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The Ten Best Metal Guitarists In The World - The Director's Cut
Joel McIver , January 22nd, 2009 04:01

Gentleman of rock Joel McIver has written a book about the best metal fret manglers ever. Exclusively for The Quietus he engages his swollen hippocampus and picks out 10 of the best. Let the bloodshed commence! (Just don't call him ass hat.)


ZAKK WYLDE (Ozzy Osbourne, Black Label Society)

Most Neanderthal Guitarist


He used to sport high-waisted trousers in the 80s. Woo!
Wylde, whose accomplished alternate picking and willingness to experiment with non-metal techniques such as chicken-picking places him very high on the list, is a charismatic character over and above his guitar playing. A hulking, muscular figure with a huge beard and fondness for endless bottles of Sierra Nevada beer, Wylde is the heavy metal archetype, telling one interviewer that he likes to keep his life ‘real simple’, basing it on playing the guitar, lifting weights and spending quality time with his wife and children. Grrrr.

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