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Main years active: 1974 to date
While Judas Priest often labelled themselves the world’s first heavy metal band (as Sabbath incorporated some blues and rock into their sound), Iommi’s influence on the two Priest guitarists’ style was obvious. Both KK Downing and Glen Tipton used a warm, bluesy tone on their earlier records, with rhythms anchored by staccato downstrokes from the drawer marked ‘Paranoid’. Later on, the two axemen focused on a duelling style that the one-guitar Sabbath obviously couldn’t replicate, and KK and Glen incorporated techniques such as sweep picking that Iommi rarely (if ever) used, but there’s no denying that he cast a huge shadow on the early Priest albums.
Total Guitar issue 210 (originally on sale 24 December - 20 January) featured Tony Iommi on the cover and contained 11-pages of Iommi coverage, including an in-depth interview and a complete tab of 'Planet Caravan'.