In the world of metal, there's always something to be expected out of the guitar player. Whereas the singer might be expected to reach massive high notes and the drummer to have a huge double bass presence, the kind of workouts that you have to put your fingers through to play these songs efficiently is the stuff of nightmares for casual six-stringers. Then again, there are even the few songs that even the brave won't touch.
Across metal's storied history, it seems that the intensity level seemed to kick up a notch with each passing year. From the heavy downbeat of thrash in the '80s to the prog metal that was reaching its apex in the '90s, there always seemed to be some new technique around the corner that would melt your fingers off. At the same time, the hardest ones didn't necessarily stay within the confines of metal all the way through, instead going for more classical ambitions and even throwing in some more avant garde stuff for good measure.
On the surface, pulling these off almost feels wrong for your fingers, and yet it manages to sound utterly transcendent when heard in context. From the dark depths of Hell to the lighter side of metal, these are the riffs and licks that your hands will never forgive you for.
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