Formed as Firehouse, the band recorded the Rockhouse demo in 1987. 1988
saw an album as Firehouse, but the band became dormant until 1994 when
the band released a new album called Labyrinth. For conflict reasons
to match their newer and progressive sound the band changed names in
1997 and signed to Lucretia Records of Italy. The turning point came as
a result of the band's work for televisions scores.
The band signed to Italy's Underground Symphony and released an EP
called Metamorphosis in 2000. Next up was another Italian label,
Records. Arachnes also introduced bassist Max Clementi and drummer Jaco
at this point. Apocalypse would see the band experiment with orchestral
The band's name is inspired by a story in Greek mythology where a lady
is transformed into a spider by the goddess Athena.