It's been nearly ten years since they last worked together. Veteran singer Tony Martin (Black Sabbath, et al) and guitarist Dario Mollo (Voodoo Hill, Elektric Zoo, etc) reunite for the third time with the appropriately titled, The Third Cage.
Above, left to right, Tony Martin and Dario Mollo: third time's a charm.
Essentially, with a few exceptions, The Third Cage is a heavy album, certainly leaning more towards metal. Of course, by definition, the emphasis lies on the performance of the principals. Martin remains as strong as ever: his muscular vocal style coming through on every song. His metal Side on Wicked World or Blind Fury, the melodic on One of the Few and Don't Know What It Is About You, and the soaring on Oh My Soul and Violet Moon. Mollo also does not disappoint. He offers well-formed solos in the classic hard rock and metal tradition. Actually, he seems better when there's less experimentation and more simple fire. This is notable Wardance, Blind Fury, and the incredible Oh My Soul, likely the best song on The Third Cage.
The Third Cage is a welcome return to form for Martin and Mollo, offering edgier, nearing metal, melodic hard rock. Perhaps they won't wait another ten years to reconvene. Recommended.