Greatest Thrash Metal Lead-GuitaristsNord666
The Top Ten
The best all around guitarists in metal for sure. Not the best less but very good and the best rhythm and riffs by a good margjn. He is the man!
Mustaine is genius... All of his riffs, all of his solos are like addiction! You can't help yourself getting addicted. This started from Kill em All and still working inside me like madness. - Nord666
Dangerous Dave is tops on my list for many reasons but the number one reason is because of his perfect mix of speed, precision, substance and soul. I have friends that claim thrash players lack the soul of guys like SRV and Clapton and that's just ignorant babble. There may be guys a tad faster or maybe slightly more technical at times but if you take the complete package Mustaine edges out the others. I play guitar and his rhythms are amazing and he plays most of them while growling out his equally as aggressive lyrics. He paints a picture with his playing like no other. I'm not trying to put down other guys on the list because they are all truly great but Mustaine is the ONE Corvette on the floor in a showroom full of SUV's and modest sedans!
No beats Mustaine as a thrash metal guitarist. His riffs and solos are played at such a high level of complexity and speed, your just left in awe of his talent.36 Comments
Best guitarist in the whole universe.
Marty is better than Dave honestly
Who on this list performed Tornado Of Souls, one of the greatest guitar solos of all time?
That's right, Marty Friedman did.
Nader of Souths18 Comments
This guy is the best guitarist alive today. Undisputed for me.
This guy is WAY better than Dave! Dave needed Friedman if they were to make themselves big, but Alex has it all! His rythym is unmatched, and his solos reach the heavens in terms of speed and technicality. Number 1 For Sure!
Listen to practice what you preach and over the wall enough said
Come on people Dave is great, but not #1. Kirk might be top ten if he could still play like he did in the 80s. I would honestly rather listen to Marty, but Alex deserves far more respect than he receives.15 Comments
When kirk let's rip nothing can stop him master of puppets, One, should definitely be higher up on this list
Kirk Kills all his solos - Metalhead83927
Kirk Hammett is the best thrash metal lead guitarist. Why is Dave even on this list, he's a rhythm guitarist. Yes he does play the occasional solo but that doesn't make him a lead guitarist. I think people don't like Kirk and Metallica a a whole because they went soft but if you listen to solos off death magnetic such as the end of the line you will be amazed that Kirk has still got it even though he is almost 50.
His solos are boring (not all) and they don't have a high impact, really overrated guitarist, Jeff Waters and Dimebag Darrel DESTROY Kirk Hammet.20 Comments
The guy is a guitar virtuoso. Very talented songwriter and riff master, too. Go see him live - he still plays as good as 25 years ago on studio versions although the stuff is very fast and technically demanding. After their debut album (1989, Alice in Hell), Dave Mustaine wanted Jeff Waters in Megadeth. Jeff Waters declined and Megadeth hired Marty Friedman (an excellent choice, too). - Metal_Treasure
Can you Megadeth fan boys stop putting Dave Mustaine number one for everything? He's not even a lead guitarist. And stop talking trash on Metallica. Listen to real thrash like Slayer. Megadeth is more like quick rock and roll - Sabbath
Jeff deserves way more attention, he should be in the top 3. Why do you think Mustaine asked him to join Megadeth? He is way better than Friedman. His name is never even mentioned.
He's the King of the Kill! - Nord6668 Comments
Jeff is THE BEST METAL GUITARIST EVER
Hanneman's style of soloing was chaotic, evil, and aggressive and for a band like Slayer that fits perfectly. Nobody can solo like Hanneman can and a lot of the time nobody can make a solo fit a song like Hanneman can.
Hanneman composes most of the musics of Slayer. Remember the coposition of World Painted Blood, Angel of Death or Disciple? The craziest guitarist ever. - Nord66613 Comments
Who cares about thrash or not! Dime smokes all these guys no problem..
I am confused, how is Pantera even thrash? They are amazing but they are not thrash at all.
He is the greatest metal guitarist ever but pantera was never Thrash18 Comments
Gary Holt is god. Marty and Dime are amazing too. And Reece Scruggs of Havok.
I prefer Skolnick and Friedman, but seeing Holt below Hammett is upsetting. Gary Holt is probably the best example of how thrash guitarists should play the genre. Because really, anything related to Exodus is pretty definitive of thrash in general (and I'm not a fanboy. Exodus isn't even in my top favorite thrash bands). Nevertheless, Gary Holt is one of the first players that comes to my mind when thinking of thrash. That should count for something. - surgeonsanic
So under appreciated it is criminal I think this list is very good but holt needs to be in the top four. Happy to see Skolnick get the appreciation he deserves. Listen to some Exodus and you'll see why Holt needs some more votes. Saw him live with slayer during the summer he did all the soloing king stuck to rhythm and Holt just showcased what a phenom he is.
Gary Holt doesn't have the best solos, but he writes the greatest thrash riffs. And guys, stop talking about Dave Mustaine. Yeah he's a mess up at times, but he was a lead guitarist... not for megadeth but Metallica in their demo days. Lot of the stuff from the debut still had his licks9 Comments
He is the vocalist and lead guitarist of Kreator. Check out Pleasure to Kill and Enemy of God if you have any doubt about his talent! - Nord666
Speed, precision and pure talent. Seen them live amazing guitarist.
Great musician... World class
I think they confuse popularity vs talent, if you haven't seen 'Mille' in concert you havn't seen anything, people like Petrozza, Rico, Urbinati, Hanneman, Sifringer, Wilkens are truly underrated
Josh plays with intensity! But with that comes an intricate, clean style, that is lacking in some of the other greats!
He outclasses every guitarist in this list. He's not only best in thrash but propably in whole metal genre as well. The way he combines his mad shredding and technical skills with melodic phrasing is incredible. He's a true guitar virtuoso.
He should b in top 10 thrash guitarists
Best guitarist in my opinion and Dave Mustaine is just a story he sucks and Martie Friedman is way better than him
You guys haven't probably listened to Kerry king play. He deserves to be in the top ten.
Yes, we have. But sensible voters vote for their favorite guitarist instead of their favorite band's guitarist. - Alkadikce
I feel like Kerry King gets overlooked a bit. He has a lot of really good solos and leads, especially on the South of Heaven album and Seasons in the Abyss album.
Other than Skolnick the only progressive Thrash guitarist. So technical these other retards would never be able to play his music.
Number one, undeniably so..
Master of guitar. Best riff's.
Technical thrash at its best1 Comment
Oh HELL NO, that loser Kerry King before Kisser? Someone needs to get his ears checked or what is (or should be) between the ears.
Why wasn't he on this list, old Sepultura was great.
All Sepultura is great, his guitar playing is better now than back in the day... Andreas is one of the best ever.
Wheter back on the days or now, Andreas always put together great guitar's technique (riffs, creativity and speed). Very well-rounded.
Lee Altus is an amazing guitar player, he plays and shreds just like Gary Holt but at the same time he stands on his own as a unique guitar player. He deserves to be in the Top 5 along with Mustaine, Friedman, Holt and Skolnick. THRASH RULES! m/
Not really a lead guitarist
Not a lead guitarist, and even in his rhythm guitarist he is not a very good player...
Yes, he is not really a lead guitarist. But he can play lead guitar. And he has also played. - zxm
"Through Eyes Of Glass"
What the hell is he doing on this list?
He could run most of the guitarist in the top 10 out of town
Listen to the solo of shred, so fast, so powerful.
With Bobby they didn't need a second guitar player.what other band can really say that
A very good guitarist that definitely deserves to have a higher ranking on this list because compare the "persecution mania"solo to Metallica's "hit the lights" solo and you'll more than likely see a drastic difference.
Why is there Frank Black from the Pixies on the pic?
He deserves much better place.
His fingers can fly.
Only 40 and kicks everyone on this list's ass
Come on we forgot the guy who played on peace sells? One of the most essential and influential thrash albums of all time? No? Anyone?
What! Chris Poland is criminally underrated man.Why he's so low in the list
Brilliant guitar ideas realized in their songs
One of the very best, period. So underrated!
A true legend! Destruction rules!
This guy deserves to be in the top ten. Listen to his albums with Suicidal (like "How Will I Laugh Tomorrow" or "Lights...Camera...Revolution! ") and you'll see why he deserves to be in the top ten.
How the hell is Rocky so low on this list? His solos are amazing! He should at least be in the top 5. - memo273
He's relatively new in the game of thrash however he is dominating the new era with his brother
This man is extremely good but not thrash, no better than thrash; melodeth.
He is called the wildchild for a reason. Thrash metal has been redefined by him.
This guy ain't a thrash metal guitarist, he is a donkey fokkah
Rob Caggiano Shredds!
He thrash metal? LOL. - Metal_Treasure
Oh my god, stupid emo kids everywhere. AVENGED SEVENFOLD IS NOT THRASH METAL.
A7X SAVED MY LIFE LIKE I WAS DEPRESSED AND CUTTING MYSELF AND THEY SAVED ME BEST TRASH METAL OF ALL TIME m/ m/
Synyster Gates is not really a thrash lead guitarist. his solos are fast and also heavy. which leads him to a heavy metal guitarist. but not thrash metal guitarist - zxm
Again, he was a hard rock guitarist (both lead and rhythm guitarist). when Komol joined the band, basically he had to pick rhythm guitar. and he is mostly a hard rock guitarist. he played some metal songs. but most of them are heavy metal, not thrash metal. - zxm
He is a very good guitarist. And yes he can play thrash lead guitar. and he has also played some. but he didn't focus on thrash metal. instead he focused more on heavy metal. and even if he played thrash metal, then he is better at rhythm guitar than lead guitar (for thrash metal) - zxm
Very underrated, amazing guitarist.
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