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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.)


RON JARZOMBEK (Watchtower, Blotted Science)

Most Prog-Nutty Guitarist

FACTOID! He’s the most underrated axemonger ever!

Texan guitarist Ron Jarzombek is everything a metal guitarist should be, except incredibly famous. His band, Watchtower, had chops like very few other musicians on the metal scene of the day – but they were several years ahead of their time. Back in the 1980s, even a slightly unorthodox album such as Metallica’s …And Justice For All caused brows to furrow. What chance did Watchtower have, when their Energetic Disassembly and Control And Resistance albums sounded as if they’d landed from another planet?

Check it out: 'Night Terror' by Blotted Science