The Trophy
The Gift of Life
Style: Melodic (Hard) Rock
Release date: April 17th 2009

I’m in two minds about this CD to be honest. I love the idea of mixing down-tuned guitars with catchy sing-a-long choruses. Heavy rock meets melodic rock. The German guitarist Todd Wolf (Human Fortress) played around with that idea and was joined by Michael Bormann (Jaded Heart, Bonfire) among others and THE TROPHY was born.


And yes... we do get down tuned guitars and catchy choruses now and then, but even though everything is well written and well played; it’s only a few of the songs here that have left a mark in my brain. Most of the songs are too modern and too slow for me to really get a kick out of it.


THE THROPHY is at their best with the AOR song “When The Nightmares Wake Me Up” and the excellent “Get The Cup” a song that could be a new soccer anthem. Songs such as; “Justice” and “Gloomy Days” are also solid rock songs but the rest of the tracks are not above average in my book.


Fans of the melodic side of rock/hard rock music should check this album out and make up their own minds about it.


So, listen before you buy.

01. The gift of life
02. When the nightmares wake me up
03. Get the cup
04. Justice
05. Rescue me
06. Can't get you out of my head
07. The shades of grey
08. Gloomy days
09. Liar
10. The way
11. On these wings
Label: Frontiers Records
Promotion: Zink Music
Distribution: Bonnier/Amigo (Denmark)
Reviewed by: Peter Laursen
Date: March 26th 2009