By Diane Webb
When it comes to finding new music, the internet can be a good or bad thing. As we now have more access than ever to connect with new music all around the world, music lovers are still struggling to find bands they want to hear. Well rockers, let me be your guide to a relatively unknown band to the USA that is huge all over Europe, Japan, Australia, and of course their homeland of Scandinavia. Who is this band you ask? The answer: Eclipse.
Eclipse is a rock band from Sweden with an insane rock sound. They are a blend of melodic rock and hard rock. Anyone who loves that style, which is most of us rock fans, needs to be introduced to their music. Eclipse has been making music since the early 2000’s without a major success. Then, the guys rebooted two albums ago with a unique sound they could call their own. It’s working for them in ways no one expected, not even the band. They used to write to make a sound they thought others wanted to hear. They achieved small successes here and there, but once they sat down and decided to write the sound they wanted for themselves, they evolved into a pure and authentic rock that for lack of better words, is simply amazing.
So, why am I telling you about these guys right now? It’s pretty simple, but huge. Eclipse just performed in the USA over this past weekend at the Rock N’ Skull music festival in Joliet, Illinois.. This is only the second time this band has ever played in the USA and the first since they’ve changed band members. They’ve wanted to play a real tour in the US for a long time, but because they are not very well known here yet, they have not been able to get a proper tour set up. As you can imagine, they were pretty excited to be invited to perform at the RNS 2016 festival and were surprised at how many of the fans knew their music.
Eclipse took the stage to a packed house, even for their early time slot on the Saturday evening schedule. They were clearly one of the most anticipated performances of the weekend. The fans crowded the stage to get as close as possible to the band as they performed songs off of their most recent album, Armageddonize, and a few songs from their previous album, Bleed and Scream.
You could tell the fans had their favorite songs by the response from the crowd as each song started during their set. Vocalist Erik Mårtensson playfully interacted with fans throughout their performance. At times, he would lean out over the crowd and teasingly place his hand behind his ear, as if to say the crowd wasn’t loud enough. At other times, he would hold his mic out for fans to sing along and give the crowd a thumbs up while pointing and smiling.
Mårtensson is the ultimate entertainer and of course the Magnus’ (guitarist Henriksson and bassist Ulfstedt) will blow your mind. Add in their newest member, Philip Crusner (2015), on the drums and you have one hell of a band. Crusner is a beast on the drums and he’s really fun to watch. I’ve seen Eclipse a few times now and they always put on a great live show. They are all energetic on stage and their sound is always great.
If there was one band I could choose to see all the time, this would be the one for me. If there was one band I would recommend that everyone get out, buy their music, and see them live, I would recommend Eclipse. I am already doing this now while talking to people about the music. Do yourself a favor and check this band out. I recommend starting with “Bleed and Scream” then progressing to “Armageddonize” to hear the progression of their music.
The band has one last show for this year at the HEAT Festival in Germany, and then it’s all about new music. They are currently in the studio working on their new album and expect to have it wrapped up by the end of the year. Expect a new release around March of 2017. In the meantime, get out there and start listening to Eclipse.