Top Ten Young Metal Guitarists

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The Top Ten

1 Synyster Gates Synyster Gates Brian Elwin Haner, Jr., better known by his stage name Synyster Gates or simply Syn, is an American musician, best known for being the lead guitarist and backing vocalist of the band Avenged Sevenfold.

his solos are amazing
he is in my favourite band and
amazing backup singer
his dad is papa gates who is an awesome guitarist
and he is just an amazing inspiration to me

Looks The Part..
Plays The Part..
Melody of Slash with The Speed of M. Angilo...
SYNYSTER!

Synyster gates my inspiration...!

I guess this isn't titled "most talented young guitarists" which is lucky too. He most certainly doesn't have the speed of Michael angelo batio... although I agree with the "melody of slash" (then again it doesn't compare to the melody of batio. ) not that batio is the fastest or most talented metal guitarist either.

So far the only valid reason for having him here by anyone is that he inspired them personally... or that he plays in their favourite band? Then again... look at the rest of the artists on this list... the majority of them aren't metal (synyster gates isn't really A metal musician either BUT unlike A lot of people on this list... At least his first couple of records were related to metal. )

As I said there could be worse things at the top of the list and this isn't "most talented" so I guess his place on the top of the list makes sense as it's all completely subjective... I just think the reason are ridiculous. - technicalbrutaldeath

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2 JR Bareis

Well as we are JR's grandparents, you know how proud we are of him with his self taught gifted talent. He is an awesome young man who is so talented and gifted and also so humble. I know with this gift of playing he has a very bright future ahead of him in what ever he decides to do with it in his life. So very proud of him.

I have seen JR play live with Love and death and what struck me the most was how most of the time Head wasnt playing guitar, he turned the bulk of it over to JR. And he delivered the goods! When you consider a major rock star like Head hand picked this guy tells you how much skill the guy has! Check out the love and death CD and see for yourself!

JR's guitar skills blow my mind. Seeing him in concert and listening to the CD both get me pumped up and leave me speechless. He knows what he is doing for sure. Love and Death is one of my absolute favorite bands, and his amazing guitar skills are part of the reason!

J.R. is a very young guitarist who has already achieved something men in their 20's-40's haven't, being in a popular band. That in it's self is an extremely hard barrier to cross, but he was also self taught. What he does on stage all comes from him, his core. He is in a band with one of metals most popular guitarist and has by the man himself been made the lead guitarist of the band, bringing all the energy and oomph that I feel when listening to Head. His guitar tricks are spectacular and I just cannot get enough of him, He plays with his teeth! It's hard to bring metal to Christianity, and the way he does it just is out of this world.

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3 Alexi Laiho Alexi Laiho 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.

Alexi is very technically gifted, his guitar work is superb especially on early albums. On top he can play it all live with vocals on top which is pretty insane. In regards to syn (don't shoot me fans) but I think more people buy into his whole style and look, yes he looks the part but there are so so many better guitarist out there. Yes syn does sweep but their all standard shapes, nothing new.

He is talented as synyster gates, In fact he is better than syn. He is amazing guitar player even kirk hammet says that he is outstanding guitar player. I think he is more creative and faster than synyster gates.

CoB started when he was a teenager, and how he managed to front a band such as CoB as a teenager should definitely give him somewhat of a boost on this list. - AdamDestructorJr.

I'm a huge fan of Syn gates but Alexi is probably the best guitarist in the world he plays all his amazing riffs while singing as well and his solos are just unbelievable

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4 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.

His solo work was really impressive. It has a brutal sound but a classic style for some parts. His solos are so impressive, he economy picks, sweeps, alternate picks and everything. I didn't like nevermore too much but his solo stuff is great

Artistic, magnificient playing.

This guy is now considered old school. I can't say anything that hasn't already been said about this mad genius except he was born in the wrong year like all the other greats on this list. Excluding JR who sucks big time.

He is the greatest guitarist to ever live! Not exactly young anymore as he is in his 40's now, but he could smoke any single one of the dudes on here. That simple. Listen to Miles of Machines.

5 Misha Mansoor

Its Misha Mansoor. He does a lot for developing the djenty sound being used by more and more bands today.

6 Brennan Dylan

His technique is amazing. And such passion when he plays. You'll hear from him real soon!

Wow war parade blew my brains all over the place. Finally some one takes the Millennial gay beats and gives them the attitude this rock less generation lacks. WOWWW brilliant.

.He is amazing to see live!

Very young guitar virtuoso - sounds like Yngwie, Steve Vai, Satriani.
In 2013 he won the LA Music Awards guitarist of the year.

7 Gus G Gus G 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

well I really like his guitar playing plus that ozzy would't choose a guy with poor skills... and I think that ozzy knows best;)

Not as good as Randy, but I guess he fits with Ozzy. I don't know why Randy isn't on here though - benhos

Burning Earth is brilliant

Ozzy's guitarist are the best metal guitarist. All of them are experts. This list sucks as well. People know as much about music as I know about golf. - Sabbath

8 Jinxx Jinxx Jeremy Miles Ferguson, better known by the stage name Jinxx, is an American musician best known as the rhythm guitarist, violinist, cellist, pianist, lyricist, songwriter, composer and backing vocalist of American rock band Black Veil Brides.

I love black veil brides and jinxx's work

Jinxx is a god. He is a master of guitar, violin, even piano. I watched him shred the hell out of that double neck and saw the face of god. BVB is very underrated and deserve much more praise from people other than the army of hormonal teenage girls in too much makeup. I hope one day more people see their genius.

Jinxx is beautiful, never let anyone else tell you otherwise. He has worked so hard to be where he is now. And despite the band, he also has a wife that he loves and cares for.

I Had a hard time between Jinxx and Jackie Vincent but Jinxx has always been my favorite of the two.

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9 Muhammed Sucimez

Best death metal guitarist ever

10 Jacky Vincent

What are you waiting for? Get off of here and go listen to his work before you place a vote. Starting with "The Drug in Me is You" by Falling in Reverse all the way up to his most recent work with his new band, Cry Venom, and listen to their debut album "Vanquish the Demon." His work is a perfect blend of technicality and musicality. He creates masterpiece after masterpiece. I undoubtedly believe this young, guitar virtuoso will one day be dubbed a legend decades down the road. Only Jacky Vincent can top Jacky Vincent. Don't believe me? Go hear it for yourself.

Deserves more attention than 14 year olds who are sad that their mom never took them to Hot Topic

Uh he's a bad ass.

Awesome guitarist. Can go toe to toe with ANYONE.

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The Contenders

11 Oli Herbert

I ranked him slightly higher than Alexi Laiho due to his immense experience and expertise with music theory. Just do a search on Youtube to hear him explain the theory behind his solos. Mind = Blown.

All of his riffs are great and his solos... Wow. They are simple amazing for a few main reasons. One is that he shreds the solos like nothing. And they also seem really articulate and perfect

He looks like Jesus.
Listen to the solos from six, chiron, the air that I breathe and more.

This guy can play his ass off. He's Al Di Meola on jet fuel. He's got all the musical technique and killer solos but again like Alexi no one cares in 2016 except the hardcore fans. Unfortunately metal is dead.

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12 Christian Muenzner
13 Tosin Abasi Tosin Abasi Oluwatosin Ayoyinka Olumide "Tosin" Abasi (born January 7, 1983), is a Nigerian American musician, best known as the founder and lead guitarist of the instrumental progressive metal band Animals as Leaders. Before founding Animals as Leaders, he was the guitarist for the technical metalcore band Reflux. ...read more.

Why is Tosin not number 1, he is way better than many older players I have seen, and in my opinion one of the best of all time.

He could literally play circles around everybody else in this list.

14 Jason Richardson

A literal God

He is insanely fast & accurate

He would destroy every single guitarist on the world.

He has a great picking articulation and much cleaner and faster than Syn.. Jason also play riffs over a complex time signature..

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15 Matt Heafy Matt Heafy Matthew "Matt" Kiichi Heafy is a Japanese-American musician, best known as the lead vocalist and rhythm guitarist of the Orlando based Heavy Metal/Metalcore band Trivium.

Matt Heafy is defiantly an amazing Rhythm Guitarist. Matt Heafy's riffs always lay into the beat. Very technical and very unique guitarist. While everyone else is trying to rip into Sinister Gates they play two different styles of music and two different styles of guitar. Matt Heafy holds his ground with the best of rhythm guitarists.

An underrated guitarist. Synyster's good, but in terms of awesome rhythms singing and great solos, Matt Heafy's the bomb.

People with both impressive vocal and guitar skills are rare. Matt is one of them. Cheers to Matt.

If this guy were a jam donut... He'd be a good jam donut. With extra JAM, because this mofo makes syn look like a little girl picking it up for the first time. Not to mention he's in a real, respectable band.

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16 Steffen Kummerer Steffen Kummerer Steffen Kummerer (born June 1, 1985) is a German guitarist, multi-instrumentalist and producer. He is the leader, main songwriter, vocalist, and guitarist for the (technical) death metal band Obscura as well as the black metal band Thulcandra.
17 Herman Li Herman Li Herman Li is a Hong Kong-born, British Chinese musician, record producer, and lead guitarist for the British Power-Metal band Dragonforce.

He should be in top 5. The way he he plays guitar is amazing. He can shred and his dive bombs are mind blowing

What? Herman Li is Spellbinding... Synyster gates can keep up herman's speed... He should be like in 3-4... !

This guy is amazing he is insane on a guitar he is the fastest ever

Definitely the Ace of this list.. To be honest, its not much of a competition here as only 4-5 can keep up with him... After all he's got Fury of the Storm... m/

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18 Mark Okubo
19 Michael Padget

Greatest guitarist with fastest solos! Love the way he starts his solos. He has a great speed with skills! - rohitsingh

Bullet For My Valentine's guitarist. Really nice guitarist check out the solo of Begging for Mercy. - Violette

One of my favorite guitarists of all time. I put him on my top 5

Love him! He's is the best should be at least at 2

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20 Jason Combs

Guitarist from Phinehas. This guy shreds.

21 Dylan Ruskin
22 Jake Pitts Jake Pitts Jacob Mark "Jake" Pitts is an American musician and record producer best known as the lead guitarist of the rock band Black Veil Brides.

He's influenced by Synyster Gates and other Guitarists! How Jake Pitts plays his guitar is amazing! His solo are very good! I think Jake Pitts is good as Synyster Gates. Pitts has 28 years old and since he is younger than Synyster Gates I think, he deserves the 1st place in this Contest!

Same face

I think he deserve first position.His solo are incredable.

I can't believe he's not even listed! :O
Jake and Syn are legitly tied neck and neck for first. I love them both and I think they both deserve first place ;]

23 Jake Bowen

Awesome composition and solos and the best scene attitude in metal.

24 Seth Morrison

His solos in the band Skillet are awesome! He's really talented and is a great guitarist!

25 Paul Waggoner
26 Corey Beaulieu Corey Beaulieu Corey King Beaulieu (Born November 22nd 1983) is an American musician and actor, known for being the lead guitarist and backing vocalist for the Heavy Metal band Trivium.

Corey is the best guitar player for me and I love his solos and his riffs m/

He should be the first

Corey beaulieu is the best.stop m/

He beats synester gates

27 Eddie Lucciola

I saw him live, and he was amazing. He can shred the solos on a fast precise way that no many can. Eddie has the skill to be the best and he proves it in his videos.

Death metal and thrash metal guitarist playing in 3 bands and having 5 guitars he is a pretty sick guitarist

So metal awesome guitarist from youtube

Best guitarist and voclest in the angry nonez

28 David McDaniel
29 Willie Adler Willie Adler William M. Adler is the rhythm guitarist in the heavy metal band Lamb of God. He is the younger brother of his bandmate, drummer Chris Adler.
30 Zack Hansen

He should be so much higher! GREAT Sweeps

31 Matthew Chua

A guitarist in a Filipino band called Red Light not well known started the band a week ago won 3 guitar contests

I always see him live everyday laugh out loud

The best guitarist in my city! Nailed tornado of souls solo in 2 days! With just a tabulature!

Yun oh matt oh ge brylle to ^^

32 Justin Olmstead

Guitarist from Righteous Vendetta. Always challenging himself with his writing.

Very underrated, gifted guitarist. Check him out

33 Ben Kasica

Come on guys... He's solos just fits in very well with the songs... He doesn't do unnecessary solos. He's just amazing on stage.

34 Mike Hranica
35 Joe Duplantier Joe Duplantier Joseph "Joe" Duplantier is a French musician best known as the guitarist and vocalist of metal band Gojira.
36 Dave Strange

Midnight Messiah guitarist. This guy really brings something extra to the band both with his technique and bluesy feel. Well worthy of this list in my opinion.

Dave is a fantastic guitarist as well as being an extremely nice person as well... Go Dave!

Dave is the best guitarist and the nicest guy!

Saw this guy at a show in the UK, I thought he was fantastic

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37 Nick Hipa
38 Patrick Somoulay

Reflections are insanely talented, and this guy is so good at shredding and creating insanely cool songs for people to enjoy, check them out.

39 Richie Faulkner - Judas Priest Richie Faulkner - Judas Priest Richard Ian Faulkner, is an English guitarist (born 1 January 1980). In 2011 he was appointed as the successor of K.K. Downing in heavy metal band Judas Priest.
40 Zoltan Bathory
41 Gabriel Garcia
42 Dead Nedry
43 Mark Morton Mark Morton

Incredible time signatures. He and Willie come up with some of the most refreshing stuff. Their sound is second to none and extremely unique

He is so awesome, just check out some of his riffs and solos. You all should love LAMB OF GOD

Why the heck is alexi 3 and mark 28?

Man he should be in top 5

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44 JB Brubaker

JB's soaring riffs and flowing melodies have set him apart from the rest of the pack. He has taken a different look at what lead guitar makes a lead guitar. While not being overbearing or over-powerful his playing beings a type of forethought that shows that a lot of care and process was taken into the writing of each song.

45 Monte Money

Monte is amazing on guitar he Does shred but in a different way from everybody else. His solos are so full of passion and the way he chooses to play is his way of showing his passion. He can definitely reach those electrifying speeds that you would hear in lets say Jacky Vincent's solos but Monte chooses creativity over speed which creates beautiful solos and matches the song perfectly.

I really like his style of playing. He could shred but chooses not to

46 Mia (Mejibray)
47 Sam Totman (Dragonforce)
48 Zacky Vengeance Zacky Vengeance Zachary James Baker, better known by his stage name Zacky Vengeance, is an American musician, best known as the rhythm guitarist, backing vocalist, and founding member for the American alternative metal/ metalcore band Avenged Sevenfold. Zacky V. also owns a small clothing company, Vengeance University. ...read more.

Does amazing stuff with his partner in crime- Synyster Gates

How is Zacky Vengeance not in the top 3? - UndisputedLunatic

49 Matt Good

The gutairist from From First to Last and Destroy Rebuild Until God Shows.D.R.U.G.S. was formed by exceptionally talented members taken from other bands to band together and create a "Super Band"

50 David Davidson

David Davidson and Ol Drake (Evile/Solo) have both reinvigorated guitar virtuosity for the modern era. I see Davidson, specifically, as the new Chuck Schuldiner. Not that his style resembles Chuck's, but because he brings a new brand of complexity, originality, and heaviness like Chuck did in the past. - surgeonsanic

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