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D'Ercole - 2016 No Place Like Home

ARTIST: D'Ercole
ALBUM: No Place Like Home
LABEL: Songs Of Purley BMI
YEAR: 2016
SPONSOR: Phil Vincent


LINEUP: Phil Vincent - lead and backing vocals, guitars, keyboards, drums (1, 6, 7) * Damian D'Ercole - guitars * Arnold V Williams - bass, percussion * B.F D'Ercole - drums * Peter Cox - lead guitar (,2, 3, 5) * William Roux - lead guitar (4, 6), bass (6) * Vince O'Regan - lead guitar (7)

TRACK LISTING: 01 Talk To Me * 02 The Walls Are Closing In (On Me) * 03 Wake Up * 04 Epic Failure * 05 Dreamer * 06 Got To Be A Better Way * 07 Stand Up



This new CD from Phil Vincent crossed my desk the other day, all thanks to the US Postal Service. It continues a strong 2016 for Vincent, who has had numerous other projects on the go as well, including the excellent Cranston project. D'Ercole were previously on the Z Records label over in Britain until recently. They are now on Phil's own record label Songs of Purley BMI. Most of the usual suspects from past efforts all return for another shot, and with a few years under their belt, D'Ercole are sounding better than ever. They kept things to just seven tracks, though one of them is a near 16 minute effort, which keeps the running time up.

The Songs
I went back and read my previous article about the band, the 2012 album 'Dreams Of The Heart'. I mentioned then that the band needed to heavy things up to be more interesting to listeners, and I believe they've done that to some degree. 'Talk To Me' opens up full of energy and gusto, full of big guitar riffs and loads of attitude. 'Wake Up' with its featured organ work reminded me of Uriah Heep in places. The 'big' track is the aforementioned 'Epic Failure', made up of several parts and times out to 16 minutes. 'Dreamer' is the album's ballad, while 'Got To Be A Better Way' is kinda quirky, and takes in several styles, not necessarily melodic hard rock. The closer 'Stand Up' is also different, the piano/harpsichord flavoured introduction is used as the key motif throughout, the song building on the chorus which gives it some vigour. The bridge and solo sections are also very good.

In Summary
Like many releases that have come out at this late stage, it will probably be difficult to find favour among the listeners considering it's a traffic jam out there. Give it a go, I'm sure there's something there for everybody. Also, I couldn't help but notice the sly dig to Z Records in the liner notes, implicating the label in suspicious activity. That is something that continues unabated. Why anyone would deal with that label is a mystery to me.

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