to discuss, which Black Sabbath album or even era is pointless, because
some like Ronnie James Dio, some like Ozzy Osbourne, some like Tony
Martin and some like them all (and no I haven't forgotten about
Ian Gillan & Glenn Hughes). But there's no doubt that "Headless
Cross" is a favorite among many a Black Sabbath fan, and it's
without a doubt one of mine as well.
taking part on various projects like The Cage & Giuntini, this is
actually Tony Martin's first solo album, and a very successful one in my
book. This is classic metal - pure rock the way Black Sabbath (off
course!), Rainbow and Deep Purple interpreted it in the 70's and 80's...
core of the band is Tony and Geoff Nicholls, another former Sabbath
member, who's keyboard chords and sounds help create a almost Sabbath
atmosphere. When I was looking at the booklet to see who was
playing the guitar I came up with: Joe Harford... Ehhh, who? Well it's
actually Tony Martin's youngest son... and he delivers great chops,
licks, riffs and leads all over this album. Tony is taking care of drums,
bass and singing as well as producing the album.
funny twist to this musical experience is that the album has been
recorded in Tony's own house, and he lives in a small town called: Headless
you like old school classic metal, Black Sabbath and/or Tony Martin,
then you shouldn't miss out on this album, because it's just great fun
to listen to... a cool thing I have to mention is the excellent violin
solo in the title track - different, but cool!
"Raising Hell", "Bitter Sweet", "Faith in
Madness" & "Scream".