Top 10 Extreme Metal Rhythm Guitarists

The Top Ten

1 Chuck Schuldiner Charles Michael "Chuck" Schuldiner (1967-2001) was an American singer, songwriter, and guitarist, best known as the founder and vocalist, guitarist and bassist of the American heavy metal band Death. He is considered the most influential figure in Death Metal, with some publications referring to Chuck more.
2 Mikael Akerfeldt Lars Mikael Åkerfeldt is a Swedish musician, prominently known as the lead vocalist, guitarist, and primary songwriter of progressive death metal band Opeth, as well as being the former vocalist of death metal supergroup Bloodbath for three albums up until 2012. more.
3 Steffen Kummerer Steffen Kummerer (born June 1, 1985) is a German guitarist, multi-instrumentalist, and producer. He is the leader, main songwriter, vocalist, and guitarist for the progressive technical death metal band Obscura as well as the blackened melodic death metal band Thulcandra.

His riffs are delicious. And complex. Can be heavy. Can be melodic. There's everything.
He can plays solos as well but usually sticks to the rhythm guitar because the band has always had a lead guitarist. - Metal_Treasure

4 Dylan Ruskin

Rhythm + Lead G - Metal_Treasure

5 Alexi Laiho Alexi "Wildchild" Laiho is a Finnish guitarist, composer, and vocalist. He is best known as the lead guitarist, lead vocalist and founding member of the melodic death metal band Children of Bodom, and is also the guitarist for Sinergy, The Local Band and Kylähullut.

Rhythm + Lead G - Metal_Treasure

6 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.

He isn't very high on this list because he's basically a lead guitarist - he plays the solos so he's the lead guitarist but he also creates and plays riffs (djent style was invented by him) - Metal_Treasure

7 Mårten Hagström Mårten Hagström, (born 27 April 1971) is the rhythm guitarist for the Swedish experimental metal band Meshuggah. Hagström, along with his bandmate Fredrik Thordendal, was rated #35 by Guitar World as the top 100 greatest heavy metal guitarist of all-time.

Excellent interplay with that sick djent axeman - Fredrik Thordendal. They've got chemistry - been childhood friends. - Metal_Treasure

8 Michael Amott Michael Amott is a British-born Swedish guitarist, songwriter, founding member of the bands Arch Enemy, Spiritual Beggars, and Carnage, as well as a former member of the grindcore band Carcass.

He plays solos sometimes - Metal_Treasure

9 Matt Klavins

Clearly a rhythm guitarist because the band has always had a lead guitarist.
Riffs I like the most:
4:30, Ne Obliviscaris - Eyrie
5:30, Ne Obliviscaris - And Plague Flowers The Kaleidoscope - Metal_Treasure

10 Simon Girard

He also plays parts of the solos - Metal_Treasure

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