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Andrew’s Judgmental Album Reviews: Eclipse – Wired (2021)

The JAR ends up in Sweden right now for some fun Power Glam Rock. Eclipse’s newest album Wired is up for judgment!

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The JAR ends up in Sweden right now for some fun Power Glam Rock. Eclipse’s newest album Wired is up for judgment!

Don’t think I forgot the idea was to wander around the world for the next few weeks, so it’s time to find some lesser known (as far as Western audiences go) bands to see what they’re working with. Eclipse has been around since 1999 with 2 of the current 4 members being from the original lineup. Hailing from Stockholm, Sweden – these guys have a sound that many people should be familiar with.

It’s a bit of a Hair Metal/Glam Rock style with some power metal aspects, very much like Edguy and Avantasia. So if you like the upbeat tones of 80s hair metal, driving guitar and a decent high end range on a singer, this could be a band to pay attention.

  • Artist: Eclipse
  • Album: Wired (2021)
  • Label: Frontiers Music Srl
  • Total Track Time: 41:18

Roses on Your Grave starts off with a nice rocking beat, drum and guitar driven. And even if it lyrically reads like the ‘acceptance’ stage of a break up, but it’s fun and definitely feels like the song you’d play a bar after the breakup with your buddies while you get smashed to the point of forgetting your name.  Dying Breed continues the enjoyment Eclipse seems to have to cliché sayings like “only the good die young” in the first one, and this one has lines like “this is your life, you only got one shot”. But the corny aspect of the clichés helps and this has a really great riff going into and persisting in the chorus. It’s a hard song to not to dance to. Saturday Night (Hallelujah) this is so 80s my Day Glo Frankie Says Relax shirt just jumped out of the closet. “We Live, We Die, Like it’s Saturday Night” – that sums up this song wonderfully, this is a great song to get hammered and sing karaoke to.

Run for Cover this is the first taste of their Power Metal chops where it takes a fantasy lyrically and the instrumentation has this weird folk undertone masked behind an I Need a Hero instrumentation. I kind of want Van Canto to cover this song. Carved in Stone well talk about a weird strike of 4 Chord Song déjà vu. As soon as this song started I was immediately thrown into Billie Eilish. The opening sounds almost exactly like When The Party’s Over just with more acoustic guitar. Which isn’t bad since the song is a somber step back reflecting on the concept of eventually we all die. A few verses in it starts to pick up into the Power Metal genre of belting the emotional lyrics without really losing the message and then ending abruptly, much like life. Twilight will forever be a word that immediately makes me think of sparkly vampires and bad acting. In my head when the lyrics of “I’m falling down, deep into Twilight” just makes me imagine like every 13 year old girl who said the same thing a nearly 2 decades ago. The song is a definite rocker if you can get passed the word association, unlike me. And then ending with a bit that reminds me of Musetta’s Waltz…or at least the Rent line.

Poison Inside My Heart delves into that Bardic Power Metal tone. It’s stripped down, acoustic and feels like either Bard’s Song by Blind Guardian or anything from the Bad on The Witcher. It starts to drive and drift further from the acoustic tune, but keeps that as an underlying harmony possibly used as imagery of the poison overtaking him. So the acoustic heartbeat is still there, but nearly drown out by the raucous drums, screeching guitar solo and general driving rock of the lyrical cadence. Ending with one last interlude of the acoustic before ending. Bite the Bullet as we’ve seen already, they definitely has a tendency to jump around in a heavily 80s influence Power vibe. This is heavier, like Cinderella and Accept decided to collaborate on a song with an almost cowboy western like bridge/solo before leading into something that sounds like church chanting, and then into the last verse or so of the song.

We Didn’t Come to Lose ahh and there’s another cliché line of “come hell or high water”. Sonically this really sounds like Joan Jett was handing out unused music. Which isn’t a bad thing, I’m just enjoying the trip through an 80s mix tape, with their own twist of course, but the way they can paint in a lot of different atmospheric and tonal colors while keeping the music feeling synergistic is impressive. Things We Love definitely a more straight forward…love song?…I guess. The recurring line of “We Never Let Go of things we love”  I suppose is supposed to be powerful and fun, cause the song is generally in that vibe…I think this is just the most simple and uninteresting song. Dead Inside seems almost contradictory to the overall message of the previous song. The line of “if love can live forever, how come it feels so dead inside my heart” is a little weird. The instrumentation drops out at the right times to get across perceived hollowness, and there’s a drop slide in the solo to help signify the low feeling before the lead guitar picks it back up and tries to end the song strong and hopeful.

Well aside from ending with two awkward songs, as I said during the breakdowns, I appreciated the 80s mixtape aspect. It was very familiar in the instrumentation, topics and song structure given their genre classifications. I really can’t find much wrong with the album beyond how strong they went for most of the album and then just seemed to fizzle out toward the end.

All in all, it was a damn good album, the overuse of clichés and the way they stagnated late in the album is a little disappointing, but I’m also being very critical. Given the fact I wasn’t really aware of the band and just know the genre, it was definitely a good album to get introduced with.

 

Final Judgment: 6.85/10


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Mitchell’s Hyrule Puro-Resu News Report! (6/18/24)

C’est la vie!

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Wrestling Is Life, and part of that life is you win some, you lose some. We hear from the stars of HPW in the aftermath of this new June event!

 

After the HPW Death Mountain Championship Open Challenge.

Ganon & Cia find Ghirahim backstage.

The Gerudo asks The Living Blade, “What happened? I thought you were gonna challenge Thunderbird!” Ghirahim says he was. Didn’t they see what happened back here? No, what did happen? Ghirahim says it was a mad dash, several dozen wrestlers trying to reach gorilla, but he was pulling ahead because of his great parkour skills. Ganon knows about that, right? He’s seen Ghirahim do the leaps and the kongs. Ganon has no idea what he’s talking about. Well, anyway, Ghirahim was just feet away, and then WHAM! Something hit him from the side and sent him flying into road cases! It was… It was HER!

Ghirahim points at Tali of the Gerudo Sisterhood! Ganon asks if that’s true. Tali shrugs and says yeah. Though a lot of good it did her, she still missed out on the match. Ghirahim says serves her right for getting in his way! And he warns her it better not happen again. Oh? And what’s he gonna do about it? Tali and Ghirahim stare down, but Cia says now’s not the time for that. For one, she has her match next. Tali chuckles and says Ghirahim’s lucky “Mommy” was here. Tali leaves, Ghirahim seethes, but The Dark Forces head out. Will the Dame of the Dunes scale Death Mountain again in the near future?

 

After the HPW Goddess Championship match.

Cia returns backstage.

We know that the Dark Sorceress did not win the title off Ruto, and she is in a foul mood. She kicks a trash can and keeps shouting, “Dammit! Dammit, dammit, dammit!” Cia shrieks and storms off. Well, we know her mood won’t improve with the next match…

Ruto returns backstage.

The Arrow Club applauds as the Zora Princess returns victorious. Ruto thanks them for their praises, but it was never in doubt that she would win. “Now, you boys better do your part out there.” Fin says of course. By the end of tonight, the Arrow Club will be golden. Arrow Club all has confident smiles on their faces as they head back to the locker rooms.

 

After the HPW World Trios Championships match.

The Dark Forces regroups.

Ganon is there as Volga, Zant & Wizzro return. He is clearly disappointed by their loss. “Seriously? Didn’t you guys win Blood & Thunder? How did you lose here?” Volga says Zant kept doing his own thing instead of sticking to the game plan! Zant says he was just calling audibles based on what he was seeing. He needed to call an audible when Volga was going for a Frog Splash? Ganon tells them to stop arguing, and says they clearly need to figure some things out, maybe make some changes. Ganon leads the group away, what changes could he mean?

Arrow Club regroups.

Ruto, Torbevito & Scaly applaud as Fin Balure & The Young Ducks return triumphant. Fin says, “What’d I tell ya?” Ruto says yes, he was right. And also, their “gift” is ready. Ooh~! Alright then, they’ll make sure to talk to you-know-who when the time is right. Torbevito says, “His name’s Yu-no-bo, dude.” Fin sighs and says he knows that, Torb, he was trying to keep it on the downlow. Oh…! Fin ushers Arrow Club out of gorilla position and back to the locker rooms.

 

After the Million Rupee Championship match.

The Dark Forces regroups, again.

Kevin Gibdo returns with the title belt, and Ganon says, “Finally, something to celebrate! Good on ya, Evan.” It’s Kevin. Whatever! Point is, they can call him champion now! Ganon pats Kevin on the back, but Zant points out it took “the rest of us” to help Kevin since the uWo showed up. “Rest of us?” Volga repeats. “Where were you out there?” Ganon has them stop arguing again, but he does agree that Zant’s one to talk. Just focus on the positives. Things are looking up for the group, they’re gonna keep this going through the Summer. But then MAJORA JUMPS IN!? And he goes right after Ganon!!

The Dark Forces tries to stop Majora but he fires off on all of them! Ganon BOOTS back, Majora staggers into the cameraman, and then Ganon shoves Majora at the table! Ganon fires off hands and beats Majora down on top of the water bottles! Referees and producers rush in, they get Ganon to back off, and he warns Majora to watch himself. The refs tell Ganon to get outta here, and he says fine, he’s leaving! But then TORPEDO MAJORA!! Ganon goes down in a heap against Volga and Wizzro! Majora says Ganon better watch himself! Majora storms off, is he going to terminate the HPW Termina Champion?

 

After the HPW Triforce World Championship Steel Cage match.

Arrow Club returns backstage.

All of them are upset, and Rick asks what “those marks” were doing running out there to attack them. Mack says, “The Studly Don’t Quit? More like The Studly Don’t Think! The Studly Don’t Know What They’ve Gotten Themselves Into!” Torbevito says that’s a lot of letters for a team name. Mack says, “Shut up, Torb!” Then Yunobo storms in, and he pushes past Arrow Club to get right in front of the camera! “LINK! You can o’ green beans with legs! You think you proved anything by jumpin’ off the top of a cage?! You only proved you’re not afraid o’ HEIGHTS! Yeah! You thought you bled tonight, you thought you survived? DIG IT!

“You may feel good right now, but later on, you’re gonna WISH that you hadn’t made it through the night, YEAH! Do you know who yer messin’ with? Yer messin’ with ME! The Macho Goro, Yunobo! GOODBYE!” Yunobo storms off and the Arrow Club is in awe. Torbevito is ecstatic as he says “It’s working! It’s totally working!” Ruto gives him a smack on the shoulder and says, “Shh, Torb, shh!” Fin says, “Now that guy is gonna be a champion!” Arrow Club follows after “The Macho Goro,” will this savage new attitude help him steamroll through the HPW roster?


My Thoughts:

OOOOH YEAH, time to finally reference one of the true greats. I doubt I’ll really capture the “it factor” of Randy Savage but I’d be remised if I didn’t try. Also, I needed to set up something for the Termina Championship so there, Majora just goes after Ganon because he’s crazy and unpredictable and also Majora threatened to destroy Termina in the Zelda games so it was only a matter of time. Pun not intended.


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Hockey Talk- Oil Slick? [061824]

Hockey Talk discusses the Stanley Cup Finals, the Blues make some front-office moves, and Utah’s official team name is revealed.

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On this week’s edition of Hockey Talk, the guys continue to break down the Stanley Cup Finals. As things presently stand, the Florida Panthers are just one win away from their first ever Stanley Cup Championship. But the Edmonton Oilers have outscored the Panthers 10-1 over the past four periods. As we head to Game 5, are the Panthers still in control or are the Oilers poised to make a comeback of historic proportions? Patrick and Dave break it all down for you here. Plus, the St. Louis Blues make some front-office moves and the Utah Hockey Club decide on a team name (hint…that is the team’s name).

Today’s hosts: Dave Ungar (@AttitudeAgg) and Patrick O’Dowd (@WrestlngRealist)

  • Can the Panthers close the deal?
  • The Blues make some front-office moves
  • The Utah Hockey Club is official

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