From politically charged metal to rootsy grooves and folk lyricism, here are this week's essential guitar tracks

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Happy Friday, everyone! Over the last week we've been keeping our eyes and ears out for the best and brightest in new guitar music, and man, were we ever spoiled for choice! 

From a blisteringly political and hard-charging new track from metal veterans Body Count to a twisty, melodic rocker from Ohmme, this really might have been the most musically diverse week we've seen in guitardom thus far this year - not that we're complaining!

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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.