Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Eclipse - Promotape '96

Long time ago I had a phase of studying German 90's black metal and one of the bands I discovered back then was Sorcerer, an obscure raw melodic black metal band from Würzburg, Bavaria formed in '92. They only released a couple of rehearsal demo tapes and then in '96 changed name to Eclipse, released this demo and as far as I know, that's the last thing they made. Some members were also involved in Ungod, Baxaxaxa, Pestnebel and Morke.

Years ago, after listening to Sorcerer demo, I managed to find Eclipse demo rip somewhere (can't remember where) and seeing that brother Velkaarn also desired to hear this demo, I sent the rip to him and he reviewed it and shared the rip on his blog.

Recently when I was getting tapes from my Italian friend thenecromancer I noticed he had this demo so I got it from him, I'm just not sure if this tape I got is a dub of demo or an actual original demo - considering 4 songs are on side A and the last, fifth, song is on side B, I'd say it could be a dub but who knows. Tape was self-released so it's possible it was originally made like that by the band. I don't really care if it's a dub or not, the sound is excellent and plays on both channels like a proper original tape should (not like my Ceremony and Carpathian Forest dubs).

This demo lasts for 26 minutes and it's very good, melodic and even gothic. Compared to Sorcerer's demo '94, music is much more melodic even though Sorcerer was pretty melodic too, just not in the gothic or atmospheric way like Eclipse is, more like in raw and epic way. I can't say which demo I prefer or like more: Sorcerer's Finsterland or Eclipse's Promotape '96 - they are so different and both great!

Anyway, even though the demo feels pretty short especially considering most of it are ambience and samples combined with atmospheric synths, I really enjoy it and would highly recommend you to listen to it. Great demo!

                      Download my tape rip (mp3@CBR320kbps + pics and scans) @ yadi.sk

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