Never one to rest on his laurels, Phil Vincent ,along with
his pals Damian D'Ercole and Dirk Phillips have set about
conjuring up another piece of Hard Rock magic on this
soon-ish to be released album 'Faith Healer', and it's
another Godsend to us Rock fans out here who are, along
with the rest of this planet of ours, still dealing with
the daily bullshit that is Covid 19. So as the growl of
'1,2 , 3, 4' and an explosive riff erupts from the speakers,
'Back On The Road' roars into life and it's almost
'business as usual' in Rockworld!
'Coming Home' is
filled with layers of fantastic twin-styled solos that are
reminiscent of the melodic side to Velvet Revolver, yet
keeping up on the Aberdeen Angus side of beefiness at the
same time, the drumming battering your skull into
submission all the way through, which for me is the
stand-out section of the track ... great man!
Not resting up for one moment, 'Do It Again, tramples all
over your body in a flurry of 'take that, a-hole'
attitude, again those drums being played as if the ghost
of Keith Moon had suddenly appeared and sat at the kit
claiming 'my turn', and begins to belt the living
daylights out of it, accompanied by touches of Hammond-esque
keys for great effect. There's an 80's vibe surrounding
'Don't Know What To Believe', the keys/fluid, throbbing
bass-line/snappy kit combo just screams out happier times.
Phil's vocals are less gnarly here, in fact the song
as a whole is almost 'radio friendly', and there's an 80's
term if ever there was one. But 'Faith' puts an end to
that as it storms out of the trap on a wave of ripping
riffage and Phil V's gritty vocal style that is, for me,
his usual trademark, the expectant solo tearing a new ...
well, it's there for us all to enjoy!
'Hanging By A String' swings between Hard/Melodic Rock,
depending when the keys dive in, but the highlight here is
the solo that hits you like Thor's hammer mid way in, and
it's a case of 'bleedin' hell ... where did THAT come
from?' ... Once you get over the shock, you realise just how
good this track is, but don't get too placid in thought,
as 'Out Of Touch' will jarp you straight out of it on a
crescendo of six-stringed dazzlery and Animal-like tub-thumpery!!
It's down to some serious business as 'Over & Over'
lays down it's sleazy, sweaty groove that will get even the
most naive of us out there thrusting their pelvis like a
dog humping fresh air, yeah, it's that 'dorty', as Sid The
Sexist would've said if he got to hear this ... cold
If there had ever been a song to be written based 'round a
weird film that was part Westworld - part 'Confessions Of
A Computer Programmer', then Tragik have come up (!!)
trumps with 'Robot Love', a hard-nosed Rocker in every
department with one of those choruses that buries itself
in your brain and pops up around 3am and destroys any idea
of getting back to sleep, but the lyrics in general will
have you scratching your head in...'is this about an
actual person or does he really wanna ... do a Robot??
Answers on a postcard to ... !
'Tell Me Why' has an almost identical riff to the previous
track, so you may think you've got double the 'weird'
song, but fear not, slightly disturbed listener, Phil
wouldn't do that to ya, no, this song is back to the meat
'n potatoes uber-rockin' side to Tragik, the stop-start
verses led on by that jabbing guitar that gives way to the
harmonious chorus, but mainly based 'round that jabbing
vibe, so no shagging R2D2 this time! The album is bought
to the end with 'Who Am I', sort of Audioslave meets Deep
Purple in it's make up, really heavy on the power-riffage/drums
section with added Hammond and chugging bass that all melt
together perfectly to give this song the 'oomph-amatic'
style, and as I usually say, a great way to end the album!
'Faith Healer' is due for release in September, but as on
another previous occasion, Phil has been so generous in
letting themayfairmallzine getting an early chance to hear
an album he has been involved with. So once again,
many, many thanks Phil. I thoroughly enjoyed 'Faith
Healer' and I'm sure there will be many more Rock fans
out there who'll agree with me. Cheers!
by: Robb Baldwin