Most Underrated 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.

Eveytime I die
kissing the shadows
listen to the god damn solos

In my opinion his play style is one for the ages. Honestly a true guitar god!

2 Chuck Schuldiner - Death Chuck Schuldiner - Death Charles Michael "Chuck" Schuldiner (1967-2001) was an American singer, songwriter, and guitarist, best known as the founder and vocalist, guitarist and bassist of the American heavy metal band Death. He is considered the most influential figure in Death Metal, with some publications referring to Chuck more.

He was just a genius. R.I.P.

He isn't underrated as a metal guitarist. - zxm

Chuck was the "genius of metal" and his guitar work with everything was perfect!

Not extremely underrated but I want Alexi at 1 and Schuldiner at 2
schuldiner is my favorite guitarist of all time, beside Richie Blackmore but Schuldiner isn’t as underrated as Alexi - Metalfan2112

3 Criss Oliva Criss Oliva Christopher "Criss" Michael Oliva was an American musician who was the lead guitarist and co-founder of the band Savatage.
4 Michael Paget - Bullet for My Valentine Michael Paget - Bullet for My Valentine Michael "Padge" Paget (Born September 12th 1978) is a Welsh musician, known for being the lead guitarist and a backing vocalist for the Heavy Metal/Metalcore band Bullet for My Valentine.

I love all his riffs - emilandersen

What? He is overrated and not underrated. He is overrated even on this list. - Metal_Treasure

5 Dan Donegan - Disturbed Dan Donegan - Disturbed Dan Donegan is an American musician and guitarist for heavy metal band Disturbed. Donegan began playing guitar as a teenager and eventually formed a band called Vandal, which was an 1980s-style hair band.

Dan Donegan isn't overrated. Disturbed is, but he isn't.
Listen to the solo from Stricken. - benhos

Overrated non-metal musician in the top 5 of a metal list. This sucks. - Metal_Treasure

6 John Petrucci - Dream Theater John Petrucci - Dream Theater John Peter Petrucci is an American guitarist, composer and producer. He is best known as a founding member of the progressive metal band Dream Theater. Compared to his level of skill, John Petrucci is relatively unknown in the modern music industry.

He isn't underrated, come on. I mean, look at the other names on this list - great guitarists most people never heard of: Ron Jarzombek, Tommy Baron, Criss Oliva, Jeff Waters, Jeff Loomis, Fredrik Thordendal,... - Metal_Treasure

Not underrated. - zxm

7 Mark Morton - Lamb of God Mark Morton - Lamb of God

Most people forget how good of a guitarist he is, how can you be in one of the most popular bands today (one that people constantly say is overrated, yes the band is kinda overrated but in the way that slayer is overrated) and still not have too much name recognition

The most underrated he got kicka** riffs and solos he is very good as lead guitarist

8 Andy LaRocque - King Diamond
9 Jeff Waters - Annihilator Jeff Waters - Annihilator Jeff Waters (born February 13, 1966) is a Canadian metal musician and founder of the metal band Annihilator. He's best known as the guitarist for Annihilator, appreciated for his fast riffs and solos. Waters is also the primary songwriter in the band. Very often he has taken on the role of lead singer, more.

Even though many thrash metal lovers listen to or have ever heard about Annihilator. He never really gets mentioned when people start to discuss the best metal guitarists, while he is pretty talented, can sing, play bass and electric guitar, mix both electric and acoustic parts and create amazing compositions. His rhythm playing is solid,
However lead playing can be twisted sometimes, but his technic is interesting and creates really unique, beautiful sound.

Just Amazing!

10 Dave Murray - Iron Maiden Dave Murray - Iron Maiden David Michael Murray is an English guitarist and songwriter best known as one of the earliest members of the British heavy metal band Iron Maiden.

He ain't no mud

Dave Murray is better than any guitarist above him, with John Petrucci being the exception. By the way, Dan Donegan is severely overrated. Anyone who thinks that his tired and overused riffs are worth listening to should have their head checked.

Everyone knows Iron Maiden.Most of them know about bruce dickinson and steve harris but only few know how great is this man. What he has done for the band.He's the reason for creating metal riffs and solos. - zxm

The Contenders

11 Luc Lemay - Gorguts
12 Tommy Baron Tommy Baron

Coroner guitarist is awesome at both riffs and solos. - Metal_Treasure

13 Sammy Duet - Goatwhore, Acid Bath
14 Ron Jarzombek Ron Jarzombek Ron Jarzombek is an American metal guitarist hailed as one of the most influential progressive metal guitarists and has been called "the Godfather of Technical Metal". He's best known for his work with WatchTower, Spastic Ink, and Blotted Science, featuring Alex Webster of Cannibal Corpse. His older more.
15 Phil Demmel - Machine Head
16 Muhammed Suiçmez - Necrophagist Muhammed Suiçmez - Necrophagist Muhammed Suiçmez was born in Karlsruhe, Germany, to Turkish immigrants. He is the frontman and guitarist of the German technical death metal band Necrophagist.
17 Matt Harvey - Exhumed
18 Bob Vigna - Immolation
19 Dino Cazares - Fear Factory, Divine Heresy, Asesino
20 Scott Hull - Pig Destroyer, Agoraphobic Nosebleed
21 Justin Broadrick - Godflesh, Jesu
22 Christian Muenzner - Obscura
23 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.

Criminally underrated - Metal_Treasure

Very underrated - EliHbk

24 Mick Thomson - Slipknot Mick Thomson - Slipknot Mickael Gordon "Mick" Thomson is an American heavy metal musician. Born in Des Moines, Iowa, he is best known as one of two guitarists in Slipknot, in which he is designated #7.
25 Dimebag Darrell - Pantera Dimebag Darrell - Pantera Darrell Lance Abbott, also known as Diamond Darrell and Dimebag Darrell, was an American guitarist and songwriter best known as a founding member of two bands, Pantera and Damageplan, alongside his brother, Vinnie Paul. Abbott died in 2004 after he was shot by a mentally unstable fan.

He's considered one of the greatest metal guitarists. How come he is underrated? - zxm

26 Hank Shermann - Mercyful Fate
27 Fredrik Thordendal Fredrik Thordendal Fredrik Thordendal (born February 11, 1970) is a Swedish musician, best known as the lead guitarist and backing vocalist for the Swedish extreme metal band Meshuggah. He's considered the originator of the djent technique. Thordendal was rated No. 35 by Guitar World in the top 100 greatest heavy metal more.

Not very much underrated but underrated than most of these guitarists. - zxm

28 Yngwie J. Malmsteen - Steeler, Alcatrazz Yngwie J. Malmsteen - Steeler, Alcatrazz Yngwie Johan Malmsteen is a Swedish guitarist, songwriter and bandleader who was born on June 30th, 1963, in Stockholm, Sweden. He was known for his neoclassical metal playing style back in the 1980s.
29 Piotr Wiwczarek - Vader Piotr Wiwczarek - Vader Piotr Wiwczarek (also known as Peter) is a Polish guitarist and vocalist who is best known as the frontman for death metal band Vader, where he is the only constant member of the band since its inception.
30 Glenn Tipton Glenn Tipton Glenn Raymond Tipton is an English Grammy Award-winning guitar player and songwriter. He is most commonly known as the lead guitarist for English heavy metal band Judas Priest.
31 John Christ - Danzig, Samhain
32 Devin Townsend - Strapping Young Lad Devin Townsend - Strapping Young Lad Devin Garret Townsend is a Canadian musician, songwriter and record producer. He was the founder, songwriter, vocalist, and guitarist in extreme metal band Strapping Young Lad from 1994 to 2007 and has an extensive career as a solo artist.
33 Adrian Smith - Iron Maiden Adrian Smith - Iron Maiden Adrian Frederick "H" Smith is an English guitarist, best known as a member of Iron Maiden, for whom he writes songs and performs live backing vocals on some tracks.
34 Jeff Hanneman - Slayer Jeff Hanneman - Slayer Jeffrey John "Jeff" Hanneman was an American musician, best known as a founding member of the American thrash metal band Slayer.

He wrote some of the best Slayer songs and also some of the solos K. King played. - Metal_Treasure

He wrote all the best Slayer songs

35 Rob Caggiano - Anthrax, Volbeat
36 Rocky George - Suicidal Tendencies
37 Mark Tremonti - Alter Bridge Mark Tremonti - Alter Bridge Mark Thomas Tremonti is an American musician, singer and songwriter, best known as the lead guitarist of the rock bands Creed and Alter Bridge.
38 Gus G - Firewind, Ozzy Osbourne Gus G - Firewind, Ozzy Osbourne Konstantinos Karamitroudis also known as Gus G, born September 12, 1980 in Greece is a heavy metal guitarist. He currently plays with his band Firewind and Ozzy Osbourne
39 Andre Olbrich - Blind Guardian Andre Olbrich - Blind Guardian André Olbrich is a German guitarist, composer and backing vocalist, most known as the co-founder and lead guitarist of power metal band Blind Guardian, in which he serves as one of the main composers with other co-founder Hansi Kürsch.
40 Ritchie Blackmore Ritchie Blackmore Richard Hugh "Ritchie" Blackmore is an English guitarist and songwriter, best known for his work in the hard rock/metal bands Deep Purple and Rainbow. He was ranked number 16 on Guitar World's "100 Greatest Metal Guitarists of All Time" in 2004, and number 50 in Rolling Stone magazine's list of the more.
41 Brian 'Head' Welch - Korn, Brian 'Head' Welch
42 Demonaz Doom Occulta - Immortal
43 Brendon Small - Dethklok Brendon Small - Dethklok Brendon Small is an American producer, writer, animator, stand-up comedian, voice actor, and musician.
44 Jeordie White - Marilyn Manson
45 Adam Jones - Tool Adam Jones - Tool Adam Thomas Jones (born January 15, 1965) is a three-time Grammy Award-winning American musician and visual artist, best known for his position as the guitarist for Tool.
46 James Murphy

James Murphy is one of the best death metal guitarists, his solos are both melodic and fast!

47 Luca Turilli
48 Kai Hansen - Gamma Ray Kai Hansen - Gamma Ray Kai Michael Hansen is a heavy metal guitarist and vocalist. Hansen is the founder, lead guitarist, and vocalist of power metal band Gamma Ray. He is also the co-founder and former member of German metal band Helloween.
49 Eddie Ojeda
50 John Christ
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Top Remixes (4)

1. Alexi Laiho - Children of Bodom
2. Dan Donegan - Disturbed
3. Michael Paget - Bullet for My Valentine
1. Tommy Baron
2. Ron Jarzombek
3. Criss Oliva
1. Andy LaRocque - King Diamond
2. Sammy Duet - Goatwhore, Acid Bath
3. Matt Harvey - Exhumed

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