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
I'm old school metal listener. I like Metallica, Megadeth, Pantera, Black Sabbath, Death, Opeth to name a few. I use to hate on this band so hard especially when they first came out because in my opinion they sounded to me like a metal fallout boy type emo band. That being said, I recently heard a few songs of theirs and gave them an honest try. It took some time to adjust to their style, but once I did I realized just how talented this band is. Now to the subject at hand, Synyster Gates is the best new (2000's and on) guitarist that I've heard to come into the metal scene. He's not my favorite of all time, but boy oh boy can he play. Listen to the Stage or Exist in their latest album to get a good idea why most of the young ones rate him so high. Just pure talent. The band in general has matured and developed their own sound, if you were like me, a hater, give them a second chance and try out some of their newer music.
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
One of the best shredders
Often called the best metal band to come out recently, Synyster Gates is what makes them as good as they are.
Brad of Linkin Park better than Alexi what?
Alexi laiho should be in the top ten
One of the best guitarist now
The best in years.
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
Modern or classic, he's better than any other guitarist here. - zxm
Should be third with petrucci at 1 and jason richardson at 2
Lead guitarist (Obscura, Necrophagist) - neo-classical style, awesome sweep picking. - Metal_Treasure
What is this? Why he is not on the number one spot?
He should be first, Syn is great but he has nothing on Petrucci, or even Laiho.
I do not understand why Petrucci isn't on the top. no one can reach his level of skill. It's just not possible.
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.
He is just amazing, and he also play together with Ozzy!
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
He's awesome! God gave him his talent at such an early age and he ran with it. Love and Death is tied with Red for my favorite band, and his sweet riffs are a big part of it (and not to mention his voice as well)!
Greatest in tone and composition.
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)
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.
This dude, along with Petrucci should definitely be in the top 3. No wait, top 2.
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.
Don't get me wrong, Gates is a pretty awesome guitarist. But the fact that Adam isn't #1 astounds me. While Synyster is the Dave Mustaine of modem metal, Adam is the Tony Iommi of modern metal. Meaning, whenever Adam's solo comes on songs like Ænima or The Pot, I literally get goosebumps down my spine. Just the way Adam plays the guitar just gives me this cold, yet very satisfied, feeling. Again, I love Synyster Gates, but he's #2 when compared to this master of modem metal. Like said before, he's pretty much the modern Tony Iommi. - OnyxDash
Easily top 10 id give him the 8th or 9th spot
You've got to be kidding me!
How can he be on such a low place?!
Such a uniquely talented musician!
Is this a joke? He should be top 5
Daron Malakian in this place?
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
Mark is a lot more better guitarist then some others in the list like Brad Delson. He is so versatile!
His solos are shred and melody at the same time. #2 For me Behind SYN he was the one who inspired me to pick up a guitar.
Top 5 easy, with mick, syn, adam d, and nick h of As I Lay Dying
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 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!
Not only is a humble great man. He has so much soul. Such a great improviser. The beginning to "grace" is the most beautiful soothing guitar play I could fall asleep to. I love mark
Mark is one of the greatest metal guitarists the world has ever seen. he covers everything in guitar to the fullest. He should be number one.
While his soloing often needs improvement, he knows what he's doing with the main riffs.
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
It's Mike Morton who writes and even plays almost all of the solos in the band though...
He is the best. Just listen to any song of dragonforce. I'll see for yourself
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's a genius pure and simple
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.
He's the most amazing guitarist. Every time he picks up a guitar he puts everyone else to shame. He can play everything and anything without practice. The man is just a genius.
His personality is totally expressed through his playing. Especially when you listen to all the music he has recorded, he is a total package guitarist outside of Dope!!
Virus deserves this spot more than anyone else. I mean come on have you seen him perform on broadway "Rock Of Ages". He's AMAZING!
Is this really a competition?! Hands down Virus should win this thing. His talent oozes out of his pores. He is a very underused talent
The fact that this guy is this far down, is, simply, just wrong
How in the world is this guy not number one?! Top three at least for Abasi in my opinion
Incredible prog metal guitarist, blends a whole bunch of different influences into a really unique sound plus jaw dropping technical chops. This guy is criminally low in this list.
So, whoever comes to vote on this list clearly doesn't actually play metal guitar... You'd be hard pressed to find a metal guitarist in this day and age who doesn't know who Tosin Abasi is...
A truly brilliant guitarist who may not be that well known outside of the UK, but he shows all the hallmarks of becoming a future guitar legend!
Definitely one of the best modern Metal guitarists out there right now!
It's refreshing to hear clean, intricate, soulful and melodic solos being thrown into new school, fast-speed thrash - and hell! Billy does this brilliantly! I could listen to his solos all day!
He's a great guitarist both to listen to on Abadden's debut album and to watch live. A band and guitarist well worth watching!
Definitely the best young metal band with F... G awesome guitarists. Wait for they new album-i belive will kick ass
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.
Well, he's James Shaffer.
Ey come on guys, matt heafy is skilled guitrist...
He plays some fast licks. And he sings while he does it!
The Les Claypool of guitar.
He is the person who show me the metal
Jim is the lead guitarist of Slipknot and Stone Sour (first 5 albums) he did a collaboration song with John 5 called black Widow of la Porte
While his riffs are generally easy at this point, they are still great and define the band. He has also become great at solos.
How in the hell is THE greatest guitarist in today's era in 30th place? This man should be in first!
He deserves to be much higher on the list - Ihategwyn310
He has the most wicked solos, I can't believe my eyes right now, how is he not firsf
Jb has created ridiculously beautiful solos in almost every abr songs. Hear them by yourself guys!
Yeah! JB ALL THE WAY
He absolutely the fastest guitar shredder for the new generation of metal guitarist
Incredibly fast player, very talented guy
I think Jacky Vincent is awesome he is the best at sweep picking and economy picking
Je IS the next step to future shred
He plays the best sweeps and he shreds like a beast.
He is a modern day guitar god. His fluency is amazing and he's not just on auto-shred: he can slow down and express different emotions. He can play anything and his hands remain relaxed. Truly a great guitarist.
Just check out his solo on Burn MF, enough said.
This man deserves a higher place, because without zack, syn wouldn't be here
Syn does deserve the top spot but without zacky syn isn't the best
Why this machine man is neglected I don't know about it. At least he deserves a rank between 10-20.
Such a good highly educated player... killer solos and great sound... impossible not to choose his Jackson signature guitar...
He's at the bottum because, while he isn't metal, he definitely could be, based on songs like Hysteria, Stockholm Syndrome, and Shrinking Universe. Therefore, he could definitely be a great metal guitarist.
Never saw anyone playing live, using the feed-back of the guitar on the sound-system, in order to get a completly new scales!
His guitar solos are some of the best ever
Can't believe he's not already on this list. Come on Brian, take your 7-string + 14-string guitar, cause I don't want to live on this planet anymore.
Check out vicious betrayal. First all that remains albums for that matter.
Should be way higher