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WOLVERINEKILLS
12-24-2012, 01:13 PM
Who is the best guitar duo in the history of metal? Several different factors could determine your opinion but just vote!!!

WOLVERINEKILLS
12-24-2012, 01:36 PM
There are other bands I could have added but I tried to include bands from different sub-genres of metal.

MPF
12-24-2012, 01:51 PM
Peterson and Skolnick for me. Of all the bands mentioned, sans Metallica, Testament has had the biggest influence on me personally.

WOLVERINEKILLS
12-24-2012, 01:55 PM
Peterson and Skolnick for me. Of all the bands mentioned, sans Metallica, Testament has had the biggest influence on me personally.

Its really difficult for me. I like them all. I regret not adding Hinds/Keihler from Mastodon but I knew I was forgetting someone when making this list out. I really debated between Maiden, Priest, Slayer and Down but went with Down cause I know they won't get as many votes and I have seen them live more times than any other band on the list.

adamclark52
12-24-2012, 01:56 PM
"Best" and "favorite" are two totally different things. "Favorite" is easy for me to pick: Ihshan and Samoth because they're my favorites off this list. But "best" I have no idea yet. I really have to think about it.

slapguitarer
12-24-2012, 02:02 PM
Ain't no Mastodon in this.

WOLVERINEKILLS
12-24-2012, 02:03 PM
When it comes down to best I think of number of great songs, albums, influence, etc. That immediately nominates the Big 4 along with Priest and Maiden.

WOLVERINEKILLS
12-24-2012, 02:05 PM
Ain't no Mastodon in this.

As one of my favorite bands I was upset when I realized I inadvertently left them off the list. They are a great duo and every release has been outstanding imo. If I could, I would go back and replace Kreator with Mastodon.

Christen
12-24-2012, 02:13 PM
Gotta go with Adrian Smith and Dave Murray.

JRA
12-24-2012, 02:32 PM
Sammy Yil-Sirno didn't join Kreator until long after their influential period.

The better answer for Morbid Angel is Azagthoth and Brunelle.

There's too many guitar duos in Cannibal for there to be a definitive one. If anything I guess it would be Rusay and Owen.

mastodon421
12-24-2012, 03:22 PM
Mastodon wasn't up there, so I went with Hammett and Hetfield

OraclesofAgony
12-24-2012, 03:36 PM
I wouldn't really consider Azagthoth and Rutan a duo.

As far as true duos go I'll have to go with Tipton and Downing.

Mustaine and Friedman were a damn good duo but it didn't last long enough.

slapguitarer
12-24-2012, 03:38 PM
I find it surprising Slipknot got a vote before Slayer.

W0unds
12-24-2012, 03:44 PM
Ended up going with Hanneman + King.

PVH5150
12-24-2012, 03:48 PM
None of the above.

Robbin Crosby and Warren DeMartini or John Sykes and Scott Gorham

WOLVERINEKILLS
12-24-2012, 03:58 PM
Some bands (CC, MA, etc) had several different line ups and some where there for those bands more popular albums while others are there for longer periods of time while others may have been there for more influential albums. Not all of those choices were easy.

WOLVERINEKILLS
12-24-2012, 04:02 PM
None of the above.

Robbin Crosby and Warren DeMartini or John Sykes and Scott Gorham

I like & respect Ratt but didn't include hard rock. Will make a poll for that later.

RampinUp46
12-24-2012, 04:34 PM
Gotta go with Adrian Smith and Dave Murray.

This.

ravenheart
12-24-2012, 05:52 PM
Favourite I'm note sure. Best, hands down, is Karl Groom and Nick Midson.

ravenheart
12-24-2012, 05:53 PM
John Sykes and Scott Gorham

:lol:

Trolling, right?

JRA
12-24-2012, 06:30 PM
Might as well have Kai Hansen & Michael Weikath

BRAman22
12-24-2012, 06:55 PM
Smith and Murray. No question.

ravenheart
12-24-2012, 07:29 PM
Might as well have Kai Hansen & Michael Weikath

Paul Quinn and Doug Scarratt, Dave Linsk and Derek Tailer, Jon Schaffer and Jon Schaffer.

Of the available pairs I voted Skolnick and Petersen.

energymetal14
12-24-2012, 07:38 PM
Plenty of good choices on here, some bands I love but couldn't vote for them as the best duo. I got it down to Hanneman & King and Kisser & Cavalera, and went with the Sepultura guys. I just feel like some of the stuff they did early on was incredible, and some of my favorite thrash material.

JRA
12-24-2012, 07:52 PM
Paul Quinn and Doug Scarratt, Dave Linsk and Derek Tailer, Jon Schaffer and Jon Schaffer.

Of the available pairs I voted Skolnick and Petersen.

Jon Schaffer is not even close to the 3 best choices for "best one guitarist that has never been able to keep a partner but is so good he's like two guitarists."

I actually think Bobby Gustafson could fall under that description (even though Merrit Grant and Rob Cannavino are better).

John The Drummer
12-24-2012, 08:31 PM
since the bad taste nirvana joke guitar duo isnt a choice....

tipton and downing hands down.

SomewhereInTime72
12-24-2012, 08:52 PM
Gotta go with the obvious Smith & Murray.

"Best" as in favorite, they win. "Best" in terms of influence and songwriting and general duo-ness, they win. "Best" in terms of ability and talent... well, they might make 3rd place of the choices available. By my rules, I'd call em the best.

IrritatedTrout
12-24-2012, 09:04 PM
Smith and Murray followed by Mustaine and Friedman.

WOLVERINEKILLS
12-24-2012, 09:22 PM
Smith and Murray followed by Mustaine and Friedman.

Maiden is starting to run away with this considering the small #'s of this forum (or at least the average amount of voters in other polls).

PVH5150
12-24-2012, 09:38 PM
:lol:

Trolling, right?

Not at all.

Thunder & Lightning is my favorite Thin Lizzy record, by a long shot.

Onioner
12-25-2012, 12:24 PM
Pretty much knew right away that the only two real contenders would be Tipton/Downing and Murray/Smith. All the other pairs range from good to great, but those two are just miles and miles ahead of the others.

I voted Tipton/Downing just because of the fact that those two pretty much pioneered 90% of metal guitar that Tony Iommi didn't already invent. If anything, I've always seen Murray/Smith as a similar team but with more consistent songwriting on Smith's end. Those two definitely didn't improve their technique as much or write nearly as heavy material as Tipton/Downing though.

Edit: Also I think that Sami Yli-Sirnio and Mille Petrozza should totally be considered here. The best Kreator guitar team before those two only lasted for one good album (Petrozza/Blackfire on Coma of Souls). Sami's the best soloist Kreator's ever had and Kreator have been on an amazing hot streak for ten years now. As far as I'm concerned, he is the "classic" Kreator second guitarist.

ravenheart
12-25-2012, 03:21 PM
Maiden is starting to run away with this considering the small #'s of this forum (or at least the average amount of voters in other polls).

How's that surprising? Maiden easily have the most fanboys of any band on this site. Always have.

Natrlhi
12-25-2012, 08:33 PM
tipton and downing hands down.This. The rest of you are all wrong.

adamclark52
12-25-2012, 09:25 PM
Yeah, I had to think about Tipton & Downing, Hetfield & Hammett or Smith & Murray but in the end voted Tipton & Downing.

WOLVERINEKILLS
12-25-2012, 10:51 PM
How's that surprising? Maiden easily have the most fanboys of any band on this site. Always have.

I thought Priest would take the lead or at least hang tough. Now they are in the lead but at the time it didn't look too promising for ANYone else.

Sanitarium78
12-26-2012, 05:48 AM
Smith & Murray

El Gordo
12-26-2012, 05:09 PM
This. The rest of you are all wrong.

Indeed. Tipton and Downing is the only answer.

Also, who in the fucking fuck voted for Slipknot? The fact that they are tied with Testament makes my brain hurt.

SomewhereInTime72
12-26-2012, 09:41 PM
In fairness, Tipton and Downing are a pretty easy number 2 for me. :cool:

JRA
12-26-2012, 09:44 PM
A quandry with Priest is that it seems like Tipton takes 70% of the solos rather than an even 50/50 split.

SomewhereInTime72
12-26-2012, 09:54 PM
^I also kind of think he's the better of the two at solos. It doesn't feel completely fair.

christopher
12-28-2012, 01:24 AM
Zacky Vengeance and Synyster Gates ;)

ravenheart
12-28-2012, 04:32 AM
Zacky Vengeance and Synyster Gates ;)

Only slightly more ridiculous than voting for Hannemann and King.

slapguitarer
12-28-2012, 02:45 PM
Only one vote for Mercyful Fate is lame.

Sanitarium78
12-29-2012, 06:25 AM
Only one vote for Mercyful Fate is lame.

I think that has something to do with the bands "hiatus". They haven't released anything new since 1999, plus their original run back in the 80s didn't last long. What they recorded was very influencial no dobut, but it just didn't last that long. A lot of people people have probably just forgot about them since the focus has always been more on King's solo material.

GarageMetal468
12-29-2012, 06:49 AM
Only one vote for Mercyful Fate is lame.

Well when you have Priest and Maiden on the list as well, it's kinda hard to vote for Mercyful Fate, as awesome as their guitarists (and the whole band) are.

yorkO)))
01-05-2013, 05:08 PM
Mustaine/Friedman gets my vote because Mustaine is arguably the best vocalist/guitarist out there.

mankvill
01-05-2013, 05:21 PM
When I saw this thread title, the first thing that popped into my head was Judas Priest. I dunno how you could vote for anyone else.

El Gordo
01-06-2013, 12:16 PM
Only slightly more ridiculous than voting for Hannemann and King.

Agreed... the fact that the Slayer duo has 5 votes when Metallica has 3 is idiotic. As redundant as a lot of Hammett's solos are, he plays circles around both Slayer guys... and Hetfield writes riffs as well as either of them and throws in the occasional nice melodic solo too.