Before becoming a rock legend, Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi worked in a sheet metal plant, where he lost the tips of two of his fingers in an accident. (It happened during his last day on the job. Seriously.) His need to compensate for his severed digits caused Iommi to create both Sabbath’s signature sound, as well as the first light-gauge guitar strings.

The folks over at VH1 have turned the story of Iommi’s missing fingers into what is probably the world’s most uplifting digital short about an industrial accident. The short is the first installment in the network’s series The Complete History Of Heavy Metal, was brought to life by animator Paul Blow, and is voiced by Iommi himself.

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Tony Iommi from Paul Blow on Vimeo.