Out Now

(Frontiers Records)

Italian axeman Dario Mollo has got the band back together, calling upon friends both old and new to create a throwback album ahead of its time.

Best known for his partnerships in the The Cage with Tony Martin (ex-Black Sabbath) and Voodoo Hill with Glenn Hughes (Black Country Communion, Deep Purple, California Breed), Mollo began his career in 1981 with the band.

His experiences in the meantime seem to have served Mollo well. Opening track Red sounds polished and the chemistry in the new line up is evident from the off.

Marking the halfway period of the record, Gates Of Time reeks of 70s heyday rock – Mollo’s previous work with members of Black Sabbath and Deep Purple hugely evident here: a single, wailing guitar kicks of an atmospheric blast from the past.

In My Blood gives the main man a chance to show his impressive skills, with an astonishing solo, fully warranting his name ahead of the band’s title. The real standout however is ex-Nazareth vocalist Carl Sentance. Reminiscent of Ozzy in Sabbath throughout, Sentance proves a perfect foil for Mollo and is more than at home paying homage to the frontmen of old.

Anyone seeking a dose of nostalgia need look no further than Rock The Cradle. The entire record sounds like it has been ripped from the back catalogue of the 70s and 80s.

Andy Spoors