Sunday, 10 July 2016

Silver Horses (feat Tony Martin) (Remastered 2016)

Genre - Hard Rock / Classic Rock
Label - 7Hard

Track listing:
01 - Rub It On Me
02 - Run
03 - Life And Soul
04 - Diamond Sky
05 - Secret Service
06 - Suddenly Lost
07 - Me
08 - Silver Horses
09 - You're Breaking My Heart (Don't Do It)
10 - You
11 - Who's Holding On To Yo
12 - Me (acoustic version)
13 - The Song That Never Was

SILVER HORSES were formed in Italy five years ago by guitar player Gianluca Galli (Time Machine) and drummer Matteo Bonini (MGRB) . After the band completed the line-up with bass player Andrea Castelli, they needed an Anglo-born vocalist to sing their Classic Hard Rock songs.Through Dario Mollo they contacted Tony Martin (Ex Black Sabbath, Mollo Martin, Giuntini Project, Empire, M3), who immediately accepted, and the combo recorded their self-titled debut. Best known for his time fronting British legends Black Sabbath during their most commercial period in the late ‘80s / early ‘90s, Martin’s bluesy tone was the perfect choice for this kind of material. Silver Horses' music is Classic, traditional Hard Rock with a foot firmly planted in the Seventies and the other in the groove from the '80s very reminiscent of classic Whitesnake and Free.
"Silver Horses" bears a strong influence from the Page / Plant band on opener "Rub It On Me", "Life And Soul" and the acoustically filled "Diamond Sky", all in the Led Zepp IV vein.
Much more modern, "Secret Service" recalls the Coverdale/Page adventure, while in the marching "Run" brings to mind middle-Eighties Deep Purple.
The band shows a more contemporary approach in the Eastern flavoured "Me", the bluesy hard rocking Badlands-like "You", and the moving "You're Breaking My Heart" where the Whitesnake / Bernie Marsden era comes to mind.
the albums title track, "Silver Horses", is a moody mid-tempo bluesy acoustic number, and the band also deliver good ballads in the form of the  groovy "Suddenly Lost" and the pure acoustic closer "Who's Holding On To You", a really classy track with a nice melody.
This re-mastered reissue add two nice bonus tracks. One is titled 'The Song That Never Was', a nice short instrumental track, while the other is the new acoustic version of "Me", but this is not just a relaxed take of the same song, this has been completely reworked / re-arranged and sounds completely different.
"Silver Horses" offers a very, very classic set of hard rock songs that are very well composed, performed and recorded.
The sound and style are typically British, served with a precise and polished musicianship finely produced, warm and organic. Tony Martin feels right at home within this material and his voice is in top form as usual, enhancing the tunes with his phenomenal throat.
A good dish of Classic Hard Rock is always welcomed, and "Silver Horses" is very, very purist in its delivery.

Very Highly Recommended!

Rating: 10/10

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