Hold Onto Me
Because We Chose to Trip
Heroes of Time
Your New Deal
I'll Never Smoke Schwag Again (Herb Dream)
“When one thinks of the Western Slope, images of mesas, banjos and homegrown peaches come to mind. Sons of the Addicted are most assuredly none of these things, with the exception of homegrown. Hailing from small towns along the western side of Colorado (Ridgeway, Ouray and Telluride most notably), the sounds coming from their debut album, Fractal World, feels more at home in a big city venue than in a slope-side tavern.
On both “Hold onto Me” and “State of the Union,” the technically proficient and metal-inspired guitar solos from Stosch Dembitsky are reminiscent of late-1990s progressive metal rock. With heavy drums and bass, the mood of the first several tracks is dark and predictable for the genre. Sons mixes up the tempo and trades in their metal sound for a softer, more melodic ride on “Lucid” and “Believe.” However, it’s toward the end of the album that things get more interesting, as Sons steps out of their safety zone, beginning with “I’ll Never Smoke Schwag Again (Herb Dream),” a witty Dear John letter recalling all the good times, but sadly stating the need to move on to, ahem, greener pastures. The final track, “Fractal World,” is a funky departure with dub-side beats and chorale vocals that give depth and show imagination.
As far as a freshman album goes, Sons does a lot of things right. Their sound is polished, their technique proficient and their presentation honed. At times, the album feels a bit too perfect, but that’s a minor criticism for a debut CD. The more interesting moments in Fractal World come when the band ignores the radio-friendly format and starts to experiment. Hopefully Sons will earn enough financial/critical clout with this album to really let their creative juices flow on the next one.”
Boulder Weekly- 2009