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Some truly superb hard rock, featuring ex Black Sabbath vocalist Tony Martin.

The man who will forever carry the "ex-Black Sabbath" tag thanks to his monumental time in history's foremost heavy metal band during which time he sung of headless crosses and eternal idols. But while his ex-bandmates (and Ozzy) venture into brand new Sabbath material, Tony Martin's Silver Horses is an entirely different bag.

Teaming up with Gianluca Galli, Martin has formed another incredible lead singer-guitarist partnership. The Italian six-string supremo is a fantastic player and songwriter who has helped to create an album inspired by blues rock of the 1970s but with a modern hard rock edge. Excellent opening track 'Rub It On Me' bounces along as though Page and Plant are having a blues jam between harmonica and guitar until the chorus really opens it up. Classic British rock drips from every pore of the band as they pound through 'Run' and enjoy a blues stomp with 'Life And Soul'. For those who have been following Martin over the years, it will come as no surprise to discover that his voice still sounds fantastic. He's developed a softer tone but lost little of that range and it's all on display as he pours his heart into 'Suddenly Lost' and his energy into 'Secret Service'.

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The Italian music section proves to be the perfect platform for Martin's vocals. Bass player and often co-writer Andrea Costelli adds a heavy, pumping bottom end working in tandem with Matteo Bonini's Bonham-inspired bluster. Along with Galli their casual approach allows the sound to appear a little rough around the edges keeping you on your toes and yet the technical excellence means a note is never unnecessary.

Having been slightly under the rock radar in recent years, 'Silver Horses' will finally put him back in sight. With some truly superb hard rock, Tony Martin has produced some of his finest work ever. Just watch him gallop.

Dan Bond

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