“Playing scales up and down is dumb… this isn’t a f**king recital!” We meet the outspoken cartoon shredder who teamed up with Gary Holt, Alex Skolnick and George Lynch for one of this year’s biggest shred guitar albums

The Shredderz
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When Guitar World is offered an exclusive interview with virtual band The Shredderz – a group who say they exist in The Shredderverse as ‘a Web3 native, community-driven entity with dynamic NFTs’ – we’re presented with some, shall we say, rather interesting facts.

For starters, their founding guitarist and de-facto leader Weezel insists he’s the lovechild of Metallica frontman James Hetfield. According to his representatives, he’s a heavy metal delinquent who has spent the majority of his life couch-surfing, learning the riffs of every Bay Area thrash band while chain-smoking blunts and bumming beer money from anyone unlucky enough to cross his path.

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Amit Sharma

Amit has been writing for titles like Total GuitarMusicRadar and Guitar World for over a decade and counts Richie Kotzen, Guthrie Govan and Jeff Beck among his primary influences as a guitar player. He's worked for magazines like Kerrang!Metal HammerClassic RockProgRecord CollectorPlanet RockRhythm and Bass Player, as well as newspapers like Metro and The Independent, interviewing everyone from Ozzy Osbourne and Lemmy to Slash and Jimmy Page, and once even traded solos with a member of Slayer on a track released internationally. As a session guitarist, he's played alongside members of Judas Priest and Uriah Heep in London ensemble Metalworks, as well as handled lead guitars for legends like Glen Matlock (Sex Pistols, The Faces) and Stu Hamm (Steve Vai, Joe Satriani, G3).