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15th June 2017

tony martin

Former Black Sabbath singer Tony Martin has confirmed that the making of his long awaited third solo album has begun.

Along with drummer Danny Needham of Tony Martin's Headless Cross and Venom, plus American guitarist Scott McClellan, Tony says this collection of songs is currently under the working title of 'Thornz'.

It was previously going to be under the moniker 'Book Of Shadows' but this was dropped because of other works under the same name.

Tony says this album is heavier than he has attempted in the past due to the prolific writings of unknown guitarist McClellan who contacted him by chance on social media some four years ago. He sent Tony a guitar track to check out and this chance meeting grew into a very productive writing period that has resulted in Tony's forthcoming solo release.

Tony told us:

"Scott really surprised me with his energy. I found that I could pull out the riffs that really work for my voice so I was more than happy to have him involved in the 'Tony Martin Project'."

The album will contain ten tracks, mostly written by Martin and McClellan and some by Martin alone. Apart from the title track of 'Thornz' - the story of a woman struggling with being abused - there is the previously cited 'Book Of Shadows' still in the tracklist along with 'No Shame At All', 'As The World Burns' and 'Damned By You', amongst others.

The album is missing keyboards completely in favour of guitar based riffs, of which Tony says:

"It was hard to lose Geoff Nicholls and I felt we could not attempt to replace that part of the sound."

He says at 60-years-old it is likely to be his last solo project but he doesn't rule out future embellishments to his solo career. He added that it would not affect any re-connection with Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi if and when that happens.


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