"Book Of Shadows", the long-awaited new solo album from former BLACK SABBATH singer Tony Martin, will feature a song called "Devil's Man Down", which was written by Clive Jones, "sax player, flute player, singer and all-round good egg" from classic U.K. progressive rockers BLACK WIDOW. Martin adds: "[This is] sad because Clive is struggling with cancer."
In a January 2013 interview, Martin stated about "Book Of Shadows": "[It] got put on hold, of course, because it's a solo album and solo albums are the worst because you are too close to it and it's never perfect. But apart from that, you still have to pay the bills and so I do other projects too, and that takes me away from the solo album."
Martin announced in 2008 that he had tapped Tom Galley of PHENOMENA fame to produce "Book of Shadows". Martin said at the time, "It's great to have Tom on board especially since he is getting over the death of his brother, Mel Galley [ex-WHITESNAKE, TRAPEZE guitarist] who died of cancer. Tom is a great producer; his PHENOMENA albums have always been an interest for me."
Tony added, "The artwork will again be done by Rory Fiorito who did the 'Scream' [Martin's last solo album] artwork and it's great to have him on board again too.
"I would say this, because I'm biased and because I can: this new album is the best I've done! And it's going to be different!!! Scared????? Don't be. I promise it's gonna be impressive."
Galley previously worked with such high-caliber musicians as Brian May, Cozy Powell, Neil Murray, John Thomas, Glenn Hughes, Mel Galley, Don Airey, Ray Gillen, and Scott Gorham.
In January 2013, Martin was signed to a new music publishing deal by Alan Bambrough of Sony/ATV Music Publishing Limited. Martin said he was "very pleased" and was "looking forward to expanding into other areas."
Martin's latest release was the fourth album from GIUNTINI PROJECT, the Italian heavy metal band started in 1988 by guitarist Aldo Giuntini as a solo project. GIUNTINI "Project IV" came out in May 2013 via Escape Music and features additional contributions from Ezio Secomandi (on drums), Dario Patti (on keyboards) and Fulvio Gaslini (on bass).
Martin's last solo album, "Scream", was released in November 2005 via MTM Music. The CD featured legendary drummer Cozy Powell (BLACK SABBATH, RAINBOW, WHITESNAKE) on the track "Raising Hell" as well as songwriting contributions by another SABBATH member, Geoff Nicholls.
BLACK SABBATH released six albums with Tony Martin on vocals: "The Eternal Idol" (1987), "Headless Cross" (1989), "Tyr" (1990), "Cross Purposes" (1994), "Cross Purposes Live" (1995) and "Forbidden" (1995).