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18 Feb 2015 - 06:33:39 pm

ECLIPSE - Armageddonize [Japanese Edition] (2015)

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Is there a hotter name in Melodic Hard Rock these days than Erik Martensson? Between peforming in W.E.T. and writing and producing for names like Toby Hitchcock, Jimi Jamison and Adrenaline Rush, he has made a big impact on the Melodic Rock scene in the last few years. 
And then there’s ECLIPSE, the awesome band he fronts alongside guitarist and songwriting partner Magnus Henriksson. Their 2012 album Bleed and Scream is arguably the decade’s best Melodic Hard Rock album.
Now they’re back with their eagerly-anticipated follow-up, titled "Armageddonize", to be released next 23 February on Frontiers Records. This Japanese Edition featuring a bonus track already appeared in Asia. 

If for some reason you’re a fan of Swedish Melodic Hard Rock and haven’t heard this band (and if so, what’s wrong with you?), Eclipse hits the sweet spot between AOR and hard rock, with a definite nod to the ’80s arena rocking heyday. They have all of the melody and electricity of bands like H.E.A.T and Reckless Love, but with a harder rocking crunch. 


Henriksson and Martensson’s guitar work is right out front, so there’s never any question whether Eclipse is closer to pop than rock. Beyond his considerable guitar playing, songwriting and producing skills, Martensson is a hell of a singer as well, and he gives a dynamite performance here. The backing vocals are fantastic too, and add even more power to the already catchy choruses on "Armageddonize".

As to the album itself, "Armegeddonize" is very much in the same style as Bleed and Scream. It ROCKS.
It opens with a monster of a hard rock song called “I Don’t Wanna Say I’m Sorry,” which immediately grabs you by the throat. “The Storm” is probably the catchiest song on the album, and the first one that you’ll find yourself humming the melody later. 
Not that there’s a non-catchy song to be found here. Armageddonize is one hard-hitting, extremely melodic song after another. “Wide Open” and “Caught Up in the Rush” are classic Eclipse (and could have made great W.E.T. songs as well), and “Breakdown” sounds like a lost Tangier or Junkyard track. Even the ballad “Live Like I’m Dying” is powerful.

"Armageddonize" is just another killer CD from Eclipse, and is an early favorite for the best Melodic Hard Rock album of 2015. Sparkling production, unforgettable vocals, masterful guitar work...I mean, if you love this genre, it doesn't get much better than this folks. 
It’s almost unfair to ask other bands to follow this one. Once again Eclipse has demonstrated why they belong alongside H.E.A.T., Brother Firetribe and W.E.T. as the elite names in present Melodic Hard Rock.
MANDATORY PURCHASE.


Avalon / Marquee ~ MICP-11201

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 - Caught Up In The Rush
10 - One Life - My Life
11 - All Died Young
12 - The Storm (Acoustic Version) [Japanese bonus]

Erik Martensson (Vocals, Guitar)
Magnus Henriksson (Lead & Rhythm Guitar)
Johan Berlin (Keyboards)
Magnus Ulfstedt (Bass)
Robban Back (Drums)
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