Eloy is a band that has always been there! That’s not right of course, but the band was founded in Hamburg in 1969. Several hiatuses in the 80’s and 90’s, but in august the new album The Vision, The Sword & The Pyre (Part II) was released. That release is a double anniversary, The 20th album, and fifty years since the band`s inception. The new album is the fulfilment of main man Frank Bornemann’s dream of bringing the Joan Of Arc story to the rock opera form. Eloy released the first part of the album back in 2017 to much acclaim, drawing critical acclaim and reaching No. 22 in the German charts.
The name Eloy is based on the H.G. Wells’ book The Time Machine. In the book, Eloy is a human race from around 800,000 years in the future.
Early on, Bournemann was simply part of group making covers of popular music and in a decision to move away from this, Bournemann and his band changed their name to Eloy and began making their own kind of music. With their 2nd album, 1973’s Inside, Eloy had firmly and unquestionably planted their musical direction into progressive rock.
By the release of Power And The Passion in 1975, the first symphonic concept album from the band it was apparent that Bornemann had found his direction while other members had different ideas. The band broke up (notably keyboardist Manfred Wieczorke moved on to the band Jane) allowing Bornemann to retain the band name and bring on other musicians who wanted to continue in this same direction. For the next 3 albums, Eloy were clearly in their peak form as Dawn, Oceans and Silent Cries And Mighty Echos continued firmly in the direction started off by Power And The Passion and Eloy grew to become one of the biggest progressive rock bands in Germany.
Although more fine albums followed, there began a turnover in personnel and drifting in the band’s style (beginning with the release of Colours) which ultimately resulting by 1988 in Eloy becoming essentially a duo of Bornemann and Michael Gerlach kicked off by the release of the album Ra.
By the later 1990’s, many of the band’s original musicians returned to the fold and the band began a renaissance of sorts, a highly successful 25th anniversary tour Eloy and the release of a number of albums in the mold of the classic Eloy sound.