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Top 10 Underrated 80s Metal Guitarists
Great 80s Metal Guitarists that Put The Focus On Their Bands
When Metal Guitarists of today cite their influences, many times they either list the most prominent players or their favorite bands. When these bands are mentioned, they usually were guitarists that instead of trying to gain the spotlight for themselves helped place the entire band in the spotlight with their contributions. There were also a lot of great guitarists that backed great metal front men like Ozzy and Dio that provided invaluable musical backing to these legends without trying to outshine them.
This lens is a tribute to 10 such guitarists, even though their names aren't on the tips of many players tongues, played and invaluable part in making the music that many people have really enjoyed, and will continue to for years to come...
#10 Craig Goldy
The man behind the guitars for Ronnie James Dio
Craig Goldy has to be one of my favorite guitarists of all times. His work during the 80s with Dio is outstanding. His playing on the albums "Intermission" and "Dream Evil" was some of the finest in the DIo catalog.
My Favorite Album: "Dream Evil" - Dio
My Favorite Song: "Sunset Superman" -Dio
My Favorite Solo: "I Could Have Been A Dreamer" -Dio
Craig Goldy Links:
Craig Goldy | Destiny Bridge: A service to help new musicians get into the music industry and get recording contracts.
#9 Reb Beach
The Metal Guitarist who not only was part of Winger, but filled some pretty big shoes...
Reb Beach should be counted up there with the likes of Steve Vai and Joe Satriani when it comes to his technical ability. The thing is that he has naver tried to steal the spotlight from the bands he has played with.
His shining moment was with Winger, but he has also played with Alice Cooper, Dokken, and most recently, Whitesnake. He has also been a session artists on albums by Roger Daltrey, Bob Dylan, Chaka Kahn, and Twisted Sister.
My Favorite Album: "Winger" -Winger
My Favorite Song: "17" - Winger
My Favorite Solo: "Magdelene" -Winger
Reb Beach Links:
Reb Beach MP3 Downloads
#8 Vito Bratta
The Amazing Lead Guitarist fo White Lion
Vito Bratta is another one of my favorite guitarists, who played throughout the 80s with White Lion. Their songs were really well written and when it came time for a solo, Vito never failed to deliver some absolutely amazing solo work. During the early 90s Vito left the music industry almost altogether...
My Favorite Album: "Pride" -White Lion
My Favorite Song: "Wait" -White Lion
My Favorite Solo: "Little Fighter" -White Lion
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#7 Janick Gers
The "Third Guitarist" of Iron Maiden
When Adrian Smith left Iron Maiden, Janick Gers stepped in to continue the dual lead guitar sound this band had always been known for. He added his own style to several albums and remained with the band when Smith returned several years later.
My Favorite Album: "Fear of the Dark" -Iron Maiden
My Favorite Song: "Brave New World" -Iron Maiden
My Favorite Solo: "Ghost Of the Navigator" -Iron Maiden
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#6 Rudolf Schenker
Player of the worlds most memorable riffs...
Rudolf Schenker, the Rhythm Guitarist for the Scorpions came up for some of the catchiest riffs in all of Rock history. I don't care how many times I hear the Intro to "Rock You Like A Hurricaine" It always gets me pumped.
My Favorite Album: "Love at First Sting" -Scorpions
My Favorite Songs: "Rock You Like a Hurricane" "No One Like You"&"Blackout" -Scorpions
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#5 Jeff Young
A Short but Brilliant Metal Career
Jeff Young enjoyed a relatively short but brilliant time with Megadeth, helping to produce, in my opinion, their finest album, "So Far, So Good, So What" and played on the tour for that album. The songs on that album captured the raw emotion that subsequent albums lacked.
My Favorite Songs: "Mary Jane" "Liar" & "In My Darkest Hour"(probably one of my all time favorite songs) -Megadeth
Jeff Young Links:
Jeff Young MP3 Downloads
#4 Vivian Campbell
Guitarist for many 80s Heavy Metal Bands
Vivian Campbell rose to prominence as the guitarist for Dio, Whitesnake, Riverdogs, and is now with Def Leppard. His Latest recording is a solo effort consisting of blues standards.
My Favorite Album: "Riverdogs" -Riverdogs
My Favorite Song: "Last In Line" -Dio
My Favorite Solo: "Holy Diver" -Dio
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#3 Jake E. Lee
Filling the Shoes of a Legend
Jake E. Lee had the seemingly impossible task of replacing Randy Rhoades after his untimely death. Jake E. Lee was able to pull this off with excellence, and his stint with Ozzy produced two albums, "Bark at The Moon" & "The Ultimate Sin" where he was able to demonstrate his own unique style. He then formed Badlands which went for a more bluesy sound.
My Favorite Album: "The Ultimate Sin" -Ozzy
My Favorite Song: "Killer of Giants" -Ozzy
My Favorite Solo: "Bark at the Moon" -Ozzy
Jake E Lee links:
#2 John Sykes
No one else can make a les paul sound like that...
John Sykes is One of my Absolute favorite players. I wish I could get the sound that he gets. He played with Thin Lizzy, Whitesnake, and then formed his own band, Blue Murder. No one can sustain a single note with that slow vibrato sound it gets, and it always sounds beautiful.
My Favorite Album: "Whitesnake" -Whitesnake
My Favorite Song: "Jelly Roll" -Blue Murder
My Favorite Solo: "Don't Turn Away" -Whitesnake
John Sykes Links:
#1 Mick Mars
Man for his band...
While his bandmates personalities have taken on a crazy life of their own, Mick Mars has always been there providing a solid musical foundation for Motley Crue without seeking out the spotlight like the rest of the band. Everything he does fits the songs perfectly. You can tell by his playing and attitude that the band comes first, and I think he is the true unsung hero in Motley Crue.
My Favorite Album: "Shout at the Devi" -Motley Crue
My Favorite Song: "Looks that Kill" -Motley Crue
My Favorite Solo: "Danger" -Motley Crue
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There are a lot of bands from the 80s that people consider to be Metal...
Although I tried to give all styles of metal a fair shake, some people say that some of the bands mentioned are just hard rock dressed up like metal.
What 80s groups should be considered Metal?