Is it just us, or has 2016 been an unbelievable year for heavy metal? We've seen the return of a certain Bay Area metal juggernaut, unbelievable live shows from an Iowan nine-piece, devastating tech metal from Sweden, and loads more.
Which guitar monsters have stoked your mosh pit with their sledgehammer riffs in 2016? Take a look at the shortlist below and cast your vote.
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