Vera : Erik Mongrain is a Canadian composer and guitarist who started to play guitar at young age, inspired by Metallica, Jimi Hendrix and Nirwana. Later he discovered the classical music of Bach and jazz. Another musician who had a huge impact on him was Michael Hedges. His self directed learning eventually resulted in a very special technique called lap topping: the instrument lies on the lap and is played like a piano. As street musician, Erik Mongrain was discovered and 'Equilibrium' is his second album.
This album includes nine instrumental, acoustic self-written tracks. It has nothing to do with metal. Of course Erik is a very skilled musician, but his style goes from pop to jazz to slightly blues influences. Maybe it is an album that will appeal to fellow players, but it could not engross me all the time. The accomplished guitarist is supported by Michael Manzing on fretless bass and Bill Plummer on synthesizers, but it is mainly an acoustic guitar album. Huge respect for Erik's skilfulness, but as this is a metal magazine, I prefer to give it no score. Only recommended to aficionados of technical highlights on classical guitar.