Care to prove your point instead of making a fool out of yourself through your own egoistic nature? Listen to a track named Epoch on his solo album before you do so.
Sure. And before I do, let me assure you that I was serious. I sprayed my monitor.
Its not that I disagree and think he sucks. What was funny is just how I knew a few retards in high school who raved on and on about his playing as though it had adopted a place in their brain that usually imagines women naked.
Murphy is a great guitar player. You don't have to question if I'm at all familiar with his solos with any of his work. An incredibly refined technique and playing style. But to say the best? Please.
This is two small a room to decide who the best actually is. I'll tell you that in *my* opinion, there are a lot of guitarists in extreme metal that are better than Murphy. Also, I don't like his style. I understand it. I'm not impressed by his songwriting. Honestly, I think of James Murphy as the local kid who did all the Guitar Center competitions and then joined a death metal band when it was a cool thing to do. His solo albums, again in MY OPINION, were weak as hell.
Look at someone like Toby Knapp. That guy knows how to dumb down his playing abilities (and I mean his band DARKEN here). The guy knows how to write a song.
At the end of the day, there are a lot of idiots who can play well. But how many of them write great songs? As a matter of opinion... I think Murphy left his mark with Obituary more than anything (including Disincarnate). That mark was significant because of the songs already written for him to play over. Not his playing abilities.