The four beautiful, gothic ladies of EKLIPSE have been on European tour with Nightwish and after their first, well-acclaimed output ‘A Night In Strings’ they are heading out to conquer the world by their new masterwork ‘Electric Air’.
The first title ‘Titanium’ starts by sound like a gently flowing river in fairy-land. Close your eyes and dream of colorful flowers, cranes, honeybees, butterflies and pixies. Be prepared to wake up by a eruption of earthquake-melodies by a mighty fire-dragon flying over the territory. The night is to reign by the full moon.
By the destructions there are many ‘Teardrops’ falling down to mother earth, in the same moment they are the source for new life. Peace and harmony is reigning again by the joyous tunes.
The ladies have been transformed by witches spell into ravens and they have only one destiny “I Follow Rivers” by their nightly flight to visit the royal temple of the fairy-queen to be transformed into beauties again.
On their way they encounter by the shine of the moon a magical place ‘Where The Wild Roses Grow’! Love reigns by the sweet, enchanting melodies.
They continue their journey and reach the darksome woods. There they listen to the chant of a troll who had committed a crime. A Dreadful beautiful ‘Assasins Creed’.
The culmination song of the opus ‘Set Fire To The Rain’ is so ravishing fiery by the mélange of percussion and celtic rattles. The rain and dark sky are gone at the end, by the sunlight there are several rainbows shining in the land of glory.
On their continuing covey they encounter the phenomenon of a ‘Supermassive Black Hole’, being very obscure and frightening. Supernatural by the thrilling solos of violin, viola and cello.
Next they are reaching the county where peasants are protesting against their oppression by a landlord by ‘We Are The People’. It ends by a thunderous, victorious theme.
The ravens have to fly ’Until the End Of The World’ to reach the royal temple. This could be by the passionate latino-rhythms somewhere in South America.
The relief is to come by ‘Shake It Out’! The queen speaks out the relief to the sorceress spell and the four ladies are beautiful again. A boisterously festivity can begin. First by losing their feathers the melodies are still deliberate as the belles are still shy and unused being in their pixies estate again, but then after they shook off all the black evil they dress in sexy gowns and dance
tomboyish to the blitheful tunes.
If you were listening and looking to the ceremony from the outside you can imagine a momentum like ‘Rock The Casbah’. The rhythms are hot, thunderous and rockin’. The temple has the look like a fortress where no evil can do any harm
‘Ode An Die Freude’ is the very queenly, classical final sound-conclusion. Peace reigns again in fairy-world. The melodies of pleasance are the festive end of the medieval celebration.
EKLIPSE are definitely not another band in the crossover genre of metal and classic. They are unique by their own style and by
pride by their interpretations of hits in a new spectrum. Utmost seductive, superior & excellent!
3. I Follow Rivers
4. Where the Wild Roses Grow
5. Assassin’s Creed
6. Set Fire to the Rain
7. Supermassive Black Hole
8. We Are the People
9. Until the End of the World
10. Shake It Out
11. Rock the Casbah
12. Ode An Die Freude
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LABEL: soulfood music – http://www.soulfood-music.de/portal/index.php
RUF RECORDS – #1188
Hold On Together
At Least We Still Fight
Change of Season
Press My Button
Things About Coming My Way
Erja Lyytinen: lead- / acoustic- /electric – / slide-guit.; vocals; keys
Davide Floreno: acoustic- / electric-guit; backup-voc.
Roger Innis: bass
Miri Mietinnen: drums; percussion, backup-vocals
Hari Taittonen: keys, Hammond, piano
Erja Lyytinen is continuing her musical journey on her new cd Forbidden Fruit into a new world and dimension. She has left behind the pure blues with mainly slide guitar-play and presents songs containing elements of soul, jazz-blues to even pop. She seemed to be be very laid-back during the recordings and in a personal estate of well-being. By her songwriting and specially her chant she has progressed excellently further-on. ‘Joyful Misery’, the first song starts by a kind of calypso-sound-intro. Unexpected, but beautiful. By her sweet vocals and the guitar solos she tries to abduct you on a dream-island to enjoy the ocean and just relax. The second song glances by the jazzy guitar-solos of Erja, a little bit of Dire Straits-touch in the intro and the funky bass-play of Roger Innis. ‘Forbidden Fruit’ the title song illustrates the new melody-strength of Lady Lyytinen, unbelievable soulful voce. Hari Taittonen intensifies this by his Hammond-organ play. ‘Death Letter’ will enthuse her fans of the very beginning as she lets her axe howl by gliding the bottlekneck over the strings. ‘Change Of Season’ is definitely the highlight-song. Enchanting vocals and specially the sweet slide-guitar-solos. By ‘Jealousy’ EL is even kind of rockin’. ‘Press My Button’ spreads pure joy, a song ideal for any 2nd Line and Parade. ‘Things About Coming My Way’ is the song in honor to the pride and joy of the US South. Dreamish suffrage and terrific slide six-string solos. Marvelous! Erja could have put some more songs on her new cd, as the playing time is only 42,55 minutes, but this is the only tiny scarcity.
Put ‘Forbidden Fruit’ into your player, drink an excellent wine while listening to it and by this new masterwork of Erja Lyytinen you will poise into your dreamworld.
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Mark Elliott guitars, lead-vocals
Hanns Haurein drums, background-vocals
Beat Schaub bass, background-vocals
EARFORCE # 41694261
Producer: V.O. Pulver
01 – Ride
02 – Givin’ It Up
03 – All I Need
04 – Run, Run, Run
05 – Black Rain
06 – This Time Your Turn
07 – Call Me A Doctor
08 – Stone Cold
09 – Broken Machine
10 – Cry
11 – Only The Good Die Young
12 – New Day
In the 70’ies “Stone Cold” would have been a hallelujah million-selling hardrock-cd for THE FORCE, but we are in 2012 and sadly the music-world is different nowadays… Nevertheless they will not achieve this dream it has become a masterwork with modern, dynamic sound. It has been produced again by V.O. Pulver at Little Creek Studios.
‘Ride’ – There could have been no more ideal opener. You will be totally awake in the morning by listening to this song on your way to your work, on the highway as truck-driver or on a pleasure-ride with your Harley-bike. Hell of a drums, bass and murderous vocals. Next, a loud blast to your ears by ‘Givin’ It Up’. Sweet Pain, haha. What a bass-groove by Beat. Listen to the devilish slide-solos by the guitar-slinger Mark by ‘All I Need’. ‘Run, Run, Run’ is ideal for all joggers, you will establish a new world-record by playin’ it. On top Hanns proves that he is a manimal on drums. The highlight of the whole creation is ‘Black Rain’. It starts slow by a classic guitar-solo on acoustic, respectively electric 6-strings and awesome cool suffrage of Mark before it accelerates by speed. Miraculous* Lovers of rockin’ & hookin’ riffs and melodies you will love and enjoy ‘This Time Your Turn’. Big stadium-rock-atmosphere. The Force are definitely music-healers, so if Mr. Elliott is singing ‘Call me A Doctor’ he is absolutely right. Shivering from Dusk Till Dawn atmosphere by ‘Stone Cold’. The title song will definitely keep away all bloodsucking vampires. If you have a collapse car or bike wherever this shit happens, you will keep cool and relaxed by enjoying ‘Broken Machine’. ‘Cry’ - a fantastic song full of energy and inspiration for all wolves. ‘Only The Good Die Young’ a song for all nasty boys and girls. It spreads good-time party-ambience and the words – Enjoy you life and don’t waste it by being a couch-potato. Mark, Hanns and Beat would like to inspire you by this song full of harmonies that every day is a ‘New Day’ of your life. So enjoy it and see everything positive, if yesterday has not been too good for you. The guitar-solos again from over-yonder.
A ardour-jewel for “Stone Cold” winter nights by THE FORCE – Play It Loud!
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