From titans of shred to unlikely covers: here are this week's essential guitar tracks

Al Joseph
(Image credit: Kiesel Guitars)

Along with ever-warming weather, this week brought us an absolute treasure trove of boundary-pushing new music - packed with innovation on the guitar front - that we’re excited to share with you.

On tap today are an unlikely cover from one of the world’s finest fingerpickers, a frenzied instrumental from one of prog-metal's most exciting rising stars, bludgeoning Canadian power-metal and a whole lot more.

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Sam Roche

Sam was Staff Writer at from 2019 to 2023, and also created content for Total Guitar, Guitarist and Guitar Player. He has well over 15 years of guitar playing under his belt, as well as a degree in Music Technology (Mixing and Mastering). He's a metalhead through and through, but has a thorough appreciation for all genres of music. In his spare time, Sam creates point-of-view guitar lesson videos on YouTube under the name Sightline Guitar.