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GLORIOUS COLLISION

Evergrey

 

Progressive Metal

3.03 | 41 ratings

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Ramma
2 stars Another sad release for Evergrey pretty much extinguishes any last hope of a return to form. Sadly future albums are just not worth the listen (3 strikes, your out).

The above statement makes me sad as only a few years ago Evergrey was easily at the top of my favorite bands list. Great old school riffing with a fresh modern sound, strong front man and strong musicianship with enough prog elements to have something really unique. I also had the privilege of seeing them live and they were fantastic.

So what's gone wrong? Monday Morning Apocalypse was the beginning of a move in a commercial direction that has not stopped. But I forgave them for this, it was a different album but still had a great riffs. Ironically many people have voted Torn a better album but to me although Torn may not have been quite so obviously commercial as Monday morning, it didn't really have any catchy riffs to it to hold your attention. Both of these albums dulled down the keyboards - a trend that has continued to Glorious Collision (even the album names have become lame & uninspired).

Having seen Everygrey in action there was little doubt Tom Englund desperately wants the whole rock god thing but I doubt he's destined to get it. Everygrey's music still remains too heavy for the average cross-over or rock charts fan and the songs are becoming more repetitive, predictable, sappy and dull. The original fan base and prog lovers alike are fleeing like rats from a ship while new metal heads see Everygrey's music as too obviously try-hard commercial. In short they aren't finding any real audience.

Glorious Collision offers pretty much nothing (except the same safe old formula if that's what you want). Nothing really stands out, nothing is new, the whole album meanders along at a constant pace. It is completely uninspired.

Everygrey is definitely a band beyond it's expiry date which is a shame. Having put out earlier masterpieces that in my book dominated the progressive metal scene this really is disappointing and I suspect attributable to Tom Englund's clearly gigantic ego. Keyboard players of worth long gave up trying to be an active part of the Everygrey sound and now all we have is a repetition of uninspired riffs.

I do hope one day a miracle can turn things around and Englund sees the light. (2.5 stars)

Ramma | 2/5 |

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