I’m not sure, but I may have just found a new favorite band.
Twenty years late, like usual, but better late than never as Eclipse released their 10th album Wired today an 11 song 41-minute record that encapsulates all that was great about 80s hair bands, glam rock, hard rock and heavy metal while bringing it to relevancy in 2021.
The Stockholm, Sweden based quartet has endured a slight revolving door of band members but singer Erik Mårtensson and guitarist Magnus Henriksson hold tight since the band’s formation in 1999 and 2001 release of their debut album The Truth and a Little More, with drummer Philip Crusner joining in 2015 and brother Victor Crusner taking up bass in 2019.
So many delicious hooks and energetic melodies, a few ballads but not too sappy, guitar solos that beg for an audience, even a double bass drum or two. All of this and more fill the entire album from start to finish with songs that never feel too long. Just right actually with fully developed consistency.
The spirited “Rose On Your Grave” gets Wired started with the momentum continuing on the equally dynamic “Dying Breed” (nah, not with tunes like this). Laugh if you want at the lyrics for “Saturday Night (Hallelujah)” but Eclipse puts so much fun into this song they tell us what we already know, for the first time.
You’ll swear Bon Jovi released “Run For Cover” and the first balled “Carved in Stone” slows things down just enough to show real depth and delicate Mårtensson vocals before a chorus of guitars (at least it sounds like it) power this one home. Why quit now? “Twilight” explodes with quick energy in this exceptional glam rock song that perfectly executes a few bars of the Christmas song “Joyful, Joyful We Adore Thee.” Pretty sure this gets added to the holiday song list in a few months.
Another outstanding, even better, ballad in “Poison Inside My Heart” and the Spanish flavored guitar solo on “Bite the Bullet” adds a totally unexpected dimension to this quintessential hair metal track. “We Didn’t Come To Lose” was meant for pre-game festivities and that’s what they deliver. The striking guitar hook for “Things We Love” slowly morphs into something from Trans-Siberian Orchestra and “Dead Inside” certainly has plenty of life to put an emphatic closing stamp on Wired.
Heyday Bon Jovi vocals, nearly a dead ringer at times, Warrant probably in there, along with Whitesnake, early Def Leppard, Motley Crue and Asia too, plus a little Bonnie Tyler. Eclipse isn’t dumb jock metal either. Some serious craft here with a well-defined songs, fluid arrangements and articulate play – when necessary – holding back just enough before letting the chords break free.
Maybe you’ve heard these songs before, arguably Eclipse recycles some topics and themes but you get the feeling Eclipse had a lot of fun writing and recording Wired because it sure is a lot of fun to listen to.
Eclipse Wired Songs
- Rose On Your Grave
- Dying Breed
- Saturday Night (Hallelujah)
- Run for Cover
- Carved in Stone
- Poison Inside My Heart
- Bite the Bullet
- We Didn’t Come to Lose
- Things We love
- Dead Inside