From classic soul to hellishly heavy extreme metal: here are this week's essential guitar tracks

ZEAL & ARDOR, performing on June, 07, 2017, Zitadelle, Berlin, Germany
Zeal & Ardor's Manuel Gagneux (Image credit: Engelke/ullstein bild via Getty Images)

The dog days of August have truly arrived, folks, but just because people are kicking their feet up for the season doesn’t mean the guitar universe is too.

Between some hellishly heavy extreme metal from Cradle of Filth, a soothing slice of classic soul from Joanne Shaw Taylor, Grouper’s stirring return to the guitar, some industrial-funk from Ty Segall, and a whole lot more, we’ve truly been spoiled with great new guitar work in recent days.

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Michael Astley-Brown

Mike is Editor-in-Chief of, in addition to being an offset fiend and recovering pedal addict. He has a master's degree in journalism from Cardiff University, and over a decade's experience writing and editing for guitar publications including MusicRadar, Total Guitar and Guitarist, as well as 20 years of recording and live experience in original and function bands. During his career, he has interviewed the likes of John Frusciante, Chris Cornell, Tom Morello, Matt Bellamy, Kirk Hammett, Jerry Cantrell, Joe Satriani, Tom DeLonge, Ed O'Brien, Polyphia, Tosin Abasi, Yvette Young and many more. In his free time, you'll find him making progressive instrumental rock under the nom de plume Maebe.