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The Rock Pit - Hard rock, Metal and Blues Interviews, news & reviews from Australia and around the world





FEBRUARY 16 2015



Eclipse’s last album ‘Bleed and Scream’ was one of the very best of 2012 and to be honest after a few spins of ‘Armageddonize’ we are in equal awe…

Opening track ‘I don’t want to Say I’m Sorry’ melds an incendiary riff with huge melodies and drive to create an introduction that will blow away any fan of Melodic Hard Rock. If there is a name with more weight in Melodic Rock circles over the last few years then Erik Martensson should be told, here he proves that the work we’ve heard with W.E.T. is no freak of nature and along with writing partner Magnus Hendriksson he again shows why Eclipse deserve so much attention.

Coming across like the missing link between melodic rock and 80’s hard rock Eclipse is so much more than either as they effortlessly create 11 tracks that will please fans of either genre and then some. Listen to practically anything here and tell us it isn’t so!

‘Stand On Your Feet’ may tick all the same boxes and make your hair stand on end with its immediacy and drive but it’s third track ‘The Storm’ that really pours on the petrol and keeps it alight – a song that is impossible to shake and already one of the best songs you will hear all year.

There is plenty more to grab your attention too: ‘Blood Enemies’ sizzles and crackles before exploding into melodic flame while ‘Wide Open’ just makes you remember the impact ‘Bleed and Scream’ had a couple of years ago.
Aside from the rockers ‘Live Like I’m Dying’ is the essential ballad; set against the bluesy bite of ‘Breakdown’ it seems to have all the more power.  In closing ‘Caught Up in the Rush’ and closer ‘All Died Young’ both more than deliver the goods.

Like we said of ‘Bleed and scream’: “…sometimes you get to hear an album that reaffirms why you love hard rock so much and which elicits a real emotional response in you that no other genre of music can”.


This is just as good as the debut… Man, play that again…



by Mark Rockpit