Interview with vocalist Terence Holler, Eldritch (May 20th 2007)

Not all of our readers might know you guys, so maybe you could start off and tell us a bit about the background for Eldritch

Eldritch I'M TERENCE HOLLER, THE LEAD VOCALS OF THE BAND ELDRITCH, THEN WE GOT EUGENE SIMONE, LEAD GUITARS, PEK PROIETTI, RHYTHM GUITARS, JOHN CRYSTAL, BASS, AND DAVE SIMEONE, DRUMS. THE BEGINNING IS FAR AWAY!!! SO, WE STARTED IN 1991 AND WE SIGNED OUR FIRST RECORD CONTRACT IN 1994 AND OUR FIRST ALBUM "SEEDS OF RAGE" WAS RELEASED IN 1995, THEN "HEADQUAKE" IN 1997, "EL NINO" IN 1998, "REVERSE" IN 2001, "PORTRAIT OF THE ABYSS WITHIN" IN 2004, "NEIGHBOURHELL" IN 2006 AND NOW , A YEAR AFTER, HERE COMES THE "BLACKENDAY"!! WE ALSO DID SOME EUROPEAN TOURS WITH ANGRA, PAIN OF SALVATION AND THRESHOLD, PLUS SOME BIG FESTIVALS IN THE WORLD...

How has the response been on the new album, and what kind of expectations do you have for it?

Eldritch ABSOLUTELY AWESOME!!! THE REVIEWS ARE GREAT AND THE SALES AND REACTIONS ARE GOOD TOO!! WE THINK THIS TIME WE CREATED A SORT OF A MASTERPIECE.....HA  ...HA... THE ONLY PROBLEM IS THAT THE PRESS DOESN'T KNOW EXACTLY HOW TO DESCRIBE OUR STYLE!!! WE'LL PLAY SOME BIG EUROPEAN FESTIVALS AND A LOT OF HEADLINER SHOWS IN OUR COUNTRY AND ALSO EUROPE AND LATER ON, USA. WE EXPECT ONLY RESPECT!!! WE WANNA BE CONSIDERED AS ONE OF EUROPE'S MORE INTERESTING HEAVY BANDS AROUND!!

If you should choose one song, which represents the essence of Eldritch on the album, which one would that be and why?

Eldritch I THINK THE SONG "THE BLACKENED DAY". THIS BECAUSE IT REPRESENTS THE FEELING, THE MOOD AND THE STYLE OF THE BAND NOWADAYS... DARK, SAD, INTROSPECTIVE AND MELODIC AND CATCHY!! THIS IS THE ESSENCE OF OUR MUSIC FROM NOW ON! WE'VE BEEN THROUGH A LOT OF BAD SITUATIONS AND THESE ARE OUR FEELINGS AS A BAND AND AS PERSONS....

If you had to describe your music to a complete musical ignorant what would you tell him?

Eldritch OUR MUSIC IS KIND OF HARD TO DESCRIBE..... WE PLAY A MELODIC/POWER THRASH/HARD ROCK; WITH ORIGINAL AND PROGRESSIVE TOUCHES HERE AND THERE.....! OUR MUSIC IS A MIX OF METALLICA, QUEENSRYCHE, ANNIHILATOR, FATES WARNING AND MODERN HEAVY MUSIC... BUT THE BEST THING TO DO IS LISTEN TO US AND DECIDE FOR YOU....HAHA...

How important is the lyrically side of Eldritch and what has inspired you on the album?

Eldritch OUR LYRICS (WHICH ARE MINE) TELL ABOUT ALL MY LIFE LIKE IN A DIARY... THEY TALK ABOUT HOW I FEEL AND HOW I FELT DURING THESE LAST 10/12 YEARS. I ALSO TALK ABOUT MY SENSATIONS TOWARDS THE FUTURE AND THE OTHER HUMAN BEINGS.... IN A SIMPLE WORD I CAN JUST SAY THAT OUR LAST 4 ALBUMS ARE TERENCE HOLLER'S OPEN DIARY 100%! PEOPLE FIT IN SOME OF MY SONGS AND THIS MAKES ME THINK OF HOW MANY PEOPLE ARE ON MY SAME BOAT......... REALLY SAD.....

Tell us a bit about the album art work.

Eldritch IT'S AN IDEA FROM PEK, BUT IT'S BEEN DEVELOPED BY DAVIDE NADALIN FROM NERVE DESIGN (ITALY). IT REPRESENTS THE DEPRESSION OF A DAY GONE BAD! A TYPICAL BLACKENDAY! IT'S THE FIRST TIME WE HAVE A TOTAL PHOTOGRAPH ARTWORK AND WE REALLY LOVE IT!! NO MORE STUPID MONSTERS!!!! WE ARE A DARK METAL BAND, NOT A POWERMETAL HAPPY BAND!

How did you get the name Eldritch, and is there a story behind it?

Eldritch WE GOT IT AFTER LISTENING TO A BAND CALLED WATCHTOWER, AND ONE OF THEIR SONGS WAS "THE ELDRITCH". IT MEANS SUPERNATURAL, SCARY, MYSTERIOUS. THIS WORD DEFINES EXACTLY OUR MUSICAL APPROACH AND IT'S ALSO A QUITE EASY NAME TO REMEMBER.....RIGHT??? THAT BAND WATCHTOWER, WOW!!! THEY REALLY KICKED ASS!!! 

What do you consider to be the biggest accomplishment for you and Eldritch, not necessarily sales wise?

Eldritch WELL, I THINK THAT FOR ME AND THE GUYS, THE BEST THING IS THAT WE COULD EXPRESS OURSELVES IN A FREE WAY, AND SHOWING THE WHOLE WORLD OUR IDEAS! IT'S FANTASTIC TO SEE OUR RECORDS IN THE SHOPS ALL OVER THE WORLD!!! THIS MEANS WE DID AND DOING SOMETHING AMAZING....... WE DON'T CARE ABOUT MONEY, SALES OR ALL THAT ECONOMIC STUFF. OUR GOALS ARE SCORED!!! MY WORDS, MELODIES AND THOUGHTS ARE IN EVERY CORNER OF THE PLANET....

Do you have any touring plans for 2007, maybe on the European Festival scene?

Eldritch OH YEAH, HERE ARE SOME SHOWS:

2 JUNE 2007   12.00                      GODS OF METAL 2007         Milano (Idroscalo) ITALY
7 JUNE 2007   14.00                      SWEDEN ROCK 2007           Solvesborg SWEDEN
8 JUNE 2007   22.00                      DarkSide rock club                Berlin GERMANY
16 JUNE 2007 23.00                      Bellonae Metal Fest 2007       Bellona (Caserta) ITALY
22 JUNE 2007 21.00                      Morarock 2007                      Gorizia ITALY
23 JUNE 2007 22.00                      Elvis Fan rock club                 Livorno ITALY
24 JUNE 2007 22.00                      Attitude Rock Fest 2007         Novara ITALY
31 OCTOBER 2007 21.00              GLORY METAL Fest 2007      Napoli ITALY
9 NOVEMBER 2007 22.30             Headbanger's Ballroom           St. Pauli, Hamburg GERMANY
10 NOVEMBER 2007 20.00            ProgPower Scandinavia          Copenhagen DENMARK

AND SOME MORE SHOWS WILL BE ADDED.... 

What are the strengths and where can Eldritch improve?

Eldritch OUR STRONG POINTS ARE THE SONGS. EACH SONG FROM ELDRITCH IS DIFFERENT THAN ANOTHER, BUT REMAINING IN THE SAME MOOD. OUR STYLE IS QUITE UNIQUE AND THE SONGS ARE ALWAYS CATCHY BUT NOT CHEESY! OF COURSE, WE COULD STILL INPROVE IN OUR LIVE ACTS AND IN SOME STAGE MOVEMENTS, BUT I COULD PROUDLY SAY WE'RE NEARLY PERFECT NOW!!!

Name an album, person or event that has had a huge influence on your life and why?

Eldritch MY DAD (R.I.P.) HE WAS AN ARTIST AND GIVES ME THE STREINGTH FOR GOING ON, HE DIED YOUNG, BUT JUST IN TIME FOR TEACHING ME HOW TO LIVE MY LIFE AT ITS BEST!

Which five albums would you bring on your iPod to a deserted island?

Eldritch SIMPLE: OPERATION MINDCRIME (QUEENSRYCHE) - MASTER OF PUPPETS & BLACK ALBUM (METALLICA) - PARALLELS (FATES WARNING) - COWBOYS FROM HELL (PANTERA).

Which album(s) have put a big smile on you face and has made you bang your head in past year?

Eldritch THE ONES ABOVE MENTIONED!!! PLUS : ALICE IN HELL AND NEVER NEVERLAND (ANNIHILATOR) - AND ALBUMS FROM DOKKEN, WHITESNAKE, JUDAS PRIEST, IRON MAIDEN, HELLOWEEN, TESTAMENT, MACHINE HEAD AND MORE!!! 

I thank you very much for participating in this interview and sharing this information and your thoughts with us - these last lines are entirely for you. Any final words you would like to round off with?

Eldritch YEAH, THANKS TO YOU AND YOUR READERS FOR THIS OPPRTUNITY AND FOR YOUR PATIENCE, ELDRITCH WILL SOON CONQUER THE NORTH OF EUROPE AND HOPE YOU GUYS WILL GIVE US A CHANCE!!! ROCK'N'MOTHERFUCK'N'ROLL!!!

Interviewed by Kenn.

Eldritch - Blackenday

Album available on Limb Music.


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