Dario Mollo’s Crossbones – “Rock The Cradle” (Frontiers Music)
Although known for his collaborations with Tony Martin (ex-Black Sabbath) in the The Cage and Voodoo Hill with Glenn Hughes (Black Country Communion, Deep Purple, California Breed), Italian guitarist Dario Mollo actually began his career in 1981 with the band Crossbones. Now, some 35 years later he has resurrected it! Recruiting original drummer Ezio Secomandi and adding longtime partner Dario Patti on bass and keyboards, the choice for the singer was Carl Sentance (Nazareth, Don Airey Band, Persian Risk, Krokus), who was suggested by Don Airey of Deep Purple no less! “Rock The Cradle” is a fitting title, given how dominant and guitar driven this album is as you’d typically expect on fret board burners like ‘Speed’ and while the material does indeed hark back to Mollo’s roots of classic and hard rock, there’s certainly plenty on show here to raise a few eyebrows! I have to commend the band and especially the versatility of Sentance’s vocals in pulling off the likes of the darkish ‘Fright’ that seems to nod towards Mollo’s days with Martin while on ‘Rock The Cradle’ it’s virtual funk rock a la Extreme. On the heavy but trippy ‘Gates Of Time’, Zepp more than once appeared in my mind especially with those eastern orchestral strings contrasting superbly with Mollo’s own classy slide guitar work. But my personal fave had to be ‘Navigation’, which definitely had a Bowie-ish tone from Sentance’s high vocals but backed by a heavier rhythm, and a truly catchy n groovy chorus. So Crossbones is indeed back, and Dario Mollo is burning rubber all the way!!!