German site MusikReviews have written a piece about the new D'Ercole album Made To Burn. Find the original here, and the Google English translation to follow:
The Dutch company Rock Company is developing rapidly into a northern European equivalent of Italian Frontiers Records. Here, too, more or less compelling albums from the field of tension AOR and Melodic Rock appear with (un-) beautiful regularity, although the quality never falls below a certain minimum level, but rarely provokes jubilation.
The American Damian D'ERCOLE - a small, because less virtuoso and bustling brother of people like David Chastain or Chris Impelliteri - and the busy solo artist or singer Phil Vincent do in the fifth joint attempt, nothing great unlike before, but "spoil "again for an hour with a strange mixture of ultra-conservative and gestelt" modern "fabric which reduces the overall impression latent.
Your fellow combatants, who already (and sometimes in conjunction with the duo themselves) in bands such as tragedy or Circular logic (which is now kool with the K, or how?) Have been doing solid groundwork, but a freestyle can the two main characters Do not offer from D'ERCOLE . Her songwriting remains just as pliant as on "The Art Of Self Destruction" of 2010 or the 2016er-predecessor "No Place Like Home" of the now available album.
The best sounds D'ERCOLE in up-tempo metal mode with in a positive sense slippery choruses ('Time To Walk Away', 'Lyin' To Yourself '), because never too shallow and useful catchy, without being too predictable. Opposite these are the acoustic flokati rug 'Out Of Time', the classic LA tail vibrator 'Get Undone' and the pounding cucumber 'Feel The Burn', whose negative image is exacerbated even by the slack alternative rock of 'Mistreated' ,
This low blow sounds like halfway to early Alice In Chains, while the semi-unplugged 'Open Your Eyes' and the organ-refined Arena Smasher 'Slow Motion' are the thumbs up.
CONCLUSION: Typical United States metal with AOR rashes mates on " Made To Burn " with ugly concessions to a zeitgeist (grunge) that has come down as well as the one D'ERCOLE's main aim is to uphold. The fact that in the course of the event the last studio recordings of the late guitarist David Zychek as well as scene celebrities such as Paul Sabu can be heard, as a footnote to this more shadow as a light-casting record by the way.
French metal site Metal Integral have published a review on Tainted. You can read the original here, but for those not fluent in French, here an English tranlation:
Melodic rock destabilizing at first listen
Tragic, the feeling that crossed my mind listening to the second title Not Over You (Listen) of more than nine minutes. But what do these electronic drum loops come to do in a melodic rock album? Destabilizing at first listen because I find myself immersed in a pop atmosphere, limit dance or disco, fortunately that very good soli come to remind me that TRAGIK plays hard rock!Confusing, really, even if the main melody ends up seducing. This is all the more surprising as the opening song Welcome Backwas imbued with a seventies sound to theWHITESNAKE ...
TRAGIK likes to vary the pleasures, even taking big risks. In addition, this American trio plays the visual map by displayingplaymates everywhere even inside the digipack . OK for a sexy wallet but here I find the approach too much ! No worries to enter the top 10
most hot pockets ...
In the positive, Phil VINCENT sings rather well, I think Michael SWEET of STRYPER including Can not Take It Back . With USinfluences like DOKKEN orWINGER , TRAGIK manages to find unstoppable melodies in the image of Into The Great Unknown with a chorus AOR chorus and simplistic keyboards but placed precisely. Face Of Sorrow shows a tougher face and is part ofTainted's success . The content of this disc is however random in quality, the good ( Nobody's There or the energetic Taintedand his superb guitar parts) alternating with the passable ( 'Til I See You Again , Regrets , Heaven). For a seventh record and therefore some experience of musicians (guitar parts are often sublime as the solo of Out Of Nowhere ), I note a lack of homogeneity and consistency of all of these 60 minutes that become a little long ...
Phil VINCENT : vocals, guitars, keyboards, bass, drums and
Damian programming by ERCOLE : guitars
Dirk PHILLIPS : drums