Best Modern Metal GuitaristsThis list is for the best MODERN metal guitarists. Bands that formed after 1990 and are still around today, making albums.
The Top Ten
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. - MetalFoREVer1228
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.
Death metal fans hate Syn because< "He can't sweep like my favorite guitarist! " But they don't see what Syn has to offer. Most death metal guitarists only have speed, but Syn can make a slow solo still badass.V 30 Comments
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.
This guy practically rivals Hendrix in matters of skill
Shouldn't be on the list. He is fantastic, but DT was formed in 1985. WDADU being released in 1989. So it doesn't meet the list criteria explained in the description. - IronSabbathPriestV 5 Comments
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.
Great guitarists deserves to be no. 1 and what is brad Delson doing on this list linkin park is not metal
A great range of metal for this guitarist, much like the singer.
Definitely Mick he is amazing on guitar.V 5 Comments
A guitar prodigy discovered by Brian "Head" Welch when he was only 15 years old. His skills increase exponentially each year. He can definitely hold his own with the best of them. Watch out he is just getting started.
His style of play is precise but fluid, he reminds me of Randy Rhodes, he has the gift were he makes it look easy and he is dead on each note when I seen him live, he just blew me away
JR blew us away when we caught the live show with Korn this last year! When I researched and saw just how young he really was I was even more in Awe He's incredible already! I'm a fan4life! I'm excited by what he will bring us next! It should be noted that he's a talented vocalist as well! Keep Rocking JR! -PrincessJena
The dude can rock, but his magnetic personality makes him an amazing fit for Metal.V 28 Comments
Kids u need to know this, just because Linkin Park is considered the best rock band doesn't mean it makes Brad Delson the best guitarist.
The best guitarist
While he usually plays rather conservatively on most LP songs, a few songs such as Guilty All The Same, What I've Done, and New Divide show his true talent.
Very talented guitarist! should be higher on this listV 4 Comments
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. - petrucci75hammet
Jeff is probably the best underrated guiarist out there, his solos are guitar playing is unmatchable
Has all the skills of the old Masters, and then improves it in every metal way, He's the ultimate metal shredder, he has all you need to know about new Metal guitar
The greatest metal guitarrist I know, a virtuoso with really great taste.
Brad of Linkin Park better than Alexi what?
Alexi laiho should be in the top ten
He is not fastest or cleanest guitarist in the world unlice Jacky Vincent and others BUT! One thing he certainly has - is STYLE!
One of the best guitarist nowV 3 Comments
One of the best Hardcore bands of all time needs a great guitarist, and they have it.
You just need to listen to killswitch engage and you will know adam is the best modern metal guitarist of all time! All hail king adam!
What is Mick doing here Tremonti is probably better Mick does nothing but chugs..
He is awesome!V 2 Comments
Should be third with petrucci at 1 and jason richardson at 2
He is just amazing, and he also play together with Ozzy!
A very good guitarist, who is underappreciated in this band.
He is a mind blowing guitarist, he has always been my idol, and will always remain my idol. Simply awesome guitarist. He deserves #1.V 1 Comment
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
The greatest rhythm guitarist of all time.. Better than anyone on this list. PeriodV 2 Comments
This site is full of metalhead wannabes. How can Synster Gates be above John Petrucci and why is Mikael so low,(also Steve Wilson,Buzz Osborne,Adam Jones,Brent Hind,Stephen Carpenter,Daron Malakian are not on this list)
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 - nooreldeen
He should be in top 2 behind SYN
Padge should be in the top5V 4 Comments
Dude, this guy deserves a MUCH higher spot, do you realize how demanding his guitar writing is in Tool's songs? He is part of the reason Tool's songs are so well-composed!
The most efficient guitarist I've ever heard. His parts are so perfect for each song that I often don't notice how well-composed they are. He approaches music from a designing perspective.V 1 Comment
While his soloing often needs improvement, he knows what he's doing with the main riffs.
Mark tremonti made Creed and Alter bridge..and went on to form his own band, before Creed released their album weathered, Brian Marshall left the band well most bands would look for a new bassist but mark tremonti pulled his and to be honest I never noticed Brian's absence, he's better than Zach Myers, Zach Wilde, hell you can go so far as to say he's as good if not better than Jimi Hendrix...he has his own unique style which leaves his own personal signature in music...and he never catch his guitar on fire or pick strings with his teeth to get popularity and recognition... Guitar world ranked him 4th greatest metal Guitarist of all time but I don't think that's right either, this guy deserves #1, yaw are choosing Guitarist from what famous band you like most and don't actually listen to their individual talent.
Tremonti is the backbone of three successful bands Creed, Alter Bridge, and Tremonti. He can shred as well as anyone in metal today. He's by far the most complete guitarist in the game right now!
People who think that mick Thomson is better than Mark are too stupid. Go study and don't vote for a casual guitarist
One of the most talented musicians... nt only guitars but his vocal are divine too!V 4 Comments
He is not typical modern guitarist - he has no knowledge about playing technics or well known solo scales. But he has great precision in playing riffs! Also, he is a great composer, his guitar sound is outstanding...
Yeah, I know, his riffs often only contain two notes, but in other songs he shows definite musical ability.
Great guitarist! His solos are amazing!
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List StatsUpdated 23 May 2017
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3. Gus G, Firewind
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