Phil Sgrosso: "When you listen to enough Pantera, it's hard to not want to just have fun dive-bombing here and there"

Phil Sgrosso, seated, with his Charvel signature guitar
(Image credit: Charvel)

It all started with Iron Maiden.  

From harmonized electric guitar leads to horror-inspired aesthetics, the British metal icons have influenced a lot of things in the heavy music world over the last four decades. 

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Chris Schwarten

Chris is a contributor to Guitar World and MusicRadar with around 20 years of guitar playing experience – including writing for and recording various projects for around 15 of those. Outside of practical experience, he’s studied music throughout his life, with a particular focus on composition at university. He’s something of a 90s tragic and a sucker for anything with a groovy, metallic edge or psych and stoner vibes. Outside of music, he’s an avid cook, gardener, and rugby league lover.