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PARADOXES

Everon

 

Heavy Prog

2.92 | 27 ratings

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Melomaniac
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3 stars Very nice debut album by Everon.

An idea of what they sound like on this album? Imagine late 80's Rush (Power Windows and Hold your Fire) merged with Saga,Queensryche (Empire)and even Enchant, and you won't be far. By now, you have guessed that this is a keyboard driven affair, but in no way does this mean the rest of the musicians are less interesting. The rythm section is heavily influenced by Rush but manages to remain original enough to not be called copycats. Energetic, creative and precise rythm section. We are sometimes treated to nice electronic drums and percussions patterns, only the sounds used sound a bit dated today (and probably so even in 93, though not as much as today), which is a little downfall. Guitarist Ralf Janssen's style is similar to Alex Lifeson and Ian Crichton, therefore textural, technical and unpredictable. Band leader Oliver Philips handles lead vocals, keyboards and lead guitar. Keyboards are his specialty, providing beautiful textures and catchy patterns. His solos are also very good, he seems to be a very competent guitarist but chooses to stick to what he does best. His voice is what I consider to be a love-or-hate thing, especially at this stage in their career. He makes nice melodies but is not yet in complete control of his singing apparatus, and lacks a bit of confidence. He could be compared to a cross between Saga's Michael Sadler and Queensryche's Geoff Tate, but not as competent as either of them.

Every song on 'Paradoxes' but one is above the five minute mark, and even though they are all interesting, it takes a while for songs to stand out. Rooted in the 80's, Everon's approach on this album can be a bit cheesy (very few moments, but moments nonetheless) and pompous, but this is prog, isnt'it ?

So yes, a very nice debut album by a band filled with promise and competent players, but the best is yet to come.

Three and a half stars, very close to four.

Melomaniac | 3/5 |

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