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Synyster Gates vs. Jeff Hanneman – Greatest Metal Guitarist, Quarterfinals

Synyster Gates vs. Jeff Hanneman
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In what has likely been the biggest upset so far in this competition, Black Sabbath legend Tony Iommi was defeated by Avenged Sevenfold's Synyster Gates. The Avenged strummer has pulled off two insane wins already; also

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Greatest Metal Guitarist, Round 2 – Vote!

Greatest Metal Guitarist
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Last week, we pitted 32 of metal's greatest guitarists against each other for the ultimate battle of shredder superiority. Our Round 1 match-ups received hundreds of thousands of votes and after a number of hard-fought battles, we move on to Round 2 with 16 guitarists gone and 16 guitarists moving on to Round 2!

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John Petrucci vs. Eddie Van Halen – Greatest Metal Guitarist, Round 2

John Petrucci / Eddie Van Halen
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Although Vivian Campbell was to Ronnie James Dio as Randy Rhoads was to Ozzy Osbourne, the current Def Leppard player was unable to score a win over Dream Theater's John Petrucci. Dream Theater and Petrucci claim a fan base unique to the meta

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Kirk Hammett vs. Yngwie Malmsteen – Greatest Metal Guitarist, Round 2

Kirk Hammett / Yngwie Malmsteen
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Although the two shared the stage in Exodus during the band's formative years, Kirk Hammett and Gary Holt found themselves as competitors during our Round 1 series of voting. While Holt is one of thrash metal's most powerful

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Zakk Wylde vs. Angus Young – Greatest Metal Guitarist, Round 2

Zakk Wylde / Angus Young
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Claiming victory by a comfortable margin, the one and only Zakk Wylde beat out Motley Crue veteran Mick Mars in Round 1 of our Greatest Metal Guitarist competition. Wylde is surely a favorite to make it all the wa

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‘Dimebag’ Darrell Abbott vs. Brian ‘Head’ Welch – Greatest Metal Guitarist, Round 2

'Dimebag' Darrell Abbott / Brian 'Head' Welch
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Dillinger Escape Plan guitarist Ben Weinman may shred faster than a supercomputer, but the axeman crashed after going head-to-head with 'Dimebag' Darrell Abbott. The memory and legacy of Pantera's master shredder re

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Adam Jones vs. Slash – Greatest Metal Guitarist, Round 2

Adam Jones / Slash
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The unorthodox nature of Adam Jones' guitar playing has elevated him to the highest of standings. Somehow able to inject a dose of every psychedelic element on the planet into his axe, Jones' unmatched style allowed his victory over Machine Head's Phil Demmel in Round 1. The Tool titan now faces perhaps the most iconic

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Randy Rhoads vs. Adrian Smith – Greatest Metal Guitarist, Round 2

Randy Rhoads / Adrian Smith
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In battle between old school and new school, immortal Ozzy Osbourne / Quiet Riot guitarist Randy Rhoads claimed a decisive victory over Between the Buried and Me's Paul Waggoner. Waggoner is damn good, but Rhoads and h

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Joe Satriani vs. Jeff Hanneman – Greatest Metal Guitarist, Round 2

Joe Satriani / Jeff Hanneman
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It was sensei vs. student in our Round 1 battle between Joe Satriani and Testament virtuoso Alex Skolnick, but in the end, the pupil was unable to defeat his master. The man who mentored both Skolnick and Metallica's

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Tony Iommi vs. Synyster Gates – Greatest Metal Guitarist, Round 2

Tony Iommi / Synyster Gates
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Black Sabbath guitarist and master of the riff Tony Iommi ran away with his victory against Morbid Angel's Trey Azagthoth in Round 1 of our Greatest Metal Guitarist competition. Iommi has continued his legacy as a metal god with Sabbath's newest album, '13,' proving that despite

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