I love guitar music in all forms, not going to lie: Punk, Rock, Blues, Folk, Bluegrass, Metal, even Jazz
(Fusion stuff especially like John McLaughlin) ... etcetera! But to me a lot of music is formulaic, and I always come back to classical guitar for its complexity and variety.
I was just reading a topic here about "Has Music Lost it's Way," and I've wondered the same thing at different times in my life.The last time this happened, I checked out what's going on in Metal, and eventually brought myself back to Classical again, and it became obvious that I was the one that lost my way!
Another thing both styles share is virtuosity: going "way back" to early 1980's- Cliff Burton's Bass Solo on Metallica's Kill 'em All for example is a variation on a Classical piece if I remember correctly. And Tatyana Ryzhkova playing Asturias on electric is a great video on You Tube. She discusses and compares the two styles interestingly.
For me Sabbath is classic but not something I would listen to much of anymore. But the albums Black Sabbath and Paranoid!!!??? It's an experience every guitarist should have! That being said, a lot of there early music is blues based riffing. Nothing wrong with that as they came up with many awesome riffs. I like the Sabatoge album best. Tony Iommi plays steel string classical style quite well, and the story of his fingers is amazing and inspiring.
Metal reminds me that songs and virtuosity can co-exist; guitar playing, vocally, drumming, bass guitar and keyboards as well.
Beware; not for the faint of heart: Symphonic Black Metal!
I wonder would Paganini write for the electric guitar today? Surely every guitar player has to listen to Yngvie Malmsteen at least once.
I might be in a minority here though:
I my car I'm listening to right now on CD
- Baroque Guitar
- My Arms Your Hearse
- Damnation (an immensely beautiful mostly acoustic guitar driven album)
Cradle Of Filth
- Cruelty and the Beast, a concept album based on the legend of the Hungarian "blood countess" Elizabeth Báthory
The Spanish Guitar Magic of Andres Segovia
- Massive Aggressive
- Reign in Blood
- South of Heaven
But who's really impressing me lately with his shredding is:
Paco De Lucia
for the band recommendations!