Top 10 Thrash Metal Rhythm Guitarists

Most metal fans would agree that thrash metal's got one of the best metal riffs, if not the best. Thrash riffs are great for handbanging.

This list is about the thrashers who make many of us happy - the rhythm guitarists.

The Top Ten

1 Dave Mustaine Dave Mustaine David Scott "Dave" Mustaine (born September 13, 1961) is an American musician, singer, songwriter, actor and author. Mustaine is best known as a pioneer in Thrash Metal, being the former lead guitarist of Metallica before his dismissal in 1983, leading to finding and becoming the front man of his own more.
2 James Hetfield James Hetfield James Alan Hetfield was born on August 3, 1963. He is an American musician, singer and songwriter known for being the co-founder, lead vocalist, rhythm guitarist and main songwriter for the American heavy metal band Metallica.

The King of Down Picking. Unbelievable stamina. - Metal_Treasure

He still can play like a boss. I love his downpicking technique. - Userguy44

3 Jeff Hanneman Jeff Hanneman Jeffrey John "Jeff" Hanneman was an American musician, best known as a founding member of the American thrash metal band Slayer.

He isn't just a guitarist - he wrote the music AND lyrics to the best Slayer songs, including the most iconic metal riff of all time - Raining Blood.

R.I.P. Jeff. - Metal_Treasure

4 Jeff Waters Jeff Waters 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.

Rhythm + Lead guitars for Annihilator.
His picking speed in Human Insecticide is incredible. In general, he plays more intricate thrash riffs than most of the thrash guitarists.

Songs with my favorite rhythm guitar:

Phantasmagoria, Human Insecticide, Alison Hell, Schizos (Are Never Alone, parts I and II), Sixes and Sevens - Metal_Treasure

5 Mille Petrozza Mille Petrozza Miland "Mille" Petrozza is a German metal guitarist and singer of Italian descent, who has been the lead vocalist and guitarist for the German thrash metal band Kreator since 1984.
6 Tommy Baron Tommy Baron

Rhythm + Lead guitars for Coroner (technical/prog thrash).

An underrated and unnoticed thrash guitarist. Very technical, very skillful.

My favorite riffs: Masked Jackal, Absorbed, Semtex Revolution, R.I.P., Why It Hurts - Metal_Treasure

7 Gary Holt Gary Holt Gary Wayne Holt is an American guitarist from the San Francisco Bay Area. He is a guitarist, the bandleader, and the main songwriter for the American thrash metal band Exodus and is also a guitarist for the American thrash metal band Slayer.
8 Max Cavalera Max Cavalera Massimiliano Antonio "Max" Cavalera is a Brazillian singer, guitarist, and songwriter who currently plays in heavy metal bands Soulfly, Cavalera Conspiracy, and Killer Be Killed.
9 Eric Peterson Eric Peterson

Eric Peterson of Testament - Metal_Treasure

10 Kerry King Kerry King Kerry Ray King is an American musician, best known as a guitarist for the American thrash metal band Slayer.

The Contenders

11 Derek "The Skull" Tailer

He's been playing rhythm guitars for Overkill since 2001 - Metal_Treasure

12 Dimebag Darrell Dimebag Darrell 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.
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