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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.)



Most Evil, Dead Guitarist

FACTOID! He was the Godfather Of Black Metal!

Øystein ‘Euronymous’ Aarseth redefined the landscape of black metal not once but twice. The formation of his band, Mayhem, triggered the rise in Norway of a whole new black metal scene. Reverting to the necro values of the first wave of black metal bands (Venom, Mercyful Fate and Bathory) and adopting a Satanic stance, Aarseth and his band soon gathered an ‘Inner Circle’ of like-minded bands around them, centred on his Oslo record store, Helvete (Hell). He was murdered in August 1993 by Burzum’s Varg Vikernes, who used the stage name Count Grishnackh.

Check it out: 'Freezing Moon'