4 out of 5 Stars!
Giuntini Project is an “occasional” band that releases albums every six or seven years (1993, 1999, 2006, 2013), with virtually unknown Italian guitarist Aldo Giuntini and Black Sabbath’s former vocalist Tony Martin.
The music, as one might expect, falls mainly into the Black Sabbath school of Heavy Metal/Hard Rock, with more than a touch of Dio and Rainbow, or Yngwie Malmsteen or Impellitteri, especially when it comes to the shredding guitars and (of course) Martin’s powerful, top-notch vocal performances. Indeed, on this release, the band covers the song “Anno Mundi (The Vision)” from Sabbath’s Tyr album, so the style of music is comparable. Other tracks such as “Disfunctional Kid,” “Que Es La Vida,” “Gold Digger,” “Fool’s Paradise,” “Mourning Star,” and “Tarot Warrior” offer more of the same “Sabbathy” goodness, while the instrumentals “Tutmosis IV – Tarantula” and “Memories in the Sand” commendably showcase Giuntini’s guitar prowess.
Therefore, Giuntini Project is an excellent “occasional” band, yet remain shamefully obscure. Fans of Tony Martin and his previous groups (Black Sabbath/Rondinelli/Empire/etc.) will certainly find much here to enjoy.