Erik Martensson - Lead vocals & guitars / Magnus Henriksson - Lead guitars
Magnus Ulfstedt - Bass / Philip Crusner - Drums
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Every once in a while, when you're listening to songs about some rather dark and depressing subjects most of the time, you need some music that's more upbeat and has a more uplifting vibe to balance the moods out, and Eclipse is one of those bands that does that for me. It's quite obvious that you know what you're getting with whatever Erik Martensson is involved with. His comfort zone is melodic rock, and pretty much every single band he's involved with outside of Eclipse, he brings the same writing style. I know the word "catchy" is an exhausting word to use, but there's no word more perfect to describe Eclipse's sound. Their songs are built for stadiums and arenas, and they could win over any power metal crowd with their huge anthemic choruses and overall catchy tunes.
This album would end up being the last to feature longtime member Magnus Ulfstedt, who announced that he was leaving the band just a few days ago. We wish him well in his future musical endeavours. Paradigm, simply put, is a modern hard rock masterpiece that your record collection will be begging for to be added. In a time when hard rock with that classic, feel-good vibe that was popularized by Dokken, Def Leppard and Journey, is becoming somewhat hard to find with current bands, Eclipse provides that missing element, and it results in music that fans of both the classic and modern eras of rock and metal will latch on to. Now the only favour we ask of Eclipse is to make their way to Canada to play live.
Highs: "Viva La Victoria", "Shelter Me", "United", "When The Winter Ends" and "The Masquerade".
Lows: Nothing earth-shattering or ground-breaking.
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