The earliest history of ELYSIUM can be traced back to 1978 when Terry Allen (vocals/guitar) and Tim Jorgensen (drums) began writing songs and tracking demos in a basement but it wasn’t until 1988 that ELYSIUM, as most fans knew them, began to take full shape. Despite being a new band ELYSIUM found themselves playing an active part in the thriving Florida metal scene during the late eighties. Besides finding time to record their Inspired Hatred demo they were sharing stages with “local” bands like Death, Cynic, Malevolent Creation, Solstice, Nasty Savage and as well as touring acts like Trouble and King Diamond.
ELYSIUM’s only recorded work arrived as the Inspired Hatred demo tape. This was not like any ordiniary demo of its time due to the exceptional production it showcased. Inspired Hatred’s high production value can be attributed to the fact that the band chose to work with engineer Tom Morris (Iced Earth, Morbid Angel, Coroner, Kreator, Sepultura) of the now and still legenadary Morrisound Studios.
Although ELYSIUM found themselves recording at the traditional Floridian death metal headquarters they most definitely were not of the same ilk. ELYSIUM instead chose a path of melodic and technical thrash metal. Speedy tempos, rapid fire riffs and a unique vocal rasp all helped to set ELYSIUM off from the Floridian death metal pack. Like many fans of cult metal Inspired Hatred has always remained one of Divebomb Records favorite unreleased gems and we are extremely excited to now give this classic demo it’s first proper release on CD. This reissue not only includes the original Inspired Hatred demo tape, but also adds a bonus track and a full live set (video only) as part of an enhanced CD.
OCTOBER 30th, 2012 (R.I.P. – Terry Allen)
We at Divebomb Records are saddened to report that ELYSIUM’s guitarist and vocalist, Terry Allen, passed away early last week. Personally, we only knew him a short time, but his music has been with us for over 20 years. We send our deepest condolences to his family, friends and band mates.
ELYSIUM’s drummer, Tim Jorgensen wanted to share this open letter with all the fans of ELYSIUM and fellow metal brethen throughout the world.
Terry W. Allen
May 1966 to October 2012
It is with my deepest regret that I must pass on the news of the death of Terry W. Allen. He was found dead in his apartment on Monday, October 22nd, 2012. To most reading this he was a great guitarist, innovative song writer, talented singer and the backbone to Elysium and the Inspired Hatred cd. He also played in Paramoure in the late 1980’s, Phoenix Rising (a country band of all things) in the early 90’s, Parricide, Rage (this goes way back to high school in the early 80’s) and I am sure I am missing some as well. He was truly a rocker indeed. He brought the best out of me as a drummer and had a profound influence on me both musically and personally. I have truly been privileged to be part of Terry and his family since we started jammin’ together at 11 years old.
On the outside Terry was pretty quiet, but if you knew him well it didn’t take long to realize there was a very passionate, intelligent, witty and funny guy in there. I can’t tell you how many hours we have spent discussing politics, women, marriage, religion, business and music of course. I will miss having those conversations.
He is survived by his Mother and sister. He had no children and was not currently married. I have been out of the music scene for so long and have no idea how to contact any of our old friends from the south Florida days. If anybody out there feels the need to contact me please feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you for reading this and listening to our music as well. My heart and prayers go out to Terry’s family.