Sean McGeady

Alexi Laiho: A hugely influential musician who helped shape the course of modern metal guitar

The Children of Bodom guitarist, who died suddenly on 4 January, was an important figure in modern metal.

The Alternative Guitar Christmas Playlist

These guitar-heavy tracks will get you in the mood for holiday fun – but they’re not the usual fare you’ll hear at this time of year

“There’s a lot of snobbery that comes with guitars. But I don’t think the average listener gives a fuck”: alt-rockers Higher Power

Guitarists Max Harper and Louis Hardy compare modern and vintage metal sounds, lament guitar snobbery, and give us their rig rundowns.