Best Metal Guitarists

The Contenders: Page 4

61 Buckethead Buckethead Brian Patrick Carroll, known professionally as Buckethead, is an American guitarist and multi-instrumentalist who has worked within many genres of music.

Very underrated, and Metallica is my favorite band, yet that doesn't mean Kirk is the best guitarist, he is a little overrated in my opinion... - doodad

Puts so much passion into every note, such an amazing player, should be a lot higher on the list

Underrated is his nickname, I guess. I found this guitar legend, and I can say, he plays amazing. I'm a huge Metallica fan and I have listened thousands of bands but buckethead is very different. Everyone should listen and give him a chance. Nobody can say "buckethead sucks". He is great on his job.

Incredibly talented guitarist who puts loads of emotion into his many songs

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62 Angus Young Angus Young Angus McKinnon Young is an Australian guitarist of Scottish origin, best known as the co-founder, lead guitarist, songwriter and sole constant member of the Australian hard rock band AC/DC.

I've been to 3 AC/DC concerts. In every one I don't remember Angus taking a break. He was out there playing his soul out the whole time. There is no one that can compare. It's true that his stuff isn't overly complicated, but that doesn't make a good Guitarist, Showmanship Is a large part of the entertainment value. Isn't that why we go to concerts in the first place?

Of course he's a god, because he's Australian (the best country on Earth by the way), and there is simply no-one like him. A best guitarist list doesn't have to be about technicality, but charisma, originality, and downright great memorable riffs. He's better than Malmsteen so far as all that goes.

not really metal but very underrated, also one of the best showmen ever - DeathToMayo

Great Guitarist but he's not Metal - christangrant

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63 Fredrik Thordendal Fredrik Thordendal Fredrik Thordendal (born February 11, 1970) is a Swedish musician, best known as the lead guitarist and backing vocalist for the Swedish extreme metal band Meshuggah. He's considered the originator of the djent technique. Thordendal was rated No. 35 by Guitar World in the top 100 greatest heavy metal more.

Wow I'm really surprised fredrik wasn't up here yet. Anyways if you've never listened to meshuggah please do and if you are looking for some of the best guitar work around listen to new millennium cyanide christ, combustion, bleed, rational gaze, I, or Fredrik's solo work Sol Niger Within.

NO one Can play any GGUUIITTAARR like this man...! His Head-banging is Awesome and his Beard and hair... They jsut fit... Listen to his solos... Fckn incredible!

64 André Olbrich - Blind Guardian André Olbrich - Blind Guardian André Olbrich is a German guitarist, composer and backing vocalist, most known as the co-founder and lead guitarist of power metal band Blind Guardian, in which he serves as one of the main composers with other co-founder Hansi Kürsch.
65 Paul Waggoner

Listen to Selkies and the last 5 minutes of White Walls if you want proof he deserves better place.

66 Ozzy Osbourne Ozzy Osbourne John Michael "Ozzy" Osbourne was born on December 3, 1948. He is also known as ''The Prince of Darkness''. Ozzy is an English singer, songwriter, and television personality. He rose to prominence in the early 1970s as the lead vocalist of the band Black Sabbath. Osbourne was fired from Black Sabbath more.

He doesn't even play guitar!

Wow out of 270 guitarists a non-guitarist came on top 70. - zxm

Awesome guitarist! - zxm

67 Oli Herbert

he's like god with a guitar and he also has one of the most epic beards of all time - someguy12345

An epic beard? There should be a top ten list just for that. But yes, an incredible guitarist.

Best ever. Just not good at publicising himself.

68 Brendon Small Brendon Small Brendon Small is an American producer, writer, animator, stand-up comedian, voice actor, and musician.

One of the most unique sounding guitarists out there. He was able to record all the Dethklok tracks in studio by himself.

Has just a few years of experience as a musician and is already a better guitarist then mick thompson and the other... Maggot

The Doom Star Requiem is a modern masterpiece. It deserves infinitely more attention than it has.

He has performed waaay better than Dave Mustaine and Morgan Freeman together in a bathtub.

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69 Pat O'Brien

Frantic Disembowelment. That is all.

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70 Misha Mansoor

He deserves to be way higher on this list

71 Thomas Youngblood

Such a great guy.

A very great guy.

72 Ol Drake
73 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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74 Jerry Cantrell Jerry Cantrell Jerry Fulton Cantrell Jr. is an American musician who is best known as the lead guitarist, co-lead vocalist and main songwriter for the rock band Alice in Chains.

Deep, Heavy and unique. The 1990's Toni Iommi

Jerry is my fable, he is the best composer with best feelings.

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75 Brent Hinds Brent Hinds Brent Hinds is an American guitarist/singer best known as a member of the Atlanta, Georgia metal band Mastodon, in which he shares guitar duties with Bill Kelliher and vocal duties with Troy Sanders and Brann Dailor.

Brent should be higher on the list as he is very creative plus is in the current best metal band in the world right now. Mastodon.

I don't understand why he is not in the top 20, he plays so many great solos and riffs. Example the solo at the end of the song jaguar god from the album emperor of sand, I think I had never heard a better solo like this.
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76 Mark Morton Mark Morton

What is happening to the metal fan following these days? Mark's riffs are completely different than every guitarist on this planet. Not even different they are kick-ass. He nails every note with such a perfection that even the people who are not fond of metal like it. His solos are a masterpiece. He deserves to be in the top 10 at least.

The man is a complete legend.

Starting to sound like a groove metal poll? Mark Morton has never wrote a riff that wasn't heavy, every song stays brutal. As far as rythems I say lamb of god can create more ass kicking mayhem than pantera. Even. Not the memorable soloist petrucci or dimebag are. But still an extremely underrated soloist. Plus he has a sweet beard

This guy is very underrated

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77 Ace Frehley Ace Frehley Paul Daniel "Ace" Frehley is an American musician, singer and songwriter best known as the former lead guitarist and founding member of the rock band Kiss.

Ace Frehley has influenced so many people that are playing now days. He is a metal legend and a bad ass guitar player. Classic Rock is true metal. Rock n Roll!

Ace was a huge part of the KISS sound. Great style and great vibrato. Should be rated higher due to his great influence on many.

What can I say ace

Not a Metal Guitarist - christangrant

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78 Tom Morello Tom Morello Thomas Morello is an American musician, singer-songwriter and political activist. He is best known for his tenure with the band Rage Against the Machine and then with Audioslave.

I guess he is this low on the list because' he is too good for it... I mean, there's no way this guy is 70th on any guitarist list.

Come on people, who doesn't start banging their head when rage comes on

Tom Morello is 70th on the list because he was good, just not great.

Freaked insanely rocks my favorite

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79 Rob Chapman

He is ok in technical terms, but most of the time he just shows off emotionless on his expensive gear he hangs around his place.

80 Michael Paget Michael Paget Michael "Padge" Paget (Born September 12th 1978) is a Welsh musician, known for being the lead guitarist and a backing vocalist for the Heavy Metal/Metalcore band Bullet for My Valentine.

Great guitarist. Just nails every note perfectly and clearly. Solos are so memorable and with great taste. He's not the most technical guitarist, but is very creative with his leads and riffs. Dude is nasty!

The best one ever my band's lead guitarist is greatly inspired by this young man. I future him and bullet for my valentine will be the best they are improving rapidly and are coming up really great I wish he was there in the top 20s. Anyway he will soon make his way

HIS SOLOS ARE just awesome...

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