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In The Lonely Light Of Mourning
ERIC WAGNER
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Cruz Del Sur Music
18.03.2022

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The posthumous solo album from one of doom metal’s most legendary voices.

On August 22, 2021, former Trouble singer Eric Wagner departed this world. His death cast a greater pall on an already difficult and trying year, a year where many of Eric’s devoted fans used his music as a balm for their souls. In an unintended twist of fate, Eric had put the finishing touches on his debut solo album, "In the Lonely Light of Mourning" mere weeks before his passing. It now serves as the definitive swansong for one of doom metal’s most beloved voices.

According to those closest to Eric, the idea for a solo album had long been brewing. The singer had amassed a tight group of friends and collaborators with whom he could rely upon — including former Trouble bandmates and members of post-Trouble acts Blackfinger and The Skull. He even tapped into the wide array of musicians with whom he’s shared the stage to make an album that felt like a “family reunion.” In 2017, he asked former Trouble/current Blackfinger drummer Dave Snyder to help write what would eventually become "In the Lonely Light of Mourning". The two spent the ensuing four years gradually hammering away at the compositions. Snyder emailed Eric his ideas, and then they would make adjustments and finalize the arrangements over the phone since both lived in separate states. Along the way, Eric’s friends contributed song suggestions, riffs, guitar solos and song titles. It was the collaborative album Eric always envisioned.

"In the Lonely Light of Mourning" captures all eras of Eric’s career — even tapping into his 1997 Lid album, "In the Mushroom". The LP’s depth is represented by resonant, melancholic acoustic guitar work that complements Snyder’s earth-sized riffs and Eric’s unmistakable vocals. But, it is doom at its core: Earthy, honest, brooding and heavy — just the way Eric preferred. "In the Lonely Light of Mourning" also finds Eric at his most vulnerable, with some lyrics suggesting he knew something foreboding was right around the corner.

Eric Wagner’s legacy is permanently secure in the annals of doom metal. Thus, it is impossible to quantify his impact on the metal scene. His legacy with Trouble is reflected in the countless bands who followed in their wake, purveying the same kind of heartfelt, undeniably heavy doom metal that touches the mind and spirit. Shine on, Eric.

"Maybe Tomorrow" - Official Lyric Video: https://youtu.be/TDxWg92ikSs

Tracklist:

1. Rest in Place
2. Maybe Tomorrow
3. Isolation
4. If You Lost It All
5. Strain Theory
6. Walk with Me to the Sun
7. In the Lonely Light of Mourning
8. Wish You Well

Line-up / Assembled musicians:

Rest in Place
Dave Snyder: Drums and rhythm guitar
Chuck Robinson: Rhythm guitar
Bass: Ron Holzner

Maybe Tomorrow
Dave Snyder: Drums and rhythm guitar
Chuck Robinson: Rhythm guitar
Bass: Ron Holzner
Lothar Keller: Guitar solo

Isolation
Dave Snyder: Drums
Chuck Robinson: Guitar
Sean McAllister: Bass

If You Lost it All
Dave Snyder: Drums
Tim Reeves: Bass
Brian Gaona: Cello

Strain Theory
Dave Snyder: Drums and rhythm guitar
Chuck Robinson: Rhythm guitar
Tim Reeves: Bass
Doug Hakes: Guitar solos

Walk with Me to the Sun
Dave Snyder: Drums and rhythm guitar
Chuck Robinson: Rhythm guitar
Matt Cross: Bass
Doug Hakes: Guitar solos

In the Lonely Light of Mourning
Dave Snyder: Drums and rhythm guitar
Chuck Robinson: Rhythm guitar
Ron Holzner: Bass
Victor Griffin: Guitar solo

Wish You Well
Dave Snyder: Drums
Chuck Robinson: Rhythm guitar and bass
Doug Hakes: Guitar solos
 


Photo Credit: BLOODOGRAPHY / Katrina Rose Vella
 

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