Mickael Thomson is one of the two guitar players of the Des Moines, Iowa's Nu Metal/Alternative Metal band "Slipknot". He is the second tallest member of the band (the tallest one being the other guitarist, James Root). He is #7 and wears a long, silvery mask.
His riffs had always been quite simple and no one seemed to take him seriously; however, when he appeared on the "Total Guitar" magazine, he showed some of his exercises which include an extended neoclassical arpeggio. He was also asked to perform a solo and he did it; it is called "too extreme for slipknot" and there are tabs of it all over the internet. He never used to play solos in the songs since "it didn't fit the music style they played".
In the "Vol. 3 The subliminal verses album" he was allowed to solo (and so was Root); also, the guitar riffs on this album happen to be slightly more complex than in the past ones (like in the song "Opium of the people").
He used to play with custom BC Rich guitars which had the word "HATE" across the frets, but now he uses Ibanez with a "SEVEN" written on the frets and he even has his own signature model.
kid1: Hey, who plays solo in the song "Vermilion" ?
kid2: Mick Thomson dude, he kicks ass; but I prefer the solo in "Welcome".