“Let’s go back to the ‘70s, to probably one of the first metal records. This is hard for me because I didn’t spend a ton of time listening to early Sabbath. I got into Ozzy because of Ozzy. I knew who he was and where he came from, but I was more of a Dio-era Sabbath fan at first. That’s just how it was for me.
“But I did go back and check out the early stuff, and to me, Paranoid is the most solid of the bunch. It’s got their biggest hits – it’s got War Pigs and Iron Man – so you can’t go wrong there. And it has Paranoid, too. Great stuff.
“I heard this music as a kid, and to be honest, it felt dated to me at the time. Now it doesn’t, but I think that’s because I just opened up my mind. I was a dick when I was a young [laughs]. I was a little music snob. It was always about when I discovered a band and whether I liked them or not. I think that’s a big part of being a metalhead – ‘I’m more metal than you!’”