Eclipse

Sun
17
Jan

MELODICROCKFEST Australia: ECLIPSE, PAUL LAINE, BB STEAL, MITCH MALLOY and More!

Release Year: 
2015
Categories: 
 
A good number of VIP Tickets still available. Come join the Australian rock event of 2016!!!!!
 
After 4 successful events in the USA, Australian website and record label MelodicRock.com is bringing the popular MelodicRockFest event home.
MelodicRockFest Australia will make its local debut in Melbourne on May 13 and 14, 2016 at the Elephant & Wheelbarrow in St. Kilda.
 
International Headline acts Eclipse (Sweden); Paul Laine (Canada)(ex-Danger Danger) and Mitch Malloy (USA) will be joined by Australia’s brightest rock talent, including BB Steal, Black Majesty, Vanishing Point and newcomers Kaato.
 
For nearly 20 years now, MelodicRock.com has been covering the movements of the best melodic and hard rock acts from all over the world. From chart topping stadium fillers to independent studio projects, the site covers all the legends of the rock world, while placing a strong emphasis on new and upcoming artists plus the labels and people behind them.
 
MelodicRockFest takes that same attitude and brings it into a live setting. Mirroring the USA event's vision, MelodicRockFest Australia will exclusively showcase some of the best international melodic rock acts, some making their Australian debut, with support from some of the best local rock acts rounding out the line-up.
 
This is a festival demanded by the loyal local fans. It’s a one of a kind. It’s small, it’s intimate and it’s for those that recall the glory days of Adult Orientated Rock.
 
 
 
Appearing at MelodicRockFest is:
 
Saturday May 14 (Headline Day)
 
ECLIPSE (Sweden)
Eclipse are one of Sweden’s premiere melodic hard rock acts. They boast a strong following across all of Europe and are sought after session musicians when not touring. In 2015 the band released their critically acclaimed 5th studio album ‘Armageddonize’ and just recently were invited to participate in the Swedish heats for the 2016 Eurovision Song Contest.
This will be the band’s first trip down under and they plan on making the most of it by delivering a blistering set that won’t be soon forgotten.
 
ERIK GRONWALL (Sweden)(Special Guest)
Erik is the energetic frontman for one of Europe’s most in-demand rock bands, H.E.A.T. The band will be looking to hit Australia next tour, but for now, their popular frontman is making his own way down under to sample some local brews, hang out with fans and join Eclipse on stage for an extended encore that is sure to bring the house down!
Erik will also deliver an exclusive acoustic set for VIP ticket holders on the Friday afternoon.
 
PAUL LAINE (Canada)
Paul Laine has a career spanning over 25 years, starting off in the Vancouver rock scene, before signing with Elektra Records for his major label debut ‘Stick It In Your Ear’, an album produced by the legendary Bruce Fairbairn. In 1995 Paul joined American rock band Danger Danger as their new frontman for a 4 album run. His other projects include Shugaazer and Andersen Readman Laine, plus his currently touring country rock band Dark Horse.
Paul will perform a true best of set, featuring favourites from Danger Danger as well as all aspects of his career. This will be Paul’s second trip down under.
 
MITCH MALLOY (USA)
Mitch Malloy was already making waves in the late 80s but for AOR fans he burst onto the scene in 1992 with a debut album for RCA which immediately became a classic. Since then he’s recorded another 8 studio albums and toured worldwide. He continues to record and perform and is an in demand producer in Nashville.
This will be Mitch’s first trip to Australia and will see him deliver a high energy set featuring his hits and classic album cuts, backed by a powerhouse band.
 
BB STEAL (Adelaide) 
BB Steal are legends of the Australian melodic rock scene. Their major label debut was produced by Def Leppard’s Phil Collen and the band has often been touted as the “new” Def Leppard due to their layered, anthemic sound.
This will be their first Melbourne show in many years and will also feature permanent member, vocalist Craig Csongrady and the return of original guitarist Kevin Pratt! Expect the band to deliver a set heavy with tracks from their cult debut album as well as a few from 2013’s comeback album ‘Resurrection’.
 
WHITE WIDDOW (Melbourne)
White Widdow are the torch bearers for the classic 80s keyboard driven AOR sound here in Australia. The band are regulars on the Melbourne rock circuit and will deliver a set featuring tracks from their first three albums and their soon to be recorded fourth studio opus.
 
THE RADIO SUN (Melbourne)
The Radio Sun are fast becoming Australia’s harmony kings, with two highly acclaimed albums now available, both filled with classic harmony driven AOR. The guys have also doubled as Paul Laine’s backing band for the last few years, appearing with him at events in USA as well as here in Australia. Expect a great set of song from the two albums and a few surprises too.
 
SERPENTINE SKY (Melbourne)
Releasing their debut album 20 years after originally forming, Serpentine Sky are looking to make up for lost time and will blow fans away with their energy and the highly addictive songs from their recently released debut.
 
TEARGAS (Melbourne)
Teargas are back together after a 10 year hiatus. Last seen acting as Jeff Scott Soto’s support act for his 2004 OZ tour, the Melbourne lads are ready to kick it back into high gear and will open the main day with the energy of a headliner.
 
 
Friday May 13:
 
KAATO (Sydney)
Just who is Kaato? You won’t forget them after this show. Get ready to hear the band’s debut album, which is currently being completed with producer and guitarist…..
 
VANISHING POINT (Melbourne)
Melbourne’s own melodic metal heroes are excited to take part in this event. Without doubt, the heaviest band of the festival, but for this occasion the guys are going to delve into their back catalogue for some more melodic numbers alongside their most epic tracks.
 
TONK (Canberra)
Tonk take the hard rock back to the glory days of the American Sunset Strip. They have a groove and an attitude Guns N Roses would be proud of. Another rarity to have the band playing in Melbourne.
 
PAUL LAINE (Acoustic Set)
A completely different set of solo and Danger Danger tracks to blow fans away.
 
BLACK MAJESTY (Exclusive Acoustic Set)
An Australian exclusive! The Black Majesty guys have never played an acoustic set in their home country, so expect them to deliver something very special.
 
THE RADIO SUN (Acoustic Set)
Kicking off the event is one of the hardest working bands this weekend. The band will be promoting their upcoming acoustic project.
 
 
MELODICROCKFEST AUSTRALIA, MAY 13/14, 2016
 
VENUE: Elephant & Wheelbarrow - St. Kilda; Melbourne.
 
TICKETS:
Friday $35
Saturday $65
2-Day Ticket Deal $89
 
Tickets on sale now via www.melodicrockfest.com (via Paypal secure links) or CREDIT CARD VIA: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/melodicrockfest-tickets-20070594689
 
VIP Weekend Pass $225 (100 only)
(All prices include GST)
 
- VIP entry both days
 - Exclusive Meet & Greet/Soundcheck with all artists Friday Afternoon
 - Exclusive access to VIP/Artist Green Room Area during entire event
 - VIP laminate
 - Exclusive acoustic performance by Erik Gronwall!
 
MRF is sponsored by Loan Link: www.loan-link.com.au
 
Further sponsorship opportunities are available. Contact promoter Andrew McNeice for details: ajm@melodicrock.com
 

 

 
Fri
15
Jan

NORDIC UNION - Nordic Union (Track By Track)

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Release Year: 
2015
Thursday, January 29, 2015
Categories: 
 
With Erik Martensson at the helm, you know what you’re going to get. Big riffs, bigger melodies and the biggest production available. And with Ronnie Atkins, you get the raspy metal edge of Pretty Maids. Together you could anticipate what will follow and NORDIC UNION delivers all that and more.
 
Full review coming up, but taking a Track By Track look at what to expect:
 
 
01. The War Has Begun is a strong opener, starting slow and building intensity, featuring a good chorus and some great guitar work.
 
02. Hypocrisy has a typically Eclipse feel to it and stays within itself until the monster chorus bursts to life and builds the pace.
 
03. Wide Awake is nothing to do with the Eclipse tune, apart from a similar thumping beat and a very melodic vocal from Ronnie.
 
04. Every Heartbeat is another track with a strong Eclipse feel. The classy ballad builds from a moody intro to an intense full band second half.
 
05. When Death Is Calling is probably the stand out commercial hard rocker of the album and 9is an instant like. Crashing beat, great chorus and a monster sound.
 
06. 21 Guns is a close second – a terrific melodic, heavy chorus and another track that’s instantly likeable. Great lyrics too.
 
07. Falling is a breezy melodic rocker with a faster pace and a commercial feel. Definitely some Pretty Maids sounds here.
 
08. The Other Side rocks hard and fast. A simpler track than some others, but equally as enjoyable and a cool fired up rocker.
 
09. Point Of No Return rolls along at a good pace and has a new twist for followers of Erik’s work. A great chorus again, if not immediate, it’s a grower.
 
10. True Love Awaits You is another quality big rock ballad that features harmonies, layers and a lighters in the air vibe.
 
11. Go is simply a flat out rocker with a good hook and a big fat sound. Great energetic way to close the album.
 
 
Nordic Union is released via Frontiers on January 29.

 

 
Fri
18
Dec

MELODICROCKFEST Adds Special Guest ERIK GRONWALL of H.E.A.T

Release Year: 
2015
Categories: 
 
After 4 successful events in the USA, Australian website and record label MelodicRock.com is bringing the popular MelodicRockFest event home.
MelodicRockFest Australia will make its local debut in Melbourne on May 13 and 14, 2016 at the Elephant & Wheelbarrow in St. Kilda.
 
International Headline acts Eclipse (Sweden); Paul Laine (Canada)(ex-Danger Danger) and Mitch Malloy (USA) will be joined by Australia’s brightest rock talent, including BB Steal, Black Majesty, Vanishing Point and newcomers Kaato.
 
For nearly 20 years now, MelodicRock.com has been covering the movements of the best melodic and hard rock acts from all over the world. From chart topping stadium fillers to independent studio projects, the site covers all the legends of the rock world, while placing a strong emphasis on new and upcoming artists plus the labels and people behind them.
 
MelodicRockFest takes that same attitude and brings it into a live setting. Mirroring the USA event's vision, MelodicRockFest Australia will exclusively showcase some of the best international melodic rock acts, some making their Australian debut, with support from some of the best local rock acts rounding out the line-up.
 
This is a festival demanded by the loyal local fans. It’s a one of a kind. It’s small, it’s intimate and it’s for those that recall the glory days of Adult Orientated Rock.
 
 
 
Appearing at MelodicRockFest is:
 
Saturday May 14 (Headline Day)
 
ECLIPSE (Sweden)
Eclipse are one of Sweden’s premiere melodic hard rock acts. They boast a strong following across all of Europe and are sought after session musicians when not touring. In 2015 the band released their critically acclaimed 5th studio album ‘Armageddonize’ and just recently were invited to participate in the Swedish heats for the 2016 Eurovision Song Contest.
This will be the band’s first trip down under and they plan on making the most of it by delivering a blistering set that won’t be soon forgotten.
 
ERIK GRONWALL (Sweden)(Special Guest)
Erik is the energetic frontman for one of Europe’s most in-demand rock bands, H.E.A.T. The band will be looking to hit Australia next tour, but for now, their popular frontman is making his own way down under to sample some local brews, hang out with fans and join Eclipse on stage for an extended encore that is sure to bring the house down!
Erik will also deliver an exclusive acoustic set for VIP ticket holders on the Friday afternoon.
 
PAUL LAINE (Canada)
Paul Laine has a career spanning over 25 years, starting off in the Vancouver rock scene, before signing with Elektra Records for his major label debut ‘Stick It In Your Ear’, an album produced by the legendary Bruce Fairbairn. In 1995 Paul joined American rock band Danger Danger as their new frontman for a 4 album run. His other projects include Shugaazer and Andersen Readman Laine, plus his currently touring country rock band Dark Horse.
Paul will perform a true best of set, featuring favourites from Danger Danger as well as all aspects of his career. This will be Paul’s second trip down under.
 
MITCH MALLOY (USA)
Mitch Malloy was already making waves in the late 80s but for AOR fans he burst onto the scene in 1992 with a debut album for RCA which immediately became a classic. Since then he’s recorded another 8 studio albums and toured worldwide. He continues to record and perform and is an in demand producer in Nashville.
This will be Mitch’s first trip to Australia and will see him deliver a high energy set featuring his hits and classic album cuts, backed by a powerhouse band.
 
BB STEAL (Adelaide) 
BB Steal are legends of the Australian melodic rock scene. Their major label debut was produced by Def Leppard’s Phil Collen and the band has often been touted as the “new” Def Leppard due to their layered, anthemic sound.
This will be their first Melbourne show in many years and will also feature permanent member, vocalist Craig Csongrady and the return of original guitarist Kevin Pratt! Expect the band to deliver a set heavy with tracks from their cult debut album as well as a few from 2013’s comeback album ‘Resurrection’.
 
WHITE WIDDOW (Melbourne)
White Widdow are the torch bearers for the classic 80s keyboard driven AOR sound here in Australia. The band are regulars on the Melbourne rock circuit and will deliver a set featuring tracks from their first three albums and their soon to be recorded fourth studio opus.
 
THE RADIO SUN (Melbourne)
The Radio Sun are fast becoming Australia’s harmony kings, with two highly acclaimed albums now available, both filled with classic harmony driven AOR. The guys have also doubled as Paul Laine’s backing band for the last few years, appearing with him at events in USA as well as here in Australia. Expect a great set of song from the two albums and a few surprises too.
 
SERPENTINE SKY (Melbourne)
Releasing their debut album 20 years after originally forming, Serpentine Sky are looking to make up for lost time and will blow fans away with their energy and the highly addictive songs from their recently released debut.
 
TEARGAS (Melbourne)
Teargas are back together after a 10 year hiatus. Last seen acting as Jeff Scott Soto’s support act for his 2004 OZ tour, the Melbourne lads are ready to kick it back into high gear and will open the main day with the energy of a headliner.
 
 
Friday May 13:
 
KAATO (Sydney)
Just who is Kaato? You won’t forget them after this show. Get ready to hear the band’s debut album, which is currently being completed with producer and guitarist…..
 
VANISHING POINT (Melbourne)
Melbourne’s own melodic metal heroes are excited to take part in this event. Without doubt, the heaviest band of the festival, but for this occasion the guys are going to delve into their back catalogue for some more melodic numbers alongside their most epic tracks.
 
TONK (Canberra)
Tonk take the hard rock back to the glory days of the American Sunset Strip. They have a groove and an attitude Guns N Roses would be proud of. Another rarity to have the band playing in Melbourne.
 
PAUL LAINE (Acoustic Set)
A completely different set of solo and Danger Danger tracks to blow fans away.
 
BLACK MAJESTY (Exclusive Acoustic Set)
An Australian exclusive! The Black Majesty guys have never played an acoustic set in their home country, so expect them to deliver something very special.
 
THE RADIO SUN (Acoustic Set)
Kicking off the event is one of the hardest working bands this weekend. The band will be promoting their upcoming acoustic project.
 
 
MELODICROCKFEST AUSTRALIA, MAY 13/14, 2016
 
VENUE: Elephant & Wheelbarrow - St. Kilda; Melbourne.
 
TICKETS:
Friday $35
Saturday $65
2-Day Ticket Deal $89
 
Tickets on sale now via www.melodicrockfest.com (via Paypal secure links) or CREDIT CARD VIA: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/melodicrockfest-tickets-20070594689
 
VIP Weekend Pass $225 (100 only)
(All prices include GST)
 
- VIP entry both days
 - Exclusive Meet & Greet/Soundcheck with all artists Friday Afternoon
 - Exclusive access to VIP/Artist Green Room Area during entire event
 - VIP laminate
 - Exclusive acoustic performance by Erik Gronwall!
 
MRF is sponsored by Loan Link: www.loan-link.com.au
 
Further sponsorship opportunities are available. Contact promoter Andrew McNeice for details: ajm@melodicrock.com
 

 

 
Fri
04
Dec

ECLIPSE Announce New Drummer & Eurovision Performance

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Release Year: 
2015
Categories: 
 
We are pleased to announce that ECLIPSE have been selected to take part to the Melodifestivalen in Sweden.
 
Melodifestivalen is a Swedish TV show which selects the national artist who will represent the country in the Eurovision contest later in the year 2016.
 
ECLIPSE will therefore present the new song “Runaways” and they will appear on February 27th, 2016 in the show that will be broadcasted from Gävle.
 
Plans are underway to re-release and repackage the “Armageddonize” album with the new Festival track.
 
Following the link below you can enjoy ECLIPSE at the show presentation. Eclipse can be seen from min. 32:07 onward:
 
 
The band has also announced the new drummer Philip Crusner.
 
Fri
20
Nov

Drummer Robban Bäck Leaves ECLIPSE

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Release Year: 
2015
Categories: 
 
Drummer Robban Bäck has left Eclipse. Due to other musical adventures his schedule didn’t cope with Eclipse, so he had to leave the band.
 
Robban became a member of Eclipse in 2008 and did three albums with the band. “Are You Ready To Rock”, “Bleed and Scream” and the latest album “Armageddonize”. His last appearance with Eclipse was at this year’s Rockingham Festival in Nottingham, UK.
 
The Eclipse camp thanks Robban for all the great years and wish him all the best for the future.
 
A new drummer for Eclipse is already in place and will be announced soon.
 
Sat
14
Nov

NORDIC UNION Pairs Erik Martensson with Ronnie Atkins

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Release Year: 
2015
Thursday, January 29, 2015
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The new NORDIC UNION is the musical alliance between
Erik Martensson and Ronnie Atkins!
Out on Frontiers in January!
 
Frontiers Music Srl is pleased to present the self-titled debut album from NORDIC UNION, which is set for release on January 29, 2016.
 
NORDIC UNION is the name behind the new musical collaboration, built by Frontiers President Serafino Perugino, between singer Ronnie Atkins of the legendary Danish Hard Rock institution PRETTY MAIDS and the up-and-coming Swedish songwriter and producer Erik Martensson of ECLIPSE and W.E.T. fame.
 
The partnership between the two fellow Scandinavians worked well and together they have created some musical magic, which will truly impress the fans of these highly regarded musicians. Atkins says: “The music on the album has a focus on good melodies and there’s some good guitar work as well. I had a good gut feeling ever since I heard the first songs from Erik Martensson, and I was right he’s a very gifted and talented songwriter!”
 
These songs are guaranteed not to leave your head for a long time. Just have a listen to  the gorgeous anthemic opener “The War Has Begun” and some killer melodic gems like “When Death Is Calling,” “21 Guns” and “Hypocrisy” with great hooks and epic guitar riffs. “Wide Awake” can be described as a combination between pop and melodic rock with a modern production. There’s really something for everyone here!
 
While Pretty Maids is still my first priority” explains Ronnie, “the production process and the work on this record went very smoothly. I think what came out is a killer Melodic Hard Rock album with a lot of good songs on it – I could really feel the songs as mine and identify with those. So I hope the fans will be able to share my view and It’s been some kind of a little fresh breath in between albums for me really.”
 
Get ready to enjoy a great new album from a new sensational all Nordic musical alliance!
 
Tracklisting; The War Has Begun; Hypocrisy; Wide Awake; Every Heartbeart; When Death Is Calling; 21 Guns; Falling; The Other Side; Point Of No Return; True Love Awaits You; Go.
 
NORDIC UNION
Ronnie Atkins: Lead & Background Vocals
Erik Martensson: Lead Guitar, Bass, Keyboards and Background Vocals
Magnus Ulfstedt: Drums
 
Guest Guitar Solos:
Thomas Larsson, guitar solo on "Every Heartbest" & "Wide Awake"
Fredrik Folkare, guitar solo on "Point Of No Return" & "Hypocrisy"
Magnus Henriksson, guitar solo on "The War Has Begun"
 
Produced by Erik Martensson
 

 

 
Wed
17
Jun

AMMUNITION - Shanghaied (Review)

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content: 
95%
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BEST TRACKS
content: 
Silverback
Give Me A Sign
Shanghaied
Tie Me Down
Wild Card
Heart’s Not In It
Sucker For Anything 
Produced By: 
Erik Martensson
Running Time: 
47
Release Date: 
2015
Released: 
Europe
Musical Style: 
Melodic Hard Rock
Label: 
AOR Heaven
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Release Year: 
2015
Categories: 
 
This will be a shorter review than what it should have been had I reviewed this album when it was originally released. But…it’s never too late to discover or to be reminded of great music and this IS great music!
This all-star Swedish band is fronted by former Wig Wam vocalist Age Sten Nilsen along with Erik Martensson on guitars and production plus his Eclipse band mate Robban Bäck on drums.
Hal Patino rounds out the group on bass plus Lasse Finbråthen from Wig Wam on keyboards.
 
Let’s not beat around the bush – if you own Eclipse, you need this. If you own any Wig Wam album, you need this. If you own anything by Erik Martensson, you need this.
This is big budget, big sounding, big melodic hard rock with guitars, keyboards and hooks everywhere you look.
Age puts a very positive step forward for his first release outside Wig Wam; in fact, he comes close to releasing the best thing he’s ever done and a long way clear of the last couple of Wig Wam albums.
 
Highlights are plentiful – the stomping hard driving Silverback; the anthemic glory of Give Me A Sign; the mid-tempo harmony filled Shanghaied; the swagger and attitude of the rocking Tie Me Down; and then there’s the entry for song of the year Wild Card. What a blazing anthemic slice of AOR heaven!
The big bluesy ballad Heart’s Not In It is another highlight and Strung Out closes the album with an energetic blast.
The bonus track for some territories is the anthemic Sucker For Anything – essential if you can find it – it’s one of the album’s best tracks!

If you didn’t already pick up on it – this album is BIG. It’s a big, loud, anthemic, dirty and melodic rock n roll record with a touch of AOR/melodic rock/hard rock and glam.
It’s Swedish, it’s good. You need this.

 

Score: 
95
 
Thu
11
Jun

ECLIPSE Set To Keep Momentum Rolling

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Release Year: 
2015
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Greece's Rockpages.gr did an exclusive interview with the frontman of ECLIPSE, Erik Martensson. Among other topics, Martensson talked about the future of the band and the possibility of releaing new material next year. Here's the excerpt:
 
Rockpages.gr: Compared to your usual 4-year gap between studio albums, this one took only 2 ½ years…was it an easier process, this time, for you?
Erik Martensson: We used to release albums not so often because I was doing so many other things and I didn’t have so much time. I did three albums with W.E.T. and all this work with other artists, we decided that we should focus on Eclipse. It’s now or never! We are not getting younger so the next album is not gonna be released in four years. I believe that we will start writing new songs during the winter.
 
Read The Full Interview Here: Eclipse
 
Wed
29
Apr

Swedish Rockers REACH Announced As Special Guest on Eclipse Tour

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Wednesday, April 29, 2015
Categories: 

 
Just back from a UK tour including a performance at Hard Rock Hell AOR, Reach is now preparing to hit the road again in September/October 2015 - thirteen gigs in ten countries together with Eclipse. Reach also released a new video the other week, Tell Me from the debut album Reach Out To Rock.
 
European dates:
Friday September 18, Copenhagen (DK)
Saturday September 19, Vosselaar (BE)
Sunday September 20, Landgraaf (NL)
Tuesday September 22, Paris (FR)
Wednesday September 23, Ludwigsburg (DE)
Thursday September 24, Hamburg (DE)
Friday September 25, Warzaw (PL)
Saturday September 26, Prague (CZ)
Tuesday September 29, Trieste (IT)
Wednesday September 30, Milan (IT)
Thursday October 1, Innsbruck (AT)
Friday October 2, Wetzikon (CH)
Saturday October 3, Uelzen (DE)
 
Links to video and band below:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mDFwVWJWUXw
https://www.facebook.com/reachofficialsweden?fref=ts


 

 
Tue
10
Feb

One On One With Mitch Lafon - REVOLUTION SAINTS & ECLIPSE

Tuesday, February 10, 2015
Categories: 
 
JOURNEY drummer, DEEN CASTRONOVO, joins Mitch in part one of this episode of ONE ON ONE WITH MITCH LAFON to discuss his great new band REVOLUTION SAINTS which includes NIGHT RANGER's Jack Blades and BURNING RAIN's Doug Aldrich. Deen also talks about former Journey vocalist  Steve Perry, KISS' Paul Stanley, a new Journey album,  Cacophony  with Jason Becker and Marty Friedman , working with Ozzy Osbourne and the  Ozzmosis  album , Steve Vai, his parents, guitarists  Zakk Wylde  &  Neal Schon,Bad English, Wild Dogs, Hardline, Journey and their upcoming Canadian tour  a nd of course  the new band & album,  Revolution Saints.
 
ECLIPSE's ERIK MARTENSSON joins Mitch in part two to talk about the band's new album Armageddonize, re-releasing the band's back catalogue, the Scandinavian Invasion, Age Sten Nilsen and Ammunition, Jeff Scott Soto and W.E.T and much more.
 
Find REVOLUTION SAINTS on Facebook:  http://www.facebook.com/RevolutionSaints
Follow DEEN CASTRONOVO on Facebook:  http://www.facebook.com/DeenCastronovo1
Find Journey on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/journey
Follow JOURNEY on Twitter:  @JourneyOfficial

Follow Erik and ECLIPSE on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/EclipseSweden
Follow ECLIPSE on TWITTER:    @eclipsesweden 

Follow Mitch Lafon on Twitter: @mitchlafon
One on One With Mitch Lafon's Official Twitter is: @1On1WithMitch
And Official Facebook page is:  http://www.facebook.com/OneOnOneMitchLafon
 
Fri
23
Jan

ECLIPSE - Armageddonize (Showcase)

Artist: 
Friday, February 20, 2015
Armageddonize
Produced By: 
Erik Martensson
Running Time: 
42
Release Date: 
February 20
Released: 
Worldwide
Genre: 
Melodic Hard Rock
Categories: 

Swedish Hard Rockers Eclipse are back with their anticipated after the critically acclaimed album “Bleed & Scream” from 2012. The band gained a solid reputation and a steady following with this album that took their melodic Hard Rock roots in a more contemporary direction.

Besides this, producer and main songwriters Erik Mårtensson and Magnus Henriksson strongly improved their skills by writing and producing a vast amount of bands and projects, from the successful W.E.T. albums (together with singer Jeff Scott Soto and Robert Sall from Work of Art) to Toby Hitchcock, Giant, Jimi Jamison, Dalton, Adrenaline Rush just to name a few. This has gainedMårtenssona reputation as one of the top producers/song-writers in this genre today.
In the second half of 2014, Eclipse teamed up again to write their new studio album. The bar was set high and the initial goal was to top their latest album and the result was achieved brilliantly with the aptly titled “Armageedonize,” an album where the band rocks from start to finish like there is no tomorrow!

With “Armageddonize,” Eclipse show that they are not anymore the brightest hope for Melodic Hard Rock music, but a very solid and strong reality. They are young, ambitious and full of energy. Eclipse music is not a revival, and it’s not nostalgic. Still… it’s by far the best you can have today if you love rock music with energy, great songs, and want to hear a band that has the ambition to be on top of the world! Don’t miss their show on the road in the spring and summer of 2015 !

ECLIPSE
Erik Mårtensson: lead vocals, guitar
Magnus Henriksson: lead guitars
Robban Bäck: drums
Magnus Ulfstedt: bass

TOUR DATES
January 10 -Ice-Rock Festival, Wasen Switzerland
March 4 - Debaser Strand - Stockholm, Sweden
March 5  - KB - Malmö, Sweden
March 7  - Sticky Fingers - Goteborg, Sweden  
March 10  - Underworld - London, United Kingdom
March 11  - Yardbirds - Grimsby, United Kingdom
March 12 – Bannermans - Edinburgh, United Kingdom                   
March 15 - HRH AOR - Northam, United Kingdom          
March 20  - We Rock - Madrid, Spain                                     
March 21  - TBA - Pamplona, Spain                                         
March 22 - Razzmatazz - Barcelona, Spain                                          
April 11 - Frontiers Rock Festival - Milano, Italy                                
July 17  - Väsby Rock Festival - Upplands Vasby, Sweden
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Fri
23
Jan

ECLIPSE - Armageddonize (Review)

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100%
Produced By: 
Erik Martensson
Running Time: 
42
Release Date: 
February 20
Released: 
Worldwide
Musical Style: 
Melodic Hard Rock
Label: 
Frontiers
Artist: 
Friday, January 23, 2015
Categories: 
 
Perfection! I could listen to Erik Martensson sing and Magnus Henriksson play guitar all week long. Eclipse delivered one of the great melodic rock albums with Are You Ready To Rock, building on the sound their first two albums established.
Then in 2012 they turned it up a notch for Bleed & Scream, the sound heavier, the sonic impact of the production even more powerful. I rated it their best album ever and gave them a perfect 100.
If I could go to 101 I’d do so, as this album is even better. In every way.
 
There is just so much joy in listening to this album. This is everything I love about melodic hard rock. Monster production; designed to be played at stupid volumes; intricate; brilliant songs that evoke emotion and adrenaline; musical performances that blow your mind and vocals that are just perfectly crafted for this type of music.
I really have to single Erik out here for his out-of-this-world vocal performance. He’s always been a great singer, but this album has to launch him into the annals of the legends. Yeah, I know I’m hyperventilating, but they really are that good.
 
And the songs – so damn likable and so amazingly catchy.
 
Armageddonize is the perfect mix of the melodic side of Are You Ready To Rock with the power and intensity of Bleed And Scream and is undoubtedly the band’s best album to date.
 
I Don't Wanna Say I'm Sorry - After a brief build up, we are away with one of the catchiest hard rockers that Eclipse has delivered yet. It has all the energy and sonic impact of Bleed & Scream, but the chorus is a monster AOR anthem. The riffs run fast, the power unmistakable. Erik Martensson sounds amazing and Magnus slays on guitar. The rhythm section is just as powerful as the sonically brilliant last album.
The opening track runs straight into the even heavier Stand On Your Feet. The verse features some mighty vocals before a high impact chorus blasts through. The riffing is furious and the drumming impeccable. And it's as catchy as hell once again.
The Storm starts with an acoustic guitar before the song literally explodes with part of the chorus hook. The power is immense and Erik’s vocals are simply unbelievable. A tense verse builds to a huge chorus that just powers along. Simply glorious! Impossible to get out of your head afterwards.
Blood Enemies starts with a long slow bluesy guitar solo, the tension builds to an explosive burst of energy where the track goes full throttle, one of the heaviest Eclipse tracks yet. Once again Magnus shreds while Erik almost blows his voice with a scream. That aspect of the song is one of the album highlights, but then the awesome chorus takes it over the top. Once again, pure hard rock perfection.
Wide Open is simply one of the best songs Eclipse has ever written. Ever. It’s fricken glorious. I can’t get enough of it. A furious beat, a melodic verse, rampaging guitars and big vocals…and then that chorus. Wow. Wow. Wow.
 
Live Like I'm Dying is the album’s big ballad and what a monsterous slice of melodic moodiness this is. The slow burner builds from a restrained start, to a huge epic finish with big everything – guitars, vocals and beat. An epic power hard rock ballad. Great guitar solo! Perfection again!
The intro to Breakdown reminds me a little of Blue Murder’s brilliant Jelly Roll and the track has a certain bluesy groove. At first you think ‘oh, the chorus isn’t really there’, but then it appears and all is well with the world. Another powerful vocal and a left turn for the album in general, it provides a good change of pace.
The album returns to the script with the straight forward, double time rocker Love Bites. This is another Eclipse classic with a very melodic verse driven by a frantic beat and then a simple, but utterly infectious chorus. Killer song.
Caught Up In That Rush is another high energy, guitar heavy rocker with similar characteristics to the rest of the album – pounding rhythm, melodic, yet powerful vocals and a killer harmony filled chorus. These guys are just fecking brilliant.
One Life – My Life is somewhat less sonically bombastic, but equally as engaging. A moody verse and an angst filled heavier chorus. It’s melody and power all the way.
All Died Young closes the album, not with a ballad, but with one of the heaviest and fastest tracks of the album. Take no prisoners as the double kick drum goes into overdrive. A simple, but effective chorus and riffs galore!
 

At 42 minutes and 11 songs, this is the perfect length for an album packed with quality songs.
It begs to be played again once completed, leaving the listener wishing for more, but secretly happy that every track is a classic and at no point is there any let up in energy or quality.
Eclipse is one of several bands out of Sweden that just “get it”.
The American artists and others around the world need to sit up and pay attention to what is being done there, because albums like this are creating a legacy of music for fans that is close to unbeatable.
 
Stand up and take a bow guys. This is a classic album that demands to be purchased. It has been in high rotation (in fact, almost constant rotation) for me since early December and shows no sign of being swapped out any time soon.
 
Score: 
100
 
Wed
21
Jan

ECLIPSE 'Stand On Your Feet' Video Premiere

Artist: 
Wednesday, January 21, 2015
Categories: 
 
ECLIPSE
'Stand On Your Feet'
(Official / New Studio Album / 2015)

 
Preorder the new album 'Armageddonize' here: Amazon: http://geni.us/EclipseAmazononize
Release dates: EUROPE February 20th 2015 ' NORTH AMERICA February 24

 
Swedish Hard Rockers Eclipse are back with their anticipated after the critically acclaimed album 'Bleed & Scream' from 2012.
The band gained a solid reputation and a steady following with this album that took their melodic Hard Rock roots in a more contemporary direction.

With 'Armageddonize,' Eclipse show that they are not anymore the brightest hope for Melodic Hard Rock music, but a very solid and strong reality. They are young, ambitious and full of energy. Eclipse music is not a revival, and it's not nostalgic. Still' it's by far the best you can have today if you love rock music with energy, great songs, and want to hear a band that has the ambition to be on top of the world! Don't miss their show on the road in the spring and summer of 2015!
  
 
Tue
13
Jan

ECLIPSE Exclusive 'Armageddonize' Pre-View

Artist: 
Friday, February 20, 2015
Categories: 
LAST 3 NEW SAMPLES ADDED!
 
 
AN EXCLUSIVE TRACK BY TRACK COMMENTS AND AUDIO PREVIEWS OF THE MAGNIFICENT NEW ECLIPSE ALBUM Armageddonize
 
 
I Don't Wanna Say I'm Sorry - After a brief build up, we are away with one of the catchiest hard rockers that Eclipse has delivered yet. It has all the energy and sonic impact of Bleed & Scream, but the chorus is an monster AOR anthem. The riffs run fast, the power unmistakable. Erik Martensson sounds amazing and Magnus slays on guitar. The rhythm section is just as powerful as the sonically brilliant last album.
 
 
The opening track runs straight into the even heavier Stand On Your Feet. The verse features some mighty vocals before a high impact chorus blasts through. The riffing is furious and the drumming impeccable. And it's as catchy as hell once again.
 
Check out - Stand On Your Feet

The Storm starts with an acoustic guitar before the song literally explodes with part of the chorus hook. The power is immense and Erik’s vocals are simply unbelievable. A tense verse builds to a huge chorus that just powers along. Simply glorious!

Check out - The Storm

Blood Enemies starts with a long slow guitar solo, the tension builds to an explosive burst of energy where the track goes full throttle, one of the heaviest Eclipse tracks yet. Once again Magnus shreds while Erik almost blows his voice with his scream. The chorus though is as melodic as ever. Once again, pure hard rock perfections.

Check out - Blood Enemies

Wide Open is simply one of the best songs Eclipse has ever written, and that comes on the back of several other contenders from the power packed start to this epic album. A furious beat, a melodic verse, rampaging guitars and big vocals…and then that chorus. Wow.

Check out - Wide Open
 
Live Like I'm Dying is the album’s big ballad and what a monsterous slice of melodic moodiness this is. The slow burner builds from a restrained start, to a huge epic finish with big everything – guitars, vocals and beat. An epic power hard rock ballad.
 
Check out - Live Like I'm Dying
 
The intro to Breakdown reminds me a little of Blue Murder’s brilliant Jelly Roll and the track has a certain bluesy groove. At first you think oh, the chorus isn’t really there, but then it appears and all is well with the world. Another powerful vocal and a left turn for the album in general, it provides a good change of pace.
 
Check out - Breakdown
 
The album returns to the script with the straight forward, double time rocker Love Bites. This is another Eclipse classic with a very melodic verse driven by a frantic beat and then a simple, but utterly infectious chorus. Killer song.
 
Check out - Love Bites
 
Caught Up In That Rush is another high energy, guitar heavy rocker with similar characteristics to the rest of the album – pounding rhythm, melodic, yet powerful vocals and a killer harmony filled chorus. These guys are just fecking brilliant.
 
Check out - Caught Up In The Rush
 
One Life – My Life is somewhat less sonically bombastic, but equally as engaging. A moody verse and an angst filled heavier chorus. It’s melody and power all the way.
 
Check out - One Life - My Life
 
All Died Young closes the album, not with a ballad, but with one of the heaviest and fastest tracks of the album. Take no prisoners as the double kick drum goes into overdrive. A simple, but effective chorus and riffs galore!
 
Check out - All Died Young
 
 
 
Press Release // ECLIPSE anticipated new album “Armageddonize” out on Frontiers Music Srl in February
 
Stockholm-based Hard Rockers ECLIPSE will release their fifth album “Armageddonize” on February 20th in Europe and February 24th in North America via Frontiers Music Srl. Recorded and produced by the band’s main songwriter and singer Erik Mårtensson and lead guitarist Magnus Henriksson, this new release sees the quartet ready to unleash 11 monster slices of melodic, yet hard-hitting, Rock on their ever growing fan base!
 
"Armageddonize" track listing includes:
 
1. I Don't Wanna Say I'm Sorry
2. Stand On Your Feet
3. The Storm
4. Blood Enemies
5. Wide Open
6. Live Like I'm Dying
7. Breakdown
8. Love Bites
9. Caught Up In The Rush
10. One Life - My Life
11. All Died Young
 
 

 

Enjoy an EPK trailer of the album following this link: 

 
Tue
23
Dec

ECLIPSE ‘Armageddonize’ Limited 12" Vinyl Edition Announced

Artist: 
Friday, March 6, 2015
Categories: 

ECLIPSE: "ARMAGEDDONIZE" LIMITED 12" VINYL EDITION ANNOUNCED
 
Inner Wound Recordings are proud to announce the release of a limited 12" vinyl edition of the up-coming ECLIPSE album "ARMAGEDDONIZE". A deal was inked with Frontiers Records, and the release dates are set to March 6th for Europe and March 31st for North America. The edition is strictly limited to 500 copies worldwide and includes an insert with lyrics. 400 copies comes with a standard black disc, and 100 copies with a white disc.
 
"Armageddonize" is available for pre-ordering at the Inner Wound Store: http://www.innerwound.bigcartel.com

Track listing

Side A:
01. I Don't Wanna Say I'm Sorry
02. Stand On Your Feet
03. The Storm
04. Blood Enemies
05. Wide Open

Side B:
01. Love Bites
02. Breakdown
03. Live Like I'm Dying
04. Caught Up In The Rush
05. One Life - My Life
06. All Died Young

For more information:
http://www.innerwound.com
 
Fri
12
Dec

ECLIPSE Unleash 'Armageddonize' February 20 via Frontiers

Artist: 
Friday, February 20, 2015
Categories: 
 
ECLIPSE anticipated new album “Armageddonize” out on Frontiers Music Srl in February
 
 
                Stockholm-based Hard Rockers ECLIPSE will release their fifth album “Armageddonize” on February 20th in Europe and February 24th in North America via Frontiers Music Srl. Recorded and produced by the band’s main songwriter and singer Erik Mårtensson and lead guitarist Magnus Henriksson, this new release sees the quartet ready to unleash 11 monster slices of melodic, yet hard-hitting, Rock on their ever growing fan base!
 
In the second half of 2014, ECLIPSE teamed up again to write their new studio album. The bar was set high and the initial goal was to top their latest album and the result was achieved brilliantly with the aptly titled “Armageddonize,” an album where the band rocks from start to finish like there is no tomorrow!
 
Says guitarist Magnus Henriksson: "No ECLIPSE fan will be disappointed. I guarantee that! Eclipse fans are very open minded and have always embraced the fact that this band is constantly evolving for the better. We have some surprises on ´Armageddonize´ that the fans might not expect. We became better songwriters on each album we did and Erik on this one sings better than ever. It´s incredible how he keeps getting better. I thought we had heard the best from him, but no. You´ll be surprised to hear how damn good he sings!"
 
With “Armageddonize,” ECLIPSE are showing that they are not anymore the brightest hope for Melodic Hard Rock music, but a truly solid and hard as a rock reality. They are still young, ambitious and full of energy. ECLIPSE music is not a revival, and it’s not nostalgic. Still… it’s by far the best you can have today if you love rock music with energy, great songs, and want to hear a band that has the ambition to be on top of the world!
 
With the release of their fourth album "Bleed And Scream", ECLIPSE gained a solid reputation and a steady following with this album that took their melodic Hard Rock roots in a more contemporary direction. Producer and main songwriters Erik Mårtensson and Magnus Henriksson strongly improved their skills by writing and producing a vast amount of bands and projects, from the successful W.E.T. albums (together with singer Jeff Scott Soto and Robert Säll from Work of Art) to Toby Hitchcock, Giant, Jimi Jamison, Dalton, Adrenaline Rush just to name a few. This has gained Mårtensson a reputation as one of the top producers/songwriters in this genre today.
 
Concludes Magnus: "We started as a band with all kinds of influences, but I think on our third release ´Are you ready to rock´, we started to work more on the songwriting and the ´ECLIPSE´ sound finally took its shape. I think you can hear that most distinctly in the song ´How to mend a broken heart´. That style of songwriting is very Eclipse and it rubbed off a lot on the W.E.T. sound as well, particularly on songs like: ´One love´ and ´Walk away´. On ´Armageddonize´ our style is chiseled out and it sounds more Eclipse than ever. We´ve got our own unique sound now. No other band sounds like Eclipse today and we wanna see where we can take this band. I know we´ve got so much more in us. The sonic blast is here to stay!!"
 
Enjoy an EPK trailer of the album following this link: 
 
 
 
"Armageddonize" track listing includes:
 
1. I Don't Wanna Say I'm Sorry
2. Stand On Your Feet
3. The Storm
4. Blood Enemies
5. Wide Open
6. Live Like I'm Dying
7. Breakdown
8. Love Bites
9. Caught Up In The Rush
10. One Life - My Life
11. All Died Young
 
ECLIPSE will support the release of the new album with an extensive European tour, which will kick off with a show at the Debaser in their hometown, Stockholm on March 4th. More shows are planned in Sweden, UK, Spain and Italy, where the band will appear at the Frontiers Rock Festival on April 11th. All confirmed dates are available at www.facebook.com/EclipseSweden/app_123966167614127
 
Don’t miss the ECLIPSE show and get ready to be "Armaggeddonized"!
 
ECLIPSE
 
Erik Mårtensson - vocals, guitar
Magnus Henriksson - lead & rhythm guitar
Robban Bäck - drums
Magnus Ulfstedt – bass
 
 
 
Wed
03
Dec

ECLIPSE – Armagedonize Looks Set To Deliver in February

Artist: 
Wednesday, December 3, 2014
Categories: 
 
ECLIPSE – Armagedonize Looks Set To Deliver in February
 
Swedish rockers Eclipse will release their next album Armagedonize via Frontiers Records in February.
 
I’ve just been delivered 4 songs from the album to preview:
 
Stand On Your Feet – This commercial rocker has an immediately likable melody and hook and packs a punch while still delivering on those hooks and a strong chorus.
 
The Storm – Starts with an acoustic guitar before bursting to life with that Eclipse power encased in the last album, but the melodic feel of Are You Ready To Rock. Another really good chorus too.
 
Live Like I’m Dying – Epic heavy ballad with a guitar tone reminiscent of WET’s Comes Down Like Rain. Another full-class, intense Eclipse rock ballad.
 
Love Bites – High energy rocker with a chorus that’s simple, but an instantly likeable and infectious energy. In fact, I’d go as far to say that it is utterly contagious with a 100% infection rate.
 
And these are the first 4 songs I’ve heard from the band’s upcoming album ‘Armagedonize’.
 
If these songs are anything to go by, Eclipse will have another sure-fire winner on their hands in the same kind of sonic style as Bleed And Scream and Are You Ready To Rock MMXIV
 
If there is one thing I immediately pick up it is the strength of Erik Martensson’s vocals, which just seem to be getting better and better. 
Can't wait to hear more. Stay tuned...
 
 
 
Mon
24
Nov

Three More Acts Released for Väsby Rock Festival 2015!

Monday, November 24, 2014
Categories: 
Three more acts released for Väsby Rock Festival 2015!
 
Eclipse – Erik Mårtensson and his guys are coming back to Väsby Rock Festival. After a highly acclaimed performance in 2013 the band will come back to Väsby and in now in the process of recording new material to be released in February next year.
 
Jaded Heart – twenty years after their start these German guys are hotter than ever. Together with their Swedish singer Johan Fahlberg they still tour around Europe and Japan and now they will perform in Väsby. Take the chance to come and listen to them, you won’t regret it.
 
Kardinal Sin - (ex. Rough Diamond) from Väsby are a powermetal band and are inspired by bands like Iron Maiden, Queensryche, Kamelot and Halloween. Since the start in 2003 the guys changed the line-up a couple of times, but are back stronger than ever. They are in the studio recording a new album.
 
 
 
Tue
20
May

RICH DAVENPORT ROCK SHOW - GLENN HUGHES

Tuesday, May 20, 2014
Categories: 

Rich Davenport's Rock Show this week features exclusive interviews with Glenn Hughes, Michael Sweet, Eden's Curse, Eclipse and Touchstone, and is available now for streaming at this link: www.mixcloud.com/richdav1/rich-davenports-rock-show-glenn-hughes-michael-sweet-edens-curse-eclipse-touchstone-interviews/
In the first hour of the show, Glenn Hughes, the legendary Voice of Rock, talks about his new band California Breed, featuring former his Black Country Communion compadre Jason Bonham, alongside new discovery Andrew Watt. Glenn talks about finding Watt, writing and recording the album, and the future of the band, with 3 songs from the self-titled debut, released by Frontiers Records on May 19th. (Further info: www.californiabreed.com)
Also in part 1, Stryper frontman Michael Sweet discusses his new solo album “I'm Not Your Suicide”, and his recently released autobiography “Honestly”. Michael also gives the low down on Stryper's future plans, and also on a project he's working on with George Lynch (KXM, Lynch Mob, ex Dokken). You'll also hear two tracks from “I'm Not Your Suicide”.
In part two, Eden's Curse members Paul Logue (bass) and Nikola Mijic (vocals) talk about their current Symphony of Sin UK tour, the reaction to the album of the same name, their new drummer John Clelland, and their future plans. Paul and Nikola also choose a song each from “Symphony of Sin”.
Also in the second hour, Eclipse frontman Erik Martensson spills the beans on the band's new remixed, remastered reissue of their “Are You Ready To Rock” album, and outlines their plans for a new record.
Finally, Adam Hodgson, guitarist with UK Prog Rockers Touchstone, talks about the response to their current release “Oceans of Time”, their forthcoming DVD, and their performance at Trinity Live, a concert in aid of Cancer Research (www.trinitylive.co.uk)
You can also listen on Sunday 18th May 15:00-17:00 GMT and Wednesday 21 May 22:00-00.00 GMT on www.totalrock.com, and on demand on hot new Texas rock and metal station KXZR Radio at www.kxzr.fm.

 

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