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History of Metal Guitar in One Song

'Metal guitar sure has evolved a lot over the years. Throughout the decades, the genre went from a form of heavy blues rock to death metal to stoner metal to doom metal, leaving scores of new subgenres in its wake.

In this well-conceived video by YouTube user gmcguitar (, whose videos have been featured on our site in the past, we watch as a faceless guitarist (equipped with a seven-string Ibanez) tracks metal guitar's progress over the course of one five-minute song, from blues rock to djent.

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Damian Fanelli

Damian is editor-in-chief of Guitar World magazine. From 1998 to 2014, he was one third of Mister Neutron, an instrumental rock act that toured the universe and elsewhere and released three albums via Austin-based Deep Eddy Records. These days he performs with several New York City-area bands and can often be spotted with one of his many, many, many B-bender-equipped guitars. In past lives he was GW’s managing editor and online managing editor – and he still can’t believe he got to write the liner notes for the latest SRV box set.