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EVERSHIP II

Evership

 

Neo-Prog

3.96 | 123 ratings

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Jeff_the_GlassCaster
5 stars As much as I love the debut album I was a little concerned waiting for this release ? until I heard it?..

One would never guess that this is a sophomore effort ? it does not suffer from the 2nd album curse in the least. I absolutely love this album. It has an urgency that may, in part, be from how much shorter time Shane (Atkinson) had to put this effort together. II, however, has a great deal of continuity to the eponymous first album and a flow that will keep you listening all the way throughout.

Evership II opens with the song Serious Room and what an opening! A fully dramatic song that showcases the talents of this band. Recorded (in part) at RoSfest in 2017, the song begins gently lulling you in with Beau's (West) voice seductively calling. The music soothes you into a dreamy place and then builds in intensity with each line. By mid-song you will find it hard to stay in your chair! Everything about this song is why I love Prog.

Monomyth opens with the rhythm section setting an intensity that sets the stage for the song and our hero's awakening. About 3 min into the song we get the change as the music becomes mellow moving into a new awakening. One almost feels that a full orchestration will happen at any minute as our hero seems to be going through a transformation ? then acoustic guitar ?> "Hope Will Arise" -> the rhythm section awakens us into a battle sequence and conclusion. The more I listen to this song the more I love it.

The next two songs are, perhaps more rock than Prog.

Real or Imagined opens as a lovely acoustic ballad and becomes a straight on rocker ala some of the great 70's bands with some great guitar. Lyrically this one hits a little close to home ? not quite as spot on as Flying Machine from the first album did, but still awfully close.

Wanderer is a sweet, beautiful dreamy song ? just what is needed at this point of the album. Especially for what comes next??..

Isle of the Broken Tree is a continuation of Ultima Thule from the first album. This part of the story finds our hero as he is thrown from his ship as it goes over the edge of the world. What ensues (lyrically) is a wonderful conclusion to the story. What arises (musically) is a fantastic musical composition of arguably epic proportions. After all, this is Prog. For me to continue to pontificate about the virtues of this song would be a true waste of my time and yours, dear reader. It is symphonic (perhaps neo) prog at its finest.

In closing, do yourself a favor. Buy this album in what ever form you enjoy your music. You shall not be disappointed.

Jeff_the_GlassCaster | 5/5 |

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