D’Ercole, Rock Scar, 2011
This second album from D’Ercole comes pretty hot on the heels of the first one. But when knowing that American singer and multi instrumentalist Phil Vincent is on board things become clear. We all know the man is one of the hardest working dudes in music!
So with the same cast of characters as on the previous one (Damian D’Ercole on guitars, Phil on vocals and keyboards, William Arnold on bass and Tane DeAngelis on drums), the band fire their brand of hard rock away at us. Obviously heavily influenced by 80’s hard rock and metal, this is another slab of melodic riff monsters for y’ all.
Opener Silent Pain reminded me a little of Ozzy in his prime. But this and the other tracks are as we have become to expect, Melodic, heavy on the guitars, upbeat, and with the keyboards adding colour to the songs. Vince O’ Regan (Legion) and David Zychek provided some guitar solos, but not because Damian himself isn’t capable of delivering them.
Face In The Crowd is a little more experimental during the opening sequence, as is My Only Hope (great themes here). But I guess that we have Tragik as an outlet for that side of Phil’s music. Personal favourite is In My Time Of Need, that is one of the best tracks from Phil ever and has many sides to it, giving it an almost progressive feel.
Only confusing thing is that the CD tracks don`t match the booklet info. But hell, it is about the music anyway… Support the man if you are into this type of music!