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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.)


JESSE PINTADO (Terrorizer, Napalm Death)

Most Grinding Genius Guitarist

FACTOID! You owe him a lot, punk!

The late Jesse Pintado, who died suddenly in 2006, was partly responsible for the rise of grindcore, among the heaviest genres of music ever invented. Solos were minimal and the focus remained on the main riff in almost every song, with Jesse’s precision phenomenally tight given his age (a mere 20 when Terrorizer started out), and the lack of precedent for this kind of music. His pioneering riffs with his band, a sporadic outfit which defined the new grind sound at the end of the 1980s, will endure for a long time to come.

Check it out: Fear Of Napalm