The best guitarist of Power Metal

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The king of Power Metal guitars

Timo Tolkki
5
15%
Kiko Loureiro, Rafael Bittencourt (Angra)
5
15%
Andre Olbrecht (Blind Guardian)
2
6%
Stefan Elmgren (Hammerfall)
5
15%
Jani Liimitainen (Sonata Arctica, Cain's Offering)
5
15%
Michael Weikath (Helloween)
0
No votes
Kai Hansen (Gamma Ray, Helloween)
11
32%
Roland Grapow (Masterplan, Helloween)
1
3%
Jens Ludwig (Edguy)
0
No votes
 
Total votes: 34

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The best guitarist of Power Metal

Post by Rebel » Sat Jul 03, 2010 7:08 pm

Time for the showdown, I'll post the list of the guitarists from the biggest bands of Power Metal, you vote for the best.
If two lead guitar players are from the same band (Like with Angra), I will list both in one option, if a band has one lead and one rhythm player, I will list the lead player.

I'm going to leave off Matias and the new Sonata guitarist as they've only had one album to show their abilities (Or lack thereof, in the case of Elias).

My vote goes for the crazy Brazillians from Angra. One of the few power metal bands to ever really excite me with their guitar playing alone,

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Re: The best guitarist of Power Metal

Post by ggonza43 » Sat Jul 03, 2010 8:52 pm

Hard close between Tolkki, Hansen and Liimitainen as they are all amazing guitarrists. But my vote now goes to Kai due to the history he has and the fact he was like the founder of the 80's Power Metal style :)
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Re: The best guitarist of Power Metal

Post by NeverendingAbyss » Sat Jul 03, 2010 9:29 pm

yngwie malmsteen

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Re: The best guitarist of Power Metal

Post by Rebel » Sat Jul 03, 2010 9:40 pm

Kai would probably be in my second tier of guitarists, but he really don't have a very unique style, IMO. The guitarwork in the last 3 Angra albums has been nothing short of absolutely brilliant,

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Re: The best guitarist of Power Metal

Post by icecab21 » Sat Jul 03, 2010 10:04 pm

since when does a album or collective of albums show the ability of a guitar player fully

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Re: The best guitarist of Power Metal

Post by AAAAAAAAAA » Sat Jul 03, 2010 11:54 pm

icecab21 wrote:since when does a album or collective of albums show the ability of a guitar player fully
Since July 15th, 1682 at 8:41PM. :crazy1:

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Re: The best guitarist of Power Metal

Post by Ragehead91 » Sun Jul 04, 2010 4:16 pm

Victor Smolski from Rage. Why isn't he mentioned here?

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Re: The best guitarist of Power Metal

Post by robocop656 » Sun Jul 04, 2010 5:44 pm

Björn Ulvaeus from ABBA. Why isn't he mentioned here?

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Re: The best guitarist of Power Metal

Post by NeverendingAbyss » Sun Jul 04, 2010 6:02 pm

Admiral Ackbar from Star Wars. Why isn't he mentioned here?

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Re: The best guitarist of Power Metal

Post by Ragehead91 » Sun Jul 04, 2010 7:19 pm

From those on the list I'd probably chose Kai Hansen since while being a horrible singer he still is a great composer and guitar player, but honestly, why isn't Smolski on that list? Ever listened to the Rage albums post 1999? Or his Mind Odyssey or solo stuff?

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Re: The best guitarist of Power Metal

Post by Kecos » Sun Jul 04, 2010 8:49 pm

I voted for Kai Hansen. His style and contributions to the genre make him the king of power metal guitars, imo. In terms of how well they play.. I think eventually Matias is going to be king. The only reason he isn't now is because he's only had 1 album to showcase his talents.

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Re: The best guitarist of Power Metal

Post by robocop656 » Sun Jul 04, 2010 8:53 pm

imo chang lost his dong in WWII

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Re: The best guitarist of Power Metal

Post by robocop656 » Sun Jul 04, 2010 9:00 pm

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Re: The best guitarist of Power Metal

Post by Balu » Sun Jul 04, 2010 9:15 pm

Out of these, my vote went to Andre.

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Re: The best guitarist of Power Metal

Post by fernandotcl » Sun Jul 04, 2010 9:35 pm

Kiko and Raphael. Many power metal bands can provide outstanding solos, but Angra's rhythm guitars are unmatched. It's an amazing mix of precision and feeling.

This is what I'm talking about:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xk0BkvxdbyU
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k0FBDaP3mrQ

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Re: The best guitarist of Power Metal

Post by NeonVomit » Sun Jul 04, 2010 10:35 pm

robocop656 wrote:imo chang lost his dong in WWII

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Get your facts straight. Those are posters from N. Korea.

Tighten up.

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Re: The best guitarist of Power Metal

Post by robocop656 » Sun Jul 04, 2010 11:12 pm

Sure is serious in here today!!
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Re: The best guitarist of Power Metal

Post by NeonVomit » Mon Jul 05, 2010 5:20 pm

It's always serious in here.

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Re: The best guitarist of Power Metal

Post by ggonza43 » Mon Jul 05, 2010 5:52 pm

If we are talking about seriousness here, then I have also the right to state why isn't Yngwie Malmsteen in this list :?
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Re: The best guitarist of Power Metal

Post by Florian » Mon Jul 05, 2010 9:39 pm

Because Yngwie Malmsteen doesn't play this metal genre.

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Re: The best guitarist of Power Metal

Post by Rebel » Mon Jul 05, 2010 10:43 pm

Yngwie Malmsteen isn't on for multiple reasons
1. He is a neo-classical composer, not power metal, while the two are related, if I put Malmsteen up, I'd have to put Vinnie Moore and a slew of other guitarists up there that would make the list WAY longer.
2. He's pretty boring
3. He's one of the worst human beings in music.

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Re: The best guitarist of Power Metal

Post by icecab21 » Mon Jul 05, 2010 10:56 pm

the different bands have guitar players with very different musical roles and goals.

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Re: The best guitarist of Power Metal

Post by Rebel » Mon Jul 05, 2010 10:56 pm

Ragehead91 wrote:From those on the list I'd probably chose Kai Hansen since while being a horrible singer he still is a great composer and guitar player, but honestly, why isn't Smolski on that list? Ever listened to the Rage albums post 1999? Or his Mind Odyssey or solo stuff?
Basically, I populated this list with the guitarists of the most notable power metal bands, Rage is more regarded as a Speed Metal band, again, like with Malmsteen, if I start doing the similar genres or guitarists that have dabbled in power metal but it's not their main thing, the list gets huge.

the list is about power metal guitarists.

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Re: The best guitarist of Power Metal

Post by Rebel » Mon Jul 05, 2010 10:57 pm

icecab21 wrote:the different bands have guitar players with very different musicals roles and goals.
Obviously. Now which one do you prefer?

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Re: The best guitarist of Power Metal

Post by icecab21 » Mon Jul 05, 2010 11:13 pm

are you thinking more along the lines of "which band has your favorite guitar playing on their studio records"? for that ill say tolkki but i think its a very different thing than who the best guitar player is. if it was about which guitarist i would most like to work with, i would really like to see how each of them would work with the same backing track and both in free form and with some guidelines

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Re: The best guitarist of Power Metal

Post by Rebel » Mon Jul 05, 2010 11:45 pm

icecab21 wrote:are you thinking more along the lines of "which band has your favorite guitar playing on their studio records"? for that ill say tolkki but i think its a very different thing than who the best guitar player is. if it was about which guitarist i would most like to work with, i would really like to see how each of them would work with the same backing track and both in free form and with some guidelines
Since each guitar player has their own style, both for rhythm, lead, and solo parts, which style do you prefer in power metal.

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Re: The best guitarist of Power Metal

Post by HinatAArcticA » Tue Jul 06, 2010 2:17 am

I think Jani is, but he's noooot such a good composer I think.

But the topic is about guitar players.
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Re: The best guitarist of Power Metal

Post by Rebel » Tue Jul 06, 2010 2:39 am

HinatAArcticA wrote:I think Jani is, but he's noooot such a good composer I think.

But the topic is about guitar players.
Talent at composing notwithstanding, I think it's pretty obvious that he wanted to keep doing Melodic Power Metal, and Tony wanted to do Symphonic Prog metal, and that's what caused the split.

Another comment on DoG I noticed is that Tony says he went over the top with Layering on Unia, but on Unia the layering was still very intelligent, and it served to emphasize the stronger points, it made a badass guitar riff more commanding. there was less layering on DoG, but sometimes it felt like I was listening to two songs at once thanks to Tony layering two different vocal tracks on top of each other.

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Re: The best guitarist of Power Metal

Post by robocop656 » Tue Jul 06, 2010 4:51 pm

Rebel wrote:
HinatAArcticA wrote:I think Jani is, but he's noooot such a good composer I think.

But the topic is about guitar players.
Talent at composing notwithstanding, I think it's pretty obvious that he wanted to keep doing Melodic Power Metal, and Tony wanted to do Symphonic Prog metal, and that's what caused the split.

Another comment on DoG I noticed is that Tony says he went over the top with Layering on Unia, but on Unia the layering was still very intelligent, and it served to emphasize the stronger points, it made a badass guitar riff more commanding. there was less layering on DoG, but sometimes it felt like I was listening to two songs at once thanks to Tony layering two different vocal tracks on top of each other.
Layered vocals! I watched that interview with mike who interviewed Tony and Henkka. Tony says they layered Finish vocals with English vocals, fun idea I say!! Days of Grays, I don't know what to say about that album. Probably just expected a lot more great power metal like I knew them for.

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Re: The best guitarist of Power Metal

Post by ggonza43 » Tue Jul 06, 2010 5:13 pm

Rebel wrote:2. He's pretty boring
Maybe, but you can't deny he's a really virtuoso guitar player
Rebel wrote:3. He's one of the worst human beings in music.
And you say that because...?
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