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Dutch outfit ELEGY, a band that has carved out a strong reputation and a solid fan base in Europe over a succession of bombastic Progressive Rock releases, debuted in 1986 with their 'Matricide' demo, which was then followed by a further tape in 1988 entitled 'Better Than Bells'. The same year ELEGY were able to tour Holland as support to KING DIAMOND and ANGEL WITCH. During 1990 the group released a further two track demo, 'The Elegant Solution', and toured supporting HELLION and BATTLEZONE. Vocalist Eduard Hovinga was drafted in following these shows and ELEGY released their fourth demo, 'Labyrinth Of Dreams'/ 'I'm No Fool' before the emergence of their debut album the following year.

ELEGY toured Japan, Holland, Germany and Belgium to promote the 'Labyrinth Of Dreams' release before undergoing a further line-up at the end of 1993 losing drummer Ed Warby to GOREFEST and was replaced by Dick Bruinenberg. The band also added guitarist Gilbertt Pot superseding Arno Van Brussel, who also quit the ranks.

Frontman Eduard Hovinga left the band to form Melodic Metal band PRIME TIME with ex-NARITA members guitarist Henrik Poulsen and bassist Chris D. Raikai debuting with 1998's 'The Unknown' album scoring a good deal of success in Japan.

1997's 'State Of Mind' album saw ELEGY fronted by Englishman IAN PARRY, a veteran of three solo albums as well as stints in VENGEANCE, HAMMERHEAD and AIRRACE, together with Van De Laars, Bruinenberg and drummer Martin Helmantel. ELEGY promoted this effort by touring Germany sharing a bill with STRATOVARIUS.

The band noticeably enhanced their status with the introduction of noted French guitarist PATRICK RONDAT for 2000's 'Forbidden Fruit' album. Early 2001 found Rondat on the road in Greece as live guitarist for Electronic Rock legend JEAN MICHEL JARRE whilst Parry busied himself with an all star side concern CONSORTIUM PROJECT. This latter venture would also see contributions from Rondat and Bruinenberg. ELEGY's drummer would session on French guitarist Stephan Forte's ambitious ADAGIO concept outing 'Sanctus Ignis'.

ELEGY had their version of 'Rock & Roll' included on the Locomotive Music LED ZEPPELIN tribute album 'The Metal Zeppelin — The Music Remains The Same'. Both Parry and keyboard player Joshua Dutrieux featured on the 2003 CONSORTIUM PROJECT album, 'Terra Incognita (The Undiscovered World)'.

PATRICK RONDAT, working with bassist Patrice Guers and drummer Dirk Bruinenburg, recorded a new solo album entitled 'Ephemeral World' at Bazement Studios in Germany for 2004 release.

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