In Heavy Metal bands one of the most important members is the guitar player since the sound of the song will rely on the capacity and skills of that person, without a guitar player it wouldn’t be Heavy Metal, just another music genre. Since there are lots of famous Heavy Metal bands around the world, it’s difficult to rank their success and the quality of the members of every single band, but the guitar players tend to outclass the other roles so the people who get that main role ends with a very famous career and respect from other bands and fans after some time, so just for curiosity, let’s discover which ones are the best Heavy Metal guitar players in history, stay tuned.
JAMES HETFIELD (METALLICA)
This name is pretty famous and big in the Heavy Metal community since it represents a lot for one of the best bands in the history which is Metallica. James Hetfield is a legend among the guitar players around the world for its incredible skills and control with the guitar, also, we can’t forget that is voice can be very versatile to work in a solo or as part of the team like at that time when he and Kirk Hammet (another important name to consider in this list thanks to its guitar skills) combined their skills to make perfection in multiple songs. He took part in important tracks of Metallica such as Unforgiven, Master of Puppets, Nothing Else Matters and so many more, he couldn’t be forgotten for this special list.
TONY IOMMI (BLACK SABBATH)
An inspiration for many guitar players around the world, everything about his skills and innovations is something out of this world. The reason why he is the inspiration of new guitarists is for the fact that he couldn’t take the easy path, everything in its life was filled with complicated challenges that he took face to face in order to achieve its dreams, so the big message that he delivered to the world was to never give up on your dreams without caring if they are too big for normal human beings, everything will come with hard work and dedication, just work harder than anyone else and you will be at the top. Some of its most important participations were in Iron Man, Paranoid, Children of the Grave and so many others as well.
RANDY RHOADS (OZZY OSBOURNE)
He was a legend and the Heavy Metal God which inspired multiple guitarists around the world to follow their dreams and never give up. He counted with a lot of experience in Neo-Classical Metal and even in the Classical Music, which helped him a lot in his journey to achieve its dreams as playing as a Heavy Metal guitar player. He took inspiration for bands like The Beatles and the Rolling Stones since they were the best among the best in its opinion. Some of the tracks in which he worked were Crazy Train, Not so funny, Mr. Crowley and so man others as well that caught the attention of the fans and other bands due to the incredible sound of the guitar in the tracks, what a legend! Sadly, he passed away in 1932 due to a plane accident, he will be remembered as an outstanding guitar player even among the pros.
Dan is a musician who plays at local bars and perform small concerts with his band. He also writes and produces their own music. He also gives lessons on playing guitar and piano.