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September 18 HardRock Haven published the following review of the D'Ercole debut:{jcomments on}

The gents of D’Ercole have played together for quite a while, combining their efforts on Phil Vincent’s solo efforts as well as the band Tragik. In this incarnation, D’Ercole, you’ll get a decidely more polished and less current-sounding release, as The Art of Self Destruction hearkens back to the days of Scorpions, Dokken and even Journey at times. Melodic, guitar-driven and featuring mammoth choruses, The Art of Self Destruction is a damn fine ride …

Vincent — who owns the claim to fame of writing Hardrock Haven’s theme song — pared back on his responsibilities for this release and focused on just vocals and keyboards, where he typically plays guitar, bass, and everything else. You’ll hear his contributions immediately on “Desperate,” where the flowing keys lead into a heated rhythm from guitarist Damien D’Ercole. Vincent admits that it is hard for him to escape the “you sound like Don Dokken” references, but if true, then Vincent is similar to the Dokken of decades past, not the current one. Not modern sounding in any way, it reminds you of when Melodic Hard Rock ruled the airwaves.

If you don’t hear some Scorpions guitar influences on “The Last Time,” then you just aren’t listening. Read it all here.

A review on D´Ercole - The Art Of Self Destruction was published at Yourmusicblog.

It reads:

Phil Vincent has done it again people. Under the new monicker of D´Ercole (after guitar player Damian) and with some other known compadres like William Arnold on bass and Tane DeAngelis on drums, this release is chock-full of delightful hard rock songs.

Why the new monicker? I think first because all songs are written by Phil, Damian and William. Second this release concentrates on guitars rather than keyboards. There are some keys to support the arrangements, but this is all about massive guitars. Holy cow, sometimes they even seem to invade your home…

Of course the Vincent sensibility for great melodies is never lost. I have heard some people compare this to Dokken and sorts, which is surely an indication of style. At least when they relate to the Dokken on top of their game.
I must also mention that Phil is really broadening his vocal style. Some songs are sung with an aggression not often heard from him before. And I like it!
The production is really sounding big (remember the massive guitars?) so repeated play really makes you like this record even more. Essential for everyone into melodic hard rock, get it and support one of the hardest working men in the business.

Personal play tips: Desperate, Face To Face, Destiny. (but that changes daily)

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