Oh, the guitar face – that magical place that rockers slip off to when they’ve been totally consumed by a song and the music is in total control. While some guitarists and bassists have truly signature mugs when they rip into a song, others allow the mood of the music to uniquely fashion their fantastical facial expressions -- leading to the notorious guitar face. One this for sure though, when the music takes over the faces are truly unforgettable.

When the guitar or bass is removed from the equation, it offers up a whole new world of possibilities from pure exhilaration to downright carnal. Check out the photos below where we zoomed in on some of our favorite metal and rock guitar faces of all time:

Jason Hook of Five Finger Death Punch:

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Zach Myers of Shinedown:

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Dave Grohl of Foo Fighters:

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Nick Hipa of As I Lay Dying:

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Mark Tremonti of Creed/Alter Bridge:

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James Hetfield of Metallica:

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Joey Jordison of Murderdolls:

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Scott Ian of Anthrax:

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Brad Walst of Three Days Grace:

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Mark Hoppus of Blink-182

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