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 (GuitarMasterClass.net), 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
Editor-in-Chief, Guitar World

Damian is Editor-in-Chief of Guitar World magazine. In past lives, he was GW’s managing editor and online managing editor. He's written liner notes for major-label releases, including Stevie Ray Vaughan's 'The Complete Epic Recordings Collection' (Sony Legacy) and has interviewed everyone from Yngwie Malmsteen to Kevin Bacon (with a few memorable Eric Clapton chats thrown into the mix). Damian, a former member of Brooklyn's The Gas House Gorillas, was the sole guitarist in Mister Neutron, a trio that toured the U.S. and released three albums. He now plays in two NYC-area bands.