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Tragik - 2009 Outlaw




ARTIST: Tragik
ALBUM: Outlaw
LABEL: Phil Vincent Music
SERIAL: -
YEAR: 2009
SPONSOR: Phil Vincent

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:

LINEUP: Phil Vincent - vocals, guitars, keyboards * Damian D'Ercole - guitars, bass * Dirk Phillips - drums Guests: Steve Albanese, Billy Roux, Paul Colombo - lead guitar spots

TRACK LISTING: 01 In The Name Of.. * 02 Two Timer * 03 On The Other Side * 04 You Are Everything To Me * 05 What You Give * 06 Everything Changes * 07 Forgive Me * 08 Just Can't Get Enough * 09 Loneliness * 10 Who's Gonna Make The First Move * 11 Go Down Fightin' * 12 Give It Up

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WEBLINKS: www.philvincent.com


Background
Tragik are a three-piece band bringing together contrasting elements into their sound. The best known member of course is Phil Vincent, that prolific releaser of solo CD's currently within the melodic rock scene. Phil bought Tragik to life a few years back, the band released their 'Poetic Justice' album during 2007 on Escape Music. The trio return, guns at the ready, delivering an album that is slightly unusual to the normal fare of melodic rock CD's currently out in the market. We talked about contrasting elements before, Vincent the obvious melodic rocker with melodies and harmony being key ingredients. D'Ercole brings the heavy factor, influenced by the more extreme metal bands out there, while Phillips brings style and complexity with his percussive arsenal.. and somehow, Tragik bring it all together. Let's try and make sense of this pot pourri of sound..


The Songs
Unusually, it's a ballad that gets us underway. 'In The Name Of..' brings in a piano motif, synth layers, patient drum work and of course soaring vocals. It all works up into a crunching rocker.. 'Two Timer' delivers in spades, a big bashing tune that slams hard but still keeps commercial appeal. Darker riffs precede 'On The Other Side', it all has a 'downtuned' aspect to it, but still very listenable. Going back to the 60's vibe is 'You Are Everything To Me', the Beatles-esque sound is kinda cool. I liked the way the synths are used, bringing a modern touch to an older style song, not forgetting the leaden guitar riffs toward the end. 'What You Give' sort of follows in a similar direction, and changes style and tempo as we navigate the song. I liked this one a lot! Let's get back into the groove thing with the huge riffing of 'Everything Changes'. I'm guessing that D'Ercole is having a bit of fun here with this guitars on overdrive! 'Forgive Me' slows the speed initially, it is stylistically a mixed bag, clever in places with different instruments having prominence at different times. Tragik eventually return to their hard rock roots with 'Just Can't Get Enough', though the synth intro is kinda out there - prog even! It's another track displaying power and I'm certain it will appeal to many here at GDAZE. 'Loneliness' is a ballad upon first listen, and though the chord work is very heavy, Phil's use of synths and effects colours things heaps! 'Who's Gonna Make The First Move' has a very Saga like quality about it, circa their mid 80's period, while 'Go Down Fightin' is the token 'hair metal' like track onboard the album. Both are pretty good. An anthemic rocker 'Give It Up' closes the show from Tragik. The guitars sound suitably souped up, with an interesting array of effects again used for colour.


In Summary
For an indie release, the production here is superb! I'm guessing Phil has had many years and albums as his bed of experience, plus of course the technology keeps getting better, cheaper, and easier to obtain now - so I'm sure there are all sorts of gadgets in the Phil Vincent Studio. Also, I must make mention of the rather lovely Jennifer Hilton, the Canadian model used for the album images as the token 'outlaw'. Very nice I must say! Certainly a point of difference.. lol! Great to hear Phil in a band environment, Tragik it might be by name, but not by nature. I think I need to go and track down their earlier album.. hmmm.. but in the meantime, give this one a listen, there are some nifty moments contained within.


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