|Eclipse Are You Ready To Rock||Frontiers Records|
What the melodic rock world needs is more albums like these. Swedish rockers Eclipse features the punch with the melody and the power with the emotion.|
This is one of the best sounding records of the year and it is packed with great songs.
This year has been so filled with wonderful releases; I haven't had time to review the crap out there. Thankfully there is a ton of great music to keep me otherwise occupied and Eclipse has just added to the pile.
I'm a fan of this band since day 1 and their two previous albums have been really enjoyable slices of European melodic hard rock. But this time they have nailed it. This to me is the album Europe could have made if they stayed a little truer to their original sound and only updated a little.
Eclipse has moved into a new era with this more contemporary sound, but they never once abandon the melodic base they created on the first two albums.
This is also heavier and more focused than ever before. And the sheer wall of sound that blows out of the speakers leaves many others for dead.
This is a classic European style melodic hard rock album with a monster sound and a old-school melodic edge thanks to vocalist Erik Martensson. His tone is so easy on the ears.
At the heart of the record are some great songs that barely contain the energy of the guys performing them.
Highlights on the album are numerous – there isn't a weak track here at all, but to name a few – The opening trio of Breaking my Heart Again, Hometown Calling and To Mend A Broken Heart are all among the finest songs of the genre this year and all contain great choruses.
The urgency of Hometown Calling and the melodic power of To Mend A Broken Heart will rank highly come the end of the year.
The power that is Under The Gun is mind blowing – the rhythm section and the hooky chorus are perfect.
The anthemic Unbreakable is the hit single Europe could have used on Start From The Dark. Perfection!
And just when you think it can't get any better Million Miles Away bursts through…another high powered melodic gem with a killer chorus.
The fast moving and riff filled Call Of The Wild is the last but not least tune and a great pick for blowing things over the top to close.
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