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Eclipse (Sweden) - 2015 Armageddonize

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ARTIST: Eclipse (Sweden)
ALBUM: Armageddonize
LABEL: Frontiers
YEAR: 2015


LINEUP: Erik Martensson - vocals, guitar, bass * Magnus Henriksson - lead guitar * Robban Back - drums * Johan Berlin - synthesisers

TRACK LISTING: 01 I Don't Wanna Say I'm Sorry * 02 Stand On Your Feet * 03 The Storm * 04 Blood Enemies * 05 Wide Open * 06 Live Like I'm Dying * 07 Breakdown * 08 Love Bites * 09 Caugh Up In A Rush * 10 One Life - My Life * 11 All Died Young



Any calendar year is probably not complete without either an Eclipse or H.E.A.T. CD being talked about here at GDM. Both bands had their albums released at the start of the year. The only excuse I can offer as to why they weren't covered earlier was my cross-country move from Perth to Melbourne which took up considerable time, attention and resources. As seen elsewhere on the Net, 'Armageddonize' is a popular draw on many top 10 lists, and considering we've written about this band before, it would be bad form if we didn't continue into the future. Is the title some sort of tribute to Del Leppard? No, I don't think so as Eclipse are far heavier and more dynamic than the Lepps.

The Songs
It's all about hard rocking anthems, and it's easy to imagine standing in the audience with fists clenched in hard rock solidarity. Riffs fly off the handle thanks to the monstrous 'I Don't Wanna Say I'm Sorry'. This is how we know this band by. Not too many are doing it as good as these guys. After a lengthy intro, Eclipse rip into 'Blood Enemies' as if this is some sort of medieval war-cry. 'Wide Open' booms out with furious abandon, so too the blistering 'Love Bites', which thankfully has nothing to do with the previously mentioned Lepps. The metronome accelerates to Mach 2 on 'All Died Young', but it's not frantic for the entire set. 'Live Like I'm Dying' is the album's power ballad moment, and 'Breakdown' goes all hard rock meets blues/country. Sort of like Tattoo Rodeo from back in the day.

In Summary
'Armageddonize' is pretty damned good, and should appear somewhere on my ever-changing top 10 and 20 lists for the year. So, what does 2016 hold for the band? Well, they are the headlining act at MelodicrockFest Australia in May, so for many pundits down under that will be a must-see event. Martensson wkll have the Nordic Union CD out in a few weeks. He teams up with Ronnie Atkins from Pretty Maids, so expect some fireworks there. But no doubting, Eclipse and all the Eric Martensson projects will be kicking up a storm over the next twelve months. Count on it!

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#1 | Jez on February 02 2016 12:48:32
Their best album yet and a blazing set of hard melodic rock songs, with that magic Erik Martenssen stamp. Only just missed a top 5 placing, such is the quality of this one. Truly excellent stuff

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