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Review: Eclipse - Already Dead... But Alive!
Already Dead... But Alive!

Label: Independent
Year released: 2007
Duration: 26:46
Tracks: 4
Genre: Power Metal


Review online: July 14, 2007
Reviewed by: Lars Christiansen
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Rated 3.43/5 (68.57%) (7 Votes)

Yes, believe it – Lars is reviewing a Power Metal release. Although I obviously mainly listen to Death, Black and Doom, it was foretold that in the legends of yore that the mystical beast know as Lars doth occasionally don battle armor, tame and saddle up a red dragon and fly headfirst into the world of Power Metal sword swinging too. Eclipse are a Canadian power metal band (one of the very first according to their bio, alongside Hanker, Forgotten Tales and Icewind). 'Already Dead... But Alive!' marks their debut online EP, and it actually shows good promise.

Showing clear nods to the likes of Iced Earth and early Helloween, Eclipse also throw in the odd piece of Maiden-esque bass driven riffage, and small slithers of smoking Megadeth like thrashery. Opener 'Warlords of Legend' sets the tone nicely with galloping steel of the highest order, and following track 'Inferno' equals it with a widdly demo quality Dragonforce-like lead licks. However, there are a couple of detractions on this release for me - the first being the third track which is a complete pansy ballad. You see, ballads and me, we do not mix - so this is a completely personal problem. It's not even a ballad which has metal influences, bar a couple of distorted barre chords and a tiny bit of Queen-esque harmonies towards the end, it's a bit too much like a minor key piano driven disaster for my liking, and I can't help thinking how much better this EP would've been without it. The second detracting point for me is the vocals. The guy can sing, no doubt about it - however, he's literally just singing, there's no power behind his voice at all, hardly any gusto and a distinct lack of enthusiasm (which the actual music has in bounds). Of course, it's early days for these guys, so you can't expect perfection from the very off.

All in all, this isn't at all bad really - it's very listenable, and quite enjoyable to an extent. However, to truly break into the big leagues like they obviously would love to do, they need to work on the little niggling factors which makes this EP what it is.

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