Although the group around Moog wizard Manfred Mann was not able to sail permanently on the big international wave of success like Pink Floyd or Genesis, they have found a loyal audience with their perfect balancing act between spherical progressive rock and good mood classic rock, especially in Germany over five decades. In view of the anniversary, we take a look back at the Earth Band's eventful history together with bandleader Mann, long-term guitarist Mick Rogers and former vocal figurehead Chris Thompson. We also spoke with current vocalist Robert Hart.
Actually, there should be a big birthday bash with a new album and world tour for ZZ Top's 50th anniversary. But Corona threw a spanner in the works of Billy Gibbons and Dusty Hill and their drummer Frank Beard. Guitarist Gibbons used the unexpected free time to screw around on cars and guitars, to perform wedding ceremonies and to record his third solo album. eclipsed caught him in the US state Nevada.
Asger Mygind's personal playlist ranges from Modeselektor to Meshuggah - and thus sums up the bandwidth of his band VOLA well. On their third album "Witness", the Danes push stylistic boundaries at will, elevate their sound into new spheres and solidify their status as young hopefuls of progressive metal.
When Blackberry Smoke toured Germany in 2019 together with the mega-successful Lynyrd Skynyrd, it was a dream combination for the Southern rock community and at the same time a summit meeting of two bands from two hotspots of the genre - after all, the Skynyrds' home is the Floridian Jacksonville, while Blackberry Smoke were founded in Georgia's capital Atlanta in 2000. Eclipsed spoke to frontman Charlie Starr via Zoom about Southern rock in general, Blackberry Smoke's new album "You Hear Georgia" in particular, and twenty years of the band's history.
Dark and sarcastic greetings from the island: The British prog band FROST* is back - with a new album and three drummers. In an interview with eclipsed, keyboardist Jem Godfrey and guitarist John Mitchell talk about the recording process, the line-up change in the band and their anger about the current British government
Hamburg art rockers Sylvan have become experts in concept albums: With "Posthumous Silence" they set standards in this discipline 15 years ago, and their last album to date, "Home" (2015), also followed a consistent basic idea. Now they have once again presented a work in which a story is told: "One To Zero", with which they musically tread somewhat different paths than on the predecessor, describes the development process of an artificial intelligence from the initialization to the self-determined reset from their own perspective.
Duisburg, early 70s: Heinz Robert Martin and Claus Rauschenbach founded the duo Kalacakra and released the album "Crawling To Lhasa" in 1972. A krautrock mix of dirty rock-blues-folk and Indian-Tibetan sounds. Right after that, the duo called it a day. In 2002 Martin dared to release a new album and now he is on the road again with Kalacakra
Heinz Robert Martin is 72 by now, but he remained musically active all these years and shows himself as open as ever in the interview.
eclipsed: How did your interest in the Tibetan, Indian and Far Eastern arise?
The famous philosopher Jean-Jacques Rousseau once went down in history with his call "Back to Nature!". Philosophically strong is also Single Celled Organism mastermind Jens Lueck on the sequel of his concept album "Splinter In The Eye".
eclipsed: When you delivered the first SCO album in 2017 and in it 85 percent of humanity perishes due to a virus, you couldn't have anticipated the Corona pandemic, after all. Did that make you uncomfortable afterwards?
Jens Lueck: Very much so...I was also asked about it quite often!
Jules Galli, the 27-year-old singer of Levara, is not only in a good mood because of the spring weather in his adopted hometown Los Angeles. The self-titled debut album of his band is also cause for joy for him: Because on it the French-born singer together with guitarist Trev Lukather (son of Toto string wizard Steve Lukather) and drummer Josh Devine (ex-One Direction) cultivates a highly polished melodic rock that has what it takes to reach a large mass audience.