PHIL VINCENT - FACE IT / SOLAR FLARE (Independent)
(Review by Officer Nice)
Phil Vincent needs no introduction anymore after releasing so many (14?) albums. I don’t own them all but I know that every time I add one of his records to my collection I won’t regret it. This man is a busy bee and next to being singer of the British band Legion he’s also musician in some other formations. The man doesn’t need a band to deliver the goods, he’s a guitar player, drummer, plays keyboards and he was born with a good pair of lungs.
“Face It” is his newest work and on this double CD, foreseen in a digipack, you receive “Solar Flare” for free. This multiple musician keeps on astonishing the listener and I don’t know where he gets his inspiration. Anyway “Face it” is once more a good example of what this man is capable of. Good songs, awesome rhythms, high qualitative melodic Heavy Metal will be your part purchasing this silver disc.
And that Phil Vincent dares to hit harder he proves with a track like “Make up your mind”, using rather heavy riffs. It fits the man, because the harmonic arrangements are the constant red line in the song writing and performing. This American guy knows how a good song has to sound and doesn’t bother subgenres in Metal. He seems to be satisfied as long as every single instrument gets the attention it deserves and therefore you can witness constantly great leads as well. This man seems to be a good guitar player, not the fastest one but always played with the right sense. Some leads, like on “We All Die Young” really gives those cold shivers! From what I have heard from this guy this is his most powerful release and let me say this heavier work fits him best.
His clear and unique vocal sound does the rest and most of the refrains keep on playing in the mind. This music is ‘easy on the ear’, heavy, but easy to adept. What the album misses a bit are tracks that grips the listener immediately by the throat, songs that you will remember forever, that will nestle themselves into the listener’s brains until death is his part.
Especially fans of bands like Stryper (don’t mind the Christian messages but judge them musical wise), Dokken, a big slice of Tesla and many other Eighties bands in this direction, will be pleased. It’s about time Phil Vincent receives the right attention and respect for what he’s doing, unfortunately I seldom read something about this man in the bigger magazines. “Face It” contains thirteen great songs with often stunning leads, great compositions and is an insurance for Heavy Metal pleasure!
“Solar Flare” is a comparable album to “Face It” and Mister Phil Vincent delivers the same style of tracks. If it’s up to me I would prefer “face it” but buying this one means you will get “Solar Flare” for free. Enjoyable music, heading between Hard Rock and the melodic Heavy Metal, a brand for this man. Once again the good played leads are attracting me, I really like this man’s way of pulling the strings. Add good song writing, good performed compositions and for the rest all I’ve said before.
Phil Vincent is an exclusive musician, talented in everything he does. That extra touch is until now still the missing link but I’m quite sure this man will write one day a record that will astonish the world. Nevertheless he’s a man that stands for quality and good performances. This lad will for always maintain my attention and next to the outstanding Legion records I can only recommend fans of this kind of music to purchase these solo-albums blindfolded. Check it out at: http://www.cd-baby.com and use the search button… Phil Vincent official homepage at http:// www.philvincent.com/
My Points: 87 / 100
95+ : Outstanding, high valued albums & Classic Ones… a direct purchase is advisable !
Between 90 and 95: Surpasses the style of music, must be heard/ordered by every Metal fan
Between 80 and 89: Good in its own genre, recommended for those hooked on it
Between 70 and 89: Decent but best previewing
Between 60 and 69: Rather moderate
Between 50 and 59: Bad, substandard
50- : Rubbish