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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.)


DEVIN TOWNSEND (Strapping Young Lad)

Most Prog-Nutty Guitarist (Canadian division)

FACTOID! He pronounces ‘about’ as ‘aboat’.

Combining death metal, traditional heavy metal and epic atmospherics to create music which is unlike any other, the Canadian singer-songwriter Devin Townsend is a law unto himself. Admitting that he has a nervous breakdown after every record (of which there have been many, issued under various guises) and with a habit of mocking his own receding hairline, Townsend is a mad professor of metal, channelling his eccentric worldview into albums by Strapping Young Lad, his own Devin Townsend Band and those released under his own name.

Check it out: 'Skeksis'