Dutch death metal band Callenish Circle rose from the ashes of an earlier band named Genocide circa 1992. Singer Patrick Savelkoul and guitarist Jos Evers worked with countless different lineups before finding stability two years later with the arrival of guitarist Ronny Tijssen, bassist John Gorissen, and drummer Gavin Harte. After fleshing out their sound for another year or so, the quintet recorded 1995's "Lovelorn" demo, which was voted demo of the month by Holland's most respected heavy metal publication, Aardschok, and quickly sold out the 1,000 copies they'd had printed. This surge of interest didn't go unnoticed and Holland's own Hammerheart Records soon offered them a one-album deal, resulting in Callenish Circle's 1996 debut, Drift of Empathy. Although its songs displayed a competently executed melodic death metal sound inspired by the Swedish scene to the north, the album failed to ignite much consumer interest outside their homeland, and both band and label decided it was in their best interest to part ways.