Greatest Death Metal GuitaristsThe greatest Death metal guitarists of all time. They are absolutely the masters.
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.
Without question the greatest death metal guitarist, vocalist, songwriter, composer and band leader
The Father of Death Metal will always live in our hearts!
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.
When listening to Necrophagist the best way I can describe it is neoclassical progressive technical death metal. That's how special Muhammed songwriting is. There's no one else that sounds like Necrophagist completely. Keep in mind that Muhammed IS Necrophagist, since he wrote every single instrument.
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.
This guy is known as "The Sweep Picker". If you don't know how great he is at guitar, remember that he is number 3 with only 2 albums!
He's awfully technical and brutal. You can't compare Necrophagist's sound to any other band. It's unique.
Very talented Guitarist, he started the whole Melodic Death Metal guitar playing.
He's the grindcore craftsman.
Fantastic guitar player.. never get bored of listening to his work with Carcass
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.
Is death metal all about growling like animals? NO.
Mikael can clarify the reason behind the 'no'.
He is one of the best guitarist of all time...
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
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
Definitely Alexi L. is the guitarist and composer. AGREE with all your comments.
Amazing, writes loads of great music, great guitar solos. Talented musician and songwriter
Often overlooked and underappreciated, Terrance spawned technical death metal as we know it. And not just that, he's never sacrificed creativity for the sake of pure technique. His style of writing doesn't rely solely on mindless sweep picking and going as fast as possible, Hobbs utilizes complex and unorthodox structures, layered riffing, frequent tempo and signature changes, uncommon scales and so on. There's the certain sophistication in it, that most death metal players lack.
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 technical skill and harmonization with Dallas is just amazing. Highly underrated.
Karl and Pat O'brien deserve top 2.
There are some clowns higher on this list than Karl which is just plain ridiculous
He is just epic. Just straight up epic. His epicness will blow your BALLS off!
Gallagher's writing can combines sheer brutality with technical playing that defines Dying Fetus
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?!
Love this guitar god
Why is nergal so low
The greatest guitarist of all time should at least in top 5 position its not fair
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!
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.
Same thing I said about John Gallagher. This dude will BLOW YOUR BALLS to the farthest continent. His guitar skills will literally make you ball-less. His guitar skills will also blow your balls from Saturn to Neptune then to YourAnus then to heaven then throw em down in places where the sun don't shine. Maybe even your ears if listening at full volume lol.
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.
He is technically amazing, just watch him play frantic disembowelment, he is also dedicated to his instrument and even toured with slayer when gary holt left to tour with exodus
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
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!