Best Neoclassical Metal Guitarists
The Top Ten
Which makes Yngwie known as the inventor of neoclassical metal is he does all neoclassical stuff in all of his song. People who's says RItchie & Uli were wrong, they're only doing a few stuff not as their main musical part like Yngwie does. In fact, he was severely criticized for doing the same music during his career, to the point that I would become annoyed as well because it's boring if it's always the same.
But I just respect his opinion, for doing what he wants to do like we known him now. Other neoclassical artists only do it at the beginning and after a few albums they start leaving it. And it's proven that all his catalogs are full of neoclassical stuff and no doubt not only as a guitarist but the entire catalog is number 1 define neoclassical metal.
He took a new level of guitar plays a few (6 years) after Eddie Van Halen. Any modern shredder guitarist of today known him as pioneer this genre as well. Sadly only his 80's were great the rest were usual, poorly ...more
So, I think Ritchie Blackmore is a very good guitarist. But, not even close to best when it comes to Neo-Classical metal. As outlined in a previous comment, Yngwie Malmsteen created a top of the charts solo at the age of 14. And he is the one who shaped the entire genre to be what it is today by integrating critical aspects of classical music on the electric guitar. That to me is not only crazy, but is the reason I vote him at the top spot on the list.
Technically brilliant but has a tendency to overplay. Saw him in Sheffield UK..worst concert ever. - Cheatle
First of all yngwie is neo classical while Ritchie is blues rock second his guitar solo rising force was ranked 13th on loud wires list of best solos and he created the solo at 14 years old did Ritchie do that no
At his prime he was untouchable live, when he felt like it. Creative, innovative and always interesting - Cheatle
He started it all. - Metal_Treasure
He was already very good when he used to perform. Created great songs in his teenage. Beats most of the sweep pickers what he did in his 18/19. Could've been better if he hadn't ALS. Sad thing is that he doesn't even have an image on this site. Not even saved as in database. - zxm
This is simple: No one to age 18 can compose an album like Perpetual Burn, oh wait, Jason Becker did it...Unmatched Talent.
Incredible sweep picking skills.
I really don't care what the list says. Jason will always be my Guitar Hero. He's simply the best. Richie and Yngwie won't stand a chance against him. to be honest.
Randy Rhoads, a name synonymous with shredding. One of the greatest metal guitarists of all time, and he should unseat Ritchie, as Ritchie was more blues. He is the main influence on my guitar playing (besides Dave Mustaine and Yngwie) and he should be viewed as best. - MattAffterburner
This guy is pretty bad at flying planes
There are other guitar players that should be here like Mendel Bij but from this list the amazing Marty Friedman is the best one!
Jeff Loomis - Miles of Machines, Jato Unit (at 3:05 starts the Ron Jarzombeck guest solo part). - Metal_Treasure
Uli Roth flat out blows everyone away... Including Eddie van halen. The in trance.. Virgin killer... Fly to the rainbow... Nobody was playing this technical and furiously... Period!
If Malmsteen knew how to write riffs.
Way better even than ritchie blackmore
This guy should be No. 3
Even faster than Yngwie. He's an epic shredder, way too low on this list.
The only one here that might be better is Vinnie Moore.
Coroner guitarist basically plays technical and progressive thrash metal but his style is neoclassical, especially in solos and instrumentals.
His instrumentals: Arc-Lite, Nosferatu - Metal_Treasure
He mostly plays technical death metal. But some of his licks sound like neoclassical metal licks. - zxm
If everyone on Earth listened to his entire discography with every band he's been in, by default they wouldn't think twice before immediately putting him in the Top 10.
He created his own genre of music, and own universe.
He has his own online guitar course with worldwide subscriptions.
When people from all walks of life listen, the bare minimum response is appreciation (when I put Rhapsody's first album on at maximum volume in a warehouse, the whole staff stopped working and was in awe and asked me what it was they were hearing).
A man who studied all forms of music and loves off only the best stated, "He's a genius of his style." While another other musician I know who has been practicing music his whole life from the rock, country, jazz, and classical greats with extreme ease, and is now part of the official Led Zeppelin tribute band of North America, felt timid upon first listen.
The music is the epitome of epic music. Its considered a given that ...more
Simply genius. There is no one like him regarding guitar and composition skills. His music is unique in every way and you can recognize him immediately.
The ultimate guitarist!