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Evergrey - A Night To Remember   CD (album) cover




Progressive Metal

3.85 | 32 ratings

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3 stars 3.5 stars.

I don't know if I'd consider Evergrey a prog-metal band in the traditional sense. There aren't any long, epic tracks. There is an absence of strange time signatures and rapid tempo changes. However, there are female backup singers / chorus, string quartets and keyboards. These are often attributed to progressive music, but aren't in and of themselves a definition either. After all, we'd have to consider Metallica's awful S&M project progressive, which it most certainly wasn't.

That all said, this is simple good, arty power metal. Something that can be thorough enjoyed within that context. Tom Englund delivers powerhouse vocals that convey a good deal of emotion without losing its edge. The string quartet and female backup singers augment the music without sounding "grafted on" or forced. The music itself is pretty straight ahead power metal, well played by not spectacular. As for the live recording itself, it captures a good atmosphere with crowd interaction. The sound quality is a bit too wide and expansive, lacking the cohesion that a tighter stage focus would bring. A lot of that has to do with a stage setup that has perhaps too many musicians. The recording has a little too much venue echo because of all the mics used on stage. Having personally mixed several hundred live recordings, this is a common problem. All in all a good recording and a great way to introduce yourself to the music of Evergrey, it is where I started before getting the individual albums.

[Start Rant] People that give good recordings 1 star ratings need to see a proctologist. These are people that are desperate for attention and don't contribute much to the community other than being an annoyance. 1 star ratings should be reserved for horrible sounding recordings or just absolute garbage (Metallica's St. Anger). 1 star ratings should have the same restrictions as a 5 star rate, perhaps even more restrictive since it is usually used as a vindictive rating by attention seekers.

There is a huge difference between Evergrey and Motorhead. They don't make the same type of metal music and they don't have the same style or target audience. I'm a huge Motorhead fan and I've seen them live about 8 times now. Their brand of punk-metal has a completely different vibe and thus their live performances are like comparing apples and oranges. Lemmy is a metal god, few could argue that. His vocal style is as unique as his personality. But he'd be the first to admit Tom Englund is a more accomplished singer. Once again, different styles and different audiences. [End Rant]

dltonya | 3/5 |


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