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Greatest Metal Guitarist

Greatest Metal Guitarist, Round 1 – Vote!

Greatest Metal Guitarist
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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.

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Eddie Van Halen vs. Fredrik Thordendal – Greatest Metal Guitarist, Round 1

Eddie Van Halen vs. Fredrik Thordendal
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He's THE guitarist. Eddie Van Halen took technique to astronomical levels with the mighty Van Halen, which he started with brother Alex Van Halen in 1972. Over forty years later, there is still no "next" Eddie Van Halen. While you can argue whether Van Hale

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John Petrucci vs. Vivian Campbell – Greatest Metal Guitarist, Round 1

John Petrucci vs. Vivian Campbell
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Here's a true battle of titans. Dream Theater guitarist John Petrucci is truly one of the greatest players of all time. There may be nothing Petrucci can't play, as Dream Theater's music constantly takes twists and turns int

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Yngwie Malmsteen vs. Glenn Tipton – Greatest Metal Guitarist, Round 1

Yngwie Malmsteen vs. Glenn Tipton
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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

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Kirk Hammett vs. Gary Holt – Greatest Metal Guitarist, Round 1

Kirk Hammett vs. Gary Holt
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Thrash of the titans! Kirk Hammett needs no introduction, but he obviously deserves one. After Dave Mustaine was kicked out of Metallica, Kirk Hammett, who was trained by legendary guitarist Joe Satriani, was recruited by the thrashers in 1983. The axe-sli

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Angus Young vs. John 5 – Greatest Metal Guitarist, Round 1

Angus Young vs. John 5
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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.

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Zakk Wylde vs. Mick Mars – Greatest Metal Guitarist, Round 1

Zakk Wylde vs. Mick Mars
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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.

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Daron Malakian vs. Brian ‘Head’ Welch – Greatest Metal Guitarist, Round 1

Daron Malakian vs. Brian Head Welch
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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.

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‘Dimebag’ Darrell Abbott vs. Ben Weinman – Greatest Metal Guitarist, Round 1

Dimebag Darrell Abbott vs. Ben Weinman
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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.

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Slash vs. Herman Li – Greatest Metal Guitarist, Round 1

Slash vs. Herman Li
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Guns N' Roses' ‘Appetite for Destruction’ is in the pantheon as an untouchable, perfect album replete with angst and aggression, where every song is just as good as the last. Slash must have somethin

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