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Tony Iommi
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25. Tony Iommi

I remember the first time I heard Black Sabbath. My older brother got their album Master of Reality from a kid who lived next door, and we'd been passing it around like it was crack. We were playing it with the lights down and a candle burning, when my dad burst into the room. He was like, "What is this shit?" Then he broke the record right in front of us. But the music had just struck me like lightning. I truly enter the Iommi-sphere every time I put a guitar on. Tony is a metal pioneer, but there's a real finesse to his playing; it's not all that fast. His phrasing has such a classic vibe, and I draw a lot of inspiration from Tony's trilling.

I injured myself at a Black Sabbath reunion concert in 1999. During "Snowblind," we were all holding each other, and then we fell over and I hit a chair and broke my ribs. I was like, "Fuck, it hurts so bad, but I don't want to leave. I have to keep watching Tony play!"  By Brent Hinds of Mastodon

Key Tracks: "Iron Man," "Sabbra Cadabra," "Children of the Grave"

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