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The 20 Best Metal Bass Players of 2024

Guitar players are usually more recognized by their talent, but we can’t ever ignore how important a bass player is for a metal band, providing a link between the rhythm and melody of a song, while also creating iconic signature sounds. On the same note of our list of Best Metal Drummers of 2024, we decided to create a list of the 20 best Metal Bass Players:

Doris Yeh (Chthonic)

Doris Yeh is known for her powerful playing and stage presence. She plays a crucial role in Chthonic’s success blending traditional Asian instruments with metal. Doris often plays custom ESP basses.

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Mike Leon (Soulfly)

His playing style is aggressive yet precise, and he often uses Ibanez basses.

mike leon soulfly

Jeroen Paul Thesseling (Obscura)

Jeroen Paul Thesseling is known for his fretless bass playing and technical proficiency. He pushes the boundaries in technical death metal and plays Warwick basses.

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Paolo Gregoletto (Trivium)

Paolo Gregoletto provides solid bass lines and melodic sensibility in Trivium.

paolo gregoletto trivium bass player

Frank Bello (Anthrax)

Frank Bello is a cornerstone of Anthrax’s sound with his energetic playing and solid groove, mixing punk and metal influences.

frank bello anthrax bass player

Shavo Odadjian (System of a Down)

Shavo Odadjian’s aggressive playing style and unique stage presence are key to System of a Down’s success. He uses Gibson Thunderbird basses.

shavo odadjian systemofadown bass player

Rex Brown (Pantera)

Rex Brown’s muscular bass work is a hallmark of Pantera’s sound. He plays Spector basses known for their powerful tone.

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Photo by Nick Davarias/MetalJunkbox

Ryan Martinie (Mudvayne)

Although Mudvayne had their ups and downs, almost everyone agrees that Ryan Martinie’s bass lines set him apart in the metal world. He uses Warwick basses.

ryan martinie mudvayne bass player
Ryan Martinie of Mudvayne performs at Inkcarceration Music and Tattoo Festival on Saturday, Sept. 11, 2021, at Ohio State Reformatory in Mansfield, Ohio. (Photo by Amy Harris)

Nick Schendzielos (Job for a Cowboy, Cephalic Carnage)

Nick Schendzielos is known for his technical skill and innovative approach. He often uses Ibanez basses for their versatility.

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Robert Trujillo (Metallica)

Robert Trujillo’s playing style and stamina are well-suited to Metallica and he’s been quite welcomed since joining the band. He often uses Warwick and Zon basses.

robert trujillo metallica bass player

Troy Sanders (Mastodon)

Troy Sanders blends various musical influences in Mastodon, which brings some of their uniqueness to the genre.

troy sanders mastodon bass player

Evan Brewer (ex-The Faceless)

Evan Brewer’s technical skill him a highly respected bassist in the progressive metal scene. His solo work showcases his ability to blend different musical styles and techniques.

evan brewer faceless bass player

Emma Anzai (Sick Puppies, Evanescence)

Emma Anzai brings a dynamic and energetic presence to her performances with Sick Puppies and Evanescence. She uses Fender and Music Man basses.

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Mia Wallace (Nervosa)

Mia Wallace’s powerful and aggressive playing style has been a key element in her work with Nervosa. She often uses Fender Precision basses.

mia wallace nervosa bassplayer

John Myung (Dream Theater)

John Myung’s technical skill in Dream Theater is widely recognized. He often plays custom Ernie Ball Music Man basses.

john myung dream theater bassplayer

Alex Webster (Cannibal Corpse)

Alex Webster’s speed, precision, and creativity define his playing in Cannibal Corpse. He uses Spector and Modulus basses.

alex webster cannibal corpse bassplayer

Geezer Butler (Black Sabbath)

We don’t have much to say about Geezer Butler’s style, besides the fact that he basically helped define what Metal music sounds like.

geezer buttler black sabath bassplayer

Les Claypool (Primus)

Les Claypool’s unconventional approach is what people mostly remember about him, but he’s an incredibly talented bass player and has influenced many other artists. He plays custom Carl Thompson basses.

les claypool bassplayer primus

Justin Chancellor (Tool)

Justin Chancellor’s unique tone and rhythmically complex style are integral to Tool’s sound. He uses Wal basses.

justin chancellor tool bassplayer

Steve Harris (Iron Maiden)

Steve Harris’s bass lines and songwriting prowess are iconic in Iron Maiden. He uses Fender Precision basses.

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Artists: Anthrax, Black Sabbath, Cannibal Corpse, Chtonic, Dream Theater, Evanescence, Iron Maiden, Job for a Cowboy, mastodon, Metallica, Mudvayne, Nervosa, Obscura, Pantera, Primus, Soulfly, System of a Down, Tool, Trivium

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