Paul Gilbert tackles both Tony Iommi and Ronnie James Dio’s parts in new cover of Black Sabbath’s Heaven and Hell

Paul Gilbert
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At the start of this month, Paul Gilbert surprised just about every guitar fan with the announcement of his latest project, The Dio Album – a fully fledged tribute album to the late heavy metal legend, Ronnie James Dio.

The concept of the album itself seemed fairly left-field even for Gilbert, whose own melting pot of virtuosic styles seemed to contrast with the heavy metal that defined Dio’s own musical career. However, any concerns individuals had about the project quickly vanished upon hearing The Dio Album’s first single, a cover of Holy Diver.

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Matt Owen
Senior Staff Writer,

Matt is a Senior Staff Writer, writing for Guitar World, Guitarist and Total Guitar. He has a Masters in the guitar, a degree in history, and has spent the last 16 years playing everything from blues and jazz to indie and pop. When he’s not combining his passion for writing and music during his day job, Matt records for a number of UK-based bands and songwriters as a session musician.