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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/

For More info go to:
Tony Martin Official Facebook Page – 
https://www.facebook.com/Tony-Martin-311422092205243
www.battlegod-productions.com
www.DarkStarRecords.net


Special Thanks: Michael Brandvold

Watch the video for “As The World Burns”:
https://youtu.be/_-gy9Cjv8rw

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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DotW 167 Featuring Music From LAST BULLET and BLAME ZEUS

In this episode we’ll discuss some current events, well check in to see what Nate’s been listening to lately, we’ll enjoy some independent music from ‘Last Bullet’ and ‘Blame Zeus’, and we’ll wrap the show discussing Loudersounds.com’s list of The 11 best metal songs about wizards. 

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What’s Nate been listening to?
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Artist: Free
Album: Free
Song: I’ll Be Creepin
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CURRENT EVENTS
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G1. MEGADETH’s David Ellefson Issues Statement On “Misinformation” Involving Leaked “Personal Private Videos”https://metalinjection.net/shocking-revelations/megadeths-david-ellefson-denies-underage-grooming-accusations

MEGADETH Release Statement On David Ellefson Situationhttps://metalinjection.net/news/megadeth-release-statement-on-david-ellefson-situation


N2. PHILIP ANSELMO On PANTERA’s ‘The Great Southern Trendkill’: ‘I Was In A Superbly Dark Spot When We Did That Record’https://www.blabbermouth.net/news/philip-anselmo-on-panteras-the-great-southern-trendkill-i-was-in-a-superbly-dark-spot-when-we-did-that-record/


G3. CHARLIE BENANTE: ‘The Next ANTHRAX Record Is Gonna Be The Best LP We’ve Ever Released’https://www.blabbermouth.net/news/charlie-benante-the-next-anthrax-record-is-gonna-be-the-best-lp-weve-ever-released/
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INDEPENDENT INTERMISSION
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SONG 1
Artist: Last Bullet   
Location: Canada
from the Album: 80-69-64 (EP)
the Song is: Sin
Link: https://www.facebook.com/LastBulletMusic
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N4. KK’S PRIEST Feat. DOWNING, OWENS: ‘Sermons Of The Sinner’ Album Details Revealed; ‘Hellfire Thunderbolt’ Video Availablehttps://www.blabbermouth.net/news/kks-priest-feat-downing-owens-sermons-of-the-sinner-album-details-revealed-hellfire-thunderbolt-video-available/


G5.SHADOWS FALL Reunion Show Tentatively Scheduled For End Of The Yearhttps://www.blabbermouth.net/news/shadows-fall-reunion-show-tentatively-scheduled-for-end-of-the-year/


N6. TÝR Frontman Questions JON SCHAFFER’s Guilty Plea: It ‘Sounds Like He Doesn’t Really Believe In What He Was Trying To Do’
https://blabbermouth.net/news/tyr-frontman-questions-jon-schaffers-guilty-plea-sounds-like-he-doesnt-really-believe-in-what-he-was-trying-to-do/

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INDEPENDENT INTERMISSION
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SONG 2
Artist: Blame Zeus
Location: Portugal
from the Album: Seethe
the Song is: Déjà vu
Link: http://blamezeusofficial.com/
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NEXT EPISODE
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In our next episode, we’re going to visit Slayer’s catalog and rank them from ‘worst to best’.

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FINAL TALKER:
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The 11 best metal songs about wizardshttps://www.loudersound.com/features/best-10-songs-wizards-harry-potter-cursed-child-black-sabbath?fbclid=IwAR2RcpshGRFRmwlQAVdFToL7tWNJO6l-eO9P-77UXvFf7IAGppV1SQmb_6c

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FINAL SONG
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Artist: Black Sabbath 
Album: Black Sabbath
Song: The Wizard

DotW 165 Featuring Music from Flux Amuck and Astralium

In this episode we’ll discuss some current events, well check in to see what Nate’s been listening to lately, we’ll enjoy some independent music from ‘Flux Amuck’ and ‘Astralium’, and we’ll wrap the show discussing Kerrang’s list of 11 bands who single-handedly launched genres. 


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What’s Nate been listening to?

Artist:  Suicidal Tendencies
Album: Controlled By Hatred/ Feel Like Shit
Song: Feel Like Shit/Deja Vu

CURRENT EVENTS

G1. ANTHRAX’s CHARLIE BENANTE Announces ‘Silver Linings’ Covers Album
https://www.blabbermouth.net/news/anthraxs-charlie-benante-announces-silver-linings-covers-album/

N2. Tony Iommi Plans to Release Tony Martin Era Black Sabbath Box Set
https://loudwire.com/tony-iommi-interview-heaven-and-hell-mob-rules-reissues-tony-martin-box-set/


G3. Rammstein’s 2021 European tour has been postponed again
https://www.loudersound.com/news/rammstein-2022-tour-dates-2021-tour-postponed


INDEPENDENT INTERMISSION

SONG 1
Artist: Flux Amuck
Location: Omaha, NE
from the Album: The Alternate
the Song is: Pretorius
Link: https://www.fluxamuck.com/

N4. STEPHEN PEARCY ONCE AGAIN HINTS ORIGINAL LINEUP REUNION FOR NEW RATT ALBUM
https://metalwani.com/2021/03/stephen-pearcy-hints-original-lineup-reunion-for-new-ratt-album.html

G5. Alice Cooper Says Iron Maiden And Judas Priest ‘Belong’ In Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame
https://www.blabbermouth.net/news/alice-cooper-says-iron-maiden-and-judas-priest-belong-in-rock-and-roll-hall-of-fame/

N6. ALICE IN CHAINS’ JERRY CANTRELL Has Completed Work On New Solo Album
https://www.blabbermouth.net/news/alice-in-chains-jerry-cantrell-completes-work-on-new-solo-album/


INDEPENDENT INTERMISSION

SONG 2
Artist: Astralium
Location: Noto, Italy
from the Album: Land of Eternal Dreams
the Song is: Rising Waves from the Ocean
Link: http://www.facebook.com/astraliumband

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FINAL TALKER:


11 bands who single-handedly launched genres
https://www.kerrang.com/features/11-bands-who-single-handedly-launched-genres-1/


FINAL SONG

Artist: The Misfits
Album: Walk Among Us
Song: NIke-A-Go-Go

DotW 164: Time travel radio 1971

Disciples!

Welcome to Time Travel Radio: 1971!
In this episode I’m going to ‘spin’ some tracks from the year 1971, one year after Black Sabbath debuted in the world of music!

Below are the artists – I hope you’ll be turned on to someone new this year!

  • Gene
SongAlbumArtistBlockNumber in Block
I Just Want To CelebrateOne WorldRare Earth11
You Drive Me NervousKillerAlice Cooper12
Strange Kind of WomanFireballDeep Purple13
Whiskey VengeanceBloodrock 3Bloodrock14
Stone Cold FeverRock OnHumble Pie16
You Can ChooseOverdogKeef Hartley16
I’d Love to Change the WorldA Space in TimeTen Years After17
Baba O’RileyWho’s NextThe Who18
Sophisticated LadyR.E.O. SpeedwagonREO Speedwagon21
ChainedRing of HandsArgent22
GutsBudgieBudgie23
Hocus PocusFocus II (Moving Waves)Focus24
Nantucket SleighrideNantucket SleighrideMountain25
ErieThin LizzyThin Lizzy26
Beehive StateThe Doobie BrothersThe Doobie Brothers27
Walk AwayThirdsJames Gang28
Baby BlueStraight UpBadfinger31
EvilRestrictionsCactus32
Move OverPearlJanis Joplin33
The Wrong TimeExtractionGary Wright34
Witchdoctor WomanNazarethNazareth35
Used To BeDeuceRory Gallagher36
The ChangelingL.A. WomanThe Doors37
I’ve Seen All Good People/Your MoveThe Yes AlbumYes38
Footstompin’ MusicE Pluribus FunkGrand Funk Railroad41
Hymn 43AqualungJethro Tull42
FreeChicago IIIChicago43
Someone’s LearningDog of Two HeadStatus Quo44
One of These DaysMeddlePink Floyd45
The Story In Your EyesEvery Good Boy Deserves FavourThe Moody Blues46
Brown SugarZZ Top’s First AlbumZZ Top47
Into The VoidMaster of RealityBlack Sabbath48

Spotify playlist, with bonus tracks: https://open.spotify.com/playlist/7Ip2yj2F8X4H0IBn5atuYT?si=PjWF2B0jTG-fLVDQjizRNA

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DotW 161 Featuring Music From MASTIFF And Lord Vapour

Episode 161 Featuring Music from Mastiff and Lord Vapour

In this episode we’ll discuss some current events, well check in to see what Nate’s been listening to lately, we’ll enjoy some independent music from Mastiff and Lord Vapour, then we’ll wrap the show discussing the recent Rock and Roll Hall of Fame candidates for 2021.

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What’s Nate been listening to?
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Artist: UGK
Notes:
Album: Ridin Dirty
Song: Diamonds And Wood

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CURRENT EVENTS
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G1. RUSH’s ALEX LIFESON And GEDDY LEE Are ‘Eager To Get Back Together’ And Work On New Music
https://www.blabbermouth.net/news/rushs-alex-lifeson-and-geddy-lee-are-eager-to-get-back-together-and-work-on-new-music/

N2. KING DIAMOND Offers Updates On New Albums From MERCYFUL FATE, KING DIAMOND
https://www.blabbermouth.net/news/king-diamond-offers-updates-on-new-albums-from-mercyful-fate-king-diamond/

G3. Thrash Metal Giants EVILE Return with Brand New Album!
https://www.facebook.com/evileuk/posts/255065109323859

Watch EVILE’s brand new clip right here:
http://bit.ly/HellUnleashedVid

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INDEPENDENT INTERMISSION
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SONG 1
Artist: Mastsiff
Location: Twin Cities, MN
from the Album: De-COMP-osed MN Metal Sampler from ZeroBudget Records
the Song is: Noctivigant
Link: https://www.facebook.com/MASTIFFMN
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N4. DOWN PLANNING TO RECORD COVERS ALBUM
https://loudwire.com/down-planning-record-covers-album/

G5.VINNY APPICE Says There Was Talk About HEAVEN & HELL Carrying On With ROB HALFORD After RONNIE JAMES DIO’s Death
https://www.blabbermouth.net/news/vinny-appice-says-there-was-talk-about-heaven-hell-carrying-on-with-rob-halford-after-ronnie-james-dios-death/

N6. RONNIE JAMES DIO’s Autobiography Is ‘Finally Finished’ And Tentatively Due In July
https://www.blabbermouth.net/news/ronnie-james-dios-autobiography-is-finally-finished-and-tentatively-due-in-july/

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INDEPENDENT INTERMISSION
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SONG 2
Artist: Lord Vapour
Location: Guernsey, UK
from the Album: Semuta
the Song is: The Spice
Link: https://www.lordvapour.com/
Buy now on Amazon
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FINAL TALKER:
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The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Foundation announced recently the following Nominees for 2021 Induction. Let’s discuss.

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FINAL SONG
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Artist: Iron Maiden
Album: Powerslave
Song:  Rime of the Ancient Mariner

DOTW 160 FEATURING MUSIC FROM HILL OF CROSSES AND GRIEF COLLECTOR

Episode 160

We’re back, baby! Catch  up with your old friends, listen to some tunes from Hill of Crosses and Grief Collector, then stay tuned as we tackle Kerrangs list of 50 most Evil Songs Ever, and we’ll discuss our our top 10 most evil songs ever!

EVAR!

Have a great week my friends – and STAY HEAVY!
– Nate & Gene
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INDEPENDENT INTERMISSION 1
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SONG 1
Artist: Hill of Crosses
Location: Prescott, WI (USA)
from the Album: Monuments of Defiance
the Song is: For All Human Kind
Link: https://hillofcrosses.bandcamp.com/

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INDEPENDENT INTERMISSION 2
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SONG 2
Artist: Grief Collector
Location: Minneapolis, USA (Arizona, MN)
from the Album: From Dissension To Avowal
the Song is: Of Misery & Woe
Link: https://www.facebook.com/GriefCollector

DotW 156 Featuring Music from Longhouse and Extrema

Episode 156 Featuring Music from Longhouse and Extrema

A little bit different episode since I’m flying solo on this one. I’ll be talkin’ some news, playing some tunes from Longhouse and Extrema, and revealing what’ll be coming up on the next episode!

Have a great week my friends – and STAY HEAVY!
– Gene
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CURRENT EVENTS
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1. JUDAS PRIEST’s ROB HALFORD Says He Has Commenced Work On His Debut Blues Solo Album: It Sounds ‘Great’

2. WOLFGANG VAN HALEN Says DAVID LEE ROTH-Versus-SAMMY HAGAR Debate Is ‘Dumb’

3. Iron Maiden’s Adrian Smith offers update on rumored collaboration with Richie Kotzen
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INDEPENDENT INTERMISSION
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SONG 1
Artist: Longhouse
Location: Ottawa, Ontario – Canada
from the Album: II: The Vanishing
the Song is: Hunter’s Moon
Link: http://longhouse1.bandcamp.com/
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4. Matt Drake has stepped down from Evile, Music in general.

5. GOLDEN GODS, America’s First-Ever Hard Rock And Heavy Metal Music Award Show, To Return In 2021

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INDEPENDENT INTERMISSION
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SONG 2
Artist: Extrema
Location: Milan, Italy
from the Album: Headbanging Forever
the Song is: For the Loved and the Lost
Link: http://www.extremateam.com/
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FINAL SONG
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Artist: Black Sabbath
Song: Evil Woman (Crow cover)

DotW 141: Track by Track on Black Sabbath’s ‘Eternal Idol’

Download –> Episode 141 – Track by Track on Black Sabbath’s ‘Eternal Idol’

In this episode we go Track by Track on Black Sabbath’s first album with Tony Martin – The Eternal Idol!

Enjoy!

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DotW 138: Track by Track on Black Sabbath’s ‘Born Again’

Episode 138: Track by Track on Black Sabbath’s ‘Born Again’

In this episode, we’re going to go ‘Track by Track’ on Black Sabbath’s ‘Born Again’ with our very special in-studio guest, Bakko from the ‘Cobras and Fire’ podcast!

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