As with the Mollo/Martin number "Cirque Du Freak", Black Sabbath would probably sound today if Tony Iommi had continued his journey with Tony Martin instead of earning money by collaborating with Ronnie James Dio or Ozzy on the revivals. The Italian producer and guitarist, who has worked with top-class singers such as Glenn Hughes and Graham Bonnet in the past, seems to be an equally competent partner over long distances. Rarely has the British singer sounded better in the last decade than on "The Third Stage". And after almost every song you wonder why on earth the Black Sabbath mastermind dropped this frontman. Even if not every composition succeeds, Martin ensures with his Dio-meets-Coverdale-Vocals that the Mollo-/Martin-Collaboration inspires again and again. If there weren't dropouts of the brand "One Of The Few", one could speak of a grandiosen modern melodic Metal work of the quality class of "Headless Cross".
Top track: Cirque Du Freak