Son Extraordinary EP
By Shayne Bishop
Son Extraordinary is the debut solo EP from Alien Ken, also of the hard rock band Moth Circus. Coming from Norway, which is of course the home of black metal, it’s refreshing to hear something that breaks that stereotype.
Opening the EP is the track “Glitter Rambo”, which is in my opinion, the best way to open this 5 track EP. With clean vocals that are part Sebastian Bach and part Zakk Wylde and guitars riffing and shredding all over the song, it really sucks you in from the start. I’m a big fan of the chant along chorus, and this one doesn’t disappoint. Next up is “Riley Carlson”. Again, the influence of Zakk Wylde can be heard all over this track, lyrically, vocally and musically. That is not a bad thing. It is a very intelligently written song. The message is there if you want to hear it, but it’s also a great song if you just want to rock out.
“My OCD” jumps around and throws a lot of changes at the listener; it does manage to stop short of becoming annoying though, and in the end makes for a different sort of listening experience. “Guilty as Charged” is the highlight of this EP for me. The song is still just as riff heavy as the others in this collection, but it offers a little bit of melody, which is lacking elsewhere on the CD.
The awesome guitar solo towards the end of the song really helps this track stand head and shoulders above the rest.
“Two of a Kind” is the final song of “Son Extraordinary”, and it is the biggest song on this record. With a massive riff all the way through the song and some stellar lead work to back up easily the best vocal performance on the whole EP, it is the perfect way to close it out.
“Son Extraordinary” is a good listen from start to finish. It’s not going to make a super star of Alien Ken, but it has the potential to gain him some attention. There is a lot of room for growth here, so I look forward to a second release to see if the band does indeed grow.