Giuntini Project

Release date: April 28th 2006
Label: Frontiers Records
Distribution: Zink / Bonnier Amigo
Heavy Metal

Rating: 75/100
Reviewed by: Kenn Jensen
Date: April 11th 2006

After 8 years of silence Aldo Giuntini & Tony Martin returns with the 3rd Giuntini Project album, simply entitled: "III". And like no time had passed this album picks up where we were left with its predecessor: "Vol. II", which will be re-released at a mid-priced price on the same date as this new one.

Heavily inspired by the period when Tony Martin was a part of Black Sabbath, emphasized on this album with their decision to make a cover-version of the opening track from Black Sabbath's Tyr album: "Anno Mundi (The Vision)". But no worries this is no mediocre rip-off, the rest of the songs flows nicely between the before mentioned influences and melodic rock songs.

And Tony Martin proves for the 3rd time in the past 6 months - first with his solo-album "Scream", then with Empire, that he still has one the strongest metal voices. And Aldo Giuntini has written 12 great songs to support his voice - this is a match made in heaven - or hell if you like...

This is off course also a showcase of Aldo's excellent guitar work, and fans of this kind of metal are also served well on this album. His riffs, leads, chops and licks carries the songs nicely and with the addition of Tony's voice on most of the songs - there's a couple of instrumentals on here as well, this ends up being just what the doctor ordered if you are on the lookout for a shot of rock solid heavy metal.

Best moments on the album are the 2 strong and fast openers: "Gold Digger" and "Not Connected", along with the cool mid-tempo stumper "The Closest Thing to Heaven" and the awesome closer: "Tarot Warrior". Most of the tracks are good, a few do drift off towards mediocrity, but overall this is a solid ball of rock.