Phil Vincent

legion live.....amazing fact of the day comes from Legion vocalist Phil Vincent. We learn backstage that although he has recorded more than 20 albums, he has never sung with a band on stage. Luckily for him, he is backed by the likes of Vince O'Regan (Bob Catley, Eden), Gavin 'Silver Fox'  Cooper (Lionsheart) and Steve Cooper (Jagged Edge), three guys who have a wealth of experience between them. In Vincents defence he sounds great as the band come on with Long Way Down from their sophomore Code Of Honour album. Wearing dark glasses so we don't see the terror in his eyes he is a commanding presence, with O'Regan in particular giving it nine different kinds of welly beside him, pulling off licks with a skill and gusto his other bands haven't benefited from. While not as mobile as John Blaze, Vincent still pulls off a good set, the highlight being the catchy Hard Times, which bounces around our heads for ages afterwards.

Regardless of the fact that it is their first gig, Legion are on fire and I can't wait to see them again...

Excerpt from Allan Holloway's article on Z Rock 2011.

I know the American Legion but I’ve never heard of these guys from Wolverhampton – England. This seems to be a melodic Hard Rock / Heavy Metal band but it takes only a few notes to be astonished, to lay back and enjoy this goodie! In this band we can find back Phil Vincent and guitar player Vince O’ Regan (Bob Catley, Eden Pulse). Furthermore also drummer Steve Hopgood (Jagged Edge) and Lionheart Bass player Gavin Cooper are present. I don’t know if all names are ringing a bell to you but at least the bands they’ve played in should convince you some first class professional musicians are making part of Legion. 
And while writing this review I dig further into this Legion CD and what I discover are fan-tas-tic and fast fingered guitar solos. They fit this kind of melodic Hard Rock / Metal, with an eye of a blink to AOR, very well. I don’t have the feeling listening to a British band by the way although at some points some more melodic NWOBHM tunes can be discovered. Think Elixir in a beautiful mix with Dokken, Whitesnake, House Of Lords, Blue Murder…. Legion seems to be a blistering for all those who are into bands for whom a perfect mixture of hard hitting rhythms and harmonious arrangements are the ultimate goal. This kind of music is easy on the ear, enjoyable from the beginning until the end and refreshing without being innovating! 
One after another emotional and heartbreaking lead is heading your way but mostly they’re supported by riffs that remind me of George Lynch in his older and better Dokken era. Singer Phil Vincent owns an outstanding and mind blowing voice! His timbre is amazingly strong and he takes you by the throat with his ultra extraordinary vocal lines. He’s able to express multiple emotions with his strong lungs, delivering at the right moments a high scream. The guitars and vocals are delivering on the full CD anything to keep the listener close to the boxes. 
The song writing and production are other strong points on this release. As I’ve said before very professional musicians are working together here, makes clear that the foundations of bass and drums are more than worth checking this one out! “Someday” for example, some kind of semi-ballad, is a perfect example of what I am trying to explain and some great symphonic tunes are supporting this song anyway. But as I’ve said before, also in this track, the guitar and vocal performances are godlike! There’s no song I didn’t enjoy but if I have to name some favorites I go for “Leave Me Alone”, ”Trouble”, “Too Late” and “All The Way”. 
Legion is without any doubts a band with a vision although critics could say they’re formed in the wrong decade. I don’t actually agree because to me this kind of Metal is timeless, certainly when it’s good performed! Well structured songs that keep on playing in your mind, guitars that will give you cold shivers and vocals that will leave you behind with eyes wide shut. This is a very strong effort of a band that really needs the right attention. It’s a pity my year list of 2010 is already on line, if I should have known this one sooner…. Check, or  
My Points: 90 / 100 (Review by Officer Nice)

© 2010 Z Rock Records  (ZR 0497142)

melodic rock
studio album
11 tracks - TT 53:59
release date: October 29, 2010
AOR & melodic (hard) rock

It’s quite normal that label bosses talk in superlatives about the acts they’ve signed, but no one can create hypes like Mark Alger (the boss of Z). If we had to believe him, this Legion should/would be a real supergroup. The truth is that Legion is just another melodic rock band that has released an inconspicuous self-titled debut album, nothing more, nothing less. The main men behind Logik are guitarist Vince O’Regan who wrote the music and vocalist Phil Vincent, who came up with the lyrics. The former is known from acts like Kooga, No Sweat, Bob Catley, Pulse, Alibi and Eden, while we all know the latter as the workaholic who has released 12 (mostly indie) solo albums so far as well as albums with the likes of Tragik, Circular Logik and D’Ercole. At the end of my review of D’Ercole’s album (also out on Z Records), I suggested Phil to retire from the scene for a while, because his name popped up on too many releases lately. He didn’t do it and now I’m left with the same feeling I once had with Axel Rudi Pell: overkill … or too many albums from the same musician, filled with material that is easily interchangeable. Count to that a doubtful production and we’re far from a ‘classic’ album. Having said that however, it’s still a pleasure to listen to tracks like “Caught In The Madness”, “Someday” and “Where Were You”. But only three ‘highlights’ on a total of 11 songs is not enough for a supergroup, is it? (CL)