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With 4 worldwide releases to their credit- the renowned self-produced mini-CD "Guardians of Metal"(2000)a highly acclaimed album("Ashes of Eden",Limb Music,2003)released under a major record label,,the 2nd LP,"Spellcaster" (Indie,2009), the latest official 4th release, Kukulcan (Indie, 2012/13)- and a 5th LP under singer Giardina's side-project, 'Pandemic' ("Infecting the World," Indie 2007) - Total Eclipse are recognized as being one of the top bands principally responsible for reviving the dormant metal scene of the late 90s in the San Francisco Bay Area and leading a new wave of metal across California and the world.
Their music is now also available for digital download on all the major portals like Cdbaby, amazon, i-tunes and others.
Band Websites: www.myspace.com/teclipse114 , www.reverbnation.com/totaleclipse2012
Youtube Official Band Page: http://www.youtube.com/redskies001
Youtube Videos(including Fan Tributes) :
Some Total Eclipse album reviews and interviews can be viewed on the reverbnation page and the myspace blog:
San Francisco's Bay Area is known at least in name by every metal fan,being a hotbed for metal bands in the 80s-i.e. Metallica, Testament and Slayer.In 1996 Erik and Chris Cameron formed Total Eclipse. Drummer Ramon Ochoa enlisted in 1998.A short time later experienced bassist Owen Hart joined the band.The line-up was completed in Jan 1999 by singer Andy Dracons Giardina-now the only original member from Total Eclipse's original line-up,who had moved from his native Italy to the US to finish his academic studies and advance his musical career.
The Total Eclipse "Guardians of Metal" EP was released internationally in 1999,causing a riot in the press.Encouraged by its success,the band contacted producer Uwe Lulis(Grave Digger, Rebellion, Wizard,etc.)and before long signed a deal with LMP;the LP "Ashes of Eden" was released world-wide to much critical acclaim.Legendary Piet Sielck(Iron Savior, Blind Guardian, Paragon, Heavenly)was also involved in the mixing and production of the album.
In 2004 the original line-up disintegrated following a decision made by the Cameron Brothers to pursue a different musical direction.After legally acquiring the name of the band,in October 2007 Giardina decided to resurrect Total Eclipse after the band's 3-year hiatus from the scene,and simultaneously release the 2nd LP "Spellcaster," also produced by Uwe Lulis,recorded in the Bay Area and- appropriately-somewhere near the Black Forest in Germany then remastered in 2007/08 in San Francisco.
The music is an expansion of the sound of the Ashes of Eden album and the Guardians of Metal demo, but taken to the extreme and definitely proof of the musical evolution of the entity known as Total Eclipse.
Meanwhile, in 2006 Giardina had begun his involvement with his side-project PANDEMIC (www.myspace.com/norcalpandemic ), playing shows promoting the band and recording a full length LP (”Infecting the World”) which was released in 2007. In October 2007, following the PANDEMIC project, Andy Dracons Giardina decided to resurrect Total Eclipse after the band's 3-year hiatus from the scene, and simultaneously release the long-awaited second LP "Spellcaster". After many hardships, including a brief stint with a potential new reformed line-up that didn't quite work out, the quest to fulfill the reincarnation of Total Eclipse continued and, in 2008, with Divine aid, the band found Brian Davy to fulfill drumming duties for the second coming of Total Eclipse and in 2009 the band entered Faultline Studios in San francisco, CA to begin recording the 4th LP Kukulcan. In March, 2010, Gary Pryor joined the band as temporary session/ tour bassist, and the band embarked on a 2 week North American summer Tour as main support to legendary metal act IMAGIKA. Andy Dracons Giardina, of course, reprises his role on vocals and as "sonic transducer," but is also handling guitar and bass duties on the new LP "Kukulcan".
All Total Eclipse albums and individual songs are now available in digital format on CDBaby, i-tunes, Amazon.com and many others- presently both the "Spellcaster" & "Ashes of Eden" LPs, as well as the re-release of the legendary "Guardians Of Metal" EP and the new LP Kukulcan, are all available for digital download.