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Sora - 2010 Desire And Truth

ALBUM: Desire And Truth
LABEL: Avenue Of Allies
SERIAL: 10-01-0009
YEAR: 2010
SPONSOR: Avenue Of Allies


LINEUP: Erol Sora - vocals, guitars * Jay Solyon - drums * Brendan Mooney - bass * Gregory MacDonald - hammond organ

TRACK LISTING: 01 Taste Of Rock N Roll * 02 The Storm Has Just Begun * 03 What's It Gotta Do With You And Me * 04 Winter * 05 When You're Gone * 06 Diamonds In The Wind * 07 Invitation * 08 Stop Messin' Around * 09 Rock N Roll Dog * 10 When You Gonna Love Me



Reading the career of Canadian guitarist/singer Erol Sora to date - makes for some interesting reading. A Canadian by birth, who it would seem was influenced by many of the 70's hard rock acts of the time. How many artists have been inspired by Kiss? Heaps I would say, plus we can add in the obligatory nod to Ritchie Blackmore, Michael Schenker and John Sykes. You get my drift here? Yes, young Erol was an inspiree, but instead of moving to the UK to follow in the footsteps of said musicians, he moved to Los Angeles instead. Eventually though, Erol would move to London, and eventually hook up with ex Lucifers Friend and Uriah Heep vocalist John Lawton, joining the John Lawton Band in the process. While that band went into hiatus, Erol put into place his own solo band Sora, who would release an album with MTM Music entitled 'Demented Honour'. GDAZE never reviewed that album unfortunately, and though the label died a death, Sora would be picked up by another German label a few years later, this time Gregor Klee's excellent Avenue Of Allies. 'Desire And Truth' is the result, and it's a very British sounding album, it captures many of the classic rockers of the early 80's British scene. Think Gary Moore, Michael Schenker Group and UFO. You'd be right at home with 'Desire And Truth'.

The Songs
Though the album cover might appear to be apocalyptic, the music is far from end of the world stuff. I love the 80's style, and Sora's penchant for using older style guitar techniques which keeps this album embedded in an era that we all love. Lots of wah, and brutal riffing (well.. brutal from an 80's perspective), and a vibe that takes me back to 1981 or thereabouts. 'Taste Of Rock N Roll' kicks things off. You can hear Sora's guitar references including Sykes and Schenker. The fact that it includes two of my favourite guitarists of all time.. well it says it all really! 'The Storm Has Just Begun' is another full on riffer with organ and keys bringing up the rear, 'What's It Gotta Do With You And Me' too is pretty full on, similar to 80's era Scorpions material. Don't be thinking with a track title like 'Winter' that it's gonna be all ballady and soft. No way, this too rocks with intent. 'When You're Gone' is a lovely rocker/ballad, reminding me of Blue Oyster Cult from their late 70's era, a great song, with some spellbinding guitar as well. 'Diamonds In The Wind' is much different, it is very much a product of the 2009/2010. Crunching riffs, pumping bass lines, and delivered with the same urgency as Australia Post who are 3 days behind their delivery schedule! 'Invitation' is another fast paced rocker, while 'Stop Messin' Around' has a definite Uriah Heep feel to it. Getting back to basics, 'Rock N Roll Dog' is one for those who have an affinity for the backyard kennel, though you can't help but notice the similarity to Led Zep's 'Rock N Roll'.. well I did, maybe that's just me? The song apparently, recalls Erol's time in L.A. The closer 'When You Gonna Love Me' is another ballad/rocker cross, again, very British sounding and that's fine by me!

In Summary
Erol Sora could be the new Pat Travers.. Canadian to boot, moving to the UK, and playing in a style that befits the era of the late 70's and early 80's. Check it out, 'Desire And Truth' will leave you wanting more, and seeking to know that much extra about Erol Sora. Oh by the way, if you can find a copy of 'Demented Honour', pick that up as well. Another good score from AoA!

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#1 | rkbluez on January 02 2012 14:01:02
Erol Sora makes some great retro rock and sounds authentic in his delivery...good tunes and smokin' in your face guitars . Totally agree with Georges comment's...if you like any of the above mentioned bands chances are Erol Sora music will be something you'll like also...'Desire and Truth' is good but so is 'Demented Honour' his debut...kick ass 70's inspired hard rock the way I like it melodic, punchy and with some killer guitar playing.

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