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Miika Tenkula of Sentenced, his tone seems to have influenced the tone of a high number of subsequent Finnish guitars, he did a good job of conveying a particular atmosphere or emotion into his playing and always seemed to be holding back so the guitar work fit the song not the other way around. I know and listen to plenty of other guitarists but frankly he's the one i consider the most influential on me personally.

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Miika Tenkula of Sentenced' date=' his tone seems to have influenced the tone of a high number of subsequent Finnish guitars, he did a good job of conveying a particular atmosphere or emotion into his playing and always seemed to be holding back so the guitar work fit the song not the other way around. I know and listen to plenty of other guitarists but frankly he's the one i consider the most influential on me personally.[/quote'] I love his playing on North From Here, it was very inventive for the time, and perfectly balanced melody, technicality, and ferocity in a way that I haven't heard anyone (himself included) replicate.
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I love his playing on North From Here' date=' it was very inventive for the time, and perfectly balanced melody, technicality, and ferocity in a way that I haven't heard anyone (himself included) replicate.[/quote'] Yeah it mellowed a bit after that album but it is worth noting that that almost certainly wasn't an accident. The band stopped heading in that direction in favour of more melody and less aggression and the tone changed as a result.
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Yeah it mellowed a bit after that album but it is worth noting that that almost certainly wasn't an accident. The band stopped heading in that direction in favour of more melody and less aggression and the tone changed as a result.
I don't like their material with the other vocalist at all, and Amok is okay, but really boring, so that was his pinnacle as well as the band's for me.
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Miika Tenkula of Sentenced' date=' his tone seems to have influenced the tone of a high number of subsequent Finnish guitars, he did a good job of conveying a particular atmosphere or emotion into his playing and always seemed to be holding back so the guitar work fit the song not the other way around. I know and listen to plenty of other guitarists but frankly he's the one i consider the most influential on me personally.[/quote'] Great call Dan. He and Greg Mackintosh from Paradise Lost have always been two of my favs. Add in Kim Larsen from Saturnus and that's my fav 3. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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I can't stand those guys. I honestly have no interest in the music they play. I'm not a huge fan of lead guitar wankery in general. Amott's melodies in particular just irritate me. If I have to pick super-shreddy lead guitarists, I'll go with Jeff Loomis, Paul Gilbert, or maybe Muhammed Suiçmez, although I prefer the slightly less technical approach of Dimebag, Chris De Garmo, and James Murphy's leads on "Cause Of Death". But really, give me riffs any day. 

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I can't stand those guys. I honestly have no interest in the music they play. I'm not a huge fan of lead guitar wankery in general. Amott's melodies in particular just irritate me. If I have to pick super-shreddy lead guitarists, I'll go with Jeff Loomis, Paul Gilbert, or maybe Muhammed Suiçmez, although I prefer the slightly less technical approach of Dimebag, Chris De Garmo, and James Murphy's leads on "Cause Of Death". But really, give me riffs any day. 

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It's not a case of being over anyone's heads. It's a case of them being flashy for flashy sake and not writing music that is interesting. Yngwie Malmsteen is the same way. Dude can shred sure but has not written a riff in his entire career. It's tough for me to pick favourite guitarists anymore I pay much more attention to the music then the people behind it - slack I know. I don't know I guess if pushed on the matter I'd say my two favourite guitarists are Chuck Schuldiner and Hamish Glencross.

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     I have to take a three-way tie between Jeff Hanneman, Dave Davidson, and Dave Mustaine. 

     Hanneman's songwriting alone is enough to make him one of the greatest. He wrote all of the biggest hits from "Reign in Blood", "South of Heaven", and "Seasons..."! But he's also got the chops to back it up, and he was constantly practicing and trying to write better and better songs. 

     I'll probably get crap for this, but Dave Davidson blows me away. He's got every tool and more on his belt in terms of thrash and death metal, he incorporates a lot of jazz and blues into his playing, he writes masterpieces like nobody's business, he can shred with the best, and he just plainly knows what the hell he's doing. He went to school for this stuff.

     And, lastly, Dave Mustaine is one of my personal favorite guitar players and one of the greatest to me. He couples melody and heavy music better than anyone I've ever heard, and he still does so to this day. I may be partial to his style cause I'm a big classic rock and blues fan boy, and that's obviously a big influence on him, but it's part of what makes him so great. He takes his influences and pulls them together to make a blend of melodic thrash as unique as they come. And, more importantly, he's not afraid to try something new or different. He's always brought nothing but the best and most creative music he could think up, whether it was similar to the classic megadeth formula or something a little different. I've got nothing but respect for the guy, and, opinions aside, he'll go down as one of the greatest to ever do it.

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Mustaine is funny 'cause he will tell anyone who listens how he had to do all the work in Megadeth 'cause the other guys weren't great songwriters and didn't solo. If you follow the solo careers of Chris Poland and Marty Freidman though they prove that is't the case. Both vastly superior in every respect to Mustaine imo.

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On 8/3/2016 at 1:49 AM, RelentlessOblivion said:

Mustaine is funny 'cause he will tell anyone who listens how he had to do all the work in Megadeth 'cause the other guys weren't great songwriters and didn't solo. If you follow the solo careers of Chris Poland and Marty Freidman though they prove that is't the case. Both vastly superior in every respect to Mustaine imo.

Yeah, he could definitely be a dick. I'm a big fan of Friedman and Poland too, but I personally prefer Mustaine. 

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Best metal guitarists. Here we go: 

Tony Iommi - Black Sabbath

Gregor Mackintosh - Paradise Lost

Anders Nystrom - Katatonia

Miika Tenkula - Sentenced

Euronymous - Mayhem

Jon Nodtveidt - Dissection

Ihsahn - Emperor

All of these guys have or had such a unique, moving and inspiring style of playing and writing music. 

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4 hours ago, Requiem said:

Best metal guitarists. Here we go: 

Tony Iommi - Black Sabbath

Gregor Mackintosh - Paradise Lost

Anders Nystrom - Katatonia

Miika Tenkula - Sentenced

Euronymous - Mayhem

Jon Nodtveidt - Dissection

Ihsahn - Emperor

All of these guys have or had such a unique, moving and inspiring style of playing and writing music. 

I'm somewhat surprised not to see Åkerfeldt or Ivar Bjornsson here.

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4 hours ago, FatherAlabaster said:

I'm somewhat surprised not to see Åkerfeldt or Ivar Bjornsson here.

Opeth are a funny one for me. I like them but don't love them and hardly listen to them at all these days. But yes, Akerfeldt would be up there in a broader list. Certainly as far as his approach to songwriting and innovation in metal, he was at one time pretty extraordinary. I actually don't like him all that much as a guy though with his complaining on stage and lack of passion in his shows, and that impacts my choices. I know that sounds silly having never met him...

As for Ivar, I just don't really rate him up there as a guitarist. I love him as a guy though. I love what he represents too: a bridge between modern society, the universe, and the northern European past. 

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1. Marty Friedman - Megadeth/Cacophony (Jackson)

2. Kiko Loureiro - Angra/Megadeth (Ibanez)

3. Paul Gilbert (Ibanez)

4. John Petrucci (early Ibanez)

5. James Murphy - THE O.G. DM guitarist (early Ibanez esp. on Convergence)

6. Vogg Kieltyka - Decapitated (Ibanez)

 

and not in the list because he defies categorization - STEVE VAI. (the guy who put IBANEZ on the map)

 

 

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