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Old 06-28-2007, 12:08 PM
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Decibel's Top Twenty Death Metal Guitarists

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.
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Old 06-28-2007, 12:15 PM
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Muhammed Svicmez should probably be in the top 5.
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With the exception of Nergal, I havent heard of any of the guys (or listened to their bands) past #7.
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Chuck deserves #1. Good list though.
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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.
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Am I to extrapolate from this list that whoever was in Possesed is not top 20 material?
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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.
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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.
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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
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