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“Black Sabbath has been a big influence on me, and this record really shines. I love the guitar playing, but the songs are so big and unapologetically dark. The vibe the band gives off here is evil and scary and unlike anything that has ever been done before.
“The family across the street were kind of hippies, and they had the Black Sabbath and Dio albums. I would have to kind of sneak over to their house to listen to this music. It wasn’t being played on the radio; this was music for outcasts, in a way. It fascinated me. I had to find out why this was considered to be ‘underground’ music. And it blew my mind.
“Iron Man and Paranoid were some of the first riffs I ever learned on the guitar. The darkness of Tony Iommi’s playing just spoke to me. He has that one thing that every guitarist strives for: his own sound. He doesn’t try to be anything other than what he is.”