The idea behind Elegeion was initially conceived during 1993 by Anthony (guitar / bass / vocal). After playing a few of the songs in another band throughout 1993 & 1994, Elegeion finally materialized at the beginning of 1995 under the name Transcendence, consisting of Anthony & James (bass).
1996 saw the release of the demo of epic proportions “Induction To Eternal Rest…” which gave rise to interest from several European labels, tape traders and magazines worldwide. 1997 saw the demo’s release on MCD by Candlelight Records under the title “Odyssey Into Darkness”, aptly described as “gothic / classical metal with the emphasis on trance-like, hypnotic riffs with powerful operatic female vocals and mournful violins”. Subsequent reviews & advertising promotion followed in such magazines as Terrorizer, Metal Hammer, Psycho, Grind Zone, Aardshock, Metallion, Close Up, Hard Rock, Ablaze & metal/underground fanzines. Sales of the demo were in excess of 2000 units.
In 1998/99, rehearsal tapes & a demo of the new album was recorded. Line-up changes occurred in 2000 resulting in ELEGEION consisting solely of the main songwriter Anthony Kwan. With a lack of Australian musicians who sympathized with this direction in music, the rest of the line up consists of friends (Natasha & Dieudonnee on vocals) & session musicians on drums / percussion, cello, violin & piano. Having undying passion & conviction behind the concept and direction of ELEGEION, Anthony believes that working solo with selected musicians who are masters of their trade has proven to be the strongest and most effective line-up yet, although a band has been formed for live performances.
The year 2000 saw ELEGEION travel interstate & enter the supreme Nesci Recordings studio for two months to independently record the ultra-emotive epic album “Through The Eyes Of Regret”. Recorded, mixed & produced by the insane & eccentric Tony Nesci, of Henry Rollins, CHALICE & LONG VOYAGE BACK fame, the album has a world standard production, full of warmth and character.
The quest of ELEGEION is to discover a beauty. One which transcends the boundaries of aestheticism. One which is expressed through sound & captures the purest of all emotions, namely that of sadness. ELEGEION attempts to capture the savagery, torment & solitude of this emotion through natural resonance & reverberation to achieve a brilliant, vast atmosphere. This music is for those seeking to surpass the musical ambit & redefine its boundaries.
Although this quest may never be ultimately achieved, it will never be abandoned. Hopefully, it can only inspire & temporarily satisfy the ears of those searching for the ultimate emotive experience…but until then, listen…