Gary Holt, who is the mastermind of Exodus and guitarist of Slayer, has posted the cover art photo of Black Sabbath’s Heaven And Hell album, which is featuring legendary singer Ronnie James Dio, and shared his opinion over it.

On Instagram, Gary has been sharing some influential albums that affected his life as a musician and guitarist. Today, he posted Black Sabbath’s legendary album and revealed his admiration for Ronnie James Dio by praising his powerful voice.

Here’s what he said:

“Black Sabbath’s ‘Heaven and Hell! Why not Volume 4, or Masters of reality? Good question! While I adore all the Ozzy records (as is mandatory!) for some reason this seemed less like my older brother Sabbath and more like MY Sabbath at the time.

Having four older brothers who were all rockers (and one punk rocker) introduced me to tons of bands, Sabbath included. But this one came out just before my 16th birthday and these songs just blew me away. The title track is still one of the grandest most badass songs ever, and all the others, Neon Knights, Lady Evil, Children of the sea, Die Young, etc. Just so killer.

Dio at full strength lifted this record to new heights, the songs were maybe a little more mainstream than before, while being super metal, less jamming but filled with huge hooks. I love this record. I’m sure I’m preaching to the choir here!”

Testament lead guitarist Eric Peterson commented:

“Agree! Here’s a record from a band that was influential and led the way for all metal bands at the time, but had an older sound, till this record came out and set a new standard sabbath was now modern and leading the way again, and DIO clearly had arrived horns and all!”

Gary responded:

“Totally bro!”

See the social media post below.

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Day 18! Black Sabbath’s “ Heaven and Hell”! Why not Volume 4, or Masters of reality? Good question! While I adore all the Ozzy records( as is mandatory!) for some reason this seemed less like my older brothers Sabbath and more like MY Sabbath at the time. Having four older brothers who were all rockers( and one punk rocker) introduced me to tons of bands, Sabbath included. But this one came out just before my 16th birthday and these songs just blew me away. The title track is still one of the grandest most bad ass songs ever, and all the others, Neon Knights, Lady Evil, Children of the sea, Die Young, ect. Just so killer. Dio at full strength lifted this record to new heights, the songs were maybe a little more mainstream than before, while being super metal, less jamming but filled with huge hooks. Love this record. I’m sure I’m preaching to the choir here!

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