For 15 years the Italian band ELDRITCH has been active in the music business, releasing quite a lot albums since then and their new CD ‘Neighbourhell’ might as well be their strongest release so far. Therefore it was time to do an interview with the band and I had a talk with the lead singer (Terence Holler) to find out more about one of the longest running Italian Metalbands at the moment.

Due to the fact this is the first time I interview your band, can you please tell me about the beginning of the band?

WELL, WE STARTED THE BAND IN 1991, ME, EUGENE AND THE FORMER DRUMMER ADRIANO DAL CANTO. WE STARTED TO PLAY FOLLOWING OUR INFLUENCES LIKE ANNIHILATOR, QUEENSRYCHE, CORONER AND FATES WARNING.. WE WERE REALLY COURAGEOUS AT THAT TIME, BECAUSE IT WAS A DIFFICULT MUSIC TO PLAY!!! BUT ELDRITCH ARE CRAZY….

1995 saw the debut of the band on INSIDE OUT MUSIC, a label which had then just started, can you tell me how you got in touch with the label?

YEAH, WE WERE ALREADY SIGNED FOR LMP, LIMB MUSIC PRODUCTS FOR MANAGEMENT. LIMB SCHNOOR GAVE OUR DEMO TO SEVERAL LABELS AND THE BEST CHOICE WAS INSIDE OUT MUSIC. WE WERE EXTREMELY PROGRESSIVE, SO WHICH LABEL COULD BE BETTER??

In the 90s your band released 3 albums on INSIDE OUT MUSIC, can you tell me more about this period of your career?

WELL, THAT WAS A NICE PART OF ELDRITCH STORY. WE TOURED EUROPE 2 TIMES (ANGRA FIRST AND THEN THRESHOLD AND PAIN OF SALVATION). WE WERE THE FIRST ITALIAN BAND TO DO THINGS SERIOUSLY AND WE’RE PROUD WE OPENED SOME MINDS REGARDING ITALIAN METAL….

You played pure progressive metal in the beginning, what were your influences?

AS I SAID BEFORE, WE’VE BEEN INFLUENCED BY FATES WARNING, QUEENSRYCHE, METALLICA, PANTERA, CORONER AND ANNIHILATOR. SOME SAY DREAM THEATER, BUT WE ARE MUCH MORE THRASHY AND FAST.

In the early 2000s you released the album reverse, the only ELDRITCH record I am not familiar with, was this an independent release?

NO, THIS REVERSE ALBUM CAME OUT ON METAL BLADE AND IT ALSO SOLD WELL!! IT’S THAT WE HAD SOME BAD REVIEWS BECAUSE OF THE TOO AGGRESSIVE AND MODERN SOUND OF THE CD. SOME PEOPLE THINK IT WAS A WRONG ALBUM, BUT WE STILL PLAY SOME SONGS AT OUR SHOWS AND BELIEVE ME THEY SOUND GREAT!!!!

Then you signed a deal with LIMB MUSIC, Portrait of the abyss within was the first release in 2004, why the switch from labels?

WELL, THIS WAS A NORMAL RETURN TO THE GUY WHO DISCOVERED US 15 YEARS AGO!!! HE’S THE BOSS AT DIVERSITY-MEDIA GMBH/LMP AND HE SIGNED US AS SOON AS HE HEARD THE NEW DEMO. WE’RE HAPPY TO WORK FOR LIMB SCNOOR, HE’S ONE OF THE FEW HONEST MEN IN THE MUSIC BUSINESS!!

In the meantime another side-project called VICIOUS MARY came to life, can you tell me about this project?

YEAH, IT WAS JUST A BREAK I TOOK FROM THE HEAVY SCENE. SO I WROTE THIS ALBUM AND FOUND SOME GREAT ITALIAN MUSICIANS. WE SIGNED FOR MTM/FRONTIERS AND RECORDED THE CD. IT HAD GREAT SALES AND WE ALSO PLAYED A FEW GIGS…..

Was the VICIOUS MARY an once-only project or can we ever see a follow-up?

I DON’T THINK I HAVE TIME FOR DOING OTHER THINGS APART FROM ELDRITCH. WE ARE TOO BUSY…BUT NEVER SAY NEVER….

Now in 2006 the 6thstudio CD Neighbourhell is released, can you tell me all about it, such as stories behind the songs?

WELL, THE SONGS TALK ABOUT WHAT I WENT THROUGH IN MY LIFE, WRITTEN WITH SIMPLE WORDS WHERE EVERYBODY COULD FIT IN. IT’S AN ALBUM ABOUT LIFE SITUATIONS AND SENSATIONS….. THE MUSIC WAS WRITTEN BY EUGENE WITH SOME HELP FROM PECK, AND THE RESULT IS AMAZING….

Through the years your progressive metal became a bit more adventurous, because the new CD reveals both raw and aggressive moments akin to Thrash Metal (Bless me now),while there are also melodic rock moments (More than Marilyn), you’re trying to mix all rock and metal genres, but always with an eye for good strong melodies, right?

YEP, YOU CAUGHT THE SPOT!!! IN THIS ALBUM YOU’LL FIND ALL GENRES OF METAL AND ROCK, BUT ALWAYS WITH OUR TOUCH…..THIS IS HOW WE ARE…WE NEVER CARED ABOUT FOLLOWING THE TRENDS…..ELDRITCH ARE :TAKE IT OR LEAVE IT!!!!

You also shot a video for one of the songs?

YES, THERE’S A GREAT VIDEO FOR “SAVE ME”, WHICH YOU COULD SEE ON THE MUSIC CHANNELS OR CAN ALSO FIND IT ON OUR LIMITED DIGIPAK EDITION.

The new record was mastered by R.D. Liapakis (MYSTICPROPHECY, how was working with him?

IT WAS SIMPLE, THEY DIDN’T NEED ANY SPECIAL ADVICE. WE JUST WANTED THE CD THICK, ROUND AND LOUD …AND THIS IS WHAT IT IS!!!!! FOR US IT’S PERFECT….

At the moment a lot of bands release live DVDs, can we expect something from your band in the near future, because a lot of bands that exist for more than 10 years should have enough material for a live cd and/or dvd?

WE ARE DIFFERENT THAN THE REST, SO NO DVD’S FOR THE MOMENT….BUT WE’LL RE-RELEASE OUR FIRST 3 ALBUMS (SEEDS OF RAGE, HEADQUAKE AND EL NINO BETWEEN MAY AND NOVEMBER. THE CD’S WILL CONTAIN RARITIES, DEMOS AND NEW RE-RECORDED OLD SONGS……. THIS MEAN ELDRITCH WILL HAVE 4 CD’S OUT IN THIS YEAR 2006!!!!!

What more can we expect from ELDRITCH in the future, touring plans and continue writing songs I suppose?

YEAH, WE’LL PLAY AS HEADLINERS AT THE CHICAGO POWERFEST ON APRIL 7TH, THEN ON JULY 15TH THE ITALIAN’S EVOLUTIONFEST WITH BANDA SUCH AS CRADLE OF FILTH, ANNIHILATOR, DEATH ANGEL, DARK TRANQUILLITY AND MORE. THEN OTHER FESTIVALS AND A TOUR AROUND THE WORLD AFTER SUMMER…. WE’LL START WRITING NEW SONGS NEXT WINTER………HOPEFULLY!!!!

Thanks for answering the questions and success with your band!

MANY THANKS TO YOU, AND HOPE TO CATCH YOU ON TOUR!!!

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