is the fourth studio album for Melodic Hard Rockers Tragik. Who
are Tragik? Well I’ll tell you. They are Phil Vincent,
Damian D’Ercole and Dirk Phillips, with guest appearances on the
guitar front from Vince O’Regan,
David Zychek and William Roux.
album is straight up Hard Rock, built on a solid foundation of big riffs
and towering drum a pumping bass line, with the icing on the cake being
Vincent’s unmistakable vocals.
album gets underway with ‘Giving Up’, a trailblazing opener that
sets the bar for the rest of the album. There is a maturity about
this particular release, I think all parties have gelled well together
on this album and this shown by the variety of the album.
is felt with the second track ‘Don’t Say A Word’, as this one
starts off with a little electro keyboards, you think you're in for a
touch of 80’s pop rock, but then the track soon blows away that
thought as the big licks come in courtesy of Mr O’Regan.
a touch of old school with the storming ‘Look At Yourself’, before
the 12 minute plus splendour of ‘Eye In The Sky’, a three part
melodic roller coaster that will take you on the ride of your life, so
much so, you’ll want another ticket to do it all over again.
This opus has more layers and elements than I can find superlatives
for. This is Melodic Rock at its modern best.
back to that 80’s felt Hard Rock with heavily influenced keyboard
moments with ‘I Will Remember’, then it's time for a little
unplugged moment with the excellent ‘For You’, before rocking things
back up big style with ‘No Tomorrow’.
it's time for Tragik to unleash the big bass lines and delve on the
heavier path with one of my favourite tracks off the album ‘This Is
How It Has To Be’, a real meat and bones rocker. Sadly all good
things must come to an end and the album closes off with a touch of the
epic, with the haunting acoustic tones of the almost Beatlesque ‘Til
The End Of Time’.
This is without a doubt the best Tragik album to date and shows how not only the band have developed, but it also shows that you can still be true to your roots but put enough modern spin on things to take this genre forward. Come on, let's not only feel the 'Hunger' but let's taste it live!
by: Barry McMinn
1. Giving Up
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