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“Even though the earlier Pantera stuff was great, this album sort of brought everything together for them. Fucking Hostile, Mouth For War, This Love, Hollow, Walk – that’s just fantastic songwriting, all of it based around massive guitar hooks.
“Dimebag was, in my opinion, the best metal guitar player who ever lived. In a way, he just a shredder, but he found ways to distinguish himself and wound up being completely unique and influential. He had a certain way of using vibrato or the whammy bar that sounded different from other guys, and his choice of notes, where he put things and took a melody, stood out, as well. He wasn’t predictable.
“We had the opportunity to play with Pantera back in 2000 on our first Ozzfest, and to see Dimebag play night after night was so special. He put everything into his guitar playing. Nobody in the metal world has come close to being the guitarist that he was.”