Album Reviews

Tony Martin – Thorns Review

Label: Battlegod Productions

Genre: Heavy Metal

Release Date EU: January 14th, 2022



As The World Burns
Black Widow Angel
Book Of Shadows
Crying Wolf
Damned By You
No Shame
Nowhere To Fly
Passion Killer
Run Like The Devil
This Is Your Damnation



When one thinks of Black Sabbath, names like Ozzy Osbourne and Ronnie James Dio inevitably come to mind. Both contributed significantly to the success of the doom metal legend. The voices of both frontmen have influenced whole generations of metal singers.

What sometimes gets lost in the shadows is that Black Sabbath had another excellent singer in their rows, Tony Martin. Especially the first three albums with Martin are great records. ‘Eternal Idol’, ‘Headless Cross’ and ‘Tyr’ are recordings that many bands would like to have in their discography, while with Black Sabbath they have to compete with the classics.
After Martin left Black Sabbath, there were various projects in which the singer participated. In addition, the vocalist also recorded solo albums to which ‘Thorns’ belongs. ‘Thorns’ is Martin’s latest solo record. A total of eleven songs bring the whole vocal talent of Martin into the picture and musically the singer was supported by Magnus Rosen (Hammerfall) and Danny Needham (Venom) among others. Together with Greg Smith and Scott McClellan an album was created which starts massive.

‘As the World ‘Burns’ is a furious start to the new album. Crashing guitars, a thumping groove, and Martin’s vocals make the song a lively opener that I didn’t expect to be so heavy.

In contrast, are the more cinematic songs like ‘Book of Shadows’, which let Martin’s voice shine. ‘Book of Shadows’ features felicitous melodies that define the song. Instead of going into full force, the song stays in a calmer mood and convinces the singer’s power.

The following ‘Crying Wolf’ is an acoustic number over long stretches and brings another aspect of Tony Martin’s album to light.

These songs clarify what ‘Thorns’ is all about. It is the combination of hard guitar sounds, a lot of feeling, and strong melodies that hold the eleven tracks together. Reinforced by a good production Tony Martin has delivered a rock-solid record, which even after multiple listenings still holds small surprises.


Written by: Markus Wiedenmann

Ratings:  (8/10)


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