Eclipse - LIVE: Bannerman's Bar, Edinburgh 2015

Armageddonize Tour
March 12
Capacity 175

Bannermans is a small venue situated in the centre of Edinburgh, unusually arch shaped, underneath one of the main roads in and out of town. It is also a venue that seems to punch above its weight at times, bringing not only some of the bigger names from the past (like Mike Tramp, L.A. Guns, and Love/Hate, to name a few) but also going about trying to capture good bands from the UK and further afield across Europe.

This is where the band Eclipse (Sweden) found themselves before their trip to the Hard Rock Hell festival in Wales. A very good turnout was there to capture a band in excellent form promoting their latest CD Armageddonize, along with some choice cuts from previous albums. Opening up with the first two tracks on the latest record certainly got the atmosphere going. Very quickly it is noticeable how tight they are; very professional and engaging as people and performers. In Eric Mårtensson they have not only a first class vocalist but a hell of a showman - a "cheeky chap" persona who knows how to work a crowd. With smiles aplenty on the faces of the band, it was no surprise to see similar looks on the faces of the crowd.

After I Don't Wanna Say I'm Sorry and Stand On Your Feet he introduced the band as "a small band from Stockholm Sweden", something which even after two tracks looks like changing sooner rather than later. They went back to their previous album Bleed And Scream for Wake Me Up before really getting the community singing going with The Storm and its chorus of "this is an emergency", the "woahs" making sure the crowd found their voice. Breakdown brought out the acoustic guitar and some slide guitar (with a bottle) and much foot stomping, while the versatility of guitarist Magnus Henriksson was noticeable as he changed from the bluesy feel of Breakdown to the metal anthem of Blood Enemies, and then to the more traditional sound of the anthemic How To Mend A Broken Heart from the Are You Ready To Rock album.

The encore went back to the previous couple of albums, with S.O.S. and the very Whitesnake-sounding Breaking My Heart Again leaving the crowd singing and feeling good. This was a really fantastic gig from a band surely destined for bigger things in a great, small venue that made a wet miserable night in Edinburgh a night to remember.

“ smiles aplenty on the faces of the band ”

Setlist: I Don't Wanna Say I'm Sorry / Stand On Your Feet / Wake Me Up / The Storm / Battlegrounds / Breakdown / Blood Enemies / Love Bites / Wide Open / To Mend A Broken Heart // S.O.S. / Breaking My Heart Again

Written by Tom Cornell
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