Anthrax founding guitarist Scot Ian talked about his favorite metal bands of all time and Black Sabbath’s Tony Iommi’s great influence on him and his extraordinary talent as a guitarist on a Youtube channel titled ‘The Pit.’ 

Black Sabbath was formed in 1968 by guitarist Tony Iommi, drummer Bill Ward, bassist Geezer Butler, and vocalist Ozzy Osbourne. The band is considered the pioneer of heavy metal music. Iommi is the lead guitarist, co-founder, and leader of the band. The band accomplished defining the genre with releases such as ‘Black Sabbath,’ ‘Paranoid,’ and ‘Master of Reality.’ 

Although he left the band in 1968 to join Jethro Tull, he immediately returned back to his band in 1969. Along with his career in Black Sabbath, his solo career was also admired by the fans.

In 2000, Iommi released his first solo album ‘Iommi’ and it was followed by ‘Fuse’ in 2005. He founded Heaven and Hell which was disbanded after the death of Ronni James Dio in 2010. In 2011, he published his autobiography, entitled ‘Iron Man: My Journey Through Heaven and Hell with Black Sabbath.’ Moreover, Iommi was ranked number 25 in Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time.

During the interview, Scot Ian expressed his admiration for Iommi and emphasized that Iommi did every rock and guitar riff for the last fifty years. According to him, The only thing that he and the other bands did was playing different versions of what Black Sabbath legendary guitarist Tony Iommi had already done.

Here’s what he said:

“If you really dig down deep, you could really say every rock or guitar riff of the last 50 years was basically done by Tony Iommi. He played all the riffs, everything we’ve been doing since is just a different take of something he had already done. A bit faster, a bit slower, in a different key…

But Tony did it, he had done all of it on the first six Sabbath albums. When we first started out, we fucking loved Motorhead and Iron Maiden, and hundred other bands. And all of that comes into what you’re doing as a musician, and hopefully comes out in your songwriting, and you’re not just a clone of something that came in before you.

When we started putting out records in ’84, our records sounded like something different, people were like, ‘This is a new thing.’ And they called this thrash metal. Cool, great, awesome!

We were just happy that people didn’t just say, ‘Oh, they are a fucking Motorhead clone. Why should I listen to them? I could just put a Motorhead record on.’ Nobody said that about us.

You just strive to do something that is yours, that’s your own, that you have your own sound, and the biggest compliment you can pay any musician is that you are doing something original. It’s fresh, it’s new.”

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