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D'Ercole - 2012 Dreams Of The Heart

ARTIST: D'Ercole
ALBUM: Dreams Of The Heart
LABEL: Z Records
SERIAL: ZR0497156
YEAR: 2012
SPONSOR: Phil Vincent


LINEUP: Damien D'Ercole - rhythm guitars * Phil Vincent - lead vocals, rhythm guitars, keyboards, drums * William Arnold - bass * Tane DeAngelis - drums * Vince O'Regan - lead guitars

TRACK LISTING: 01 Only Child * 02 Givin' It All To You * 03 Dreams Of The Heart * 04 I'll Be There For You * 05 She Ain't No Good * 06 You Keep Me Waiting * 07 Too Little Too Late * 08 Lies * 09 A Million Miles * 10 Hurt Me For The Last Time * 11 Wearin' Me Down



The band D'Ercole is an offshoot of the Phil Vincent family, providing a pathway for Phil's cousin Damien D'Ercole to enter the melodic rock foray. I wasn't totally familiar with D'Ercole's (the band) output, and was surprised to find that there are already a handful of albums in the bag! So, along with the recent Legion release supplied by Phil, we'll also take a look at this one. I love the album title: 'Dreams Of The Heart' which evokes thoughts of House Of Lords or Giuffria styled rock 'n' pomp, but that would be wishful thinking on my part. No, this lot stick to edgy melodic rock with more than a rush of guitar solos to ramp things up. Compared to the other recent Vincent offering Legion, D'Ercole could be considered lightweight, though there is some guitar power shining through.

The Songs
There's a lot of amped up guitar, but the CD feels kinda jekyll and hyde. I much preferred it when the band 'goes for it' rather than mid-tempo ballady stuff they get caught up in. 'Only Child' is an AOR type of song, but it's not representative of the album. The bright keyboards feels out of place. I didn't like the way the keyboards are presented on 'Givin' It All To You', the whole song is an urban workout. 'Dreams Of The Heart' is a chugging guitar fest, and there's no tender or melodic moment to suggest the song title and album title will land in pomp territory. 'I'll Be There For You' returns to mid-tempo AOR with some synth/organ used as the motif, but I couldn't get into it really. Overall, this CD needed to have more oomph to be a melodic rock contender, and by the back-end of the CD things get heavier. 'She Ain't No Good', 'You Keep Me Waiting' and 'Too Little Too Late' are pretty reasonable, the latter probably being the pick of the bunch with its fast paced tempo. Unfortunately I passed on 'Lies' and 'A Million Miles', whereas 'Hurt Me For The Last Time' needed to focus more on the guitar crunch rather than the weird keyboard parts that seeped through the song. The closer 'Wearin' Me Down' had some useful guitar parts but was let down by a weak chorus.

In Summary
In the congested line-up of albums available during 2012, I would hazard a guess and say that this one would be swamped by all the other offerings released during this period. I haven't seen too many other reviews of 'Dreams Of The Heart' out there on the Net, which means that review sites obviously have too much on their plate. That D'Ercole have managed to make it this far says a lot about their resolve. Would be nice to see them heavy things up and really ramp up the drum production, just to make an aural statement for next time.

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