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Tony Martin Scream MTM Music
0681-149
Produced By: Not Listed

Running Time: 43.37

Release Date: Out Now

Released:

Musical Style: Hard Rock

Links: MTM Music
86%
Songs: 86%
Sound: 85%
Former Black Sabbath vocalist Tony Martin has spent the last few years drifting between various projects, but in 2005 he is finally releasing his second solo album.
It has been some 13 years since his solo debut, the rather marvelous and surprisingly mellow and melodic Back Where I Belong.
On the new album Scream, Tony does just that he has returned back to the sound that made him famous.
There are only 9 new songs on offer here - a couple of tracks short of what should be - but the style is a fan pleasing mix of his time with Black Sabbath and that classic British metal sound.
Former Sabbath member Geoff Nicholls contributes some song co-writing duties and Martin's youngest son Joe Harford provides most of the Sabbath-heavy guitar riffs. The late, great Cozy Powell appears via an old drum track on Raising Hell.
Highlights include the organ drenched Rainbow style hard rocker Raising Hell, which opens the album in style; the slow and heavy Sabbath styled Bitter Sweet and Scream, which features a short, but catchy chorus, a strong vocal and what appears to be a violin solo - definitely worth a listen!
Stepping outside the comfort zone, Martin slows things right down for the Zeppelinesque acoustic ballad Wherever You Go and closes the album with the epic Field Of Lies.
I don't think it has the best sound quality achievable, but some varied instrumentation makes it an interesting listen. The quirky The Kids Of Today is a good example of more engaging songwriting.
The Bottom Line
I think Tony has made an album which the majority of his fans are going to be happy with. It's great to hear his voice on a solo record again and one which sees him performing in a comfortable setting. 9 tracks is a couple of songs too short for this day and age, as it is all over and done fairly quickly. I prefer the debut for its mood and intensity, but there will be a lot of folk happy with Martin's return to metal.
Discography / Previously Reviewed
Back Where I Belong
Scream

Line Up:
Tony Martin: Vocals, Bass, Drums
Joe Harford: Guitar
Cozy Powell: Drums on "Raising Hell"
Keyboards: Keyboards

Essential For Fans Of:
Tony Martin
Black Sabbath
Track Listing
Raising Hell *
Bitter Sweet *
Faith In Madness
I'm Gonna Live Forever
Scream *
Surely Love Is Dead
The Kids Of Today Don't Understand The Blues *
Wherever You Go
Field Of Lies
-- *Best Tracks

Tony Martin Scream MTM Music
0681-149
Produced By: Not Listed

Running Time: 43.37

Release Date: Out Now

Released:

Musical Style: Hard Rock

Links: MTM Music
86%
Songs: 86%
Sound: 85%
Former Black Sabbath vocalist Tony Martin has spent the last few years drifting between various projects, but in 2005 he is finally releasing his second solo album.
It has been some 13 years since his solo debut, the rather marvelous and surprisingly mellow and melodic Back Where I Belong.
On the new album Scream, Tony does just that he has returned back to the sound that made him famous.
There are only 9 new songs on offer here - a couple of tracks short of what should be - but the style is a fan pleasing mix of his time with Black Sabbath and that classic British metal sound.
Former Sabbath member Geoff Nicholls contributes some song co-writing duties and Martin's youngest son Joe Harford provides most of the Sabbath-heavy guitar riffs. The late, great Cozy Powell appears via an old drum track on Raising Hell.
Highlights include the organ drenched Rainbow style hard rocker Raising Hell, which opens the album in style; the slow and heavy Sabbath styled Bitter Sweet and Scream, which features a short, but catchy chorus, a strong vocal and what appears to be a violin solo - definitely worth a listen!
Stepping outside the comfort zone, Martin slows things right down for the Zeppelinesque acoustic ballad Wherever You Go and closes the album with the epic Field Of Lies.
I don't think it has the best sound quality achievable, but some varied instrumentation makes it an interesting listen. The quirky The Kids Of Today is a good example of more engaging songwriting.
The Bottom Line
I think Tony has made an album which the majority of his fans are going to be happy with. It's great to hear his voice on a solo record again and one which sees him performing in a comfortable setting. 9 tracks is a couple of songs too short for this day and age, as it is all over and done fairly quickly. I prefer the debut for its mood and intensity, but there will be a lot of folk happy with Martin's return to metal.
Discography / Previously Reviewed
Back Where I Belong
Scream

Line Up:
Tony Martin: Vocals, Bass, Drums
Joe Harford: Guitar
Cozy Powell: Drums on "Raising Hell"
Keyboards: Keyboards

Essential For Fans Of:
Tony Martin
Black Sabbath
Track Listing
Raising Hell *
Bitter Sweet *
Faith In Madness
I'm Gonna Live Forever
Scream *
Surely Love Is Dead
The Kids Of Today Don't Understand The Blues *
Wherever You Go
Field Of Lies
-- *Best Tracks


07/03/06: Dan MacDonald - dan_mac62@hotmail.com
Rating: 93
God luv 'im ,Tony hits another one out of the park !,he is easily ,as a lot of other reviewers have noticed JUST flying under the radar. But hey this guy is probably the 2nd best vocalist today in the Melodic Hard Rock realm behind Mssr. Hughes. think of some of his recent acomplishments- Rondenelli's
"Our Cross Our Sins" ,the 2nd Empire "Trading Souls" & just a little further back the 1st & 2nd Cage project's w/Dario Mollo. This included w/his underrated work w/the Sabs adds up to one heck of a resume ! It's just a relief to know you can buy anything Tony's on & be guaranteed a sweet ride ! Hat's off to ya mate the real music fans know who you are !

04/01/06: Sava - svemirski-modulator@yahoo.com
Rating: 90
Very,very good return of Mr. Martin with his second "Scream" album. For a long time a heaven't heard cd that reminds me so much of post-Ozzy Black Sabbath but in this case it isn't very big suprise becose Tony Martin was for me the BEST Sabbath vocalist. Almost every single song is a winner! My only criticism goes on ballad "Wherever You Go" that sound not completed and on chours for track "Fields Of Lies". Beside that this is grat record for all Black Sabbath,Dio,Rainbow,hard rock/heavy metal lovers!

11/12/05: Dimitri - dd@clinic.cc
Rating: 96
Excellent album with catchy riffs and songs. Wonderful to have Tony back :-) Production and guitar solos could be better ...!

02/12/05: Wathewcdc - canoe7879@yahoo.com
Rating: 100
Just came in from The End Records.

Initial Impression: Terrible production notwithstanding this album scratched a longstanding itch caused by the useless Sab reunion. This kind of music kept me happy in the early 90's. Real vocals, Real Melodies, Real Talent. I'd buy a REMASTER of this in a heartbeat.

30/11/05: Nick - savasnake@yahoo.com
Rating: 95
I'll agree with Mark: Tony was the best vocalist Sabbath ever had. I've been shot down in flames for that one, but I'll stick to it :-) As for this album, it is well written and Tony's singing shows he's still got it. A little disappointed with the production, but you can't fault anything else...

30/11/05: Mark - pantherbyte@yahoo.com
Rating: 92
I really like this cd. Its so good to hear Tony Martin once again. He is one of the top three vocalists of all time in my opinion. Best tracks are Raising Hell, Surely Love is Dead, and Field of Lies. I know I am in the minority by saying Tony Martin is the best singer Sabbath ever had. But he is in my opinion. Ozzy being the weakest! A solid effort. It could have been longer but I won't complain. Rock on Tony!!!!!!!!


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