It's time to pay tribute to the greatest metal guitarists ever! There are countless shredders out there who captivate millions simply with strings and a pick, but who is the best metal axeman of all time? This is where the fans come in. We want to know who you think deserves that very distinction.
Greatest Metal Guitarist
There's only one Yngwie Malmsteen. The Swedish neoclassical master guitarist has inspired an innumerable number of bands and his easily one of the greatest technical shredders in history. Malmsteen's personal style covers a multitude of sub genres such as classical metal, glam, power metal and, of course, heavy metal
These guitarists have taken a classic rock 'n' roll style and revved it up into a distinct heavy metal style. AC/DC's Angus Young is one of the most purely powerful guitarists in history. As one of the greatest riff masters of all time, Angus plows through iconic tracks like 'Let There Be Rock,' 'Thunderstruck' and 'Back in Black' with a youthful exuberance that he still maintains to this day.
Zakk Wylde is one of metal's all-time greats. The beloved shredder was recruited by Ozzy Osbourne in 1987, just in time to record 'No Rest for the Wicked.' Wylde is one of the world's fastest guitarists, able to cram a ridiculous amount of notes into one measure using the "chicken pickin" style. Wylde went on to front Black Label Society, having found success with eight studio albums recorded since 1999.
Both of these guitarists are innovators through simplicity. System of a Down / Scars on Broadway axeman Daron Malakian has been mixing modern metal riffing with Middle Eastern tones to create one of the most unique sounds in metal over the past two decades. Infectious guitar lines found in System of a Down tracks such as 'Toxicity,' 'Aerials' and 'B.Y.O.B,' among other tracks, have set Malakian apart as a true revolutionary when it comes to guitar playing.
Here's an interesting matchup. We've got two of modern metal's most innovative axe-slingers. Pantera's 'Dimebag' Darrell Abbott created groove-laden thrash riffs which haven't aged a day since his band took over the world with classic albums such as 'Cowboys From Hell' and 'Vulgar Display of Power.' The crunch of Dime's guitar mixed with his fluid shredding surely makes him one of metal's greatest guitarists, and his legacy continues to grow after his tragic death.