better than him, and Justin Chancelor is better than him, so round and round we go, into a perfect circle.

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51 Scott Ian Scott Ian Scott Ian is an American musician, best known as the rhythm guitarist, backing and additional lead vocalist, and the only remaining original founding member of the thrash metal band, Anthrax.

Scott Ian is one bad to the bone metal guitarist.

It is so disappointing to see Scott this low on the list. He deserves way way higher - DoroExploro13

52 Ron Jarzombek Ron Jarzombek Ron Jarzombek is an American metal guitarist hailed as one of the most influential progressive metal guitarists and has been called "the Godfather of Technical Metal". He's best known for his work with WatchTower, Spastic Ink, and Blotted Science, featuring Alex Webster of Cannibal Corpse. His older more.

This guitarist is from a group called Watchtower, and has a separate group called Spastic Ink. His playing is pretty amazing, and very technical. It is a blast to listen to. Love that Wild Hare. If you love complicated speed thrashing metal, have a listen.

He is a technical beast. Check out his stuff with Blotted Science. Should be in the top 10 but most of the people never heard of him so I don't expect this to happen anytime soon. Which is very sad. - Metal_Treasure

I know this list and lists like it are all subjective. I'm just glad that he got a mention. Extremely talented, and way underrated.

53 Luca Turilli

Luca's style has transcended common metal techniques. Everyone accredited Yngwie with the neoclassical style, and rightfully so. But what Luca Turilli brings to the table is that same adherence to the classical modes that Malmsteen employed, however I feel that Luca can tell a better story with his solos than anyone else.

Look at his solo career, where you can really see his soul in his music. He adds so much emotion in his playing but the technique is spotless! I have yet to hear one guitarist that can sweep pick like Luca Turilli. Not to mention the complex musical rhythms and composition that he is able to create! There is a reason that famous orchestras and choirs volunteer free of charge to be in his albums and compositions! The man is a modern Bach.

Maybe not the top ten most skilled, maybe not the top ten most successful, but Luca definitely belongs in the top ten most innovative and creative. I urge you to listen to Rhapsody and Luca Turilli with an open mind, it ...more

Of all the shredders - Turilli has speed, technique, AND a lovely sense of musicality. Took the neoclassical shredding of Yngwie to the next level.

Most inspiring artist ever... Survived cancer at the age of 21 and then created the best symphonic power metal band :Rhapsody of Fire...

54 Trey Azagthoth

Come on guys. Trey azagthoth is the best death metal guitarist ever. He definitely deserves a place in the top ten list. Hasn't anyone ever heard the brutal riffs he composes? In my opinion he's the best guitarist

I love Dave Vincent-era Morbid Angel, but have absolutely no idea what these guys were up to. Was Trey Azagthoth great? I give up. Indescribable band.

Should be in the top 10 easily better than some of the guys in the top ten right now

One of the best guitarists ever.

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55 Max Cavalera Max Cavalera Massimiliano Antonio "Max" Cavalera is a Brazillian singer, guitarist, and songwriter who currently plays in heavy metal bands Soulfly, Cavalera Conspiracy, and Killer Be Killed.

There certainly was, but listen to Archangel and there certainly isn't. Just playing. At his best he was a riff master, no question.

Listen to arise some serious playing going there

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56 Willie Adler Willie Adler

This guy is amazing he plays almost all if the riffs in the band and this guy wasnt even posted in the top 100 like really :( - BLOODJUNKIE

57 Mark Tremonti Mark Tremonti Mark Thomas Tremonti is an American musician, singer and songwriter, best known as the lead guitarist of the rock bands Creed and Alter Bridge.

No guitarist today works harder than Mark does. He never stops playing and practicing. Anyone who doesn't think he's the best guitarist of today is out of their mind. Not only can he play, but he's a great songwriter. I guarantee you he's better than every single one of those guitarists in these screamo bands today. Including guys like Ben Bruce from Asking Alexandria.

Hands down the most underrated guitar player. Creed ruined his image as a credible metal player but with the departure of Scott stapp, tremonti could finally shine, ab2 & 3 really are heavy heavy albums and Do not get the credit. They deserve.. And few can play as well live as mark can. Marks only lacking features is his legacy, many people have brushed him aside and not given him the credit owed. Where as the fanboys make synester gates out to be
Spectacular despite playing the same solos in every song

Insane picking speed with overcharged riffs. Honestly I might say he is the greatest guitarist of all time when you look at all aspects in a guitarist... Check out his solo album all I was and find out

This guy should be at least at top 20 his guitar riff,lead is different compare to paul and marty

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58 David Ellefson David Ellefson David Warren "Dave" Ellefson is an American bassist and co-founding member of the American thrash metal band Megadeth from 1983-2002 and again from 2010-present.

@visitors, the correct answer is - he's a bassist (Megadeth). - Metal_Treasure

What? Please! Dave Ellefson is a damn keyboardist, simpletons!

He is a bassist, look at the picture - zxm

SHUT UP ALL OF YOU. he is the world's greatest triangle tinger for Thin Lizzy - SoldierOfFortune

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60 John 5

I've given up hope on anyone getting sense in their head but damn I'll keep trying

It doesn't matter if he is playing metal, country or whatever, it always sounds great! His ablities are unbelievable!

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