1997 saw Mastermind and multi-instrumentalist Phil Vincent have a handful songs together, who originally were intended for acts like Scorpions, Ozzy Osbourne and even Madonna. After however from their side no interest was present, Vincent decided to publish the whole under its own name with the title Rising. Lots of output later Vincent today is a renowned and in demand composer within the AOR range, with various own projects at the start. Among them also the band Tragik, in which he rocks together with Damian D'Ercole (Guitar) and Dirk Phillips (Drums) and with which this year Hunger is released.
On the edge between melodic and classic hard rock, the disk offers nine tracks, from which the twelve minute “Eye In The Sky”, divided into four different parts, highlights. A madly arranged mini Opus, in which class guitar solos, excellent vocal harmonies and choirs, key parts, which remind of 80er-Pop, and harder passages, give the handle into the hand.
Beyond that: In the opener “Giving Up” Vincent reminisces on the traces of mainstream Whitesnake and “No Tomorrow” became a fine piece of Melodic Rock, in which above all the singing lines convince and which merry beginning proves a homage to Alice Coopers “(He's back) The One Behind The Mask".
Sound wise everything is in the green range and many of the numbers will be remembered fast by the listener. Quality work, which would have benefited from a few more surprises.
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From HardRock Haven comes this:
by Joe Mis
Dreams of the Heart is the third release from melodic rock act D’Ercole, and it certainly is a solid one. Never one to be caught resting on his laurels, Phil Vincent continues to produce solid music – this time in conjunction with guitarist Damian D’Ercole, bassist William Arnold, and drummer Tane DeAngelis (plus the occasional lead guitar assist from Vince O’Regan). D’Ercole’s music shows flashes of 80’s rock influence, but has a more modern sound – but like in all of Vincent’s projects, melody reigns supreme.
Damian D’Ercole (rhythm guitar)
Phil Vincent (vocals, rhythm guitar, keyboards, drums)
William Arnold (bass)
Tane DeAngelis (drums)
Vince O’Regan (lead guitar)
1. Only Child
2. Givin’ It All To You
3. Dreams of the Heart
4. I’ll Be There for You
5. She Ain’t No Good
6. You Keep Me Waiting
7. Too Little Too Late
9. A Million Miles
10. Hurt Me for the Last Time
11. Wearin’ Me Down
Hunger is the fourth and latest from Tragik, a trio fronted multi-talented musician and songwriter Phil Vincent. Based in Rhode Island, Tragik puts out intense melodic rock clearly influenced by some of the greatest metal acts of all time. Hunger is modern rock with a bit of the ‘80s mixed in, along with a dash of commercial metal, and just a bit of progressive rock.