Tony Iommi Named Greatest Heavy Metal Guitarist by Gibson
Black Sabbath axeman, Tony
Iommi has been named as the greatest heavy metal
guitarist of all time by Gibson.
The Birmingham born guitar legend tops a list which also
includes Metallica duo Kirk
Hammett and James Hetfield
along with the late great Randy
However Rhoads, who was killed in a plane crash in 1956, isn't the
only ex-Ozzy guitarist to appear in Gisbon's 'Top 10', with
Black Label Society lynchpin, Zakk
Wylde taking the number 7 slot.
"Of all rock'n'roll's many styles metal is the most brutal. No
matter the sub-genre, metal is held together by a reliance on loud
riffing guitars and, of course, an inspiring lead
"Tony's dark, distinct guitar textures in Black Sabbath
helped spearhead the heavy metal movement. Iron Man and Paranoid
boast some of the most memorable riffs of all time, with crushingly
heavy choruses. His playing is immortalised through the generations
of bands that have followed."
Gibson's Greatest heavy metal guitarists
1. Tony Iommi
2. Kirk Hammett and James Hetfield
3. Randy Rhoads
4. John Petrucci
5. Dimebag Darrell
6. Eddie Van Halen
7. Zakk Wylde
8. Adam Jones
9. Dave Murray and Adrian Smith
10. George Lynch
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