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
Often called the best metal band to come out recently, Synyster Gates is what makes them as good as they are.
One of the Greatest modern guitarist todayV 38 Comments
Brad of Linkin Park better than Alexi what?
Alexi laiho should be in the top ten
One of the best guitarist now
Seriously, 18th? This list is the best modern metal guitarist not your favorite band guitarist, before you start voting for Linkin Park, B4MV, LOG, etc. Check this guy works on any COB song.V 3 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
Modern or classic, he's better than any other guitarist here. - zxm
Should be third with petrucci at 1 and jason richardson at 2
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
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 simpleV 3 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.
There is literally no excuse for Petrucci not being at the top of this list. Gates is a very good guitarist, but Petrucci is one of the greatest, living technical guitarists.
No one on this list can touch the level of musical virtuosity of John Petrucci. Period.
He should be first, Syn is great but he has nothing on Petrucci, or even Laiho.V 10 Comments
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.
Lead guitarist (Obscura, Necrophagist) - neo-classical style, awesome sweep picking. - Metal_Treasure
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
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.
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.
A very good guitarist indeed!
The best guitarist
I love Linkin Park, heck they've among my gateway and favorite music artists.
Brad Delson unfortunately is nowhere close to Top 100 when it comes to comparing him to other rock guitarists, let alone Metal. Heck, I don't think he plays metal, just Hard Alternative and Alternative Rock with some Heavy Metal elements here and there in LP's heavier songs. He is a good guitarist however, and his talent is easily demonstrated in songs like "The Little Things Give You Away", "A Line in the Sand", "Rebellion" and "New Divide". The problem? They're hardly Metal, so its unfortunate that he's in this list to begin with :/... - CrimsonShark
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
Nooo way padge is a beast. Should be #2. Better than anyone recent besides synV 5 Comments
Just check out his solo on Burn MF, enough said.
He is just amazing, and he also play together with Ozzy!
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)
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
Willie adler is killie deadler with his skills..his unique techniques and aggressive riffs just take the devil outta everyoneV 2 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.
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
One of the most technical players in this vast genre... absurdly complicated, articulate, creative, unique & stylish guitar works. Couple that with this man's other(probably the core) artistic capabilities, he's one of the best musicians of his generation.Tool is a very special band, Adam Jones is one of the main reasons for that.
Try other metal/rock tracks from 20-25 years ago, see how many of them still appear 'cool' or 'stylish'.
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?
Easily top 10 id give him the 8th or 9th spotV 2 Comments
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!
He plays some fast licks. And he sings while he does it!
The Les Claypool of guitar.
While his soloing often needs improvement, he knows what he's doing with the main riffs.
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 talentV 1 Comment
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!
Live sound is as good as studio.
Keeping my eyes open for 2012 For some new stuff and new solos.
Melodic with blues and metal? It can be done...
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...
All the guitarists before him on this list are great... don't get me wrong. But Tosin is on a completely different level!
This dude is transforming the sound of djent for the better. he incorporates influences from jazz, blues, and even classical to cement his place as one of the greatest guitarists to ever play.V 6 Comments
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.
He is the best. Just listen to any song of dragonforce. I'll see for yourself
Ey come on guys, matt heafy is skilled guitrist...
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
He is the person who show me the metal
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
Syn does deserve the top spot but without zacky syn isn't the best
This man deserves a higher place, because without zack, syn wouldn't be here
Jb has created ridiculously beautiful solos in almost every abr songs. Hear them by yourself guys!
Yeah! JB ALL THE WAY
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...
I think Jacky Vincent is awesome he is the best at sweep picking and economy picking
Incredibly fast player, very talented guy
He plays the best sweeps and he shreds like a beast.
Je IS the next step to future shred
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!
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.
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.
Robb flynn knows how to do shredding guitar solos and groove metal rhythms. It is so clean!
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