Album Review: Tony Martin – Thorns

Gene Vogel
Co-Host – Disciples of the Watch

Introduction
Nearly 7 years ago, I started a podcast with a good friend of mine. I had been mulling it over for quite awhile after becoming a fan of podcasts, but there were little-to-no good ‘METAL’ podcasts out there. Well, that, and I wanted to add my voice to the podcasting cadre of voices out there promoting the music that I love. It was one of the best decisions of my life. (Even though the market is now flooded with podcasts.)

Ever since, my passion for music has been yet again rekindled; The first time after dusting off my guitar and getting back into performing live, which eventually led to writing again. This ‘second rekindling’ has led me to rediscover SO MANY bands that I’d not had “time for” or ‘didn’t pay enough attention’ to. It’s quite a list, so I won’t bore you with the details.

One of these bands, well, at least the time period of said band – was mid-80’s era Black Sabbath, followed by mid-to-late 90’s Sabbath. The vocalist of this era of one of the greatest bands of all time, was a Mr. Tony Martin.

I eventually became ‘learned’ on the Tony Martin-led Black Sabbath (thanks Cobras & Fire), even becoming a fan of the era that I skipped over.

Mr. Martin has his share of fans, and he’s been keeping busy over the years. In 1992 he released a solo record, followed by a return to Black Sabbath after another falling out with Ronnie James Dio. Another solo record and collaborations/guest appearances followed, until 2013. Tony, as a solo artist, has been absent from the ‘coming soon’ record releases since 2005.

This month, that changes.

THORNS
Mr. Martin is back, and with an album that looks to be a contender for ‘best albums of 2022’ lists a short 11 months or so from now.

Thorns, releasing on January 14, 2022 is 11 songs that, for fans of Hard Rock & Metal, should get you questioning people like Gene Simmons who claim that “Rock is dead” – if you weren’t already. (It also means that you weren’t paying attention to the slew of new bands putting out quality material. But I digress…)
Kicking things off is the Groovy, even Thrashy ‘As The World Burns’ that has a kick ass breakdown. Where did this come from?! Have I been missing such great tunes by not listening to Tony’s post-Black Sabbath works?! Ok, one song in and I’m interested, but we know that sometimes when you dig, you find there are no more gems to be found.

What follows is a continuation of great tunes, awesome musical moments, and lyrical cohesiveness that many bands seem to overlook. Miss Tony in Black Sabbath? Check out ‘Book of Shadows’ – it’s the closest you’ll get to having Tony back working with Mr. Iommi – at least for now. But this isn’t a Sabbathy-clone song, just the closest thing you’ll get to it.

Tony has surrounded himself with not just competent musicians – he found some very talented individuals. One of these people was Scott McClellan, a multi-instrumentalist from the band ‘Breed of Aggression’, who co-wrote the album with Martin. McClellan said in a recent interview with Bravewords.com that he ‘sent Tony roughly 100-150 songs to choose from and was told not to sound anything like Mr. Iommi.’

Tony wasn’t looking to sound like his past – he’s looking forward to his future.

Thorns also features Venom drummer Danny Needham, bassist Magnus Rosen from HammerFall. Another contributor is Greg Smith who performed with the likes of Alice Cooper, Rainbow, Blue Öyster Cult – just to name a few.

And before I forget to mention it, I do need to comment on Tony’s vocal abilities. Tony sounds as great as he always has. While many of his peers have lost a step or two due to age, luck or neglect, Tony – like Rob Halford – is a bright spot in the ‘aging rockers’ category.

Final Thoughts
It’s been a while since I’ve sat down to write on anything musically for a while – I mean, that’s what I have a podcast for. However, upon hearing Thorns, I was inspired to put thoughts to (digital) paper to sing its praises. I clicked on the link to hear the songs for review, expecting to simply breeze through the tracks in a ‘click to start, click to find the chorus, click to find the lead’-type fashion – as I am want to do – but immediately I was drawn into the album and dutifully sat through the whole release; tethered to my laptop, taking in every song.

If you’re looking for the ‘must-hear’ track, I am going to pick two: ‘As The World Burns’ and ‘Thorns’. (Try ‘Crying Wolf’ for something a little different than those two tracks.) The only ‘grower’ track for me on this one is ‘This is Your Damnation’, but after a few spins on it, it’s a nice palate cleanser for the album.

After my first listen, I preordered the album, so that’s saying something right there. I want to get this baby on my home stereo and in my car, and really – REALLY take it in.

This albums sends a message to the ‘old, living in the past’ vocalists out there. New music doesn’t have to be blah or capture some sort of former glory. It can, if done right, bring new glory to your artistic history.

8.5/10

OUT Jan 14th, 2022

Pre-order Tony Martin “THORNS” in North and South America: https://smarturl.it/tonymartin

Pre-order rest of the world: http://www.battlegod-productions.com/

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www.DarkStarRecords.net


Special Thanks: Michael Brandvold

Watch the video for “As The World Burns”:
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182 Deep Purple’s ‘RB’ Discography Worst-to-Best

Disciples!! Happy New Year to you all!

Well, we did it! We ran through Deep Purple’s ‘Ritchie Blackmore’ discography and ranked them ‘Worst-to-Best’ and compared our list to Geoff Barton’s list from ClassicRock.com.

Enjoy, and have a kick-ass 2022!
\m/

https://www.loudersound.com/features/deep-purple-every-album-ranked-from-worst-to-best


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181 Featuring Music From Mad Symphony and Lowrider

In this episode we’ll discuss current events, Nate’s going to share a tune, we’ll enjoy some independent music from Mad Symphony and Lowrider, then we’ll wrap the show The 30 albums that built heavy metal!


What’s Nate been listening to?

Artist: Beherit
Album: Drawing Down the Moon
Song: Sadomatic Rites

CURRENT EVENTS

G1. TONY IOMMI Says He Wrote One Song On OZZY OSBOURNE’s Upcoming Solo Album
https://www.blabbermouth.net/news/tony-iommi-says-he-wrote-one-song-on-ozzy-osbournes-upcoming-solo-album/


N2. BLACK SABBATH’s TONY IOMMI Is Waiting For ‘Born Again’ Master Tapes So He Can Remix The Album: ‘I’d Love To Get That One Sounding Right’
https://www.blabbermouth.net/news/black-sabbaths-tony-iommi-is-waiting-for-born-again-master-tapes-so-he-can-remix-the-album-id-love-to-get-that-one-sounding-right/

G3. WHITESNAKE Announces New Bassist TANYA O’CALLAGHAN
https://www.blabbermouth.net/news/whitesnake-announces-new-bassist-tanya-ocallaghan/


INDEPENDENT INTERMISSION

N4. ROB HALFORD Says GLENN TIPTON Will Play On Next JUDAS PRIEST Album: ‘Whatever Work He Does, He’s Valuable’
https://www.blabbermouth.net/news/rob-halford-says-glenn-tipton-will-play-on-next-judas-priest-album-whatever-work-he-does-hes-valuable/

G5.MEGADETH’s New Album, ‘The Sick, The Dying And The Dead’, To Be Released In The Spring
https://www.blabbermouth.net/news/megadeths-new-album-the-sick-the-dying-and-the-dead-to-be-released-in-the-spring/

N6. Marilyn Manson’s home raided by police with search warrant
https://www.loudersound.com/news/marilyn-mansons-home-raided-by-police-with-search-warrant

INDEPENDENT INTERMISSION

SONG 2
Artist: Lowrider
Location: Sweden
from the Album: Refractions
the Song is: Red River
Link: https://www.facebook.com/lowriderrock/

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FINAL TALKER:

The 30 albums that built heavy metal
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FINAL SONG

Artist: UFO
Song: Lights Out

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180: Track-by-Track on Coven’s ‘Witchcraft…’


Disciples!!

Well, thanks to a listener, we’ve finally got down with Coven’s ‘Witchcraft Destroys Minds & Reaps Souls’. Thanks for the recommendation, Evil Bob!

Have a great week – and let us know if you want to buy anything from our Amazon wishlists! 😉
– DotW,
– Nate and Gene

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179 Hangin’ & Bangin’ Interviews (Appice Brothers, Ron Onesti)


Disciples!!

The interviews you’ve all been waiting for have finally arrived! The Hangin’ & Bangin’ podcast featuring Carmine Appice, Vinnie Appice and Ron Onesti!

Check it out and we crank some righteous tunes as well. Stay safe, and more important – STAY HEAVY!

– DotW

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178 Featuring Music from Semtex and Nocturnalia

In this episode we’ll discuss some current events, well check in to see what music Nate’s been listening to lately, we’ll enjoy some independent music from Semtex and Nocturnalia, and we’ll wrap the show discussing the “The Most Underrated Albums by 20 Major Metal Bands”


What’s Nate been listening to?

Artist: Kendrick Lamar
Album: DAMN
Song: Fear

CURRENT EVENTS

G1. JUDAS PRIEST’s RICHIE FAULKNER Hospitalized For ‘Major Medical Heart Condition Issues’; Remainder Of U.S. Tour Postponed
https://www.blabbermouth.net/news/judas-priest-guitarist-richie-faulkner-hospitalized-for-major-medical-heart-condition-issues-remainder-of-u-s-tour-postponed/

JUDAS PRIEST’s RICHIE FAULKNER Reportedly Underwent 10-Hour Open-Heart Surgery After Heart Attack
https://www.blabbermouth.net/news/judas-priests-richie-faulkner-reportedly-underwent-10-hour-open-heart-surgery-after-heart-attack/

JUDAS PRIEST’s RICHIE FAULKNER Thanks His Cardiothoracic Surgeon For Saving His Life: ‘I Don’t Know How I’m Still Around Today’
https://www.blabbermouth.net/news/judas-priests-richie-faulkner-thanks-his-cardiothoracic-surgeon-for-saving-his-life-i-dont-know-how-im-still-around-today/

K.K. DOWNING Wishes RICHIE FAULKNER A ‘Speedy Recovery’ After Health Scare: ‘It’s A Terrible Thing’
https://www.blabbermouth.net/news/k-k-downing-wishes-richie-faulkner-a-speedy-recovery-after-health-scare-its-a-terrible-thing/

JUDAS PRIEST’s ROB HALFORD Shares Hospital Photos Taken During Cancer Battle
https://www.blabbermouth.net/news/judas-priests-rob-halford-shares-hospital-photos-taken-during-cancer-battle/

N2. DEICIDE To Embark On ‘Legion’ 30th-Anniversary Tour In 2022
https://blabbermouth.net/news/deicide-to-embark-on-legion-30th-anniversary-tour-in-2022/

G3. David Coverdale has ‘4 or 5’ unreleased songs for the remaster of ‘Coverdale Page’
https://ledzepnews.com/2021/10/17/david-coverdale-has-4-or-5-unreleased-songs-for-the-remaster-of-coverdale-page/

INDEPENDENT INTERMISSION

SONG 1
Artist: Semtex
Location: Twin Cities, MN – USA
from the Album: Concentrated Execution
the Song is: Face Your Enemy
Link: https://www.facebook.com/thesemtexband

N4. KERRY KING On His Post-SLAYER Project: ‘It Will Be F**king Good’
https://blabbermouth.net/news/kerry-king-on-his-post-slayer-project-it-will-be-fking-good/

G5. OZZY OSBOURNE’s New Album To Feature Guest Appearances By JEFF BECK, ERIC CLAPTON, TONY IOMMI And ZAKK WYLDE
https://www.blabbermouth.net/news/ozzy-osbournes-new-album-to-feature-guest-appearances-by-jeff-beck-eric-clapton-tony-iommi-and-zakk-wylde/

N6. MORBID ANGEL’s STEVE TUCKER Launches Death Metal ‘Supergroup’ MALEFIC THRONE
https://blabbermouth.net/news/morbid-angels-steve-tucker-launches-death-metal-supergroup-malefic-throne/

INDEPENDENT INTERMISSION

SONG 2
Artist: Nocturnalia
Location: Sweden
from the Album: Ill Winter
the Song is: The Calling
Link: https://nocturnaliamusic.bandcamp.com/

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NEXT EPISODE

I’m looking to finish all of the editing for the Appice interviews

FINAL TALKER:

The Most Underrated Albums by 20 Major Metal Bands
https://www.loudersound.com/features/20-underrated-metal-albums

FINAL SONG

Artist: Iron Maiden
Album: Piece Of MInd
Song: To Tame A Land

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177 Author GREG RENOFF Interview


Disciples!!
It’s time for another ‘Rock -n- Pod’ interview! But first, you’ll get to listen to yours truly (Gene) vent about some of what’s wrong with podcasting, and one in particular. Agree, or disagree?

The ‘meat’ of this episode is my interview with author of the books Van Halen Rising and Ted Templeman’s autobipgraphy, Mr. Greg Renoff. We chat up both books in our time together, and there may be a follow-up book to celebrate Eddie’s legacy. We can hope.

Until next episode – stay sane.
– Gene

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176 Led Zeppelin’s ‘Worst-to-Best’

Holy heck Disciples!
We finally did it – we broke down Led Zeppelin’s works and put them in reverse order and compared our lists to Loudersound’s list from earlier this year.

How do we compare with your list? Tune in to find out, and have a great week!

– Nate and Gene
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175: Interview with Pat Gesualdo (Metal HoF)

DISCIPLES!!

Finally! We’re posting our interviews from the Nashville Rock & Pod Expo 2021. First up is Pat Gesualdo – drummer, author and Founder of the Heavy Metal Hall of Fame! We’re also going to spin some of Pat’s music from his project ‘Iceland’.

Enjoy!

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“The Healing Art of Drum Therapy” https://amzn.to/3tw9bf3
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