Top Ten Rhythm Guitarists of Christian Metal
Some more Top Ten lists. As always this list is my opinion. Hopefully you guys agree with my opinions on these!
10. Russ Cogdell (Zao, Seasons in the Field)
Russ Cogdell is an awesome rhythmist (not a word). He played all the guitars in Seasons in the Field and plays rhythm for Zao. Zao's rhythm has always been pretty legit. Unfortunately, Cogdell is currently an agnostic.
9. Doug Thieme (Vengeance Rising, Once Dead)
Doug Thieme is one of the first Christian thrash guitarists. He was in the first best known Christian thrash band, Vengeance Rising. Though other Christian thrash bands such as, Heaven's Force and Deliverance, formed first, Vengeance hit the scene in a big way. As did Deliverance, but on a much smaller scale. Thieme was on Vengeance's first two albums, Human Sacrifice and Once Dead. He, along with the rest of the musicians in the lineup, left Vengeance and formed the band Die Happy. The band had some success but was very short lived. The band ended in 1994. In 2004, Thieme, and the other members of Vengeance wanted to do a reunion, but Vocalist Roger Martinez threatened to sue as he owns the rights to the name. They got friend Scott Waters of Ultimatum to do vocals but under the name Once Dead. As of 2008, Thieme is the last remaining original member of Once Dead.
8. Bruce Fitzhugh (Living Sacrifice)
Bruce Fitzhugh is an awesome rhythm guitarist! Before taking over vocals, he played rhythm guitar on the first three albums, Living Sacrifice, Nonexistent and Inhabit. When original Vocalist/Bassist left the band in 1995, Fitzhugh took over Vocals and the band evolved into a Metalcore/Thrash metal/death metal band. The rhythms on the albums are incredible!
7. Seth Hecox (Becoming the Archetype)
Seth Hecox is the last remaining original member of Becoming the Archetype. As a rhythm guitarist, he's amazing. Especially considering the fact that he ain't playing Metalcore like many of these other bands. He also does cleans for BTA and he is very good at them.
6. Joseph Moria (Death Requisite)
On July 2, 2016, I saw Death Requisite play a set at the Golgotha stage at Audio Feed Festival. The set was incredible!! It was all tight! Both Guitarists, Dave Blackmore and Joseph Moria killed it! But right now we're talking Rhythm guitarists, so we'll get to Dave later. Joseph has only been on Revisitation, the band's upcoming album but having heard it all, (thanks again guys), the rhythm guitar is super fast and tight. Keep up the good work Joseph "ov" Moria!
5. Barry Gomez (As They Sleep)
Barry Gomez is the rhythm guitarist of the Christian death metal band As They Sleep. I don't know if Gomez or Nick Morris (the other guitarist) is technically lead or what but both of them are amazing. Gomez's rhythms are amazing! They sound a lot like Swedish death metal. Minus being from Sweden. (They're from Michigan).
4. Cole Wibblesman (Every Knee Shall Bow)
Cole Wibblesman is the third out of the four brothers in the band Every Knee Shall Bow. I was able to see EKSB at AudioFeed (first band I saw). Their set was incredible! I was planning on talking to them but I didn't get that chance. Hopefully I'll get to hang with them some other time. Anyways Cole did a great job live and killed it! If you haven't figured it out yet, I'm trying to exclude Metalcore bands from this list because usually, the rhythm guitarists in those bands are the "chuggers".
3. George White (Saving Grace)
George White currently plays bass for Saving Grace but also played Rhythm Guitar. He only played Rhythm on the King is Coming album. The Rhythms were great and so were the few breakdowns. It was mainly leads. That album was amazing so go check it out!
2. Jeremiah Scott (Demon Hunter)
Jeremiah Scott started playing rhythm guitar for Destroy Destroy Destroy, a black metal/death metal band. Lyrically that project mainly talked about dragons and war. That band went on hiatus around 2009, and then he joined The Showdown as their Bass player. In 2011, the Showdown went on a hiatus. Demon Hunter needed a rhythm guitarist after Ryan Helm (ex-The Ascendicate), and Patrick Judge, who played lead guitars in Showdown, recommended Scott. The albums Scott has been on, True Defiance and Extremist, have been incredible albums!
1. Jimmy P. Brown II (Deliverance)
Jimmy Brown is the only remaining original member of Deliverance. He's played guitars for about 25 years or something like that, and has released several records under Deliverance with several different lineups. Erik Mendez, a former member of Tourniquet, stated that "Jimmy is the best rhythm guitarist in all Christian music." This followed a story of Victor Macias, another former member of Tourniquet, about how Brown and Macias went into a music store and Brown plugged in a guitar and started playing something off of the Metallica record, Master of Puppets and "flooring" Macias. Macias is currently a member of Deliverance. Brown played thrash metal for the first three Deliverance records, the rest followed mainly by an alternative/industrial sound up until Hear What I Say which had a style of the mixture of thrash/alternative/industrial, essentially all the sounds Deliverance is known for. Brown is still going with the band with Macias on Bass, George Ochoa, a former member of Deliverance, on Guitar, and Jim Chaffin (The Crucified) on Drums.
So that's the list! There are tons of Rhythm Guitarists in Christian hardcore and metal, but most of them just play breakdowns. So sorry to all those other Rhythm Guitarists like Metalcore guitarists, you're all great!
The Bearded Dragon