Zakk Wylde recently sang massive praises of Avenged Sevenfold guitarist Synyster Gates, drawing comparisons with late great Randy Rhoads.
Chatting with Pop Break, Wylde called Gates a "torchbearer," saying that he's the one inspiring kids to pick up the guitar and start soloing.
"I think it's great that Avenged Sevenfold is having all this success; it's awesome for the whole rock community in general," the guitarist kicked off. "He's the torchbearer for the young kids now to play solos, learn the scales, and develop a feel."
Getting to the Roads parallel, Zakk added, "The same thing with Randy, aside from the amazing songs and solos, he always made it cool to want to learn so you're knowledgeable with the guitar. He made having wisdom with the instrument cool."
The latest Black Label Society studio effort, "Catacombs of the Black Vatican," saw its release on April 8 via E1 Music.