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Son Of Eric - 2008 Epiphany



ARTIST: Son Of Eric
ALBUM: Epiphany
LABEL: Sugar Shack Records
SERIAL: 40145-2
YEAR: 2008
SPONSOR: Bryan Erickson

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:

LINEUP: Bryan Erickson - vocals, guitars, keyboards, bass * Greg Morrow - drums * Todd Duane, Mike Torok, Matt Raunke, John Lyell - guitar solos

TRACK LISTING: 01 The Truth * 02 High Plains Drifter * 03 Black Rain Falls * 04 Born * 05 Fierce * 06 Blind Man * 07 Good Bad Ugly * 08 Lost And Never Found * 09 Gone

RATING:

WEBLINKS: www.myspace.com/sonofericband


Background
Here's a new one for me. Being unfamiliar with the music of Bryan Erickson, I can report that he has appeared with the band Torok for several years, whilst retaining a side project called Son Of Eric, whom we are reviewing here. From the Twin Cities of Minnesota, Bryan has had Son Of Eric on a leash for as long as Torok have been around, but the ideas for Son Of Eric are entirely Bryan's. Torok have been in business since 1995 with varying line-ups, and have released several albums along the way. Of late though, the band have gone into hiatus, which means that Bryan has shifted his focus to Son Of Eric. Though SOE has been around for a while, 'Epiphany' is the first full-length album, and was produced/released by small Minneapolis label Sugar Shack Records, with wider distribution handled by Lance King's Nightmare Records. Bryan plays most of the instruments and handles all the vocals, with session drummer Greg Morrow bought on to handle the back-end.


The Songs
Through the nine songs, guitar solo spots are handled by a variety of local axe wizards. Bryan's vocal style hovers in that Graham Bonnet range, while the music is harder and darker than much of the Torok back-catalog. Though the band bio mentions Whitesnake, Iron Maiden, Badlands and Alter Bridge, you'll find the Son Of Eric sound to be slightly heavier than any of those outfits. Mostly, I hear a crunching style of HM, that touches on a groove-laden musical vein, the type that Badlands discovered through their discography, and a whole heap of US bands discovered between the late 90's and the current day. When you hear the opening duo of 'The Truth' and 'High Plains Drifter', SOE have tapped into a heavy coarse sounding groove that typify their approach. The next few tracks are slow to mid-pace grinders. A track like 'Black Rain Falls' is as dark as the title would suggest, whereas 'Born' and 'Fierce' are never going to set the metronome fluttering, though the attitude is tough. 'Blind Man' continues the slow burn, though it contains a chorus that is very anthem-friendly. Bucket drums introduce 'Good Bad Ugly' and the blues influenced riffing admittedly has been heard many times before. 'Lost And Never Found' is a bit more aggressive, unlike the final track 'Gone' which features all acoustic guitar with some keyboard backing, Erickson's vocals are tougher than one would expect with a subdued effort like this.


In Summary
Musically, this is an album for old school heavy rockers, though the attitude is very much in the here and now. I didn't find a lot of contrast here, much of it similar sounding and not offering a lot of variety, despite the lead guitar change-ups. Bryan is in the process of putting a live band for Son Of Eric together. It will comprise Bryan on vocals, guitars; Mike Jezmer on bass (who is also this albums co-producer) and brother Mark Jezmer on drums, and they expect to be out doing shows early in the 2009 new year. Those of you into this style of metal should check Bryan and SOE out, if they touring cloe to you.


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