We’re not alone in proclaiming that 2017 has been an unbelievable year for heavy metal. We’ve been treated to some fine new music from metal giants and newcomers alike, and been in the pit at unbelievable live shows from metal’s great and good.
Which guitar monsters have got your head banging with their sledgehammer riffs in 2017? Take a look at the shortlist below and cast your vote in our best metal guitarist category.
Want to vote in other Best in guitars 2017 categories? Have your say here.
Last year's winner: Synyster Gates, Zack Vengeance (Avenged Sevenfold)
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