Italy, anno 1991: influenced by bands such as QUEENSRŸCHE, ANNIHILATOR, CORONER and FATES WARNING, ex-Zeus musicians Terence Holler (vocals), Eugene Simone (songwriting, guitar) and Adriano Dal Canto (drums) form the band ELDRITCH. Following very positive media echoes to their first demo tape, the lads, having been joined in the meantime by Martin Kyhn on bass and Oleg Smirnoff on keyboards, sign an agreement in 1993 with Limb Schnoor as manager and music publisher. Their debut CD, 'Seeds Of Rage', released in 1995 by INSIDE OUT MUSIC is promptly named "Album Of The Month" in the popular German "Heavy, Oder Was?!" magazine. That was of course an exceptional success for an Italian band in those days. The debut was followed in 1997 by 'Headquake' which, besides reaping excellent reviews internationally, was also the starting shot for a huge, world-wide community of fans. The supporting tour with ANGRA also ensured steadily increasing record sales. ELDRITCH ended this unusually successful season with a show in front of over 10,000 fans at the famous Gods Of Metal Festival in Milan.
With their next album, 'El Nino', released in November 1998, ELDRITCH showed themselves from a more versatile side and worked harder on harder, more thrashy passages, which clearly reflected their innate influences of METALLICA, CORONER and ANNIHILATOR. Showered by praise and excellent reviews, the band reached the highest point of their career at that time. This was followed by well-visited concert tours with THRESHOLD and PAIN OF SALVATION, after which ELDRITCH was viewed as a trendsetter in the international Prog Metal scene. With Sean Henderson on keyboards, the young, wild talent Dave Simeone on drums and a new deal with PICK UP/METAL BLADE RECORDS in their pockets, they released an even harder and more experimental album, 'Reverse', on which one recognised influences of more modern bands such as PANTERA and MACHINE HEAD. Critics were silenced by the album's excellent sales figures and a triumphant return to the legendary Gods Of Metal Festival, all of which showed the band's creativity due reward. After strengthening the line-up with the addition of rhythm guitarist Rob "Peck" Proietti”, ELDRITCH produced three video clips, amongst others a cover version of THE KNACK's super hit 'My Sharona' and were soon able to look back upon the most successful year of the band's first decade.
During the next three years ELDRITCH prepared themselves for the leap into the next league. It was again time for change. Keyboarder Sean Henderson and bass player Martin Kyhn left the band for personal reasons and the remaining members decided to bring a woman bass player into the band, in the form of Icycore's Lisa Oliviero and to do without keyboards for the moment. The Italians signed a new deal with Limb Music Products and, in 2004, released 'Portrait Of The Abyss Within', on which they succeeded in portraying all the various stages of the band's creativity and history, and one which was enthusiastically welcomed by fans and the press alike. Before setting off on an extended Italian tour, John Crystal replaced bass player Lisa Oliviero, because of conflicts in the calenders of Eldritch and her other band, Icycore.
In the year 2006 ELDRITCH are in the best form of their lives and this is underlined by their brand new album, 'Neighbourhell'. Once again they present a mixture of aggressive and progressive parts, comprising genuine killer riffs and unforgettable melodies, allowing tracks such as 'Still Screaming', 'Bless Me Now' and 'Come To Life' to become compact, timeless masterpieces of metal. In addition, 'Save Me' is a genuine superhit and with FAITH NO MORE'S 'From Out Of Nowhere' they also have a fabulous, originally arranged cover song. Nobody will be able to turn their back on an album like 'Neighbourhell' with its fabulously played, atmospheric Heavy Metal way beyond all clichées and trends. And the two additional bonus tracks plus the video clip to 'Save Me' make this limited edition digipak to a must-have dessert for the gourmets of heavy metal! In the year 2007 the band recorded the 7th album 'Blackenday' in a particular dark mood. The 15 songs are extremely catchy and the music is still aggressive as the previous work. Songs like 'The Blackened Day', 'The Deep Sleep', 'Silent Flame', 'Hold On' and many others, will stick in your heads like never before! On the ballad 'Broken Road' there are 2 special guest musicians such as RAY ALDER (Redemption, Fates Warning, Engine) and NICHOLAS VAN DYK (Redemption) that gave their special touch to the song. There’s also a great videoclip for the 'The Blackened Day' done by director Mirco Andreis (Italy). The artwork was done by NERVE design (Italy). What else? Just one thing, Eldritch’s music is quite unique and hard to describe, but one thing is sure: it’s Melodic/Hard/Heavy/Thrash metal!!
During summer 2007, after the Gods of Metal and the Sweden Rock fests, the band decided to replace the drummer Dave Simeone with the young and explosive Raffahell Dridge. This due to personal reasons between the band and Dave, but in a friendly way. In November 2008 the band finally released their first official live (in this case a double live album plus a dvd of the entire 2 hour show and some raritees). Another European tour as openers for the greek metal gods Firewind from November 2008 to January 2009 and then other shows in Italy till the end of the year… another bit of Italian headliner shows during the whole 2010 and then the band entered the recording studios.
After having signed a deal with Scarlet Records, Eldritch are now back with their eight studio album ‘Gaia’s Legacy’, a concept on global warming based on Al Gore’s documentary ‘An Inconvenient Truth’. The album sees Eldritch going back to their technical progressive roots, with lots of influences raging from thrash to aor and a modern approach still in the band’s distinctive style. Frontman Terence Holler wrote all the lyrics after a deep search of information on every kind of source for the last 3 years. ‘Gaia’s Legacy’ was produced by Marco Ribecai and Eugenio Simone at Syncropain Products Studio in Pisa, Italy, and mastered by Göran Finnberg (Opeth, In Flames, Evergrey, Dark Tranquillity) in Sweden. Firewind’s Bob Katsionis, a long-time fan of the band, is credited as special guest keyboardist on the song ‘Like A Child’.