I would have to say for lyrics it gots to be senses fail, TBS, Alkaline Trio, and Thursday. But when it comes to guitar, song writing, etc. It gots to be Stevie Ray Vaughan, Led Zeppelin, Atreyu, and Avenged Seven Fold.
i stay away from other's music as much as possible. everything i write comes out more original for me the longer i stop listening to other people's music. but I think sevendust, jerry cantrell, clapton, mudvayne, old korn, steve vai, and joe satriani have all influenced my playing alot. im into all types of music, but since im in a metal band its tough to use my classical roots as an influence or source of ideas. it all comes out though.
Jason Becker/Cacophony John Petrucci/Dream Theater Michael Romeo/Symphony X Rusty Cooley/Outworld Mattias IA Eklundh/Freak Kitchen Jeff Loomis/Nevermore Mikael Akerfeldt/Opeth Paul Gilbert/Racer X etc.
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