I have to say being the resident metal head, I really miss good soloing. You dont hear anyone talking about guitar slingers these days. some of my favorite solos are off From Judas Priest. Noteably the cover of Diamonds and Rust from Sin after Sin and Victim of change from Sad wings of Destiny.
For a current band I have to give it to Avenge 7 fold. Their new album harkens their hero,,Megadeath and Iron Maiden (who to their own credit have many great solos). Hail to the king pulls from Iron Maidens Wasted Years on the intro. So there is hope yet, an dKirk Hammet keeps up the solos as wellas Dave mustain. (granted they are being who they are, just no one new can do it it seems)
“It’s like a Jab, you got the squeeze and you got the attack, you got the guitar and the emotion behind the song.
You can plug into a Marshall, but if you are not attacking it's just going to sound so-so. If the song doesn't grove, you are just bashing through chords” .
-- Mike Ness, Social Distortion