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Phantom 5 – Play To Win [2017]

“Play to Win” is the second studio album by German melodic hard rock band Phantom V released in October 2017 by Frontiers Music. The line up features the establishes partnership of producer/guitarist Michael Voss and vocalist Claus Lessmann, joined once again by Robert Boebel on guitars and keyboards and Axel Kruse on drums, these fist pumping anthems will tickle the eardrums of any connoisseur of melodic hard rock.

In comparison to its predecessor, “Play to Win” is a substantially heavier album, bringing to front thicker guitar riffs, heavier rhythm section, some keyboards (playing by Bobby Boebel), but just as melodic vocal lines and choruses. Songwriting-wise “Play to Win” is not that far away from the previous album “Phantom 5” perhaps somewhat more aggressive/sarcastic in the lyrical department but overall a faithful continuation of the well established German melodic hard rock style.

Songs like “The Change in You”, “Crossfire”, “Read your Mind” and “Had Enuff” perfectly justify why this album is one of the best releases for 2017. It has to be addressed that “Play to Win” is far from an over-produced album, in fact, by contemporary production standards you could label it as minimalistic, particularly when considering the rather thin drum sound.

After the success of that album, Michael and Claus knew it was a no-brainer to follow it up with an even more inspired outing and that is exactly what they’ve done here. “Play to Win” does exactly what the title says, proved a fitting follow up to their self-titled debut album.

Band Members
Claus Lessmann – Vocals
Michael Voss – Guitars,Bass,Backing Vocals
Robert Boebel – Guitars,Keyboards
Axel Kruse – Drums

01. The Change In You
02. Crossfire
03. Baptised
04. Read Your Mind
05. Play To Win
06. Child Soldiers
07. Do You Believe In Love
08. Phantom Child
09. Had Enuff
10. Shadows Dance
11. Reach Out

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