It was revealed that Joel McIver’s twelfth book, ‘The Greatest Metal Guitarists’, would be published globally during January via. Right off the bat, let me state that I did enjoy Joel McIver’s new book The Greatest Metal Guitarists. It’s a fast read, filled with insight. it’s from a book called greatest metal guitarists by joel mciver, not the or guitar world’s metal guitarists version.

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Moreover, although they’re all masters of sweep picking, fretboard tapping and the other tricks of the modern shredder, these players are far from simple speed freaks. Tuomas rated it liked it Jul 01, This list is like a couple years old. To play those riffs and sing at the same time takes great talent.

It’s a fast read, filled with insight, interview snippets, photographs, and opinions on plenty of metal’s most distinguished axemen. You must log in or sign up to post here. This list is not accurate, at least not in my opinion. In this book, metal guitar expert McIver selects the most accomplished guitarists from the four generations of metal to date and places them in order according to their technical proficiency, or their pioneering ideas–or both.

Danielle Airola rated it liked it Jan 08, Now, anybody who really knows the industry knows just how loosely and objectively these terms can be applied to certain music, depending on who you ask. I for one would have Jarzombek at number one Marty Friedman agrees with mefor his technique, his cerebration, and his innovation, not to mention he can suddenly sound like Holdsworth if he wants.

Why do we all care so much about these sort of lists when realistically, no list is ever going to be to everyone’s likings? Sanders and he should have switched places. When I reached this part of the book I found my jaw stuck to open as I found players like Criss Oliva SavatageWillie Adler Lamb Of God and Peter Wichers Soilwork being relegated to a mere listing as opposed to being included in the main portion o the book.


Joel McIver – 100 greatest guitarists in metal

If this offends you, please feel free to email me saying things like: I don’t agree with many things, like all three guys from Iron Maiden should be in the top 20, so should Marty Friedman and Chris Poland. Its basically just tremolo picking and breakdowns. Paperbackpages. Remember, talking shit is not guitar playing Not for technicality alone but as a superb riffmaker, thight playing, hard work, influence and consistency to advanced guitarwork over all these years.

And he writes about each player in an engaging way. Hmmm, really good player, but I’m not sure he desrves to be above Dimebag or Wylde. Why is Bjorn Gelotte ranked 34th and Jesper Stromblad not even on the list?

In my opinion, As far as Mustaine at the top, I don’t think it’s a bad choice because he has a truly well-rounded body of work. This book is no mere list for geeks, though. Some of his solos are better than Hammett solos greatesf doesn’t rely too heavily on the goddamn wah pedaland his riffs are crushing.

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Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. The guy may not have been able to write very memorable solos but he was a great rhythm guitarist and his pnches definitely added flavour to the riff. The author also makes some compelling points on why certain guitarists are excluded. In the end there were too many glaring omissions and too many off the beaten path choices made but again such a list boils down to personal opinion and many are bound to both agree and disagree with the author.

About Me metal-militant my blog will tell you View my complete profile. From there he begins to line out which he felt ranked at number and then works his way down to the main axe slinger of them all. Home Contact Us Help Free delivery worldwide. After the “Top ” have been named and discussed by the author he lines out in two separate appendixes a list of “They Also Served” and a list of “The Shredders Not Metallers” and this is what left a very sour taste in my mouth.


The top three is actually a bit confusing because one leans more to the Progressive while the other one has remained primarily a cult figure on the axe when it comes down to it. Zacky Vengeance above Dave suzuki? Description “The Greatest Metal Guitarists” is a controversial and much-needed guide to the world of metal guitar, featuring the most accomplished performers from the vast legions of metal.

Petrucci can play like a lot of other guys, but I wouldn’t say he’s an innovator. To ask other readers questions about The Greatest Metal Guitaristsplease sign up. Thanks for telling us about the problem. I actually figured Mustaine would be at the top or very near. Next will be Revolver’s Top 50 most brutal albums with Sepultura – Roots right at the top or some shit. I’m so very confused. Comic Book Dude Rockin’. Your name or email address: Refresh and try again.

I had to admit that this one really left me confused even though I tried to see where the author was joek from with it. Perhaps he should have at least jole up a sentence or two about each of these fine musicians because only naming them came off to me as unacceptable. And personally I’d like to see Joe from Gojira a little higher Just a personal bias, Art of Dying is one of my favorite riffs of all time.

It doesn’t give you the full picture, but is an excellent headstart! Or hell, Trivium even meral on this list?!?! Their riffing style may often be technically simple, but the rhythms are far more complex than most metal players could manage. Sep 13, Messages: