The Top 10 Shred Albums of All Time: Guitar World Readers' Poll Results

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MarioCore

Although I do agree with nearly every pick in this list, there are quite a few great shred albums that were completely left out:

Cacophony's "Speed Metal Symphony"

DragonForce's "Inhuman Rampage"

Vinnie Moore's "Mind's Eye"

Slayer's "Hell Awaits"

Jeff Loomis' "Zero Order Phase"

Buckethead's "Bucketheadland"

Shawn Lane's "Powers of Ten"

Dokken's "Under Lock and Key"

Racer X's "Street Lethal"

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berzerker198

I don't think they could've put number 1 any better but Avenged Sevenfold should not be number 2 I say Slayer South of Heaven

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ytse_jam

no dream theater? no slayer? even dragonforce. very suspicious choices. avenged is an average band. but really they are not in the same building as metallica, megadeth, satriani, vai, etc.

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amreed94

a7x may be my favorite band, but i don't think they belong on this list. City Of Evil is an amazing guitar album, with tons of great guitar work, but it's not really a shredding album. Sure, there are moments where they shred, but the album in its entirety isn't based off that.

dnnspay

The MAHAVISHNU ORCHESTRA isn't on here. What a shame. That WHOLE band was shredding before anyone knew what shredding was.

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fast007

Can't argue with many bands being on this list but, lets be realistic now. If I vote my favorite band or guitarist for every poll and expect him/her to be at the top, that would be stupid. First, this is a guitar player poll for guitarists and fans of guitarists for guitar enthusists right? Second, before voting and complaining that Slash isn't at number one on every shred poll, listen to his music. His playing, tone and image is timeless yes but, a shredder? Come on now. Thirdly, please be more specific about voting. Add a why we voted for so and so. Otherwise what's the point? Steve Vai has over 2 million fans on facebook. Guns N Roses? Metallica? G3? By the way Frank Gambale is as fast as Malmsteen and should have been in the Fastest top 10.

davidwilson

I lost interest in the list when i saw Steve Vai. That's like adding Lindsay Lohan to the list of the 10 greatest shred albums :o)

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lord_tenchu

im sorry but this isnt a shred list in my opinion. its like a high school kids favorite bands list

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firebrat

Have to say that shredding involves more than just solos, the right rhythm progressions provide the structure and foundation for all that follows-bass lines, drum lines, vocal lines-etc. How about the first Metal Church album? There are so many incredible albums and bands that this is an almost impossible task, at least Pantera made your list. Not a hater by any means, but A7X don't do it for me at all. Way to whiny & poppy.

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fv1967

As far as this poll goes it's probably just a matter of who happens to notice it in the first place, anybody into shred guitar know who the real players are anyway, probably a lot of these people didn't bother to vote anyway and the ones who did might not have heard of the players who didn't make the poll or at least not have listened to them,to me it's just another popularity contest, by the way, anybody ever hear of Borislav Mitic, if not check him out if you want to hear some shredding.

Mxfield

ONCE AGAIN! Syn Gates is on a list where he shouldn't be. STUPID

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megaharpster

I bet hes better than you. Just because they are very popular doesnt mean their bad guitarists

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Slaytanist

yeah he might be good but hes in no way a better shredder then randy rhoads, steve vai, yingwie malmstein, dave mustain, or alexi laiho..he doesnt belong on this list at all

Mxfield

ONCE AGAIN! Syn Gates is on a list where he shouldn't be. STUPID

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oneunder

Has anybody ever heard Frank Marino? Avenged Sevenfold, what a joke!

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yescamescal

No John Petrucci, Steve Morse, Paul Gilbert, Jason Becker, or Al Dimeola? This list is severely lacking in my opinion. Half of these albums don`t really fall into the shred category for me.

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Quadrewple

I know both these albums would have virtually ZERO chance of winning because of how famous they are but regardless....

Firewind - Forged by Fire, Gus G (who is with Ozzy Osbourne right now) is the guitarist on this album and this is his finest work to date. The song Feast of the Savages (just listen to it RIGHT NOW!!) has not only some of the most technical guitar solos I've ever heard but some of the most emotional. If that wasn't reason enough to give it a listen, Marty Friedman does a guest solo as well. Other songs that epitomize shred are Escape From Tomorrow and Beware the Beast.

Wintersun - Winter Madness, Another amazing band that is actually less famous than Firewind. This album doesn't just contain some of the best shred but also some of the best drumming I've ever heard. The song Winter Madness has an absolutely ridiculous solo and the other main standout song from a shred standpoint is Death and the Healing.

Symphony X - You could pick any album from the band and make a case for it making this list so I'll just list some songs that you really need to give a listen if you love shred. Bird-Serpent War/Cataclysm has some of the most awesome and creative sweeps I've ever heard, Divine Wings of Tragedy has several mindblowing solos (being a 20 minute epic) and all of them are extremely technical and melodic, Candlelight Fantasia's solos are not as fast as the other two but just as tasteful and technical.

My complaints with the given list:

I don't know why Hate Crew Deathroll was picked rather than Hatebreeder. Hatebreeder's solos are more technical AND melodic, like in the songs Towards Dead End or Hatebreeder, and the whole album is just far more interesting than Hate Crew Deathroll in every way in my opinion. I also think Diary of a Madman displays Randy Rhoads chops more so than Blizzard of Oz and I prefer it as an album.

I'm not sure if these albums were nominated or from a list given by Guitar World, but it seems like every one of these lists on a popular website or magazine overlooks albums or songs that aren't already known by basically every shred fan out there. If the list was "Top 10 Most Influential Shred Albums" I'd understand a bit more why Van Halen or Yngwie Malmsteen would be on there. Rust in Peace I definitely like on the list because it's one of the most creative AND influential shred albums ever made. Ride the Lightning's a great album but is an album that comes to mind when I think of great shred? No. I'm not big fans of Satch or Steve Vai but I respect them as being extremely skilled musicians so I can understand them being on there, though Paul Gilbert definitely got snubbed! A list of 10 isn't enough to satisfy anyone I think though. As for Avenged Sevenfold, most people I know of who talk about how great their guitarist is haven't delved into the less mainstream bands and found people with a lot more skill and more unique styles.

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megaharpster

i agree with you on everything especially the parts about rhoads. he did a whole lot better on diary, though he didnt like some of the solos on the album because he didnt really have the time to make a good solo, the solos on the songs were just place holders. Imagine what he couldve done if he got to finish them. Though i dont agree with u on avenged sevenfold the lead guitarist is extremely creative when it comes to the solos, especially when it comes to placing the notes. The solos always fit just right with the music. He may not be as creative as the others on this list, especially Marty Friedman. He is still a bit young and his music will mature with time

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Slaytanist

he's not as creative as anybody on the list and his music gets more monotoned and boring with every album, ever since their second album theyve gotten worse and worse and alls city of evil does for A7X is benchmark the cd that started them off into being the b00t4l justin beiber band

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redarrow18

avened sevenfold is not shreding and nothing compared to the other picks

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megaharpster

you probably suck at guitar if you say that because avenged sevenfold is just as good as the others. and like i said shredding has no feel so it sucks like if u just play random notes all over the place then its not going to be cool

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Slaytanist

im starting to think megahipster has never playd guitar and is just here to groupie up for A7X even though everything after waking the fallen is horrible and keeps getting worse...and if you think that shredding is really just playing random notes all over the place then youve really been listening to way too much A7X and you just forgot what shredding is because they never really were able too... and their bassist looks like a toucher.

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stuffnjunk

no "perpetual burn"....... what a shame

razorrex

This is an insult to guitarists everywhere that Avenged Sevenfold is #2. Yes, they can play. Great melodies, great harmonies. But it's not shred. It's not metal. It's pop-metal.

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megaharpster

joe satriani steve vai rhoads and van halen dont really shred much either so yea

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King of Tone

eddie van halen is the god father of shred guitar, which is why it should be there. blizzard of ozz was a breakthrough for the guitar because it busted open the genre of neoclassical guitar playing. as for satriani and vai, you have to be kidding me saying that they don't shred. vai is one of the fastest players on the planet, and satriani is not only a fast and clean shredder, but was his teacher.

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megaharpster

i mean they arent playing useless crap all the time they know how to use a scale they dont just go out and play as fast as they possibly can. yea they can play fast but they choose not to be cause that ruins the feel. and randy is my favorite but did not play extremely fast on every song he knows too much to do that

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Classic_Rock1997

YOu can take your gay screamo A7x and shove it. Eddie VanHalen would kick the shit out of you for saying that!

furiousnewf

Maybe at one time.... Ed is but a shadow of his former self

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megaharpster

sooo true

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megaharpster

i didnt say he was bad god dude every body on this list list have influenced me one way or another but none of actually shred except dime and mustaine where they use the blues scales in the solo and play them really fast thats what i think is shredding im saying that the others on this list are too good to be known as shred shred is just useless playing they have feel and so does avenged and marty friedman and all the others on this list

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Mobius Actual

Personally I'm a huge fan of A7X and Syn Gates, but agree that they shouldn't be on a top ten shred list. Gate's solos and melodies speak to me in ways other guitarists and musician's can't, but that doesn't mean I would vote for them here. Good catch that shred is just useless speed playing, I think too many people get caught up in speed rather than feeling and soul.

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Mobius Actual

Personally I'm a huge fan of A7X and Syn Gates, but agree that they shouldn't be on a top ten shred list. Gate's solos and melodies speak to me in ways other guitarists and musician's can't, but that doesn't mean I would vote for them here. Good catch that shred is just useless speed playing, I think too many people get caught up in speed rather than feeling and soul.

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