The first idea of Embrace Depart was born at late of 2003 in Edessa Greece, when Akis Vamvakides(drums) and Stathis Gazepis(vocals) were planning on forming a metal band. The guys thought over suitable members into the band and decided to ask if their friends Pashalis Toufexis(guitar), Vaggelis Bakos(lead guitar) and Teo Tsiklanis(bass) would be interested in this kind of idea.
All of them became interested in the project and started to compose and rehears some atmosphairic gothic metal material for the first demo.After a while the band joined a keyboard player Giannis Toufexis and with this line-up they released their first demo called "Promo 2004".The recording and mixing of the "Promo 2004" took place in summer 2004 in LUNATECH studios by Jim Douvras and Jim Theodorides at Thessaloniki Greece. This skillfull duo managed to create heavy, but at the same time very atmospheric gothic soundscape into the promo.
They started to do some live concerts and festivals all over Greece with good audience responce.They continue to compose songs for their first full length album but unfortunately the bass player Teo Tsiklanis left the band and was replaced by George Iliakopoulos.Two major supports took place first with KATATONIA and afterwards with LAKE OF TEARS at thessaloniki Greece. In 20/21/22 July 2007 the group Showed up In METAL HEALING FESTIVAL at Drama, Kokinogia-Greece with the following bands:RAGE , ORPHANED LAND , LEAVES EYES , ABORTED , SEPTIC FLESH , THE HAUNTED , NIGHTRAGE , MYSTIC PROPHECY , MOONSORROW , LUNARSEA , DESTRUCTION , FIREWIND , PENTAGRAM , EKTOMORF , NAER MATARON , INNACTIVE MESSIAH , DEVISER , WOTAN , MARAUDER , INFIDEL,with great response from metal fans and webzines, magazines.
Also they make a live consert at the famous club Valhalla in Comotini-Greece and the crowded Eightball club in Thessaloniki-Greece. Many websites such as www.metalstorm.com and magazines such as metal hammer and rockhard wrote many good reviews about the Promo 2004 and the band.
The whole package was finished by wonderful artwork by Alex Apazoglou and Kostas Rossides. The cover artwork differs from ordinary goth album covers by its glowing but depressive Fall look. the "Promo 2004" contains four tracks of gothic / atmospheric metal,which exude dark melancholy veiled in beautiful and catchy melody lines.It then seemed like the album would never see the light of day, but was eventually self financed in a desirable match to the album title in the end of 2006.
The name of the album was "Ending Dreams" which contains 9 songs.With a professional production and mastering by Jim Douvras at Lunatech Sounds Productions©.The perpose of the album is to be able to find a record label and management for the band.Embrace Depart are already recording the second album of the band with 10 new songs at the same studios and they are also composing the songs for the third album.