Anyone who has owned a guitar and an amplifier knows that feeling you get when the amp is turned up on full blast with the distortion saturating your spinal cord, but who does it best in the metal community? Heavy metal is without question the best place to cure your craving for high gain glory, and these are just a few of the great players who have a tone all their own that is sure to satisfy.

Richard Z. Kruspe


He’s one of the driving forces behind Germany’s metal gods, and is responsible for causing millions of sore necks across the globe. His tone is so well recognized that its recently been transformed into a software plugin for your home recording setup.

Anders Björler

At the Gates/The Haunted

He helped shape the sound of melodic death metal for years to come, and also tracked some of the heaviest songs to cross the genre in his legendary band At the Gates.

Jeff Loomis


Simply put, his playing should be considered a controlled substance because of its extreme addictiveness. He also accomplished a very difficult feat by making seven string guitars audible in heavy metal rather than the standard mush we are all used to hearing.

Jim Martin

Faith No More

He’s an oddball, a friend to legendary bassist Cliff Burton, a pumpkin farmer, and one of the most underrated metal guitarists of all time. Its definitely worth looking into FNM’s back catalogue for gems like this one…

Dino Cazares

Fear Factory/Divine Heresy/Brujeria/Asesino

Dino owns the industrial metal guitar realm, and you’d be hard pressed to find someone who can write heavier riffs that could easily provide the soundtrack to mechanized armageddon. He’s also a pioneer of making extremely low tunings both tight and percussive with deadly attack and accuracy.

These are just a few of my own personal choices for bad ass metal guitar tones, and we can keep the list going by leaving your own selections in the comment section below!

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  • Dutch

    Theres a ton of players that could be on this list but props for listing some otherwise lesser known names in comparison to the Dimebags and Petrucci’s we always see when this question arrises.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000815875241 Chris Ryan

    Great picks man! Each of them is somebody that you can identify who they are without hearing anything other than their playing even if you were to hear a song you never listened to before.

    • http://www.autumnseyes.com/ Dan Mitchell

      Thats always the sign of a good player, regardless if he can play everything in the book like a technical wizard. I tend to favor those who are genuine with their sound rather than those who just aim to show off.

  • Janice

    There is one “Blodhemn” true black metal sounds just like pure hatred!

    • http://www.autumnseyes.com/ Dan Mitchell

      Never heard them, but I agree there’s a ton of underground BM bands who’s guitars can singe your spine.

  • ahportsatac

    Malefic from Xasthur. Hands down. Buwah.