Exclusive Interview with front man Erik Martensson from the Swedish Melodic Hard Rock band ECLIPSE’s. Tune in as he checks in and talks to Myglobalmind Magazine about the new record “Bleed and Scream” and all things Hard Rock. Enjoy!!!
we finished recording “Rebirth” we were pretty sure we had something really good on our hands. As such we sent a copy of our CD to a few record labels, Massacre Records included. We immediately had a few proposals back to study. All things considered, Massacre Records was the best deal
Pete and I worship Criss Oliva’s (Savatage) playing. Criss had a huge influence on my playing, he was a supremely underrated guitarist and I hope you can hear some of his style in both of our playing and hopefully a little bit of Randy Rhoads too.
I don’t think there will be any glory days exactly like that again; if it does come back it will be in a different form or vehicle or blend. The business model keeps changing with labels and independent recordings so the landscape has changed.
As I see it the plan is to release the follower to the Final Warning and then maybe have a tour to follow up with, depending on how that album will be received. The primary goal for us is of course to play in front of a live audience.
I play many different guitars, mostly older or vintage style Strats or Les Pauls, some PRS too .But since one year ago I’m working together with a new Japanese brand named FGN and they are really building amazing guitars. I’m getting my own signature model in a few weeks and I’m looking forward to have it in my hands – I’m really curious!
Yes each album has its own sound but one thing we did never loose, was our catchy hook lines as it has become our trademark. The debut album “One Way to Heaven” has more a rough sound; “Thousand Miles Away” is very smooth and catchy with Irish influences.
Many of my songs do come from a particular incident or experience but that one was just a simple idea. What if you got down on your knees and pledged your heart, your body, your soul and everything else in undying love to someone and she said “Yeah? So? What else you got?” I just couldn’t resist the idea.
I think once I saw Kiss as a child I knew Rock N Roll was where my soul was. As far as influences I have many of the usual shredder influences like Vinnie Moore, Paul Gilbert, Yngwie Malmsteen ETC but I was also very influenced by bands and guitar player in those bands – Manowar (Ross the boss), Judas priest (KK and Glenn), Thin Lizzy (Gorham and Moore) ETC.
Matt: We were asked to write and be part of ‘Pride’ by Ivan Gunn ( ex Balance of Power ). ofcourse we had been writing together for a while and thought it a good idea. Also the kind of songs we were writing for the band were easy going AOR and seemed easy for us to do. we did enjoy it.