Though the body is temporary, the work of these rock and metal creatives may last forever. After one of the saddest years in recent memory, we pay tribute to the essential minds we've lost so far in 2021.
Though Children of Bodom's Alexi Laiho died in late 2020, it was January 2021 when the world learned it had lost the legend. One of the last true guitar heroes, Laiho's passing mirrored perhaps neoclassical metal's greatest loss in Randy Rhoads, along with the 2020 death of shred god Eddie Van Halen. Like Rhoads and Van Halen, Alexi will forever reign as one of music's greatest and most innovative guitarists, while his work with Children of Bodom will undoubtedly continue to inspire players for generations.