From feasts of heavy metal fire to folk-rock perfection: here are this week's essential guitar tracks

Sleep Token perform at Trinity Centre on January 23, 2020 in Bristol, England
(Image credit: Martha Fitzpatrick/Redferns)

Not a fan of August’s high temperatures and humidity? Understandable, but perhaps you’ll be more inclined to enjoy some of the guitar-driven heat we’ve seen emerge in the last week and change. 

In recent days alone, we’ve seen Trivium bring a Feast of Fire with their new single, Big Thief summit the mountain of folk-rock perfection on Little Things, Sleep Token maximize synths in the world of metalcore on The Love You Want, and Billie Eilish declare – over a wall of crunchy riffing – that she’s Happier Than Ever.

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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.