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What killed the guitar solo? Some of what I look at:
* Early guitar heroes like Jimi Hendrix and Jimmy Page, and the next generation like Randy Rhoads, Zakk Wylde and Slash
* The peak of the guitar solo with the hair metal and shred guitar scenes (Yngwie Malmsteen, etc)
* The role of grunge and nu-metal bands like Nirvana, Soundgarden, Korn and Limp Bizkit
* How the breakdown replaced the guitar solo with the rise of metalcore, deathcore and djent
* Modern shred guitarists and influencers like Jason Richardson, Tim Henson of Polyphia, Ola Englund, etc


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0:00 Intro
2:55 Early guitar heroes, hair metal and shred
7:20 Did grunge kill the guitar solo?
9:19 Nu-metal, metalcore and deathcore & the rise of breakdowns
13:10 The modern prog / shred guitar scene


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  1. Some other great solos in grunge/alternative are

    Gun by soundgarden
    Silverfuck by Smashing Pumpkins
    Paranoid Android by Radiohead
    Unglued by stone temple pilots
    Skins in my closet by Skin Yard
    Hummer by Smashing Pumpkins
    Standing on the edge by screaming treees

    Check these out if you haven’t heard them yet

  2. I'm not a guitarist. I wish I was. I tried to be. My brother plays bass and guitar. The problem is, I don't have musical talent. It's ok. I have other talents and I'm not complaining. I mention this because while I don't play, I love metal and guitar. To each their own, but pop music is for the most part boring to me. I appreciate the creative ability and technical skill of a good guitar player and metal band, much the same way I appreciate a symphony. I agree the guitar solo is an endangered species in the pop world, but I think there are non-guitar players who appreciate and listen to talented musicians.

  3. Towards the late 00’s ans into the 2010’s it wasn’t cool to have guitar solos scene kids that didn’t play music would say they didn’t like guitar solos not everyone but a lot of people would say these things but some bands like escape the fate were cool to do them probably because the solos weren’t to show off they had feeling and I think that’s a reason why people stopped liking solos was from the years of solos just being a dick measuring contest not about serving the song.

  4. If you want solos, Finnish melodic death metal has it in spades. Kalmah's songs like The Groan of Wind, Hollow Heart, and Blood Ran Cold are good examples. Surprised you haven't done a video about that genre cuz it's nuts.

  5. i wanted to comment but i realise i dont know enough to articulate my disagreement
    my real problem is … do i need to submit my reply to a review group to validate my gripe or can i just whine like a girl and you will fixate on me you can see whats going on … not what i typed

  6. I think Synyster Gates from Avenged Sevenfold is probably the best at guitar solos now but it's very much because his solos are more like jazz licks as opposed to metal solos. The Stage was full of solos just as catchy as some of the riffs. I can't wait for their new album to see what he does

  7. I always thought Tony Rombola epitomized how legitimate lead guitar players got swept aside during the late 90s. The dude's solo work generally ends up hidden in the breakdown, which is a darn shame. Dan Donegan from Disturbed is another example. Those guys would have been widely recognized in the 80s.

  8. Do not fret…(pun intended) for just like all good things did return eventually, before & after the solo, e.g. bell bottoms, shaggy haircuts, aviator shades etc. so shall thy solo
    So be sure to bolo.

  9. Yngwie Malmsteen is my favorite shredder. I encourage anyone who thinks there is no emphasis on songwritting in shred, to listen to far beyond the sun. I especially love Yngwie live with the Japanese Philharmonic. That entire concert is amazing. Its not about being self indulgent, its about seeing what can be done with guitar. Its about replacing the singer with the guitar. Guitar is an extremely diverse instrument, you can do so much with, from guys like Yngwie, to guys like Adam Jones of tool, to Tosin Abasi of Animals as Leaders to guys like John Frusciante therre are so many differnt ways to approach guitar playing and they're all awesome when done right .

  10. Breakdown's blow. The fact that the entire band becomes a percussive instrument relegates the individual instrument and musician as irrelevant.

    Virtuality is, and has been, an important part of music for centuries.

  11. Plini is an amazing all-instrumental band from Australia people have been sleeping on for far too long when it comes to shred but still has grooves that make you move. The main dude even uses the same headless guitar that Paul Masvidal of Cynic used.

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