Who is the best metal guitarist of 2018?

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2018 has been an unbelievable year for heavy metal in both the progression and extremity of the guitar playing on display. So much so that this list was incredibly hard to whittle down.

Which guitar monsters have blown your mind with their sledgehammer riffs in 2018? Take a look at the shortlist below and cast your vote in our best metal guitarist category.

Last year’s winner: Synyster Gates/Zacky Vengeance (Avenged Sevenfold)

Want to vote in other Best in guitars 2018 categories? Have your say here.

Voting closes at midnight on 21 November 2018.

The MusicRadar Best in guitars awards are brought to you in association with Ernie Ball. #colorsofrocknroll