JACK WHITE - Old Fashioned

For fourteen years, the White Stripes screwed and shredded the shortest connection between punk and blues, bypassing all frills and diversions. In the long run, however, guitarist Jack White was not enough for this action area, and he additionally founded bands like Dead Weather or Die Raconteurs. All these groups are temporary history. Lazaretto" is his second solo appearance. "Lazaretto" is an album built in the seventies. The record is full of pop effects, but also relies on the deeper effect, which only opens up after repeated listening. White has eavesdropped on many of the classics of the genre such as Led Zeppelin or Cream.

STIAN WESTERHUS - Sing to whom song is given

"Maelstrom", the title of Stian Westerhus' new album, is the program: The guitarist and singer touches on it a bubbling mixture of styles, which fascinates again and again and draws the listener into itself. The Norwegian directs his band Pale Horses, which consists of keyboarder Øystein Moen and drummer Erland Dahlen, through experimental, psychedelic and prog waters and refines the whole thing with his expressive vocals, reminiscent of Jeff Buckley, Scott Walker and Chris Martin. As a child Westerhus discovered his passion for music.

COLLAPSE UNDER THE EMPIRE - The load on the Titan's shoulders

In Greek mythology, Atlas carries the vault of heaven on his shoulders. Even Titan might have lifted himself up on the sound block "Shoulders & Giants", which Collapse Under The Empire created three years ago: instrumental flights of fancy, which draw their power from a nerve-racking tension, made this album the climax in the work of the North German post rockers to date. Now they let "Sacrifice & Isolation" follow, which aesthetically immediately follows "Shoulders & Giants".

In between they had released "Fragments Of A Prayer" and the EP "The Silent Cry". "Originally, the second part was supposed to be released the following year," the band explains to us in an e-mail interview. "But we had to realize that we were not ready to dive into the darkest realms of history for 'Sacrifice & Isolation'. Many of the tracks we composed after the first part just weren't dark enough to finish the second part."

BRIAN JONESTOWN MASSACRE - In the footsteps of Johann Sebastian Bach

The Brian Jonestown Massacre is one of the longest serving bands that mediates between transfigured sixties psychedelia and violent shoegazing. Groups like the Wooden Shjips or the Black Angels would be unthinkable without the preparatory work of BJM. Founded by Anton Newcombe at the beginning of the nineties in San Francisco and now based in Berlin, the band is now releasing their 15th album. On the last records Newcombe and Co. tended more and more towards electronic trance, interspersed with oriental sounds and grooves.

URIAH HEEP - Statement about joie de vivre

Life can be so simple. Just do what you like and you will do it with joy, energy and passion - if you have to until retirement age. "Sure, I still have a lot of fun, otherwise I wouldn't do what I do," says Mick Box, last remaining founding member of Uriah Heep. eclipsed caught him a few days before his sixty-seventh birthday on June 9. So, is there gonna be a real rock'n'roll party? "Sure," he laughs, "I'll make it pop." But before that there will be some live shows in Scandinavia, among others at the "Sweden Rock Festival".

Music From Time And Space Vol. 52

GENTLE GIANT - Cogs In Cogs (3:06)
Album: The Power And The Glory (Steven Wilson Remix) (2014)
Label/Distribution: Alucard/Soulfood

The first episode of a hopefully comprehensive remix series of the prog giants from the 1970s: Once again Steven Wilson has meticulously dedusted and polished the old tapes. All the better that with "The Power And The Glory" one of the strongest albums of the band makes the beginning. (RELEASE: 18.7.)

ETERNAL LIFE - The Alice Cooper Interview

eclipsed author Michael Lorant has interviewed Alice Cooper nine times over the last three decades. These included telephone calls, but also conversations in which people sat opposite each other. In addition, there are several so-called Meet and Greet meetings on the fringes of concerts. The last time he met the veteran shock rocker was in Essen in April during the "Rock meets Classic" concert series.

eclipsed: To fall right into the house with the door. After the appearance of the original Alice Cooper group in the "Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame" three years ago and the three songs on the "Welcome 2 My Nightmare" album, will there be a future for the band again?

Alice Cooper: The question doesn't arise that way. And not because I never want to do anything with the boys again, or ever will. There is simply no question of touring the world again with the original Alice Cooper Group.

IQ - The discovery of slowness


London, early May. IQ have just returned from some highly acclaimed concert visits to mainland Europe (see box). Shortly before the show for the release of "The Road Of Bones" at Islington Assembly Hall, eclipsed spoke with guitarist Mike Holmes about self-criticism, perfection and serial killers.

eclipsed: It took between four and five years for each of your last albums. Are patience and slowness the most important components of the IQ formula?

Mike Holmes: We certainly don't go about things headlong and in a hurry, that's for sure. However, the five years between "Frequency" and "The Road Of Bones" were by no means planned. First of all, there were a few important changes in the line-up during this time...

eclipsed: ...which we will talk about in more detail shortly...