Friday, February 22, 2013

SILVER HORSES: "Silver Horses"

Rating: RRRR
Label: TwoSideMoon/7Hard 2013
Review by: Urban "Wally" Wallstrom

Silver Horses are a bunch of old cowboys riding into the sunset on their... ehh, Silver Horses? Gold is better and platinum the best, if you ask me. Nevermind. Their self-titled eleven track effort is made up of classic seventies rock melodies and classy vocals that will have you standing up and take notice. Indeed, it's the old 'Headless Cross' resident (believe it or not, that's the name of the place where he lives) and RockUnited pal, Tony Martin of Black Sabbath fame. Let's face it, the man can do no wrong when it comes down to singing the blues.

Martin is apparantly fond of Italy and working over there. This is yet another one of his Italo/UK projects and this time together with Italian guitarist, Gianluca Vialli. Oops, that's the former Sampdoria and Chelsea striker. The correct name is of course Gianluca Galli of Time Machine and Mantra fame. The vast majority of the songs and their structure pretty much vanished approx 35 years ago when all the dino acts either died, disbanded, or ended up doing the bandwagon routine.

I'm not saying it's unique, but increasingly unlikely sightings of the old rock actually remains to be discovered. Page and Blackmore, - no doubt Galli's biggest influences both tone/style wise as well as their songwriting along with Mr. Coverdale. For example, "Run" will most definitely remind you of Deep Purple's 'Burn' (the song, not the album), "Life and Soul" goes through half a dozen of old Led Zeppelin numbers, and "Diamond Sky" - the slow, mid-paced, Robert Plant tune. It's darn interesting to hear the Black Sabbath singer's take on music in the style of Purple, Led Zep, and Rainbow.

We have (almost) all the important ingredient and greatness of the classic rock acts at play here. Nicely done, Silver Horses. Nicely done.

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