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TRAGIK – ‘Path Of Destruction’
Review by Alan Holloway
 
 
Phil Vincent has released a lot of albums. By my count, ‘Path Of
destruction’ is his nine hundred and twelfth, although I may be a few
out. Built like a brick shithouse and determined to bring the same
weight to his music, Phil is never less than entertaining, and although
the Tragic stuff still sees him write everything, the addition of extra
musicians does seem to bring a new dimension to his songs.
 
This latest album sees Phil teaming back up with his Legion cohort and
serial guitar guest Vince O’Regan, who pops up for lead guitar duties,
with other long term cohort Damien D’ercole adding his own guitar licks
to the songs. Opener ‘Look At me Now’ is a catchy piece of work,
accentuated by Eric Ragno on keyboards, and manages to be punchy as hell
with a stiff melodic backbone. It’s great to hear Phil’s vocals
improving slightly, with some good harmonies bolstered by a crystal
clear production. It’s a pretty accurate indicator for the rest of the
album, which mixes crunchy riffs, melodic choruses and some sweet
guitarwork throughout. Worthy of note is track three, ‘All The Time In
the World’, which ranks as one of Phil Vincent’s most melodic pieces of
work, culminating in a skin chafing solo from O’Regan.
 
The run time of 55 minutes is bolstered by track six, where it all goes
ambitious with a five part song called ‘Lake Of Tears’, clocking in at
nearly seventeen minutes. To be honest this doesn’t mean that Phil has
gone all prog rock or anything (thankfully), and the time flies by, even
if the reading of it as a single track means I can’t listen to the parts
as individual tracks without faffing about. A little later the album
closes with ‘Thank You’, a sweet song of thanks that could be directed
towards a mother or God.
 
‘Path Of Destruction’ can stand proudly at the top of the Phil Vincent
catalogue, providing 55 minutes of quality melodic rock mixed with big
riffs and very tuneful vocals. You can’t fault his ambition in chucking
in a six part song, nor his talent for catchy choruses, but you can
fault the decision to stick a picture of a fake breasted scantily clad
lady on the inner sleeve (not to mention the arse shot on the back).
This makes a very decent album look tacky and dated, and I was genuinely
embarrassed that anyone else should see it, especially after getting
interested queries from those hearing the music as I reviewed it.
 
In the end, it’s the music that counts, and with that in mind I can
thoroughly recommend this album. There’s not a dull moment to be had,
not a track that begs to be skipped. If you’ve ever liked one of Phil
Vincent’s many albums and projects, from solo to Legion, then Tragik
will make you a very happy music fan.

 

Website AOR Heaven printed this review of new Legion album Tempest:

 

The man did it again: Phil Vincent, apart from his solo albums and other bands, is releasing a new album with LEGION entitled "Tempest", the band's sixth in the last four years! Whilst everything Vincent has been involved with has had definite Dokken influences in there, Legion have even more and it's also the more varied project of his career. Vincent's trademark vocal melodies are all over the choruses, giving most of the songs more melodic parts than the heavier verses. Another good and really recommended effort by Legion, "Tempest" draw heavily from the classic Dokken catalog and come out all guns a blazin', but also delivers lethal doses of solid and enjoyable Melodic Hard Rock.

The man did it again: Phil Vincent, apart from his solo albums and other bands, is releasing a new album with LEGION entitled "Tempest", the band's sixth in the last four years!
And the best part of it is that the quality of the material on offer seems to not decrease.

Of course, the secret with Legion is their Ace in the hole: the extremely talented partner British guitarist Vince O’Regan (Bob Catley, Escape UK). Despite being fronted by the seemingly boundless energy of Phil Vincent, Legion truly showcases the songwriting skills and massive six-string chops of O'Regan.
Musically "Tempest" is somehow a return to the sound of the two fisrt albums from the band: bouncing Hard 'n Heavy / Melodic Hard Rock with beefed up riffs and edgy melodies.

Whilst everything Vincent has been involved with has had definite Dokken influences in there, Legion have even more and it's also the more varied project of his career.
The thick George Lynch-like riffs and arrangements from O'Regan are definitely more 'Tooth And Nail' than 'In My Dreams' as heard in the groovy "Stealing the Night Away", "Altered State" and the galloping "Crash & Burn".

However, Vincent's trademark vocal melodies are all over the choruses, giving most of the songs more melodic parts than the heavier verses. Check the melodic hard rock opener "Just Can't Stop", the keyboard filled "Walking in Your Footsteps", the Lynch's Mob like "My Sacrifice" or the highly harmonic hymn "(We Are) Legion".
That's not to say there isn't any variation, There's killer melodies on "Open Fire" (somehow bringing '80s Paul Sabu to mind), "More Than Meets the Eye" (akin Winger), and awesome clean electric guitars on the midtempo "Altered State".

LEGION (Phil Vincent) - Tempest (2014) insideAnother very good and really recommended effort by Legion, "Tempest" draw heavily from the classic Dokken catalog and come out all guns a blazin', but also delivers lethal doses of solid and enjoyable Melodic Hard Rock.
The band sounds better than ever (now with ex- Persian Risk Steve Hopgood returning on drums) delivering well structured songs and melodies that keep on playing in your mind.
A very strong sixth album from a band that really needs the right attention.
Very Recommended.


01. Just Can't Stop
02. Open Fire
03. Stealing the Night Away
04. More Than Meets the Eye
05. Altered State
06. Walking in Your Footsteps
07. Do or Die
08. Piece of My Heart
09. My Sacrifice
10. Crash & Burn
11. (We Are) Legion

Phil Vincent - vocals (D'ercole, Tragik)
Vince O'Regan - guitar (Bob Catley)
Gavin Cooper - bass (Lionsheart, Dianno)
Steve Hopgood - drums (Jagged Edge, Persian Risk)
Irvin Parrat - keyboards (Escape UK)


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