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.
Find the original German version here.