Eklipse - A Night In Strings review


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Band: Eklipse
Album: A Night In Strings
Release date: March 2012

01. Wonderful Life [Hurts cover]
02. In The End [Linkin Park cover]
03. New Moon Theme [Twilight OST cover]
04. Home [Depeche Mode cover]
05. Cry Me A River [Justin Timberlake cover]
06. Cloudbusting [Kate Bush cover]
07. Paparazzi [Lady Gaga cover]
08. Run [Snow Patrol cover]
09. Mumbai Theme [Bombay OST cover]
10. Clocks [Coldplay cover]

Rating suplement: If you take a crappy pop song and play it on cellos, it's still going to suck, sorry.

Oh boy. I always thought that when I am forwarded my first review request from a band which clearly doesn't belong on Metal Storm, I'll just throw it in the bin. But after listening to this, I felt like I had something meaningful to say. And that would be, may the labels that sign redundant bands instead of awesome ones go completely bankrupt, possibly as a result of a ridiculous, Hollywood blockbuster-style robbery performed by music nerd vigilantes.

Eklipse, a newly formed string quartet from Germany, have the most pretentiously written biography I've ever laid eyes upon, mostly because of the number of times the writer of the former has mentioned words such as "sex/sexy", "desire", "darkness" and "mystery". But then again, maybe it's not the only selling point? Maybe the four ladies have actually taken chart topping hits and tweaked the arrangements in a way that adds meat to the bones of these impoverished music pieces? Maybe this will bring pleasure to any darkly inclined ear?

Nope, sorry, apart from their image (which is clearly lifted from performers such as Emilie Autumn), there is nothing remotely alternative about Eklipse. Taking the most shallow and annoying "hits" of the past ten years (save of Depeche Mode's "Home", the wonderful Kate Bush's "Cloudbusting" and the "Mumbai Theme", which still manage to sound not very exciting on this album) and playing them without changing much of the actual music only reveals all of these songs rely on one short catchy melody that gets repeated endlessly. Congratulations, you have reminded us of the fact that most of current pop music sucks. Now could you move on to doing something more useful with your instruments, like covering any of the songs from pop music's history which have actually stood the test of time? Or some of today's pop songs that will still be remembered after 20 years? Anything that's not, you know, Snow Patrol?

Obviously, everything sounds a little nicer played by a string quartet and they're not bad players, although they're far from virtuosos. But why listen to this? If you like string quartets in particular, why not listen to this instead? Or this? If you're not into classical music, why not find contemporary players that cover pop/rock music that has a little more merit? If you like metal combined with classical instruments, look for Apocalyptica's self-titled or Reflections, search for talented musicians on Youtube that cover entire albums on piano in one take - anything that actually took some effort to put together. Not this.


Written on 04.04.2012 by A part of the team since December 2011, writes about the progressive, the sad and the melodic. 7.0 means the album is good.

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07.04.2012 - 04:57
I am an avid fans of string quartet genre, in classical music of course. there is nothing to beat Beethoven's set of string quartet or the Schubert (i think the first theme or "riff" of The Death and the Maiden sound very metal). but constantly saddened because this form get the most abuse by a group covering other genre music into string quartet.
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07.04.2012 - 10:38
Cynic Metalhead
Atrocious Virgin
Written by Milena on 05.04.2012 at 22:49

Written by Cynic Metalhead on 05.04.2012 at 22:46

They're just another Apocalyptica wannabe.

No. Apocalyptica might have went in some questionable direction in the past few years, but they play metal, and their own material.

Well lets just wait and watch. Musically, they just sound what Apocalyptica use to sound in their earl days and I am totally sure they gonna march in their footsteps.
08.04.2012 - 17:10
I already get tired of these instrumental renditions when I notice that they didn't skip the second verse and chorus like Apocalyptica does.
Anyway, this is clearly a band trying too hard to make money with it's visuals and covering easy popular songs without adding any special flavour. I think Mora did right in accepting to review this band so they have a negative feedback to bear in mind.

And these girls are touring with Nightwish? I hope their fans don't fall for their aesthetics.
12.03.2013 - 22:55
Why the hell is this even on Metalstorm.net ?
06.04.2013 - 20:25
I think one of the reasons they're on here and the reason I saw this is that they're touring with Kamelot, im actually considering not seeing them when they come to Toronto just because of this as an opening act...

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