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Erik Larson : The Resounding

Erik Larson is the long-standing guitar force behind Richmond, Virginia's Kings of the Heavy, Alabama Thunderpussy, as well as the tub pounder/vocalist in Kilara. His first solo album, 'The Resounding', has been a good five years in the making, and believe me, it’s worth the wait.

'The Resounding' is dynamic, soulful, and diverse. Yeah, there's plenty of heaviness to be found, but this disc is chock-full of surprises. Surprises, not disappointments. With ATP. bassist Sam Krivanec filling out the low end, drummer Bryan Cox on vocals and handclaps, and Kachina Oxendine on guest vocals, Erik shows just how much depth there is behind the ATP. wall of volume. 'Our Voice' brings on the social/political lyrics, very reflective, while the music builds from a quiet beginning to an ATP.-like thunderous crash. 'Hardest Thing to Write About' runs the vocal gamut from clean to deathy harmonies to shredding, and marks Kachina's first appearance. Man, she can sing! The lyrics are all about finding that rare love connection and sticking with it. Ya gotta love a tune with a title like 'I feel like Ted Nugent', which has a driving riff that would make The Nuge himself proud, with a little humour thrown in to spice things up. 'Happy New War' is a cynical take on how easily people are manipulated by the mass media, and even contains some pretty (!) guitar work. 'I Always End up Being the Bad Guy' starts off with some 'Iron Man'-like drum thumping and sinister bass, before exploding into a wall of heaviness and confessional, confrontational lyrics that any ATP. lover will dig.

I've always sensed a thoughtfulness and intelligence in ATP. that goes far beyond the "heavy southern rawk" label, and its all over 'The Resounding'. Honest, personal, intense lyrics, strong dynamics, and a variety of instruments make this one of the most surprising - and enjoyable - records I've heard for awhile. Surprising.... and not in the least disappointing.

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
1. Mine Never Was
2. Our Voice
3. Rede
4. Make It
5. Hardest Thing to Write About
6. Of Storms
7. I Feel Like Ted Nugent
8. Happy New War
9. I Always End up Being the Bad Guy
10. Scoliosis
11. Unresolved
12. Burning Fast

Duration : Approx. 54 minutes

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Reviewed on ??-??-???? by Kevin McHugh
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