Dmitry from DMME page Let It Rock has written a damn fine review of the CranstoN album. It gets 4 /5 stars! Read it there, or continu reading:
CRANSTON – Cranston
Rock Company 2016
Rock and a hard place: heavy trio strut their stuff in dramatically arresting way.
Lately, there’s been a whole slew of albums that Phil Vincent, he of LEGION glory, lent his pipes to, and this one finds the singer sharing the spotlight with ONLY CHILD’s Paul Sabu, a guitar foil to stars. Both schooled in AOR, together the duo and B.F. D’Ercole on drums deliver an impressive set of originals that cleverly hide jagged hooks under memorable lines, and large-caliber choruses which shoot to thrill, rather than kill. In such an environment, lyrical cliches like “pedal to the metal” don’t seem unavoidable, but they’re par for the course when it comes to stirring arenas.
The rock ‘n’ roll ardor and singalong melodies on “Queen Of The Pain” and “Fallen” are truly irresistible, while the weighty splashes behind “You Oughta Know” show a serious intent, and the emotional charge relents only in “Sea Of Madness” where ballad waves crash against reefs of riffs. From the bass rumble of “Long, Long Way To Go” on, there’s a nice sway to the songs, with “Let It Go” demonstrating an unexpected raga tint, and “Trouble Ahead” tapping into the heart of Delta until heavenly harmonies kick it out of acoustically tinctured blues. The album’s many layers require delicate unraveling, yet it’s a rewarding process. A solid, if not revolutionary, work.
Strolling on the web we've found this review for Tragik on über-Rock:
Let's talk about the obvious elephant in the room - THAT cover: It's not a great decision to lead with this artwork to be honest as the band are more in the line of Foreigner than some LA sleazy, sex-obsessed young band so straight away many would simply pick it up and assume it's something it's not and put it back down again.
Beside that, this eleven-track album isn't half bad. The sixth album from Tragik combines big hooks, thunderous bass lines and pristine production. The album encompass bands such as the aforementioned Foreigner along with Boston and they specialise in AOR/Melodic Rock all of which main man Phil Vincent has mastered in both songwriting and execution and while they can mainly be described as a melodic hard rock band they aren't afraid to expand slightly with tracks such as the McCartney-drenched 'When The Darkness Falls' through to the 12 minute prog rocker of 'Rescue Me/Rise To The Sun'.
Tracks such as the Foreigner-compared opener, 'Where Would I Be', litter this album and with the soft yet rocking voice of Vincent, it's an easy album to listen to and let breathe and radiate around you as they dip in and out of a classic sound that when done this good can rarely be faulted. If a track such as 'You Are The One' was written by a band such as Journey or Boston people would be queuing up to by this album so it's easy to see why this album has been getting some decent reviews.
It's far from tragic but the name and artwork (including a strangely provocative EPK on YouTube) haven't helped them expand into the bigger band they could be - and maybe deserve to be? The album itself is the stuff of a top band, the promotional tools used to aid simply aren't. Forget the cover, use you ears only for this one. A few small tweaks could really help this band grow worldwide.
To Pick it up: Rock Company