“We talked about things like dampening, creating contrast, hand positions... There’s a bit of detective work involved”: Megadeth’s Teemu Mäntysaari explains the skillset that enabled him to leap into one of the most challenging roles in metal

Teemu Mäntysaari
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Megadeth guitarist Teemu Mäntysaari joined the legendary thrash band in something of a whirlwind last year, drafted in as a last-minute replacement for fan-favorite Kiko Loureiro, who was called away to be with his family. 

Now, in a forthcoming interview for Guitar World, he tells us that though he never expected such a dream opportunity to land right in his lap, that didn’t stop him spending years preparing for just such an eventuality…

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Matt Parker
Features Editor, GuitarWorld.com

Matt is Features Editor for GuitarWorld.com. Before that he spent 10 years as a freelance music journalist, interviewing artists for the likes of Total Guitar, Guitarist, Guitar World, MusicRadar, NME.com, DJ Mag and Electronic Sound. In 2020, he launched CreativeMoney.co.uk, which aims to share the ideas that make creative lifestyles more sustainable. He plays guitar, but should not be allowed near your delay pedals.

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