The Trophy Eye The Gift of Life
The Trophy started in 2006 as a way for guitarist and composer Todd Wolf to explore a different side of his songwriting. Until then, Wolf had been working on straight heavy metal with his band Human Fortress.
"I wrote many songs in the past which were too commercial for my main band Human Fortress," said Wolf. "I thought these tracks were too good to get lost on my PC." So he started to look for the right partners to start up a new band, and the chance of a lifetime came about when he met with former Jaded Heart screamer Michael Bormann.
"I met Michael in the studio with Tommy Newton, who engaged him to sing the background vocals on the Human Fortress debut album," Wolf said. "Luckily we kept in touch and when I finished the first songs, I sent them to Michael and he liked them immediately. So we arranged a meeting and the rest, as you will be able to hear, is history."
Bormann immediately shared Wolf's musical vision and joined the band with keyboard player Marco Grasshoff. They have brought their expertise to the song writing and recording sessions. Bormann's distinctive vocals added the polish and turned great songs into real jewels.
Wolf and Bormann worked with loops, down-tuned guitar riffs, and keyboard effects; the result is an interesting cocktail of melodic rock with many influences, while remaining very contemporary in arrangement and style. The final result, The Trophy's debut album entitled "The Gift of Life" is an outstanding example of how perseverance and talent can build an outstanding slice of rock. "While the main influences of The Trophy are pop, crossover, AOR, and a little bit modern metal, I think we have created something special," said Wolf. "I do not know any band in the world which sounds like us. Some tracks are potential hits. We hope the people out there will love it because we would like to record a second one."
"The Gift of Life" final track listing includes: "The Gift of Life," "When Nightmares Wake Me Up," "Get the Cup," "Justice," "Rescue Me," "Can't Get Out of My Head," "The Shades of Grey," "Gloomy Days," "Liar," "The Way I Am," and "On These Wings."
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