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DethMaiden
06-28-2007, 01:08 PM
Really good article, thought I'd repost it for the interested:

1. Trey Azagthoth (Morbid Angel)
2. Chuck Schuldiner (Death)
3. Bill Steer (Carcass, Napalm Death)
4. Karl Sanders (Nile)
5. Anders Bjorler (At the Gates)
6. Mikael Åkerfeldt (Opeth)
7. James Murphy (Death, Obituary, Cancer, etc.)
8. Kell Shaefer (Atheist)
9. Scott Hull (Pig Destroyer, Agoraphobic Nosebleed)
10. Erik Rutan (Hate Eternal, Morbid Angel, Ripping Corpse)
11. Terrance Hobbs (Suffocation)
12. Muhammed Svicmez (Necrophagist)
13. Luc Lemay (Gorguts, Negativa)
14. Matt Harvey (Exhumed, Repulsion, Dekapitator)
15. Robert Vigna (Immolation)
16. Patrick Mameli (Pestilence)
17. Nergal (Behemoth)
18. Barry "Baz" Thompson (Bolt Thrower)
19. Nicke Anderson (Nihilist, Entombed, Death Breath)
20. Paul Ryan (Origin)

I lose most of my frame of reference after 9, but overall I think this is a decent list. Schuldiner being ousted shows courage I think because people are too quick to give any martyr a free pass. Azagthoth earned it.

Spiral_Slave
06-28-2007, 01:15 PM
No Ralph Santolla? :confused:

SomewhereInTime72
06-28-2007, 01:36 PM
Muhammed Svicmez should probably be in the top 5. :hmm:

ChildrenofSodom
06-28-2007, 01:38 PM
With the exception of Nergal, I havent heard of any of the guys (or listened to their bands) past #7.

ADD
06-28-2007, 08:49 PM
Chuck deserves #1. Good list though.

DethMaiden
06-28-2007, 09:03 PM
I'm not sure about Mikael Åkerfeldt being on this list. I think he may be technically the best guitar player on it, but his style really isn't death metal at all.

JRA
06-28-2007, 09:04 PM
Am I to extrapolate from this list that whoever was in Possesed is not top 20 material?

DethMaiden
06-28-2007, 09:05 PM
Am I to extrapolate from this list that whoever was in Possesed is not top 20 material?

Maybe it's because he pussed out and joined the incredibly shitty Primus.

ADD
06-28-2007, 09:08 PM
I'm not sure about Mikael Åkerfeldt being on this list. I think he may be technically the best guitar player on it, but his style really isn't death metal at all.
Chuck wins.

ravenheart
06-29-2007, 01:43 AM
I'm not sure about Mikael Åkerfeldt being on this list. I think he may be technically the best guitar player on it, but his style really isn't death metal at all.

No, but Opeth are considered a death metal band. That's probably why he's in there.

At least top 20 guitarists is more worthwhile than doing top 20 death vocalists... it'd just be the first 20 guys they could think of, all tied at #1 ;)

Human_Metal
06-29-2007, 02:45 AM
Quite good list. Except where's David Blomqvist from Dismember?