“If you’ve never heard this record but you can appreciate shredder music, oh my God it’s going to f**k you up”: Mutoid Man’s Stephen Brodsky reveals 10 guitarists who shaped his sound

Mutoid Man's Stephen Brodsky
(Image credit: Ake Tireland)

Just like the rest of us, Mutoid Man guitarist Stephen Brodsky dove deep into the Van Halen catalog following Eddie’s death in the fall of 2020. The Massachusetts-raised musician explains to Guitar World that around that time, he started filling out his vinyl collection with key releases from the revolutionary hard rockers.

While Brodsky confesses the lighting-quick lickin’ he surges into Setting Son – the final track from Mutoid Man’s upcoming Mutants album – might sport a bit of EVH in its DNA, it took the guitarist a long time to build up the flashiest elements of his own style.

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Gregory Adams

Gregory Adams is a Vancouver-based arts reporter. From metal legends to emerging pop icons to the best of the basement circuit, he’s interviewed musicians across countless genres for nearly two decades, most recently with Guitar World, Bass Player, Revolver, and more – as well as through his independent newsletter, Gut Feeling. This all still blows his mind. He’s a guitar player, generally bouncing hardcore riffs off his ’52 Tele reissue and a dinged-up SG.