Greatest Death Metal GuitaristsThe greatest Death metal guitarists of all time. They are absolutely the masters.
The Top Ten
I grew up listening to Rob Halford singing his balls off, thinking "Jesus, this guy has the best voice I've heard in metal! " That changed when I heard Death cover "Painkiller". Chuck has the best scream in the history of music on that song.
Definitely agree and this man is surely missed by millions because of the raw emotion you feel and sense of purpose and meaning when he played. Very well rounded guitarist and frontman. Still miss you Chuck!
One of the greatest Death Metal composers ever, both as a guitarist and as a vocalist.
Just listen to The Sound of Perseverance to check out some of his finest solos.
Voice of the Soul, and it's enough. Maybe he's not as technically good as the others, but his solos are emotional, and that's more important!
Trey Azagtoth is ridiculously good. His technical skill is truly amazing, and his signature insane soloing and Pete's maddening drumming is what gives Morbid Angel its sound. Moreover, by being one of the first to bring atonality into soloing, he influenced all of death metal. A true innovator.
Trey is the most talented guitarist and more talented then Chuck Schuldiner... I love his guitar solos... Yeah Morbid Angel rocks my world!
In terms of technical skills this guy is probably one of the greatest of all time. Awesome musician as well, you can listen to Morbid Angel.
His talent cannot be matched. He is a multi instrumentalist and no one can play a guitar so brutally and technical as well.
One of the most amazing guitarists ever. His guitar playing is one of the most amazing things I've ever heard in my whole life.
Personally, Muhammed One of my guitar heroes. I mean, even if you don't like metal you still gotta admit he's a fire breather
He's awfully technical and brutal. You can't compare Necrophagist's sound to any other band. It's unique.
Muhammed destroys Alexi Laiho in every aspect how is he higher? (and this is coming from a CoB fan)
Bill steer is the master guitarist of grindcore and death metal besides schuldiner of course
Very underrated guitarist, some of the greatest solos I've ever heard came from this guy
Very talented Guitarist, he started the whole Melodic Death Metal guitar playing.
He is my one of the favorite. Guitarist... I love his heatwork's solo.,... Amazing
I think Mikael is my 2nd favorite death metal guitar player but still is amazing along with chuck, nergal, trey, karl sanders, jack owen, and bill steer.
Mikael is one of the greatest guitar players and songwriters in modern metal. Still Life is possibly the best composition I've ever heard.
Burden, blackwater park, the grand conjuration and more great guitar riffs and solos
Is death metal all about growling like animals? NO.
Mikael can clarify the reason behind the 'no'.
Jack owen makes the most catchy riffs and complex riffs look easy. His soloing is creative and tippy sounding he is the reason why the bleeding is cannibal corpses best selling album to date. S hogan
Amazing textured lead! CC is nothing without Owen and Barnes
Sorry on the comment above I meant trrippy
I love how he played in cc
Alexi blows heads off with some of the epic solos, he deserves to be on the top. Some of these kick-ass numbers
Punch me I bleed
Angels don't kill
In your face
Not the fastest guitar player but the most technical guitar player he is. Look how he use the whammy bar and licks just amazing
Amazing, writes loads of great music, great guitar solos. Talented musician and songwriter
Hey guy below me, how is cob not death metal, then what are they? black metal haha no, they're melodic DEATH METAL
His chording is dense and complex. His leads are breath-taking. In a field loaded with talent, even Terrance stands out. Not only is he fast, but the scales and note patterns he uses are highly advanced. He constructs amazing solos, showing impeccable taste and precision. There seems to be a quasi-jazz sensibility and musicianship brewing beneath maelstrom of death metal. He must be ranked at least in the top 5.
Terrance Hobbs has single-handedly spawned subgenres of death metal, his songwriting is so layered, labyrinthian, unpredictable, deft and as heavy as it gets, bringing savage beauty with masterful precision, his songs take on lives of their own. Hobbs is number one. He discovered the ultimate balance between brutality and technicality and his compositions are superior to the other prospects.
He doesn't exist: I just cannot understand how a human can bring such a poetry out of brutality. Fast, precise, complex... You never want him to stop though he takes you so far beyond belief.
His playing style is madness. Check out some of the early albums of Suffocation with him and you'll soon realize.
His technical skill and harmonization with Dallas is just amazing. Highly underrated.
There are some clowns higher on this list than Karl which is just plain ridiculous
Karl is a beast that's all I can say really
Karl and Pat O'brien deserve top 2.
For the sake of Beneath and Arise...
Heavy and interesting riffs and licks. He is a great guitarist with lots of energy.
Groove, speed and good taste!
What the hell? He should be in a better position! People don't listen to music or what?!
The greatest guitarist of all time should at least in top 5 position its not fair
How is Nergal not in the top 10
I saw him alive, and it was increadible experience
Top 5 forever! Only because there is no one else on the planet that could of come up with the awesome solos he did on Obituary's Cause of Death album. I find that album just a little more mysterious and creepier because of this mans solos! Kudos to James!
Absolutely amazing shredder. His record for death metal bands is perfect. Great tones and great chops. I consider him the Chris Poland if death metal.
An awesome guitarist. Played for two most awesome death metal bands (Death and Obituary).
What more I can say, he is a beast!
The original death metal lead guitar
He is extremely good but I still feel he shouldn't be in the top 10 because Kalmah is not an old school dm band that has influenced dm in a great way, however in the world of the melodeath kalmah stand out as the kings and Antti is the one the most skilled death metal guitarists today. Kalmah keeps put putting new and different stuff from time to time and keep on progressing instead of sounding ridiculously same like amon amarth.
Alexi mainstream laiho at no.6? He has no maturity in his playing at all, his music is like cute melodies for 10 year old kids. Antti Kokko is a way better composer than him but still I don't feel he should be in the top 10. But in the melodic death metal world Antti is the most skilled.
He is one of the most skilled guitarists I've ever seen. His solos are so perfect, melodic and emotional. He's way better than Alexi because his solos are more perfected and mature.
This man can make meaningful and long solos with no mistake. He's amazingly skilled, just listen to the solo on hades, heroes to us, they will return, evil in you, swampwar, wings of blackening and many more.
This guys rhythms are harder than most guitarists solo's. I have yet to see this guy play less than perfect. Just listen to Frantic Disembowelment.
Very technical player. His songs are fast, complicated but still very musical
He should be in the top 10. He is so clean with his sound and never makes a mistake
Chuck is my favorite guitarist, but this guy is way too low.
He even looks dead. Has the heaviest tone and his riffs just make your eyes bleed. Truly one of the masters of heavy groove.
Ridiculously underrated. Heck - his brother is better than some high up on this list and Eric has the full package
Homage for Satan was with Ralph Santolla and Jack Owen (which is already on the list)
Homage for satan solo was epic
Very creative and emotional playing.
Should be at least number 3!, don't get me wrong many guitarists here with amazing skills and feeling and all of them have their own styles but vogg has always been my guitar hero, he managed to contribute a lot to the scene at a early age when decapitated released Winds of Creation in 2000 when vogg was 17 years old. he then went onto making his music much more technical but without taking away the feel and soul. He has gone through so much in his life but still manages to be on top making great music. He is a real Riff machine!
This man or-rather brutal metal beast-is a no contest for the top 5. If you watch his live performances or have the good fortune to witness Decapitated, you will know why. It's not just that he writes and executes some of the most innovative, classic, and technical death metal riffs and solos in existence. It's that when he performs them live, he does so with utmost ease and stage presence, even opting to improvise on his own songs at times. Who else in technical death metal does that?!
Deadly fast and clear. Innovative riffs and sofisticated solos.
Should be in top 5!
Perfect ruff and solo, wrong place
He should be the first one
At least top 10 he's good not as good as kirk hammet or kerry king or slash but he is good and I like arch enemy there good on we will rise I like alexi too though