Best Melodic Death Metal Guitarists


The Top Ten

1 Alexi Laiho (Children of Bodom) Alexi Laiho (Children of Bodom) 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.

The best. You can't beat the solo to Kissing the Shadows

He's really an incredible guitarist. I love his riffs and solos. - Metal_Treasure

Credit to him as an amazing songwriter and guitarist

The best ever and my idol

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2 Antti Kokko (Klamah)

I love Insomnium but this guy doesn't deserve the 2nd place. Antti Kokko should be number 1 as he is technically in line with and perhaps even better than Alexi and he's far more mature and creative as well.

Insomnium is good but you can't put it's guitarist at #2. A guitarist has to have some great technical skills and fast playing like Antti and Alexi.

Has the best guitar solos in melodic death metal. Such an underrated guitarist.

This man is the king in the world of melodic death metal. Absolutely love his ability to blend technicality with melody. His every solo is just a brilliant masterpiece. Also he is a highly underrated metal guitarist.

3 Michael Amott (Arch Enemy) Michael Amott (Arch Enemy) 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.

The best ever! His guitar play is legendary

Most under rated guitarist of all time.

Number 7? This list is wrong...

He is great guitarist u must listen his magic solos

4 Jari Maenpaa (Wintersun) Jari Maenpaa (Wintersun) Jari Mäenpää (born 23 December 1977) is a Finnish heavy metal multi-instrumentalist and songwriter. He is the founder of metal band Wintersun for which he records all instruments. Before forming Wintersun, Mäenpää was best known for his role in the folk metal band Ensiferum.

Alexi and Antti are both very talented (as well as everyone else on here) but honestly this guy has done things that not even they can.

This guy is as skilled as Alexi or Antti. Please do vote!

Jari is far superior technically than even laiho, and his solos are majesteticly melodic and technical at the same time, and he plays them perfectly live. Aand his rhythm and leads are totally on par with each other.

5 Ville Friman (Insomnium)

He does it very well... Insomnium's lyrics is based about sadness and sorrow and Ville does it very well... - nooreldeen

6 Jeff Loomis Jeff Loomis Jeff Loomis is an American musician, best known for his role as lead guitarist in the progressive metal band Nevermore and death metal band Arch Enemy.

He took Arch Enemy to a whole new level

7 Olavi Mikkonen (Amon Amarth)

Great guitar playing. Amon Amarth wouldn't be what it is today without him.

8 Brendon Small (Dethklok) Brendon Small (Dethklok) Brendon Small is an American producer, writer, animator, stand-up comedian, voice actor, and musician.

The creativity and technical prowess Brendon puts on display on Dethalbum II and Dethalbum III rank as some of the most memorable and orchestral musicianship in Melodic Death Metal history. Not at Alexi's level, but should be top 5 at least. Need proof? The Galaxy, Ghostqueen, Bloodlines, I Tamper With the Evidence at the Murder Site of Odin, Rejoin...

9 Jesper Strömblad (In Flames)

Had personal issues after come clarity and made the choice to leave. The was the end of the most consistent and melodic death metal sound we've ever experienced. Still love the new stuff but it almost sounds like a different band without him.

In Jesper I trust

10 Bill Steer (Carcass) Bill Steer (Carcass) Bill Steer is a British guitar player, and co-founder of the extreme metal band Carcass. He is considered a pioneer and an essential contributor to grindcore and death metal due to his involvement in Napalm Death and Carcass, two of the most important bands of those genres.

The Contenders

11 Ryan Knight (The Black Dahlia Murder)
12 Martin Henriksson (Dark Tranquillity)
13 Björn Gelotte (In Flames)

I love in Flames Songs and a big part why is because of the tremendous guitar rifs

14 Petri Lindroos (Ensiferum) Petri Lindroos (Ensiferum)
15 Brandon Ellis Brandon Ellis
16 Shaun Sykes (Be'lakor)
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List Stats

100 votes
16 listings
6 years, 98 days old

Top Remixes

1. Alexi Laiho (Children of Bodom)
2. Jeff Loomis
3. Michael Amott (Arch Enemy)
1. Ville Friman (Insomnium)
2. Alexi Laiho (Children of Bodom)
3. Antti Kokko (Klamah)
1. Jesper Strömblad (In Flames)
2. Alexi Laiho (Children of Bodom)
3. Brendon Small (Dethklok)


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