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Son of Eric
Epiphany

Company: Sugar Shack Records
Release: 2008
Genre: Hard Rock
Reviewer: Strutter

  • More of a momentary lapse of reason



  • The first question that comes to mind after listening to "Epiphany" by Son of Eric, is where was Eric's Father and why wasn't he supervising him? In all seriousness, this is not to say that Vocalist Bryan Erickson of Torok fame is not a respectable singer but the delivery of "Epiphany" feels like an address change request needs to be submitted.

    Vocally, "Epiphany" is a limelight leap for Erickson to demonstrate his range and delivery but with everything else buried in the mix, one wonders why Erickson didn't produce an a cappella solo cd and call it a day. Since Erickson chose to play all of the rhythm guitars, bass guitar and all of the piano/synth parts, it comes to pass that perhaps he stretched himself too thin. Sometimes a lead singer just needs to be a lead singer.

    All of the drum tracks are played by veteran session drummer Greg Morrow which is great in theory but through the production you don‘t get the full effect of Morrow as a reputable stick man. For "Epiphany", guest lead guitar players participated on each track...again it's too bad you can't hear them.

    One can guess that Erickson probably decided one day to branch out on his own solo project, but he focused on solo part and not project aspect. This is at the end of the day an average cd, with passable vocals and more of a momentary lapse of reason than an epiphany.


    Maximum Metal Rating Legend - Click for Full Details
    5 Excellent - Buy it and say a prayer to the metal gods that you were tuned on to this masterpiece. A classic.
    4-4.5 Great - Almost perfect records but there's probably a clunker or a lacking somewhere to keep it from perfection. You won't feel bad about dropping some bones on these.
    3.5 Good - Most of the record is good, but there may be some filler. This is the OK range where you'd search for the record on sale or used.
    3 Average - Some good songs, some bad ones at about a half/half ratio. Could show skills but be dull overall. Redeeming qualities for indy bands are effort and passion. Majors that don't try or suck outright end up here.
    2-2.5 Fair - Worth a listen, but best obtained by collectors. There is much better metal out there.
    1-1.5 Bad - Major problems with music, lyrics, production, etc.
    0 Terrible or an otherwise waste of your life and time.

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