Good list! On a random side note, I was listening to Sinergy two days ago while wiring my pickups. I still maintain while COB is Alexi’s best representation of who he is, Sinergy has his best guitar playing!
In no order, and definitely in the “right now” category (as in, not my favs of all time necessarily) and no repeats, but I do have to say a word about Laiho since he passed recently
Alexi Laiho - technically proficient and had oodles of style, made shred cool again
- Marty Friedman - incredibly unique player that sounds only like himself
- Björn Gelotte - For his crushing rhythms
- Matt Heafy - for Trivium being awesome and him changing the face of the industry with his livestreaming. Makes everyone else look lazy with the work he puts in.
I didn’t stick to shredders today. Anyone surprised!? I know you are Russ.