Have you ever heard the phrase "that song is infectious" ? Well, what we have here is an album of songs that fall into that category, the latest from Swedish act Eclipse. I mean, their 2012 release Bleed & Scream was a rock solid set of slick melodic hard rock that I still play to this day, and they've once again knocked it out of the park here with Armageddonize. From top to bottom, this one is filled with tunes that display monstrous hooks, soaring vocals, addicting rhythms, and killer guitar work. Comprised of
Erik Mårtensson (lead vocals, guitar), Magnus Henriksson (lead guitars), Robban Bäck (drums), and Magnus Ulfstedt ( bass), Eclipse are a young band with boatloads of talent, and it's time for the world to take notice.
It's not hard to listen to Armageddonize and wonder just how huge this band might have been in the mid '80s when this style of muscular, hook laden hard rock was all the rage. Mårtensson is a phenomenal lead singer, his powerful vocals just commanding everything in sight on the power ballad "Live Like I'm Dying" and punching through the stratosphere right alongside Henricksson's blistering licks on "Blood Enemies" or "Stand On Your Feet". The guitarist lets his bluesy side come out on the Whitesnake-meets-Bon Jovi styled rocker "Breakdown", but it's his full throttle John Sykes styled metallic riffs & solos that really shine on heavy rockers such as "Love Bites", "All Died Young", and the vibrant, ultra-catchy "I Don't Wanna Say I'm Sorry". For all you fans of Journey, Foreigner, and Night Ranger, check out the memorable anthem "The Storm", another tune chock full of soaring hooks and absolutely scorching guitar work.
Sparkling production, unforgettable vocals, masterful guitar work...I mean, if you love melodic hard rock, it doesn't get much better than this folks. Another winner from the Frontiers Records family.
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01.I Don't Wanna Say I'm Sorry
02.Stand On Your Feet
06.Live Like I'm Dying
09.Caught Up In The Rush
10.One Life - My Life
11.All Died Young