- About me:
I started playing guitar at age 14 because of my fascination with KISS. It was 1990 and I was living in
San Francisco, CA. Within that next year I saw my first concert featuring Death Angel & Forbidden at the
Warfield. Hard rock and thrash metal was definitely in my blood.
By age 15, I was living in small town Iowa & traveling to nearby Omaha, NE for concerts and music stores
etc. That’s where I saw my first ESP MII Custom with the famous Tiananmen Square “man in front of the
tank” image. It was brand new and I couldn’t afford it at the time, but over the next 2 years I saw it end
up 3-4 different music stores. By the time I was 17 and saw it again I had to have it. I sold all my gear
(guitars & amps) and pooled all the cash I had to buy that guitar. I didn’t even have an amp for several
months but it was ok- I finally had my dream guitar. That was the beginning of my 22 year relationship
with ESP guitars!
ESP MII CUSTOM
Gear (Amps, Pedals, etc):
Marshall JVM410h and Mesa 4x12 speaker cabinet v30's
Favorite Guitar/Bass Player:
Ace Freheley, Nuno Bettencourt, Bruce Kulick, Marty Friedman, Kerry King, Alex Skolnick, and Kirk
Hammett, Joe Satriani, Steve Vai.
Founding member and Lead Guitarist for Des Moines, Iowa band, Green Death.
Playing ESP Guitars since 1993.
“Manufacturing Evil is a huge album for Green Death. It showcases their abilities to write great songs
and stand in a niche’ ...they’ve created for themselves. No one else sounds like this … period.” - Jason Z
Green Death’s 2nd album, Manufacturing Evil- “The much-anticipated follow-up to the uber-excellent
heavy metal melting pot that was 2013’s The Deathening” – DECIBEL MAGAZINE
“Manufacturing Evil is a brilliant showcase in metal that gracefully dances in the worlds of thrash, death,
and power metal. This album is a display of the versatility and intrigue of metal music.” - Chuck Marshall
– National Rock Review
Manufacturing Evil - Album Charts (4/29/15):
#1 best seller in Amazon-death metal category
#1 best seller in Amazon-Thrash & Speed Metal category
#17 iTunes metal albums
#34 Amazon rock/metal albums
#51 U.K. iTunes metal album chart
#78 Finland iTunes metal album chart
Performing at Knotfest 2015 in San Bernardino, CA on Oct 26th alongside Slipknot, Korn, Judas Priest,
Cannibal Corpse, etc.
Erich Tran is part of the ESP Guitars Family
Clayton USA Guitar picks endorsee