Daniel "Chewy" Mongrain: "When I was 17 or 18, I transcribed Jason Becker's entire Perpetual Burn album. I still have the manuscript – it’s about a hundred pages!"

Daniel Mongrain
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Canada has long been known for their prog-rock exports – Rush, of course, immediately spring to mind. However, Voivod are the only band that can be described as sci-fi prog thrash, and now the boundary-bending outfit are back with 15th studio album, Synchro Anarchy.

Since 2008, Voivod’s guitarist has been Daniel “Chewy” Mongrain, who, like his predecessor Denis “Piggy” D’Amour – the group’s co-founding member, who passed away in 2005 – has a soft spot for dissonant chords, stop-start riffing, and tricky solos.

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Greg Prato

Greg is a contributing writer at Guitar World. He has written for other outlets over the years, and has been lucky to interview some of his favorite all-time guitarists and bassists: Tony Iommi, Ace Frehley, Adrian Belew, Andy Summers, East Bay Ray, Billy Corgan, Alex Lifeson, Geddy Lee, Les Claypool, and Mike Watt, among others (and even took lessons from John Petrucci back in the summer of ’91!). He is the author of such books as Grunge Is Dead: The Oral History of Seattle Rock Music, Shredders: The Oral History of Speed Guitar (And More) and Touched by Magic: The Tommy Bolin Story.