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The Trophy – The Gift Of Life [2009]

Country Germany          Style Hard Rock

Rating 84/100

Band Members
Marco Grasshof – Keyboards on # 10, Michael Bormann – Vocals, All Instruments, Todd Wolf – Guitars

01. The Gift Of Life (4:20), 02. When The Nightmares Wake Me Up (4:33), 03. Get The Cup (3:26), 04. Justice (3:50), 05. Rescue Me (4:40), 06. Can’t Get Out Of My Head (4:12), 07. The Shades Of Grey (4:09), 08. Gloomy Days (3:30), 09. Liar (4:27), 10. The Way (3:52), 11. On These Wings (3:09)


“THE TROPHY” started in 2006 as a way for guitarist and composer Todd Wolf to explore a different side of his songwriting. Until that moment Todd had been working on straight HEAVY METAL stud with his band HUMAN FORTRESS. I wrote many songs in the past which were too commercial for my main band Human Fortress. I thought these tracks were to good to get lost on my PC recalls Todd. 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.

Todd tells the story: I met Michael in the studio with Tommy Newton, who engaged him to sing the background vocals on the Human Fortress debut album. 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! Michael immediately shared Todd..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. Todd and Michael 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. The main influences of THE TROPHY are Pop, Crossover,AOR and a little bit modern metal.

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