With 4 world-wide releases under their belt- which include the ground-breaking "Guardians of Metal" mini-cd (Indie, 2000), a highly acclaimed 1st album, "Ashes of Eden," released under a major record label (Limb Music, 2003), the 2nd LP, "Spellcaster" (Independent, 2009), all highly praised by the international media- and now a 4th official worldwide release, “Kukulcan” (Independent, 2012/2013) - Total Eclipse are recognized as being one of the 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 also available for digital download on all the major portals like Cdbaby, amazon, i-tunes and others.
Band Websites: http://www.myspace.com/teclipse114 , http://www.reverbnation.com/totaleclipse2012 ,
Wikipedia Page: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Total_Eclipse_(US_band)
Youtube Official Band Page: http://www.youtube.com/redskies001
Youtube Videos(including Fan Tributes) :
-Check out some of the Total Eclipse album reviews and interviews on the myspace blog: http://www.myspace.com/teclipse114
San Francisco's Bay Area is known, at least in name, by every metal fan. In the early Eighties dozens of bands such as Metallica, Testament and Slayer stood on the first steps of the ladder to fame in packed clubs. It was a pity that the apparently bottomless pool seemed to dry up in the Nineties. But in 1996 Erik Cameron and his brother Chris formed the band TOTAL ECLIPSE (www.myspace.com/teclipse114). After a search for musicians who shared their passion, they met drummer Ramon Ochoa in 1998. A short time later experienced bass player Owen Hart joined the band. The line-up was completed in January 1999 by singer Andy Dracons Giardina - also in PANDEMIC (www.myspace.com/norcalpandemic ), and now the only original member from Total Eclipse's original line-up - who had already made a name for himself in his native Italy before moving to the USA to finish his academic studies and advance his musical career (Andy's latest side-project, PANDEMIC - one of the most influential and recognized bands to emerge from the Bay Area metal circuit - showcases a fusion of modern and traditional thrash/power/grindcore/melodic death/black metal. Pandemic's LP "Infecting the World" was released in 2007 and received very favorable reviews and worldwide attention).
The chemistry between the Cameron brothers and the rest of the band was just right and within a year they had enough material for a demo. The Total Eclipse "Guardians of Metal" EP was released internationally in 1999 and caused a riot in the press.
Encouraged by the demo's success, Total Eclipse contacted producer Uwe Lulis (Grave Digger, Rebellion, Wizard, etc...) and before long the band had signed a deal with Limb Music; the album "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 parting ways with Limb Music, and having legally acquired the name of the band, Giardina decided to find another label to release their new second album, "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 2006. 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".
The new line-up (the 3rd in the history of the band) is comprised of the original vocalist Andy Dracons Giardina, a new bassist: Jeff Hueston; a new guitarist: Joseph Benjamin, and a new drummer: Derik Ziperle.
All Total Eclipse albums and individual songs are 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 "Guardians Of Metal" EP and the new LP Kukulcan, are all available for digital download.
In the meantime the album "Spellcaster" is available worldwide also through various renowned distributors, among which: SENTINEL STEEL RECORDS -US (www.sentinelsteel.com ), HIT-MAN RECORDS- Japan (www.hitman-metal.com, www.myspace.com/hitmanrecordsmetal ),HELLION RECORDS- Germany (www.hellionrecords.de , www.myspace.com/hellionrecordsitzehoe ),FOREVER ROCK - Germany (www.forever-rock.de ,Sub-division of our former record label Limb Music GmbH),- ROCK IT UP RECORDS -Germany (www.rockitup.org , www.myspace.com/rockituprecords ), AMOEBA RECORDS (San Francisco, www.amoeba.com ), SHAXUL RECORDS (www.shaxurecords.com , www.myspace.com/shaxulrecords ); the band is always looking for more distributors world-wide interested in carrying "Spellcaster" and "Kukulcan" and help to spread the band’s SPIRITUAL MESSAGE.