ECLIPSE “Grind, Suffer, Dreams” 2009
/Metal Scrap Records/

1 Penetrator 3:11
2 Lunacy 2:53
3 Fear 3:04
4 Defloration of Subconsciousness 2:51
5 Slaves of the Myth 2:21
6  Retribution 2:29
7 Terror from Inside 3:06
8 Cult of Immolation 2:56
9  Drugdreams 3:35
bonus tracks:
10 Shredded Humans (Cannibal Corpse cover) 4:39
11 Rapture (Morbid Angel cover) 4:21
12 Mandatory Suicide (Slayer cover) 3:49

Not to be confused with the tens of worldwide homonyms, the Ukrainian 4-piece already existed when most of the others were still in their teens. Unfortunately they've never been prolific and only now does their CD debut come out, showing their style, influenced by the 90s US school of Death metal, both musically and lyrically.
"Penetration" immediately reminds of Cannibal Corpse and Deeds of Flesh, sustaining itself on drums that sound like blows from stones, whereas "Lunacy" has drums and bass insertions in the vein of Deeds of Flesh, while the slow crushing guitar isn't far from Devourment; what differs from the other bands is the capacity of urging slamdancing thanks to a more Thrashy approach; listen to the second part of the song and you'll feel an urgent need of headbanging and playing your air guitar or drums.
With "Fear" things don't change very much if not for a Morbid Angelesque axe solo, and "Defloration of Subconsciousness" doesn't add much, although pleasant is the drum bulldozer assault solo and the guitar plot as well. I can appreciate Eclipse's songwriting cohesion, but this hinders the final result a little.
Luckily "Slaves of the Myth" shows an excellent guitar progression and riffs perfectly matched with the drumwork, this time not only limited to a Cannibal Corpse hyperblast.
"Retribution" is a complete song, in that every member gives their best contribution; even the vocals aren't only growls but they are also based on Kataklysm's screams, while the Slayer Death metal old school goes hand in hand with Deeds of Flesh.
"Terror from Inside" is still a traditional song with accelerations and blasts of the second generation of US Death metal, yet also pays unvoluntary homage to Demented Ted.
Erupting like a volcano, rife with great drums and bass lines comes my favourite track, "Cult of Immolation"; yeah, once again the spectre of Cannibal Corpse and the likes hovers, but it is a composition with mysterious charisma, at least during its first 3 quarters.
"Drugdreams", the closing track, not only is the longest and therefore reserves many surprises, but also contains a stop preceding a riff whose approach shortly makes me think of Jungle Rot. It is probably the most recent link to the new branches of Death metal and I don't say this is a good or a bad thing; it is just an informative statement.
Even more brutal and rawer are the 3 bonus tracks, which are taken from an early 2004 rehearsal session. These well-performed cover versions, Cannibal Corpse's "Shredded Humans", Morbid Angel's "Rapture" and Slayer's "Mandatory Suicide", assume a very dark and horrorific perspective because of the drum machine sounds, the zombie vocals and the ripping rotten guitar, all together placing the Ukrainians on the right side of Mortician; the Slayer cover is closer to Six Feet Under, indeed, and that kicks ass, too!
I am not keen more on the old or the new band's path, but it is sure that it seems to be listening to two different acts, and I am convinced it was a successful idea to display their old style, so that everybody may have the opportunity of realizing their evolution and their old and new influences.
"Grind, Suffer, Dreams" is a dive into a kind of Death metal that not many are still interested in playing nowadays, thus it is delightful to rediscover these structures once in a while through new songs (and lyrics and artworks, as well as the fine two artworks on both sides of the CD) like the new here included.
We only have to hope Eclipse won't be on a hiatus or split again, but if we need to wait another ten years for an album this good (though devoid of any innovations), then the wait will be worth!

Estimation: 76/100
MARKUS GANZHERRLICH (Rock-metal bands webzine), May 2010

Ladies and gentleman, do you love eclipses? No? Just image – in the middle of the day suddenly goes darkly all at once put dark glasses and hurry to look at hidden by Moon sun disk… And although it is not such and rareness phenomenon until now, listening to itself during an eclipse we fully can feel the echoes of superstitious fear of our ancestors before suddenly going out light… 
Possibly work of Ukrainian death-sculptures ECLIPSE entitled «Grind, Suffer, Dreams» and published by Metal Scrap Records / A Production – deserving soundtrack to any eclipse will cause similar superstitious fear.
An album recorded in 2008 as results of thorny 15th year’s band's existence on metal-scene. For these fifteen years happened and site projects and shuffles of line up and 3 years pause in creation and much other confusion but nevertheless ECLIPSE with us now. And with CD complete by select meat.
From the first song the squall of durable technical and heaviest metal brought down to the listener used already to every fervor intro. Musicians work on the limit of endurance maintaining the high slat of speed execution to the last minute of sounding of album which obeys literally in one gulp in plenty appeasing an appetite starved for a brutal listener. Quality of record and mix assist to listening expressly selecting every instrument.
Indicated band style – old school brutal death metal but I would add to this long determination  an epithet «clubby» (how strange it would not sound). Love of musicians to the reiteration of the same melodious constructions with minimum variations during the song  points on such seditious ideas but believe there is nothing bad – melodies firmly get teeth in a brain and accompany you long time since you will listen a disc.
A small reverse hide at the end of album toward monsters of the stage – cover-versions «Shredded Humans» CANNIBAL CORPSE, «Rapture» MORBID ANGEL and «Mandatory Suicide» SLAYER, which though strikingly differ from basic material with quality of sound to worst side (these tracks were recorded in 2004) but imbued such mood as all CD – by the engrossing storm of heavy music apogee.
CD design will be additional stimulus to his purchase – CD-box is packed in a high-quality slipcase repeating the design of basic cover and pleasant for eye booklet with texts of songs and pictures of musicians expects inside. On the working surface of disc you'll find a pit-art with the fragments of cover, pictures logotypes of band and label, name of album – it looks simply stunningly believe me. A similar chip by the way was present in a previous product of Metal Scrap Records reviewed by us - «Symphony Of Darkness» MALICE and such remarkable approach to design makes me very happy. We will hope that label will not leave this tendency.
In the total we have strong brutal death album capable to compete with the representatives of this style all over the world on equal. Sincerely and with all responsibility I recommend this plate to all style lovers.
P.S. I will not hold out and mention circumstance that during the first listening of CD a nose of author of these lines start bleeding. Possibly it was a simple coincidence but I think for old school brutal death metal it is better every reviews.

Estimation: 9/10
Eugen insane_clown Bogdanov (

Quite ancient Ukrainian band ECLIPSE (the first mentions about it behave to beginning of 90th) set to make happy “juicy meat” lovers by so ancient material as truly old school brutal death without the least hint on fashionable trends. Sharp-cut to perfection riffs with which our ear-drums are acquainted here already two decades; as though on a textbook made composition structures due to what even from the first stopping "Grind, Suffer, Dreams" obeys how as though it is in your collection not the first year - its all the debut (yes-yes!) of ECLIPSE. But if you suddenly did have time to tire 27 minutes of own material of Ukrainians don’t  hurry to turn off a record player - as "sweets" you’ll hear covers on classic pieces of Slayer, Morbid Angel and - where without them? - Cannibal Corpse.

Estimation: 3/5
Andrew Koryuhin, Dark City # 55 (March/April 2010)


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