Progressive metal band Elegy has had a long career - entirely on Noise Records. But prior to being signed the act - formed by Van De Laars in 1986 - announced its existence through demos like 86's Matricide or 88's Better Than Bells. It is during this period that the band tours and opens for King Diamond. 1990 sees the release of yet another tape called The Elegant Solution. This time the band opens for Battlezone and Hellion. With Hovinga on board the band releases a new tape, this time called Labyrinth Of Dreams - I'm No Fool. This brings the attention of Shark Records (now T&T and a subsidiary of Noise) and a deal. The band tours in support of its debut and is especially well received in Japan. In 1993 Gorefest calls and Warby is off and Bruinenberg is in. In 1995 Briton Parry becomes the new singer for the band. In 1996 Elegy releases a Japanese EP called Primal Instinct - acoustic and later released in Europe. Hovinga goes on to produce bands (Mortuary, etc.) Forbidden Fruit saw the importation of French guitar hero Rondat.
The band called it a day in the autumn of 2003 with Rondat going back to a solo career. Ian Parry was looking to organize a farewell tour.
Crystal Tears joined forces with Ian Parry in 2008. Parry was invited to write the lyrics and vocal melody lines as a guest vocalist on that band’s new CD.
ELEGY - FORBIDDEN FRUIT - NOISE/ CENTURY MEDIA
Coming your way here is the sixth album of the Pan-European prog-rock band Elegy and it should be fair to say that this album establishes the band as one which, while never brilliant, consistently delivers good material for its genre and fan base and can always be relied upon to satisfy any listener of bands as diverse as Dream Theater, Paradise Lost, Time Machine and so forth. Elegy never pretends it is anything but progressive and pompous, but mixes the tried and true formula with a ballad, a couple of faster numbers and some up tempo material to keep you and I on our toes. - Ali "The Metallian"