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Tony Martin vastly underrated!
on 4 December 2016
The two of us at Demonszone are of the type that do not dismiss Black Sabbath after the popular Ozzy Osbourne and Ronnie J Dio years. We have found time and again that if we're in need of a good time and don't want to hear the same old songs that we can rely on the Tony Martin era albums for their consistency.
The Eternal Idol album is the first of five Tony Martin era Black Sabbath albums. The record plays out as a natural successor to the criminally underrated Seventh Star and deserves a lot more respect for its stripped down sound and reliance on good solid heavy riff driven songs. Alongside Iommi and Martin is Black Sabbath's long time keyboard player Geoff Nicholls, veteran rock bassist Bob Daisley and Eric Singer, now of KISS. That right there is a line up of great musicians if you ask me.
The music they created or simply played on is of quite a high standard. It is my opinion (and one that I strongly defend) that this album, much like Headless Cross, TYR and Cross Purposes have some of the most memorable Black Sabbath moments, out with the trendy Ozzy/Dio years that is. Each song hits the mark in terms of song writing and gives the listener a nice blend of classic '70s riffs and almost Heaven & Hell style heavy metal. It is a great blend between the two formats, something that Ronnie nor Ozzy could pull off.
The Eternal Idol has aged a little in terms of production. You can tell from a mile away that the record was recorded in the '80s as it boasts the usual high reverb and so on. But in terms of actual song writing, this album (and the two that followed) could easily match that of Mob Rules. The music is heavy and consistent, just the way us metal fans like it.
Published by Steven Lornie of Demonszone