In a huge special feature, guitarists from five of the biggest and best metal bands on the planet speak about their new albums and the gear and techniques used in the quest for ultimate heaviness. We profile up-and-coming rising stars of metal. The art of metal guitar is analysed in 10 landmark songs from across the decades. And, if you’re itching to get playing, you can learn the trademark techniques of these titans of metal with our ‘play in the style of’ lessons.
Featured inside: Metallica, Machine Head, Iron Maiden, Amon Amarth, Black Sabbath, Lamb Of God, Arch Enemy, Slipknot, Pantera, Animals As Leaders, Mastodon, and more!
Slipknot's Mick Thomson & Jim Root
"Metal can go in a million different directions!" – The new Slipknot album is the band's most eclectic to date, with experimentation amid the fury. Guitarists Jim Root and Mick Thomson reveal all...
Amon Amarth's Olavi Mikkonen & Johan Söderberg
The sheer power of Amon Amarth comes from two guitarists with no-frills gear. "I just use one pickup and volume and that’s it!" explains Mikkonen...
Machine Head's Robb Flynn
In a revitalised Machine Head, leader Robb Flynn is playing as fast and heavy as ever – while also channelling Bob Marley!
Lamb Of God's Mark Morton & Willie Adler
"To improve your metal chops, work on your triplets" – For the two guitarists in Lamb Of God, the heaviest riffs are all about groove...
Arch Enemy's Michael Amott
Arch Enemy’s riffs are “a merciless onslaught of fast picking”. But there’s also room for “sexy” vibrato. Michael Amott explains...
Plus! Pop-punk up-and-comers Pale Waves
For this fast-rising punk-pop band there’s only one way to play guitar: “Loud!”
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Black Sabbath - Paranoid
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Breakestra - Cramp Your Style
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