Metal/Hard Rock Musicians Pay Tribute To BLACK SABBATH's 'Paranoid'

September 18, 2005

BLACK SABBATH's second album, "Paranoid", was the subject of the "Trailblazer" column in the August 2005 issue of the U.K.'s Total Guitar magazine, which is devoted to albums that changed the face of guitar music. The following quotes from the article illustrate just how important the album is to many of rock and metal's major guitarists:

Slash (VELVET REVOLVER, ex-GUNS N' ROSES): "There's just something about that whole record that, when you're a kid and you're turned onto it, it's like a whole different world. It just opens up your mind to another dimension… 'Paranoid' is the whole SABBATH experience; very indicative of what SABBATH meant at the time. Tony's [Iommi] playing style — doesn’t matter whether it's off 'Paranoid' or if it's off 'Heaven and Hell' — it's very distinctive."

James Hetfield (METALLICA): "SABBATH got me started on all that evil-sounding shit, and it's stuck with me. Tony Iommi is the king of the heavy riff."

Scott Ian (ANTHRAX): "'Paranoid' is an amazing album. I always get the question in every interview I do, 'What are your top five metal albums?' I make it easy for myself and always say the first five SABBATH albums, especially 'Paranoid'."

Dave Grohl (FOO FIGHTERS, ex-NIRVANA): "I love BLACK SABBATH. They made an amazing contribution to music today. Almost every band that made it big in the 1990s owes a debt to them."

Mark Tremonti (ALTER BRIDGE, ex-CREED): "It's pretty much the trademark album of the originators of heavy metal. Tony Iommi is very different to a lot of guitar players, his phrasing is very different…his riffs and his rhythm playing is the shit on that album."

The article also outlines the history of the album and the stories behind some of the tracks as well as a few words from Tony himself. "Iron Man" is also featured in the magazine's "Learn to Play" section.

Find more on
  • facebook
  • twitter
  • reddit
  • email

Comments Disclaimer And Information

BLABBERMOUTH.NET uses the Facebook Comments plugin to let people comment on content on the site using their Facebook account. The comments reside on Facebook servers and are not stored on BLABBERMOUTH.NET. To comment on a BLABBERMOUTH.NET story or review, you must be logged in to an active personal account on Facebook. Once you're logged in, you will be able to comment. User comments or postings do not reflect the viewpoint of BLABBERMOUTH.NET and BLABBERMOUTH.NET does not endorse, or guarantee the accuracy of, any user comment. To report spam or any abusive, obscene, defamatory, racist, homophobic or threatening comments, or anything that may violate any applicable laws, use the "Report to Facebook" and "Mark as spam" links that appear next to the comments themselves. To do so, click the downward arrow on the top-right corner of the Facebook comment (the arrow is invisible until you roll over it) and select the appropriate action. You can also send an e-mail to blabbermouthinbox(@) with pertinent details. BLABBERMOUTH.NET reserves the right to "hide" comments that may be considered offensive, illegal or inappropriate and to "ban" users that violate the site's Terms Of Service. Hidden comments will still appear to the user and to the user's Facebook friends. If a new comment is published from a "banned" user or contains a blacklisted word, this comment will automatically have limited visibility (the "banned" user's comments will only be visible to the user and the user's Facebook friends).