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Ominous Eclipse: Everything dies in darkness with despair…..

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Ottawa Progressive Death Metal Ominous Eclipse E Premiere Quarantine Video Eclipse via TheCirclePit.

Guitarist Graham Murphy states, «With our track Eclipse, we try to take the listener on a journey with this lengthy composition structured with atmospheric build-up leading to a heavy groove. The lyrics that go along with it are a representation of the band’s name telling a tale of our world being separated from the sun leaving all to die in darkness. This story, combined with a rhythmically focused, dark melodic sound, makes for a very bleak affair».

Line-up:L-R – Jeremiah Marshall (Drums) | James Close (Guitar & Vocal) | Graham Murphy (Guitar & Vocal) | Ryan Clements (Bass).

As much as quarantine has been a major downer for most of us, there are those who are making the most out of it. This includes Ominous Eclipse and the new single Eclipse is complete with a quarantine music video.

«The lyrical concept of Eclipse is the representation of our name, Ominous Eclipse. It is a bleak tale of the sun being separated from the earth where on the blackened planet everything dies in darkness with despair. Musically, this is our most ambitious composition. With the 11-minute running time, orchestrations, and other new elements, we have strived for what we feel will be our magnum opus».

«Eclipse is one of four tracks on the upcoming EP of the same name which will be released later in the year. Groovy and technical, the band thinks this album will come as a surprise to longtime fans». The band quotes:  «The tracks are more rhythmically focused as there is far less lead guitar shredding than our previous work. However, the guitars are still the focal point of our sound. With this release, we have a much less aggressive sound than our previous release Sinister».

Ominous Eclipse is an ambitious band passionate about writing and playing extreme music, Ottawa based metal band Ominous Eclipse has been tearing up the local scene since 2014. Founded by Graham Murphy (guitar/vocals) and Ryan Clements (bass/vocals), and later joined by James Close (guitar/vocals) and  Jeremiah Marshall (drums) the band draws their inspiration from a wide variety of genres creating a unique sound all their own.

Founding member and movie buff Graham Murphy explains how they came up with the band name which was partially inspired by the movie Pitch Black.

«Ominous Eclipse follows the idea of the world falling into eternal darkness. The envisioned concept is of the earth being blocked off from the sun leaving the world in uncertainty and falling into chaos».

Following the origin of the band name, many of the lyrical themes pay homage to the plots from movies and books and sometimes situations in everyday life. Shortly after their formation in 2014, Ominous Eclipse released a four-song EP “eyond The Apocalypse with a full length End Of Days following not long after in 2015. In 2018, they released their second full length and third studio release Sinister.

Not wanting to be easily categorized and predictable, the band finds that over their evolution from the first release they have moved away from thrashy overtones to become more diverse including more heavily stated melodic and technical sounds with a solid groove and death foundation. Ominous Eclipse has been gaining speed in their region opening for bands such as Revocation, The Agonist, and Kalmah and has also acquired an endorsement with Indie Guitar Co.

«Their two years old song Spiral Into Insanity has a strong death metal foundation, including very melodic leads, but there’s more than enough groovy thrash inspiration and even a hint of black metal there», according to Decibel Magazine

«Sinister is a high-energy track launched by heartless riff jabs, ear-scouring string squeals, and neck-snapping drum work. The vocals come for your throat, too, in an effusion of heartless roars and face-scraping shrieks, and the song is accented by flurries of spidery, darting fretwork and by a pair of flashy, fluid, but demented solos. It becomes a thrashing gallop, but without becoming any less venomous in its delivery» according to No Clean Singing.

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Om Ulf Backstrøm (4056 Artikler)
Mitt hovedfokus er musikk som er basert på progressiv tenking. Jeg er på ingen måte ensporet innen musikksmak, i likhet med intensjonen bak prog. Sjangerbegrepet er egentlig temmelig uinteressant annet enn til å gi en pekepinn om hva slags musikk det er snakk om i en anmeldelse. Jeg søker god musikk for å utfordre meg som lytter. God musikk til å trigge mine musikalske smaksløker, og til å sette i gang mine refleksjoner. Da er sjansen stor for at jeg utvikler meg og lærer, noe som bør være drivstoff for et hvert menneske. Fordi det å lære og utvikle seg er noe som tilfører livet en nødvendig porsjon "krydder". Slikt krydderet finner man blant annet i musikk. Ikke overraskende mener jeg at progressiv musikk har den fineste "smaken". På den annen side kan musikk med eller uten progressive elementer være godt nok til hverdags. Til fest derimot holder bare rendyrket prog! Må jo også få med at jeg rimelig kritisk, og jeg mener at det lages mye prog som er i beste fall uinteressant, og faktisk mye som er pinlig dårlig. Heldigvis oppveies dette av ekstremt dyktige aktører som for eksempel: Flower Kings, Mostly Autumn og White Willow, for å nevne noen tilfeldig valgte.
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