EVERGREY
Progressive Metal • Sweden

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Evergrey is a metal band from Gothenburg, Sweden. The band was founded in 1996 and released its debut album The Dark Discovery in 1998. The Band early works fall under the progressive metal genre, but more recent works have taken on a more modern melodic metal sound. Evergrey's lyrics have always been of the darker sort. While The Dark Discovery dealt with a variety of ideas, later albums have been concept albums, dealing with issues like self-reformation (Recreation Day), paranoia, alien abduction (In Search of Truth), child abuse, and religion (The Inner Circle).

Recreation Day is an album that covers many issues, ranging from death and mourning to general fear and sorrow, all of which contribute to a greater concept of re-creation of oneself. These ideas are explored from many different points of view, such as someone contemplating suicide ("As I Lie Here Bleeding"), mourners after a funeral ("I'm
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.. Album Cover 3.45 | 16 ratings
The Dark Discovery
Progressive Metal 1998
.. Album Cover 4.10 | 21 ratings
Solitude Dominance Tragedy
Progressive Metal 1999
.. Album Cover 4.20 | 38 ratings
In Search of Truth
Progressive Metal 2001
.. Album Cover 3.92 | 25 ratings
Recreation Day
Progressive Metal 2003
.. Album Cover 4.12 | 23 ratings
The Inner Circle
Progressive Metal 2004
.. Album Cover 2.67 | 20 ratings
Monday Morning Apocalypse
Progressive Metal 2006
.. Album Cover 3.61 | 16 ratings
Torn
Progressive Metal 2008
.. Album Cover 3.20 | 17 ratings
Glorious Collision
Progressive Metal 2011
.. Album Cover 3.68 | 11 ratings
Hymns for the Broken
Progressive Metal 2014
.. Album Cover 3.74 | 7 ratings
The Storm Within
Progressive Metal 2016

EVERGREY EPs & splits

EVERGREY live albums

.. Album Cover 4.00 | 2 ratings
A Night to Remember
Progressive Metal 2005

EVERGREY demos, promos, fans club and other releases (no bootlegs)

.. Album Cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Demo 1996
Progressive Metal 1996

EVERGREY re-issues & compilations

.. Album Cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
A Decade And A Half
Progressive Metal 2011

EVERGREY singles (4)

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I'm Sorry
Progressive Metal 2003
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Monday Morning Apocalypse
Progressive Metal 2006
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0.00 | 0 ratings
Wrong
Progressive Metal 2011
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King of Errors
Progressive Metal 2014

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.. Album Cover
4.46 | 3 ratings
A Night To Remember: Live 2004
Progressive Metal 2005

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EVERGREY The Storm Within

Album · 2016 · Progressive Metal
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"The Storm Within" is the 10th full-length studio album by Swedish power metal act Evergrey. The album was released through AFM Records in September 2016. It´s the successor to "Hymns for the Broken" from 2014, which by many is considered a comeback album of sorts, because lead vocalist/guitarist Tom Englund reunited with drummer Jonas Ekdahl and guitarist Henrik Danhage after a lineup turmoil in 2010 meant that those two left Evergrey. Apparently the marriage is happy again though because "The Storm Within" features the exact same lineup who recorded "Hymns for the Broken (2014)".

Stylistically the music on "The Storm Within" pretty much continues the anthemic power metal with a melancholic atmosphere, that Evergrey also played on the predecessor. In fact this is unmistakably the sound of Evergrey with Tom Englund´s distinct sounding vocals in front, melodic and occasional thrash metal oriented guitar playing (the thrash metal riffs are more an influence rather than a dominant element of the band´s sound), supporting keyboards for texture, and a powerful and tight playing rhythm section. The quality of the performances is high throughout. Here I´ll have to give a special mention to Henrik Danhage´s guitar solos. He is a brilliant guitar player, and his solos on this album definitely help elevate the music to higher levels.

The songwriting is generally top notch professional too. Tracks like "Distance", "In Orbit" (featuring Floor Jansen of Nightwish), and the atmospheric title track (which reminds me quite a lot of Anathema) are among the highlights, but "The Storm Within" is overall a pretty consistent quality release. The only track which doesn´t quite reach the high quality of the rest of the material is the saccarine power ballad "The Paradox of the Flame" (a duet power balled with Tom´s wife Carina Englund). When Evergrey touch that territory is when they are worst.

"The Storm Within" features a powerful, detailed, and well sounding production, which suits the music perfectly and upon conclusion it´s another quality release by Evergrey. There´s not much development of sound, and I could have done with a few more tempo changes as most of the tracks don´t leave mid-pace, but on a whole it´s still a very professional and well sounding release, and a 3.5 - 4 star (75%) rating isn´t all wrong.

EVERGREY The Inner Circle

Album · 2004 · Progressive Metal
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Warthur
After the slightly shaky Recreation Day, Evergrey firmed up their sound again with The Inner Circle. Once again it's a concept album, this time based around the thin line between conventional religious practices and cultish manipulation, and how sects which theologically try to wall off their followers from the outside world can create an environment in which all sorts of abuses can take place.

The idea offers some obvious thematic connections with In Search of Truth - in the sense that both concepts revolve around conspiracies that cover for abusive actions, although where the former is fantastical and unlikely, the latter is unfortunately an all too real phenomenon, as illustrated by incidents like the conviction of Warren Jeffs. Likewise, whereas In Search of Truth had spoken word bits from the point of view of an abductee, here we have various spoken word extracts from the sermons of various religious leaders, some of whom seem overcome with grief.

So, structurally then what we are dealing with is an album which feels a lot like a sequel to In Search of Truth, and musically we're in the same general area too. On the whole, I think it's no embarrassment to its predecessor, and is certainly a better followup than Recreation Day, but I don't think it's quite on the same level - say, about a half-star difference between them.

EVERGREY Recreation Day

Album · 2003 · Progressive Metal
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Warthur
Evergrey's Recreation Day isn't a bad album, as such - it finds the band turning out competent progressive metal in a similar vein to the preceding In Search of Truth. However, In Search of Truth enjoyed the benefit of a much stronger central concept than the rather vague ideas about personal improvement and self-exploration that underpin proceedings here, and the comparative lack of a strong focus seems to be reflected in the compositions here as much as it is in the lyrics. The cheesier parts of Evergrey's sound get a bit more airtime, and some songs end up drifting into repetitive sections as though the band aren't sure how to develop their ideas further.

It's an enjoyable enough listen, but it's very forgettable, and it lacks the distinct flavour and atmosphere which gave In Search of Truth the edge.

EVERGREY The Storm Within

Album · 2016 · Progressive Metal
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One of my most anticipated albums for the second half of 2016 was The Storm Within, the 10th full length album by Swedish progressive metal band Evergrey. I’ve made it no secret over the years that I’m a huge fan of their unique brand of dark progressive metal, where everything from the guitar tone to the keyboards, vocals and lyrics all contribute to the overall atmosphere of their music. Their 2004 album The Inner Circle still ranks as my favorite by them, but after some ups and downs following that release, they came back strong with their previous release Hymns for the Broken, so I was excited to see what they would come up with next, while admittedly still a bit nervous, just because they’ve had difficulties putting two consecutive great albums together in recent years. Thankfully, with The Storm Within they’ve not only retained all the strengths of their previous album, they’ve managed to put together an album that improves upon it in every possible way, making for one of the strongest albums of their career, and for sure one of the best prog albums to be released in 2016.

After several albums in a row marked by changes, it seems the Evergrey lineup has finally stabilized, as The Storm Within is the first time since Monday Morning Apocalypse that they’ve kept the exact same lineup for multiple albums in a row. This is a good thing, as the two longtime mainstays vocalist/guitarist Tom S. Englund and keyboardist Rikard Zander are both pretty much irreplaceable at this point, bassist Johan Niemann has settled into his role well, and obviously fans were excited to have guitarist Henrik Danhage and drummer Jonas Ekdahl back in 2014. While the songwriting of Hymns for the Broken wasn’t always the best the band is capable of, its biggest strength was the energy of the returning members as well as the fact that them being back seemed to energize the rest of the band, resulting in some of the best performances from the band in recent years. This time around, Tom’s vocals and lyrics are as powerful and emotionally resonant as ever, Rikard’s keyboards continue to provide nice ambiance as always, Henrik’s riffs are as crushing as ever before and Jonas is as smooth and on point as ever on drums. It also helps that the production is just as strong as it was on the last album. So basically, the band has lost none of the energy they regained on Hymns for the Broken, making this the first time in years where it feels like the band has successfully built on their previous album. More importantly, the song writing this time is on a slightly higher level, still containing the same kind of dark and atmospheric tracks the band has always excelled at, but also stretching out a bit with some of their heaviest songs in recent years, as well as a bit more speed than their last two albums. I also find this album to have some of the catchiest songs they’ve written since Recreation Day. On the whole, it’s an Evergrey album through and through, but with some slight modern touches.

Evergrey has always been great at opening tracks, with songs like “The Masterplan” and “A Touch of Blessing” being among the best, most immediately engaging opening tracks I’ve ever heard, and even “King of Errors” from their previous album was pretty damn impressive. They’ve done something a little bit different this time, with “Distance”. The track starts off very slowly with very cold sounding piano notes, then some modern sounding, punishing riffs enter in, but the pace remains very slow. It’s the kind of crushing, atmospheric prog the band specializes in, and while it doesn’t have the immediate impact of some of their other openings, it’s the kind of track that slowly grows on you until eventually you realize how brilliant it is. Its chorus is very strong, and the choirs towards the end are used very effectively, to help set the tone for the album. After this, “Passing Through” is a much harder hitting track, moving at a slightly faster tempo, though it’s still mostly mid paced. In the second verse the riffs get heavier and the song really picks up, with some great vocals from Tom, and the chorus is definitely one of their strongest and catchiest in quite a while.

My main criticism against Hymns for the Broken was that after a strong start it kinda lost momentum in the middle, with several similar sounding tracks in a row that, while effective on their own, blended together so that they weren’t all that enjoyable to listen to all in a row. While I can’t say this album completely avoids that pitfall, it definitely doesn’t lose as much momentum as its predecessor did. “Someday” is a more typical power ballad, mostly reliant on the atmospheric keys and Tom’s excellent vocals, but with occasional bits where the guitars take over. It’s a very nice track with another excellent chorus. Really, the only track that makes me lose my patience a little bit is “Astray”. It has a great main riff and it’s a nice song overall, but it feels a bit too samey to the previous song for my ears, except it’s not as memorable.

Aside from that, though, the album never loses its way for an extended period like Hymns did, and after the really nice piano driven ballad “The Impossible”, we hit the best sequence of the album. “My Allied Ocean” is probably my favorite on the album and it comes as a bit of a surprise, as it’s the kind of guitar driven, fast paced track they haven’t done much since Recreation Day. In fact, between the overall feel, the speed and the guitar leads after the chorus, it reminds me a lot of that album’s classic opening track “The Great Deceiver”. Henrik really shines on this song, with some great riffs throughout, especially during a voice-over section in the middle,and the solo that ensues, as well as those aforementioned leads after the chorus.

Another track where he stands out is “The Lonely Monarch”, a track which has faster paced verses, though the modern sounding keys and Tom’s vocals take over during the excellent chorus. It has a solo section that reminds me of classic Evergrey, and that’s where Henrik gets to really showcase his skills. In between those two tracks is “In Orbit”, more of a mid paced keyboard driven track, with another very catchy chorus. In fact, it’s one of the most accessible songs the band has ever made, and this feeling is enhanced by guest vocals from current Nightwish vocalist Floor Jansen, who shows up during the second verse and the last few runs through the chorus. It’s certainly one of their most melodic songs as well one of their catchiest to date. Another late album highlight is “Paradox of the Flame”, a piano driven ballad where we get the expected appearance from Carina Englund. As always, she sounds amazing with Tom and the two of them provide some very emotional vocals that help enhance the powerful, devastating lyrics. The end of the album reminds me a lot of how the previous album ended: We have the lengthy, hard hitting “Disconnect”, where we get some very modern sounding riffs contrasted against the atmospheric keys and a very nice chorus, eventually giving way to an excellent extended instrumental section towards the end, while the closing title track is the kind of power ballad the band always does well, and it too has a nice extended instrumental section. I don’t find the latter quite as impressive as the 5 tracks that come before, but it’s still a nice way to close the album.

After Hymns for the Broken proved to be one of the strongest Evergrey albums in recent years, I was a bit concerned their next effort would feel a bit uninspired, but thankfully The Storm Within has proven me wrong. Instead, it carries over all the energy of its predecessor while also containing some of the best, most varied songwriting the band has had since their classic period from 2001-2004. It features the unique brand of dark, atmospheric prog the band has always been known for, but it also has some of their catchiest and most melodic songs to date, making it a very good starting point. Longtime fans of the band should be very happy with this release, and I also think fans of prog in general, especially those who like their music to have a darker tone, should enjoy this one.

originally written for myglobalmind.com: http://myglobalmind.com/2016/09/07/evergrey-storm-within-review/

EVERGREY The Dark Discovery

Album · 1998 · Progressive Metal
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"The Dark Discovery" is the debut full-length studio album by Swedish heavy/power metal act Evergrey and. The album was released through GNW Records in 1998. Evergrey was formed in 1995 in Gothenburg and on this album consists of Tom Englund (vocals, guitar), Dan Bronell (guitar), Daniel Nojd (bass), Will Chandra (keyboards), and Patrick Carlsson (drums). "The Dark Discovery" was recorded at Los Angered Studios, Gothenburg, which is the studio that is owned and operated by King Diamond guitarist Andy La Rocque. The album was produced by Andy La Rocque and Evergrey.

...and let me start by saying that to my ears the sound production unfortunately is below standard. It lacks power, clarity, and a professional touch, which is a bit surprising since Andy La Rocque is involved, but it´s nevertheless the truth. Stylistically Evergrey play a melodic US power metal influenced heavy metal style, so they master both the harder edged semi-thrashy riffing and the more melodic heavy/power metal moments. Englund has a very distinct sounding hoarse voice, which always makes Evergrey´s music easy to identify. Despite the relatively hoarse quality of his voice, Englund actually isn´t a very raw sounding singer, and most vocals on the album are melodic in style.

The quality of the material is decent, but combined with the relatively weak sounding production, most tracks don´t come off sounding that great. There´s definitely potential here and the musicianship is generally on a high level too, but there´s no denying "The Dark Discovery" is a bit rough around the edges both when it comes to the songwriting and the sound production. A 2.5 - 3 star (55%) rating is warranted.

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adg211288 wrote:
more than 2 years ago
After a second discussion with the team they've been moved fully under prog metal.
adg211288 wrote:
more than 2 years ago
It is the wrong place as posts like that often get missed. I don't disagree with you though but the setup you see is the only compromise the collabs of the site could reach after the band was moved out of power metal.
666sharon666 wrote:
more than 2 years ago
I know this is the wrong place but traditional heavy metal? Really? Evergrey are and have always been a progressive metal band.

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