Mustaine: 'Chris Broderick Is The Best Guitarist I've Ever Played With'

The Megadeth mainman is blown away by Broderick's work on their new album "Super Collider".

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Dave Mustaine says Chris Broderick is "without a doubt the best guitarist I've ever played with" after recording on the new Megadeth album "Super Collider" together.

The album is Megadeth's first release on Mustaine's new label Tradecraft in conjunction with Universal, after splitting from metal imprint Roadrunner.

Broderick joined the band in 2008. Mustaine sung his praises on Twitter this week:

Sang & did hard & fast solos today. See our video updates & tell your friends to join our nearly 6 MIL friends at facebook.com/megadeth

Dave Mustaine (@DaveMustaine) March 7, 2013

Chris has finished Super Collider ...all I can say is he is without a doubt the best guitarist I've ever played with. @chris_broderick

Dave Mustaine (@DaveMustaine) March 7, 2013

Speaking about Tradecraft's relationship Universal, Mustaine said (via Blabbermouth): "Being with Universal is by far the most exciting and prestigious home for Megadeth ever! We are electrified with what the future holds and the possibilities such a powerhouse like Universal will bring for us all."

Is Chris Broderick the best Megadeth guitarist ever? Share your opinion in the comments.

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    DisarmGoliath
    I thought this was obvious, from a technical point of view, as anybody who knew of Broderick before he joined Megadeth could attest to (check out older vids on his YouTube channel, for example, if they're still up), but overall I think Marty Friedman was a better writer/creative impact and more melodic... at least so far, from what I've heard.
    ironBLSmaiden
    Literally exactly what i was gonna say! Broderick's technique is amazing, and that's not to say marty's isn't, but broderick is just technically better, even though marty's playing is probably more unique and creative sounding.. yeah it's hard to not repeat what you said haha
    emeryd1
    2 words...Marty Friedman
    )v(egaFan90
    Considering no one here has ever played with the complete catalog of Megadeth guitarists, I'd say Dave is the only one who can say. Although listening to each is a matter of opinion, commenting on who is better is pointless.
    TheWhiteKeys101
    Imo I personnaly think that Broderick has a better technique than Friedman, would be nice to watch a guitar battle between these two guys though!
    emeryd1
    I agree but it's not always down to technique but then again I just love Marty Friedman, they are both incredibly talented there's no denying that.
    Lackesse
    and that's why I love Countdown To Extinction= The most memorable and well written Megadeth album... ever.. with the best sound and production... Max Norman was their best producer, nobody could deny that
    Municipal Waste
    There is a guitar "battle" on youtube between Paul Gilbert and Marty Friedman. It's from some Japanese tv show. Marty is on fire.
    Diek321
    That's Marty Friedman's show, actually, it's called "Rock Fujiyama". He just invites a bunch of guitarists and they all f**k around a bit. Excellent show.
    KerNeL_KLuTcH
    Chris was quoted a while ago saying that he would stay with Megadeth as long as they are happy to have him, and with Dave sober and calmed down, and Nevermore broken up, that would probably be forever, and I wouldn't mind if Dave keeps writing gems like "Sudden Death" and "Dialectic Chaos" unless Chris Poland want's back in since that's more likely to happen than Marty, since Marty doesn't even like Thrash, and personally I'd rather see CP since KIMB and Peace Sells are amazing and The System Has Failed is a hidden gem. Marty only had one really good album for me RIP, and most of it was written before he joined, Countdown Was OK and the next three I only like the singles. Broderick is so much better technically than Marty but Marty as with Chris Poland has an incredibly unique style, With his phrasing and note choice but Broderick does real justice to each of their solos live, which is why I wish they'd play "I ain't superstitious" live more Chris did it real justice in Chile a year or so ago, look the video up. I really wish Dave would knock off his BS and play "The Conjuring", "Bad Omen" or "Black Friday" but I doubt Shawn can do Gar's thrash-jazz drumming justice. I wish Nick Menza would rejoin, aside from Gar rising from the dead that would be the best of a drummer Megadeth could have. Chris is one of the most polite shredders ever, he's like a polar opposite to Malmsteen.
    Mustaine1940
    Chris is by far a better guitarist then friedman friedman just had alot more feeling then broderick which fit megadeth better
    sickassfoo
    that is the problem, broderick can play anything but he sounds like a computer when he plays. there has to be some sort of feel in the song.
    Arunas
    What's a "guitar battle" ?
    TheNameOfNoone
    It's an imaginary show where two or more 'greater' guitarists are showing off in front of 100 'lesser' guitarists who watch them with jaws dropped and vote for the one who has 'better technique' or creates cooler sounds.
    kozmo4200
    There can never be a better guitarist like there can never be a better genre of music. Its all perception and one person could know every scale and play flawlessly but that doesnt mean they can write good music. I like watching "guitar battles" but there is no victor in my opinion.
    RockInPeaceDime
    I'm fairly certain there's no one on this planet who can decide who the best guitar player Mustaine has played with...except Mustaine.
    KingV911
    Yeah, Marty plays with more gusto and his solos are more musical. Broderick matches and surpasses in technique, but that's about it.
    metallica-#1
    Chris Roboterick doesn't have shit on Friedman, Dave's just huggin his nuts because he's Megadeth's guitarist for the time being. Not saying Chris can't play, just that he doesn't fit Megadeth's sound as well as Marty did, and Marty was much more entertaining to watch live
    inflames66676
    Yeah, this mother****er would've been nobody if it wasn't for marty friedmans' geniousness
    garrettkirby
    It'll be nice if Chris stays for a while longer, then.
    TombOfHorror
    It'd also be nice if Mustaine continues to talk about music, and avoid putting foot in mouth with political nonsense.
    saint_berzerker
    He does. UG just chooses what they're going to put on their site.
    S.D.R.
    Very true. The entire internet puts him up to be some sort of crazy radical, when they are really just picking out his thoughts that weren't thought out very well. He really isn't that crazy, it's just the way that he words it that gives him a bad reputation.
    Macabre_Turtle
    The fact that he occasionally says and does good things, and that typically only that bad things get published doesn't change that he does indeed say/do crazy radical things.
    Wisthler
    He doesn't talk about politics as much as you think, is that UG just chooses to pick those moments because they are a bunch of *****s. For example, they did choose to avoid the fact that Dave Mustaine recieved, from the US marcine corps, a medal, a flag and a letter thanking him for his support. Or also they decided to avoid the fact that he donated his "Holy wars lyrics" guitar to charity, I think it was to "Six Strings Masterpieces"
    HammettIsKing
    I bet if he was praising Obama or bashing Bush people would say how intelligent Mustaine is when it comes to politics and would like to hear more of it from him.
    Wisthler
    Actually that happened arround the era of UA when he was telling bush to go **** himself nearly every hour.
    RockInPeaceDime
    That's because he would be on the right side of history and logic if he was doing that.
    KerNeL_KLuTcH
    please tell me that's a joke Obama is as bad as bush if not worse
    lilboyc
    Just because he's black doesn't make him worse. You should really check on Obama facts before you say anything else.
    Burnzyburns
    I'd certainly like Chris to stay, UNLESS Friedman or Poland suddenly wanted back in. Broderick is technically incredible and can duplicate anything, but I'd take a Friedman or Poland penned solo over his stuff any day.
    KVX-madman
    He's a great player, but I think, he doesn't fit Megadeth (in a good way). Chris reached his best in Jag Panzer, IMO. Megadeth is too small to contain musical genius like Chris and pathetic frontman like Dave. Of course Chris earns much more with Megadeth, but he's unable to show his ideas there. Glen Drover, Marty Friedman, Chris Poland... they all now have their own projects. And I don't think Chris will return to his solo stuff some day.
    Mustaine1940
    Have u not heard his work on endgame? Thirteen they tried to go back to thrash roots but endgame was a phenominal performance for chris and dave, dialectic chaos this day we fight, songs like sudden death are great for his sweeping technique and mustaines classic solo style
    HeavyMetalSonic
    TH1RT3EN had nothing to do with returning to thrash roots. It was an attempt to return to the commercial style of Countdown.
    AndSteve
    Yes, but Broderick doesn't write any solo's in Megadeth and it's not fair to his talent.
    boomershadow
    Broderick writes his own solos. Sure, Dave is the focal point of the creative juice, but he doesn't write Chris's solos for him.
    Badmotorfingers
    From a technical point of view, most likely. (Poland?) But overall, Chris doesn't hold a candle to Marty or even Poland imo. I listened to Endgame a lot (not so much 13) and I can barely remember any of his solos. I could probably sing you (not very well lol) each one of Marty's off Rust In Peace and some off Countdown too. To me, Chris' lead playing is just like mindless shredding (still impressive but not memorable) while Marty's lead playing is amazing, well crafted and well written.
    Mustaine1940
    Remember your also talking megadeths 2 most succesful records for everything that 4 man lineup was maybe the best thrash lineup ever, and how the story ends chriss solo in that somg was unreal
    zucky22389
    Exactly what I was thinking! Marty's solos are more memorable and that's the key ingredient, in my opinion, to a guitarists ability being able to fit in the band. Marty's use of exotic scales doesn't hurt either.
    Cheeselord
    Obviously, Broderick is one of the most skilled Guitarists around today. However, in terms of solos, Chris Poland is the best Megadeth has had. Peace Sells has so many orgasmic solos.
    Prometh3us
    Wake Up Dead for example. It's different, and it works.
    KingV911
    Bad example - those are pretty much all Mustaine solos. Good examples of Poland would be the intro guitar solo on Bad Omen (who else sounds like that?!), Peace Sells, Good Mourning intro and Black Friday solo....on and on. And for those who haven't heard it, Chris Poland's solo album "Return to Metalopolis" is one of the great instrumental guitar albums out there.
    SOAD_SoG
    Of course he would say that, he is the guy that's in the band with. I think Chris would get insulted if Mustaine goes saying "Nah, Marty/Poland was better"
    Sir-Shredalot
    Expression is the number one key to music. Everything else is secondary. Marty Friedmans solos were very passionate. Even solos like Captive Honor sound like he is hanging himself by his strings its so aggressive. Chris Poland on Peace Sells does such expressive bending as well as crazy jazz lines. Bending strings is one of the key advantages to guitar expression.
    Riggy
    I don't know why, but I find CB just kind of dull, as a player. Don't get me wrong he's great, but just bores me to death. Friedman all the way, hah.
    Atrloc
    Chris solos aren't memorable because the songs they are in aren't memorable neither. A solo is good when its played on a nice harmony and nice rythmics, which doesn't happen in endgame or 13, exceptuating a couple of songs. Remember that a song in megadeth is written for 4 instruments, not 1.
    Braykah
    Al Pitrelli, Glen Drover and Jeff Young were great in Megadeth as well, though they tend to get overshadowed by Dave, Marty Friedman, Chris Poland and -Broderick which is kind of sad.
    Jmoarguitar
    It's not really sad, it's just the name of the game if you signup to be Megadeths lead guitarist.
    Wisthler
    Jeff Young is an *****
    Burnzyburns
    I think Jeff Young is a bit of a douchecanoe, but I also think people would hold him in much higher regard if Mustaine's songwriting had been more up to snuff on that record.
    j-mac71
    and this is why... friedman is a close second tho (tornado of souls is one of the best solos ever recorded imo) prepare for your brain to be melted if you havent seen megadeth live in the last few years
    Dimarzio45
    When it comes to fingertaps, he still has nothing on Stan-The-Man.
    Zerath
    That was awesome! (stan)
    Dimarzio45
    Zerath- I know, right!! It wasn't to say anything bad about Chris. But, a 30 second neoclassical riff pales in comparison to 7 minutes of awesome creativity. It makes Chris' riff seem like child's play. I was crazy about Chris' fingertap video until someone showed me this video (Stan)...
    RndyW0
    His cover of Stairway is just insanely awesome as well. I also love Jumpin' Jack; another Stanley Jordan classic.
    reignofrock
    Personally,I wish Chris had done more work with Nevermore. He fit perfectly, but hey, Nevermore never had a stable second guitarist for very long anyhow.
    madpaperboy89
    There is no way to say in any definite terms what guitarist is the best and who is better than who IMO. Some people would want to use technicality as the criteria, yet I can listen to a guy like Chris shredding away for ten minutes and it won't amount to anything except being slightly impressed but bored after about a million mindless finger taps and sweep arpeggios. I listen to somebody like Marty on Rust In Peace however, and it effects me on a visceral and emotional level...to me style and emotion constitutes a great guitar player, just like a song.
    Robfreitag
    I think Marty writes better solos, but Chris is a really good player, but not as good a witer
    pwrmax
    Dave wants someone who can play Marty's solos perfectly and Chris is happy doing just that, I doubt he's going anywhere.
    Mustaine1940
    Broderick is a better guitarist but friedman had more feelimg i feel not all of brodericks talents are touched upon with megadeth but he shows alot of power and skill hes a better guitarist he just doesnt have as much excitement in his solos via tornado of souls of hangar 18 or symphony, i love them both but marty chose his path
    guitarist5477
    I've seen Megadeth live with Broderick, and I must say I was blown away. Whether he is better than Friedman or not, I could care less.
    sykguitaryst
    Broderick cant **** with Marty.. Marty ****in sings with his Axe; Broderick is sick as ****, but i cant hum 1 of his solos. Its all opinion anyway, but what keeps me going with Friedman.. i saw a Holy Wars performance with Chris, when that acoustic-ish solo came, he ****in rushed it. Technically he played it perfectly, but he totally ****ed up the timing by going too apeshit.. made me wanna puke and ****ed the solo up for me. Aside from that, his skill was just godlike.
    c660917
    Of course! (sarcasm) While Chris is playing, unlike most players, he does not control its effects, is the technician who controls them. He has good technique but not the mastermind of Friedman to compose. Friedman wins! Flawless Victory!
    Wisthler
    Chris is ****ing amazing the problem is that he became famous, in an era where his style of playing guitar is VERY common. Not like the 90's or the 80's.
    Anjohl
    Agreed. Randy Rhoafs would get lost in the shuffle if he debuted today.
    KingV911
    If his name was really Randy Rhoafs I think he would still be alive to this day, managing a Jiffy Lube.
    Camron62\m/
    Chris has amazing skill, but the solos aren't memorable like Marty's, this is true. Hard to say which one is better, they are both amazing in their own sense.
    Rob Man
    This is Dave's opinion. It is not factual either way if Marty or Chris is the better guitar player. If he feels that it is true... good for him. If Dave didn't think this, he wouldn't say anything about Chris's abilities. He would just say that he is excited about the new album and leave it at that. As we all know Dave is VERY honest with his feelings on many issues. He wouldn't say this if he didn't believe it.
    eastbaytray
    No, Dave says that about anyone who is in Megadeth. David Ellefson for example when he quit the band. According to Mustaine he was a terrible bass player and every guitar player they ever had wanted him fired. He is pissed off at Marty because he moved to Japan and was not into a Megadeth reunion around '08. If he had rejoined, he would have been the greatest ever.
    RockInPeaceDime
    Regardless, it is plainly Mustaine's opinion and there's no one on this planet who can decide who the best player Mustaine has played with in his personal opinion except Mustaine. Because, well...it's his ****in personal opinion and experience. It would be like you saying "vanilla ice cream is the best flavor of ice cream I've ever had" and somebody walks up and says, "Nah man, chocolate is the best flavor you've ever had." How idiotic is that?
    rcm93
    Chris's solos are just boring in my opinion. Marty's solos were at least memorable, even though he might not have had the 'best' technique.
    nincompoop
    Broderick may be more technically skilled, but Friedman has way more feels. Just listen to Risk . Yes, hate the album or not, some of his solos are like... those feels. Skip to 1:42:
    qOcOP
    Friedman has the best feels of the megadeths guiatarist but as for best i think CB is the best but he has no feels. they dont come close to slash though, slash has feels and technical prowess
    Bart123
    So it seems I'll be the first to mention Hetfield. Ooooh wait he plays rhythm, that means he can't be considered good. And good actually means more technical. Got it.
    Dimarzio45
    That's more a "Kirk Hammett Is The Best Guitarist I've Ever Played With" topic...
    ripper992
    What about Kerry "The Mastermind" King? He actually played in Megadeth for a while lol. But seriously, I just can't put Broderick before Chris or Marty, it's impossible
    stonyman65
    Speaking purely from a technical standpoint, yeah, Chris is easily the best guitarist Megadeth has ever had. Speaking from a musical standpoint, Marty wins hands-down.
    HavokStrife
    This is the first thing Mustaine's said in like, I dunno, 8 years that I agree with. Broderick is absolutely one of the best guitarists in the world. Mustaine's prick ass barely deserves him.
    todd6138
    It just makes sense just like it would when marty was the guitarist he was the best hell Im sure it goes along with any new material you are writing and you are excited
    AndSteve
    Then please let him write some ****ing solo's already. He wrote one solo for Megadeth so far, and it was great...LET HIM DO MORE.
    UniformRecon
    Mustaine: "Chris Broderick Is The Best Guitarist I've Ever Played With" Ya know...other than James Hetfield or Marty Friedman...