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Martin, Tony - 2005 Scream

Tony Martin - vocals, bass, drums, violin + many assorted guests

Black Sabbath's resurgence during the late 80's and early 90's was no doubt to the powerhouse presence of vocalist Tony Martin. The British singer is blessed with a strong set of pipes and complimented the metallic mayhem provided by Sabbath to a tee. Well, a decade or more has passed us by, and though Martin's reputation remains intact from those halcyon Sabbath days, he now presents us with a solo album.

The Songs
Firstly, let me get this off my chest. I am a fervent admirer of Martin, and some of the albums he appears on remain firm favourites (Sabbath's 'Headless Cross' being one of those). However, what I will say, it is very easy to typecast Tony in his vocal style because I believe it suits one particular style of sound, and that is full on metal. That is my belief, and only the very best singers can handle a ballad and an all-out rocker with aplomb: Tony Harnell, Steve Perry and Geoff Tate are probably some good examples of this. Martin, for all his excellent work lacks the subtlety to make a solo album that much more appealing. It is difficult ot get your teeth into an album like this when it is essentially 'more of the same' as per his band work. I would rather have heard something slightly different to give us a 'true mark of the man' as they say.

In Summary
The album is full of comparisons to Uriah Heep, Rainbow, Dio and Brazen Abbot. There are moments of earthy guitars and keyboards which take us back a generation or two, but after a short while, I am looking to what is due next in my CD playlist. Unfortunate, but true. Simply put, the album didn't do enough to fully capture my attention span, and believe me, with the deluge of new product doing the rounds, it is going to take something special to win me over. I'm sorry to say, 'Scream isn't it.


Track Listing:
01. Raising Hell
02. Bitter Sweet
03. Faith In Madness
04. I'm Gonna Live Forever
05. Scream
06. Surely Love Is Dead
07. The Kids Of Today (Don't Understand The Blues)
08. Wherever You Go
09. Field Of Lies


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