Top Metal Guitarists

artist: misc date: 01/26/2004 category: general music news
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Top Metal Guitarists
Guitar World has picked the 100 Greatest Metal Guitarists for their upcoming March 2004 issue, while the magazine states: "This is not a list that ranks who can play the fastest or with the most taste, feeling or technique (although many players on our list have all of those arrows in their quiver)," the editors stress in the accompanying introduction. "It is, rather, a tribute to the great men who shit iron and piss stainless steel razor blades, and do it every time they plug into an amplifier." Although this list has a lot of great guitarists which no doubt are "top metal guitarists" (like Kirk Hammet of Metallica, Slash of Guns N' Roses, Eddie Van Halen, Tom Morello and many many more), it is also include some definitely not metal guitarists, like Jimy Page of Led Zeppelin, Jimi Hendrix and Joe Perry. WTF I would say? On the other hand, it's better than Rolling Stone's "Top 500 Albums Of All Time". Here's the list: 1. Tony Iommi (Black Sabbath) 2. Kirk Hammett & James Hetfield (Metallica) 3. Angus & Malcolm Young (AC/DC) 4. Randy Rhoads (Ozzy Osbourne) 5. Eddie Van Halen (Van Halen) 6. Jimmy Page (Led Zeppelin) 7. Dimebag Darrell (Pantera, Damageplan) 8. Zakk Wylde (Ozzy Osbourne, Black Label Society) 9. Adam Jones (Tool) 10. Kerry King & Jeff Hanneman (Slayer) 11. Dave Murray & Adrian Smith (Iron Maiden) 12. Jimi Hendrix 13. Glen Tipton & K.K. Downing (Judas Priest) 14. Ace Frehley & Paul Stanley (Kiss) 15. Slash (Guns N' Roses) 16. Ritchie Blackmore (Deep Purple, Rainbow) 17. Yngwie Malmsteen 18. Joe Perry & Brad Whitford (Aerosmith) 19. Dave Mustaine & Marty Friedman (Megadeth) 20. Chuck Schuldiner (Death) 21. Brian May (Queen) 22. Michael Schenker (Msg, Ufo) 23. Nigel Tufnel (Spinal Tap) 24. Jeff Beck 25. Tom Morello (Rage Against The Machine) 26. Head & Munky (Korn) 27. John Petrucci (Dream Theater) 28. Kim Thayil (Soundgarden) 29. Vivian Campbell (Def Leppard) 30. Daron Malakian (System Of A Down) 31. Scott Ian (Anthrax) 32. Tom G. Warrior (Celtic Frost) 33. Chris Degarmo & Michael Wilton (Queensryche) 34. C.C. Deville 35. Marten Hagstrm & Fredrik Thorndendal (Meshuggah) 36. Alex Lifeson (Rush) 37. Paul Gilbert (Mr. Big, Racer X) 38. Jerry Cantrell (Alice In Chains) 39. Mantas (Venom) 40. Jason Becker (Dave Lee Roth) 41. Phil Collen & Steve Clarke (Def Leppard) 42. Mikael kerfeldt & Peter Lindgren (Opeth) 43. Fast Eddie Clarke (Motorhead) 44. Nuno Bettencourt (Extreme) 45. Warren Demartini (Ratt) 46. Mick Mars (Motley Crue) 47. George Lynch (Dokken) 48. Ted Nugent 49. Jake E. Lee (Ozzy Osbourne, Badlands) 50. Rudolf Schenker & Uli John Roth (Scorpions) 51. Oystein "Euronymous" Aarseth (Mayhem) 52. Scott Gorham & Brian Robertson (Thin Lizzy) 53. Steve Vai (Dave Lee Roth) 54. Reb Beach (Winger, Dokken) 55. Trey Azagthoth (Morbid Angel) 56. John Sykes (Thin Lizzy, Blue Murder) 57. Hank Shermann & Michael Denner (Mercyful Fate) 58. Richie Sambora (Bon Jovi) 59. Jon Donais & Matt Backhand (Shadows Fall) 60. Stephen Carpenter (Deftones) 61. Alex Skolnick & Eric Peterson (Testament) 62. Brian Tatler (Diamond Head) 63. John Christ (Danzig) 64. Scott "Wino" Weinrich (The Obsessed) 65. Pepper Keenan & Woody Weatherman (C.O.C.) 66. Tommy Victor (Prong) 67. Leslie West (Mountain) 68. Vernon Reid (Living Colour) 69. Glen Buxton & Michael Bruce (Alice Cooper) 70. Bjorn Gelotte & Jesper Stromblad (In Flames) 71. Jim Matheos (Fates Warning) 72. Gary Holt & Rick Hunolt (Exodus) 73. Donald Buck Dharma Roeser (Blue Oyster Cult) 74. Michael Amott (Arch Enemy) 75. Robert Fripp (King Crimson) 76. Andre Olbrich (Blind Guardian) 77. Joe Satriani 78. Frank Hannon & Tommy Skeoch (Tesla) 79. Ty Tabor (King's X) 80. Mark Morton & Will Adler (Lamb Of God) 81. Dino Cazares (Fear Factory) 82. Pete Townshend (The Who) 83. Jon Schaffer (Iced Earth) 84. Timo Tolkki (Stratovarius) 85. Neil Young 86. Abbath Doom Occulta (Immortal) 87. Kai Hansen (Gamma Ray) 88. Uffe Cederlund & Alex Hellid (Entombed) 89. Leigh Stephens (Blue Cheer) 90. Jim Martin (Faith No More) 91. Michael Romeo (Symphony X) 92. Bill Steer (Carcass) 93. Piggy (Voivod) 94. Tony Bourge (Budgie) 95. Sammy Hagar (Van Halen) 96. Alexi Laiho (Children Of Bodom) 97. Akira Takasaki (Loudness) 98. Michael Angelo 99. John Kay & Michael Monarh (Steppenwolf) 100. Nick Bowcott (Grim Reaper) Thanks to Sin's Metal News for the Top Metal Guitarists listing.
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