Eclipse – Armageddonize – Frontiers Records – Release: February 20th 2015.
Erik Mårtensson and Magnus Henriksson started Eclipse back in 1999. Two years later the debut “The Truth And A Little More” was released by Z Records. Frontiers picked the band up and “Second To None” saw the light of day in 2004. But it was the third album “Are You Ready To Rock” that got the ball rolling! Talking of balls, the previous effort “Bleed and Scream” was a smashing album that was my absolute favorite of the year 2012. Now three years later they’re back at the front with “Armageddonize”.
Erik Mårtensson – lead vocals, guitar
Magnus Henriksson – lead guitars
Robban Bäck – drums
Magnus Ulfstedt – bass
After a keys intro “I Don’t Wanna Say I’m Sorry” kicks in gear. And yes people, they did it again! Catchy riffs and powerful vocals grab you and never let you go. Erik is also well known as a producer and has done an amazing job as well here! This album blasts out of your speakers.
The first video track “Stand On Your Feet” is just a tat heavier and brings me to the seventh heaven! “The Storm” has an extremely infectious chorus and also the bass and drum determine the sound on some parts!
Erik vocals sound even better than before. I’m taking the words right of his mouth to describe what he does on the heavy rocker “Blood Enemies” by commenting: “Holy mother!”. But the track starts with a very melodic and sensitive solo from bad boy Magnus. You can hear clear influences from axe man Michael Schenker. Both Erik and Magnus worked on very successful albums from W.E.T., Toby Hitchcook, Jimi Jamison among others.
I believe that Eclipse can build a bridge between AOR lovers and the more metal lovers. This is due to the hard, but nevertheless catchy sound. Every song on this album is an instant energy boost and makes the sun shine on the darkest days! Even the ballad “Live Like I’m Dying” has balls!
“Breakdown” has a kind of Badlands, Tattoo Rodeo intro but explodes into a real pounder! The remaining tracks follow that same road, so I don’t need to dissect them all!
This album is a solid ball of power and tastes so sweet! And candy is a real addiction!
“Bleed & Scream” was the album of 2012 for me and it seems that this fifth album could be the album of 2015. But I still haven’t absorbed the new TOTO yet!
On stage, the band is even more energetic. I did see the guys last year at the Frontiers Rock festival in Milano and I hope I can see them again this year! Mandatory purchase for lovers of the genre!
This album was on heavy rotation for the last 5 weeks and helped me trough some emotional difficult times! So besides being an energy booster it’s also the ultimate mood lifter.
- I Don’t Wanna Say I’m Sorry
- Stand On Your Feet
- The Storm
- Blood Enemies
- Wide Open
- Live Like Dying
- Love Bites
- Caught Up In The Rush
- One Life – My Life
- All Died Young
Score: 4,95 out of 5
Text: Rik Bauters