Greatest Thrash Metal Lead-GuitaristsNord666
The Top Ten
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.
Long live daveV 35 Comments
OK Mustaine is the brain of music, his riffs and so are far the best. But look for Megadeth after Marty left. What is that? Suddenly the music is empty. There is no one who can compete with Dave than Marty. And Marty can even play better than Dave. And talking about best LEAD guitarist, the vote should go to Marty.
Marty Friedman needs to be number one. He is hands down the most talented virtuoso in this group. Skolnick maybe comes close, maybe. Hammett is a very distant second. Just listen to Marty's solo work and you'll know why.
Come on, guys, use your ears. Tornado of Souls beats everyone else on this list. The only true competitors on this list are Skolnick and Jeff Waters.
Friedman completely blows Mustaine out of the water.V 14 Comments
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.
I'm glad to see he is at least 4th in this list. I think common sense is not dead! And for those of you that don't know his work, check out the solos of Apocalyptic City and Practice What You Preach. They're a perfect combo of technique and emotion.
You simply cannot beat him. He plays and composes genius music backed by musical theory and yet is behind mustaine and the EXTREMELY overrated Kirk Hammett. :/
This guy is the best guitarist alive today. Undisputed for me.V 15 Comments
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.
He played his finest solos in Master of Puppets, Ride The Lightning and... And Justice for all. But he abuses his wah wah pedal. ;( - Nord666
Kirk Kills all his solos - Metalhead83927V 19 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.
Dave Mustaine, Dimebag Darrell and Jeff Waters are my top three. no one shreds like these guys.V 8 Comments
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. - Nord666
I think Jeff Hanneman is (was) the greatest trash metal guitarist ever, even the best metal guitarist!
best.V 11 Comments
Dimebag was undoubtedly the best heavy metal guitarist of all time, let alone just thrash metal. I love megadeth, but even Dave and Marty have nothing on this absolute legend. Compare the Tornado of Souls or Hangar 18 solos to Cemetery Gates or Walk, and he does it effortlessly. Even if you just look at his hands with no sound, Dime just has the best physical technique. He is for sure my biggest inspiration in the world of guitar.
Nothing can be as much groovy as Pantera with Darrell! Enough said. - Nord666
Will people stop saying that Pantera isn't a thrash band? Groove metal is a sub genre for thrash metal and anyway. Thrash metal fans are idiots. - Sabbath
No it isn't... they're actually pretty different... Dimebag Darrell is better than most and maybe all of these people, but groove metal is not thrash metal... - 678
Best of all!V 6 Comments
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 licks
I thought he'd be like around 20s or 30s, but he's where he should be: top tens.V 8 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.
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.
This guy is awesome but is less known because the band is less known (technical thrash).
Try Nosferatu, Arc-Lite (and these are old instrumentals, from the 80s). - Metal_Treasure
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.
You guys haven't probably listened to Kerry king play. He deserves to be in the top ten.
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.
Not really a lead guitarist
Yes, he is not really a lead guitarist. But he can play lead guitar. And he has also played. - zxm
Not a lead guitarist, and even in his rhythm guitarist he is not a very good player...
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/
"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?
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
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
His fingers can fly.
Only 40 and kicks everyone on this list's ass
He deserves much better place.
He's so good, although I believe friedman is better, but still he should be at lest top 20 - bg75
He has just one thrash album - still amazing show off
He's relatively new in the game of thrash however he is dominating the new era with his brother
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
This man is extremely good but not thrash, no better than thrash; melodeth.
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
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