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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EVERGREY albums / top albums

EVERGREY The Dark Discovery album cover 3.40 | 18 ratings
The Dark Discovery
Progressive Metal 1998
EVERGREY Solitude Dominance Tragedy album cover 3.79 | 23 ratings
Solitude Dominance Tragedy
Progressive Metal 1999
EVERGREY In Search of Truth album cover 3.99 | 42 ratings
In Search of Truth
Progressive Metal 2001
EVERGREY Recreation Day album cover 3.62 | 28 ratings
Recreation Day
Progressive Metal 2003
EVERGREY The Inner Circle album cover 3.97 | 27 ratings
The Inner Circle
Progressive Metal 2004
EVERGREY Monday Morning Apocalypse album cover 2.71 | 22 ratings
Monday Morning Apocalypse
Progressive Metal 2006
EVERGREY Torn album cover 3.54 | 18 ratings
Torn
Progressive Metal 2008
EVERGREY Glorious Collision album cover 3.25 | 21 ratings
Glorious Collision
Progressive Metal 2011
EVERGREY Hymns for the Broken album cover 3.69 | 14 ratings
Hymns for the Broken
Progressive Metal 2014
EVERGREY The Storm Within album cover 3.22 | 12 ratings
The Storm Within
Progressive Metal 2016
EVERGREY The Atlantic album cover 3.95 | 7 ratings
The Atlantic
Progressive Metal 2019

EVERGREY EPs & splits

EVERGREY live albums

EVERGREY A Night to Remember album cover 4.00 | 2 ratings
A Night to Remember
Progressive Metal 2005

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

EVERGREY Demo 1996 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Demo 1996
Progressive Metal 1996

EVERGREY re-issues & compilations

EVERGREY A Decade And A Half 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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Wrong
Progressive Metal 2011
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King of Errors
Progressive Metal 2014

EVERGREY movies (DVD, Blu-Ray or VHS)

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3.43 | 3 ratings
A Night To Remember: Live 2004
Progressive Metal 2005

EVERGREY Reviews

EVERGREY The Atlantic

Album · 2019 · Progressive Metal
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Kev Rowland
I’m not sure, but I think the last Evergrey album I heard prior to this one was ‘Monday Morning Apocalypse’, which came out in 2006, but apart from bassist Johan Niemann the line-up is exactly the same as it was back then. Tom S. Englund provides vocals and guitars, and he is joined by Henrik Danhage (guitars), Rikard Zander (keyboards) and Jonas Ekdahl (drums). Back in 2004, when reviewing ‘The Inner Circle’ I said, “They are more to the metal end of the prog metal genre than their contemporaries, and the result is a type of music that is extremely loud and heavy while maintaining the melody and invention of the genre.” In very many ways that is still true today, except there are passages when they show they can hit into ballads when the time is right.

They are a very heavy band, with harmony vocals, loads of commercial hooks and a production which takes off the rough edges without ever losing the majesty of the performance. They have a huge sound, and one can imagine Devin Townsend being involved with production, as they convey images of Muse with Opeth yet still hitting mainstream hooks and sounds. Unlike certain bands from their hometown of Gothenburg, they continue to delight, and show no sign at all of moving away from their determined path. I do regret missing out on the last four studio albums, and if they are nearly as good as this, I see I have some investment to undertake. Twenty years on, Everygrey are still delivering the progtastic metallic goods.

EVERGREY The Inner Circle

Album · 2004 · Progressive Metal
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martindavey87
Put your sad faces on, this is not going to be pretty. Evergrey's 2004 release, 'The Inner Circle', is a concept album that focuses on themes of religion and abuse. Sounds pleasant, right? It's a very dark and gritty record, that pulls no punches as it tackles some deeply disturbing subject matter.

One of the things I like about Evergrey is their ability to be insanely heavy and brutal, yet maintain a sense of melody in their music. A heavy focus on strings gives this album a gothic feel, which suits the dark nature of the lyrics. And the production packs one hell of a punch, giving the heavy songs the balls they need and the softer songs the essence of melancholy and dreariness.

I told you, this won't be pretty.

The musicianship is top notch here, disregarding the common misconception that every progressive metal album involves endless solos and self-indulgent musical passages, 'The Inner Circle' focuses on atmosphere, with all guitar and keyboard solos being suited to the music perfectly. This is evident in songs such as 'Ambassador', 'The Essence of Conviction', 'A Touch of Blessing' and 'Harmless Wishes'.

This is arguably one of the most depressive albums you'll ever hear, but for all that gloom and doom, there is also some compelling, well-written music, which makes 'The Inner Circle' a worthy addition to your metal collection.

Now, cheer up, mate!

EVERGREY Recreation Day

Album · 2003 · Progressive Metal
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martindavey87
'Recreation Day' served as my introduction to Evergrey. I can't remember anything in particular that prompted me to check them out, it was an album I bought completely on a whim. But I'm glad I did, because it's a fantastic release that perfectly blends brutally heavy riffs with melodic singing, throw in some keyboards and prog-inspired song structures and you've got yourself some damn good metal.

With a much clearer production and a more progressive feel than previous releases, 'Recreation Day' is one of Evergrey's finest works, with consistently strong songwriting that doesn't stray too far from the bands firmly established, gloomy style. The interplay between crushingly heavy guitar riffs and crystalline keyboard melodies is incredible, and makes me regret all those days in my youth when I believed there was no place for keyboards in metal (let's be honest, we've all been there).

An absolute onslaught of intense progressive metal that doesn't let up for one second, the album kicks off relentlessly with 'The Great Deceiver', and follows up with the likes of 'As I Lie Here Bleeding', 'Blinded', 'End of Your Days' and the title track, each song a barrage of riffs that will have your neck aching in the morning. There's a few ballads in here too, most notably 'I'm Sorry', but the lyrical content and the sincerity in the vocals means that this is no safe haven from the underlying sense of dread and uneasiness surrounding each song.

'Recreation Day' is a dark, grim and merciless album from start to finish. There's nothing pretty about it, and that's pretty much why I love it.

EVERGREY The Storm Within

Album · 2016 · Progressive Metal
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UMUR
"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.

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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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