Tragik - 'Tainted' Hot

Added by Central Electronic Brain     March 04, 2018    
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A great Melodic Rock record with its own distinctive flavour that will appeal to those with traditional tastes as well as those bored of "AOR by numbers".

This is the seventh album from Phil Vincent's Tragik which also features the guitar slinging talents of Damien D'Ercole. I didn't realise the band had released so many albums and it's been a few years since the appearance of its enjoyable predecessor 'Come And Get It'. 'Tainted' continues Vincent's trend of producing solid and enjoyable Melodic Rock albums, and if you're a fan of Vincent or any of his other projects, then this will be another welcome addition to your collection.

I don't know how a song-writer as busy and prolific as Vincent does it, but he's very good at maintaining solid musical output. If you're an established fan, you won't be disappointed because Vincent's distinctive vocals and approach are ever present. I think a lot of it has to do with his diverse song-writing, which really helps prevent his music becoming stale or repetitive. He has never been afraid to mix it up within his song-writing and this helps to keep things fresh yet remain within the Melodic Rock genre.

He can be quite experimental, and while I'm sure this may not appeal to everyone's taste, it does stretch and diversify Vincent's songs. One of the most notable things he plays about with on 'Tainted' is electronic sounds and samples which add a touch of Trance (as bizarre as that sounds) and mild Industrial flavours to certain songs. However, he manages to contain these elements within a Melodic Rock flow and structure so it's not as scary or left field as you may surmise before hearing it; he makes it work very effectively.

The songs on 'Tainted' are very diverse and showcase various styles and flows, from Prog and Pop to Punk and Blues-based Hard Rock, while Vincent's lyrics touch on an equally diverse range of subjects that are always thought provoking as well.

'Not Over You' is a Progressive-tinged atmospheric rocker which has a killer chorus and exudes an early AOR tone. The title track is a Punk-twisted bouncy rocker with a fist-pumping chorus, 'Regrets' has a Pop style chorus counterbalancing its swaggering Rock edge and 'Face Of Sorrow' is darker with a driven guitar riff and sweeping chorus.

Overall, 'Tainted' is a great Melodic Rock record with its own distinctive flavour that will appeal to those with traditional tastes as well as those bored of "AOR by numbers" because that sure as hell isn't what Phil Vincent creates!

Paul Woodward

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