Eyes Of Ligeia was initiated as the solo doom project of Dante a.k.a Toby Chappell in Rosewell, Georgia in 1998. Several demos, including A Dirge For The Most Lovely Dead, were issued. During this period, the solo band understandably featured drum machines. Beginning with The Untuning Of The Sky the band began to feature live musicians which culminated into a full-fledged line-up for 2006’s A Fever Which Would Cling To Thee Forever. The band decided to call it a day after nine years of existence in early 2007.
Dante also had several side-projects behind him, which featured fellow Eyes Of Ligeia members.
EYES OF LIGEIA - A FEVER WHICH WOULD CLING TO THEE FOREVER - PARAGON
Eyes Of Ligeia is so underground that the band might call the earth’s core its home. Playing a mixture of doom and evil nihilistic metal won’t exactly get one invited to the halls of Rock’n Roll Hall Of fame, but thank goodness for that because who needs more sell-out commercial mainstream drivel? The vocals are not exactly presented in abundance throughout this album, but what the listener does get is agonized and painful. The music, in league with the devil, delivers sounds so at odds with pedestrian mainstream goodness that one can only bow before the band’s power. That though is the band’s enigma. The intensity and force is seemingly delivered with little effort. This is not exactly fast or full of power chords. Instead, the Americans cruise into demonic triumph as though on Pluto time. The band is compared to Burzum, which should be offensive to the band for these guys are way ahead of that poser. - Anna Tergel