From poignant, moving pop-punk to wall-shaking metalcore: here are this week's essential guitar tracks

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Though it may seem like this week has lasted 32 years, it is indeed Friday! Even in tumultuous times like these, we've still been looking out for the best, most innovative and groundbreaking new guitar tracks out there, and have put together an interesting playlist for your listening pleasure.

From a deeply moving pop-punk mediation on mental health to some Texas-sized metalcore that'll shake the foundations of wherever you live, this wild week really offered something for everyone.

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Michael Astley-Brown

Mike is Editor-in-Chief of GuitarWorld.com, 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.