Personal Top (Metal) Musicians Lists


8 Jun 2010, 3:05

This isn't who I think is the best (although if I made a list like that it would be similar), it's who I like the performance style of the most. Obviously there are many more great musicians than I could count or sort through.

ALL based on personal preference. Name and main band(s). I'm more impressed by a distinctive style and by technical ability than by influence, though of course many musicians came to be influential because of their ability or originality..

I've decided to make this an all-metal list, though that means I only have to exclude Joe Satriani. Shame, because I am a huge Satch fan, but he was out of place here :\ He would have been 6 on the overall guitarists list.

Might get around to linking artists.

Yeah there are definitely some cliche choices here.

Re-added favorite performance by most of them. Many cliche choices...

Overall Guitarists - Rhythm and/or solo players who either do both well or one exceptionally well
1. Alex Skolnick (Testament) - Practice What You Preach
2. Chuck Schuldiner (Death) - A Moment of Clarity
3. Dave Mustaine (Megadeth) - Holy Wars... The Punishment Due
4. Jeff Waters (Annihilator) - Bloodbath
5. Marty Friedman (Megadeth, Cacophony, others) - Hangar 18
6. John Petrucci (Dream Theater, Liquid Tension Experiment) - Lie
7. James Hetfield (Metallica) - Master of Puppets
8. Eric Peterson (Testament) - More Than Meets The Eye
9. Jeff Loomis (Nevermore) - Enemies of Reality
10. Kirk Hammett (Metallica) - And Justice For All
11. Glenn Tipton (Judas Priest) - Painkiller
12. "Dimebag" Darrell (Pantera) - Domination
13. K.K. Downing (Judas Priest) - Beyond the Realms of Death
14. Adrian Smith (Iron Maiden) - Powerslave
15. Tony Iommi (Black Sabbath) - War Pigs

Lead Guitarists - Solo players; More emphasis on memorable yet still technical solos (Excluded favorite performance here, since they would be the same as above)
1. Alex Skolnick
2. Chuck Schuldiner
3. Jeff Waters
4. Dave Mustaine
5. Kirk Hammett

Rhythm Guitarists - not necessarily ONLY rhythm guitarists, but those who play good rhythm parts/riffs as well as maybe (in these cases, usually) solos
1. Dave Mustaine - My Last Words
2. James Hetfield - Master of Puppets
3. Eric Peterson - D.N.R.
4. Jeff Waters - Human Insecticide
5. Jon Schaffer (Iced Earth) - Dante's Inferno

Bass Guitarists
1. Geezer Butler (Black Sabbath) - Bassically
2. Steve Harris (Iron Maiden) - Wrathchild
3. Greg Christian (Testament) - Trial by Fire
4. David Ellefson (Megadeth) - My Last Words
5. Cliff Burton (Metallica) - Anesthesia
6. John Myung (Dream Theater) - Metropolis
7. Steve DiGiorgio (Death, Testament, others) - The Philosopher
8. Justin Chancellor (Tool) - Reflection
9. Robert Trujillo (Metallica) - Suicide & Redemption
10. Martin Mendez (Opeth) - Blackwater Park

1. Mike Portnoy (Dream Theater, Liquid Tension Experiment) - The Dance of Eternity
2. Gene Hoglan (Death, Testament, others) - Overactive Imagination
3. Dave Lombardo (Slayer, Testament, others) - Raining Blood
4. Danny Carey (Tool) - Reflection
5. Richard Christy (Death, Iced Earth, others) - Scavenger of Human Sorrow
6. Bobby Jarzombek (Halford, Arch/Matheos, Iced Earth, others) - Stained Glass Sky
7. Sean Reinert (Cynic, Death) - Veil of Maya
8. Paul Bostaph (Slayer, Testament, Exodus, others) - More Than Meets The Eye
9. Martin Lopez (Opeth) - Deliverance
10. Scott Travis (Judas Priest, Racer X) - Painkiller

1. Rob Halford (Judas Priest) - Victim of Changes
2. Ronnie James Dio (Dio, Black Sabbath, Heaven & Hell, Rainbow, others) - Stargazer
3. Bruce Dickinson (Iron Maiden) - Hallowed Be Thy Name
4. Geoff Tate (Queensryche) - Eyes of a Stranger
5. Mikael Akerfeldt (Opeth, Bloodbath) - When

My half-assed uneducated attempt at a short list of metal guitarists who are actually technically the best out of who I really listen to:

1. John Petrucci
2. Jeff Loomis
3. Chris Broderick
4. Jeff Waters
5. Alex Skolnick

For the hell of it, here are some (again, favorite rather than best) rock guitarists (3/5 of which played proto-metal/hard rock, and 2 of which are mainly solo artists):

1. Joe Satriani
2. Randy Rhoads (Ozzy, Quiet Riot)
3. Eddie Van Halen
4. Ritchie Blackmore (Deep Purple, Rainbow)
5. Buckethead

WELL. This was the product of many boreds, and I still refine it occasionally when another bored comes up. Sometimes I think I should add top songwriters, but that would be hard and would change frequently. It would definitely include Mikael Akerfeldt (Opeth, Bloodbath), Dan Swano (Edge of Sanity, Nightingale, Bloodbath), Anders Nystrom (Katatonia, Bloodbath), and Chuck Schuldiner (Death).


  • DP266

    For what it's worth, since I've gotten more into stuff outside of thrash and "heavy," I don't really think about top individual musicians anymore besides songwriters. Probably going to keep this journal for the hell of it though.

    22 Ene 2013, 0:00
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