Watch Joe Haley from Psycroptic put on a progressive death metal rhythm guitar masterclass in this playthrough of Rend Asunder

The playthrough YouTube video is a 21st-century media phenomenon unto its own, a rich seam of useful information that is to guitar players what super slo-mo is to tennis heads looking to get a bead on, say, efficiency in a new serve.

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Jonathan Horsley

Jonathan Horsley has been writing about guitars since 2005, playing them since 1990, and regularly contributes to publications including Guitar World, MusicRadar and Total Guitar. He uses Jazz III nylon picks, 10s during the week, 9s at the weekend, and shamefully still struggles with rhythm figure one of Van Halen’s Panama.