The Most Innovative Guitarist In Metal Right Now Tournament: Quarter Finals

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It’s quarter finals time in our tournament highlighting the most creative guitarists currently in metal. Who will you vote through to the semis?

Before we hit the polls, let’s check out how your faves fared in the demanding round three match-ups. The Chthe’ilist contingent were out in full force, with T(ougas)-cells binding to Czral’s Virus in an almost 2:1 ratio and taking him out of the competition. Josh Raiken (Suffering Hour) and Dan Gargiulo (Artificial Brain | Revocation) continued their strong runs down the bracket. Gabriele Gramaglia kept on clearing the path, while Hoggard and Hufnagel proved why they’re two of the tourney favourites, too bad there can only be one left after this week. Shawn Hache (Mitochondrion) knocked out Fredrik Thordendal (Meshuggah) by just 0.4% of the vote, can he take out two heavyweights in a row? And will Dylan DiLella’s first rough battle of the tournament prove to be a pyrrhic victory?

Let the quarter finals commence!

Josh Raiken (Suffering Hour)

Scientifically proven to have penned the best riffs of 2017.

Phil Tougas (Chthe’ilist | First Fragment)

Weird-death, tech-death, death-death, riff-death.

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Dylan DiLella (Pyrrhon)

Gabriele Gramaglia (The Clearing Path)

Astounding compositions that shift the sands of time to their whim.

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Dan Gargiulo (Artificial Brain | Revocation)

Sounds from the labyrinff constellation.

Shawn Hache (Mitochondrion | Auroch)

Would you rather fight 100 ribosome-sized mitochondrion or one mitochondrion-sized ribosome?

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Kevin Hufnagel (Dysrhythmia | Gorguts | Sabbath Assembly | Vaura)

Possibly the most underappreciated modern guitarist in metal, ostensibly because no amount of praise would seem adequate.

Michael Hoggard (Ulcerate)

Every riff is fire.

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