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Studio Album, released in 1998

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Blackened Dawn (3:52)
2. December 26th (5:05)
3. Dark Discovery (3:35)
4. As Light Is Our Darkness (1:59)
5. Beyond Salvation (4:03)
6. Closed Eyes (6:39)
7. Trust And Betrayal (4:18)
8. Shadowed (3:52)
9. When The River Calls (4:28)
10. For Every Tear That Falls (4:14)
11. To Hope Is To Fear (5:39)

Total Time: 47:52

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Line-up / Musicians

- Tom Englund / vocals, guitars
- Dan Bronell / guitars
- Daniel Nojd / bass
- Patrick Carlsson / drums & percussion
- Will Chandra / keyboards

Releases information

Gothenberg Noiseworks/Black Sun

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3.06
(45 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(9%)
9%
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(31%)
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Collectors/fans only (18%)
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Review by semismart
PROG REVIEWER
4 stars Evergrey are the new proverbial, progressive metal "KING'S OF THE HILL". I know this is heresy, since C.W.(conventional wisdom) places Dream Theater on top of our imaginary hill and they certainly are worthy, but let's face it, they are getting a little stale. I don't want to talk about how mediocre Dream Theater's last few albums were and I certainly am not starting a verbal battle of the bands but Evergrey is new and fresh and exciting and intriguing and, well, SUPERLATIVE!!!! They are the KINGS!!!

I know you probably love Dream Theater. Hell, I do too, and maybe you also love Symphony X and possibly Shadow Gallery. They're all great musicians making great music but what I want from you, my readers, is to open up that skeptical thing you call a mind and entertain the remote possibility that I might know what I'm talking about and that these guys are the musical equivalent of the second coming of C.....

Now, I think many of you out there are already familiar with 'Our Grey Boys' and you know what I'm talking about, so my job with you is easier. You've already got In Search of Truth which was, hands down, the BEST PROGRESSIVE METAL ALBUM OF 2001 and probably their followup Recreation Day and you might even have their very strong sophomore effort Solitude*Dominance*Tragedy, so You're all primed for another good Evergrey album. Trouble is The Dark Discovery is not good, it's SUPER DUPER. Yes folks Evergrey's debut album is fantastic. In fact I Like it almost, as much as In Search of Truth. Some songs I like even more.

Who is EVERGREY

The Swedish dark progressive metal band Evergrey was formed in 1995 by singer/guitarist Tom Englund and guitarist Dan Bronell. Other recruited members are bassist Daniel Nojd, keyboardist Will Chandra and drummer Patrick Carlsson. They recorded The Dark Discovery in 1996 but it's release was delayed until 1998, where it got a very positive response from reviewers etc.

The following year they released their sophomore composition Solitude.Dominance.Tragedy to glowing reviews. Keyboardist Will Chandra had left the band and Englund assumed that role in addition to his other duties. Their music which had been described by some as demented or morose metal, was still gloomy but now taking on a little more classical attitude. The next two years saw a game of musical musicians where Nojd was replaced by Michael Hakansson and Sven Karlsson relieved Englund of the Keyboard duties, also Bronell was replaced by Henrik Danhage and most observers had an ominous feeling about the future of Evergrey. Thank god they were wrong or we would never have had a chance to hear their glorious masterpiece In Search of Truth. This is the unofficial prog-metal album of the year for 2001

The musical Mucicians continued with Chris Rehn replacing Karlsson who was subsequently replaced by Rikard Zander before their forth release Recreation Day and drummer Jonas replaced Carlsson afterward and that takes us to present.

The Dark Discovery

Of course, even though, I had the benefit of having heard all of Evergrey's newer albums first and kind of knew what to expect, this was their debut, after all, and my expectations were subdued. However it only took about three or four tracks to know that this album was not inferior to the other albums. This is a fine album in the classic Evergrey style.

And just what is Evergrey's style? Afraid you were going to ask that. Evergrey sounds like, well Evergrey. In truth Evergrey has their own morose, passionate, emotional, mysterious style that is heavy metal mixed with classical, truly unlike any other bands.

Tom Englund

You've probably noticed that founder Tom Englund is the glue that holds the band together. Well he's also the icing on the cake. Englund, whose voice is similar to but a little deeper than Rod Stewart, is the most emotional and passionate singer, along with Joe Cocker, I've ever heard. He gives life to the songs, he makes the songs soar. Although Evergrey's subject matter is dark, dreary and gloomy I don't really notice because the music is so glorious.

Summation

I would like to give this album five stars but objectively there is a couple weak spots, which oddly did not bother me but might bother other listeners.

Firstly, there seems to be a common thread linking the delivery of too many of the songs. While individually the song may be wonderful, as a group their similarity is noticable. This was more acceptible when I thought The Dark Discovery was a concept album, wherein each new song fed off the previous but apparently they feed off each other without the benefit of a story.

Secondly, some of the middle songs were not up to five star quality and even the inimitible Englund vocals could'nt make them so.

Similar Artists

As I intimated before no other bands sound like Evergrey, however the following bands do have similarities: Tad Morose, D.G.M., Threshold, Mastermind , Dream Theater and Superior

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Posted Wednesday, February 11, 2004

Review by Marc Baum
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3 stars Finding a band that can breathe a breath of fresh air into the lungs of a slowly dying breed of rock is hard to find these days. "Evergrey", however, might just be the answer to the immortal question, "Where did all the good progressive metal acts go?"

It is hard to actually find a good progressive metal act out in the world today. Especially one that can blend such dark and frightening topics such as paranoia and regret with amazing progressive metal, as well as some power metal and gothic metal. Quite a combination going there for them. The album can easily be described as an amazing blend of metal. From start to finish, you are bombarded by various styles. You have your fast, deep, and powerful songs, followed by your really slow, acoustic, break-out-your-lighter-and-sing-in-unison-with-the-vocalist type songs, and then you just have your songs that are in between. There's no constant beat that the band lives up to, bringing a wide array of styles with their presentation.

The lyrics are very deep and meaningful, as well as sometimes spiritual. However, sometimes you cannot hear the vocals. Due to a somewhat low production quality (which is understandable for a band's debut album, especially given the time frame that this CD was actually released overseas in 1998), you can hear the music loudly and amazingly, but the vocals sound faded and off in the distance. And, if you are a real stick-in-the-mud, you can hear some small pops of volume in the song 'Closed Eyes', where the volume level picks up a bit, a cymbol crashes, and the guitars are suddenly real low again, sounding as if the CD skipped slightly, and not as though this sound was done on purpose.

Outside of that, the album is really good. One minute you are given a platter of really fast guitar riffs, the next you are given a slow and meaningful song of passion and fear. It's an odd combination, but it makes for one of the musically better progressive metal releases in a long while. If you haven't already, check this one out for yourself. This was Evergrey's start, and a good one. But in respect of their better produced and more ambitious later stuff, I must take off some points here.

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6.5/10 points = 64 % on MPV scale = 3 stars

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Posted Sunday, January 08, 2006

Review by UMUR
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2 stars The Dark Discovery is the debut album from Evergrey and an early attempt to make it in the power/ prog metal world ( not euro Power Metal. Evergrey is more in the American vein). The songs are not that impressive and the sound quality is below standard. Itīs clear though that the band have great ideas just waiting to emerge.

Tom Englund the singer, guitarist, composer and bandleader shows his special voice for the first time. He has a kind of hoarse voice, but very melodic and soft at the same time. Personally I have never liked Tomīs voice that much, but I know real fans of the band think itīs the best, so make your own judgement on this one. Either you like it or not it is very distinct and you can always hear that youīre listening to Evergrey.

I think it is too obvious, that this is a debut album and therefore I donīt think it holds interest for anyone else but the fans/ Completists. So donīt use your time on this one. Move on to the next two albums who are excellent.

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Posted Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Review by Bonnek
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Prog Metal Team
3 stars Evergrey is a dark and gloomy progressive metal band from Sweden. Their ideal song format is a catchy thrash metal epic of around 5 minutes with sharp and witty riffing that is made into magic by the emotive command of their exceptional vocalist Tom Englund. That man has one remarkable voice, it's hoarse, soulful but still very melodious and with a naturally flowing power.

There's two ways to approach this album. The first is looking at it from 1998. Then it is a significant debut where they display all tricks and skills that define them. The other way is going backwards in time, where you will find a blandly produced album that will add nothing to what you already heard on their ensuing masterpieces.

The main problem is the electric guitars that sound as if they're processed through a tube, lacking sharpness and precision. In other words, they're muddy and messy. Now, for a metal that's not an advantage, but the production isn't so bad that it wrecks the enjoyment of the album. Underneath the dense sound sit 11 wonderfully crafted songs that are performed with a sincere and gripping intensity.

Evergrey offer quite a difference to how progressive metal usually sound. Dark and slightly gothic, they remind me of Iced Earth's best moments on The Dark Saga. Evergrey had it in them to surpass that album but some sonic issues nipped that in the bud here. 3.5 stars

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Posted Monday, February 01, 2010

Review by aapatsos
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Prog Metal and Heavy Prog Teams
4 stars A light in the dark

Hope. Fear. Dark. Light. Trust. Betrayal. A Dark Discovery... An exciting discovery.

Evergrey's debut literally opens Pandora's Box (implied in the cover) and unveils an amalgam of progressive metal, heavy/thrash crushing riffs, atmospheric keyboards and top-class vocals all laid in a dark/gloomy background perfectly mastered by Andy LaRocque. The influence of this gifted guitarist (and producer here) is obvious, bringing his ''a-la King Diamond'' feeling to this work.

Although this is a clearly progressive metal record in terms of compositional approach, variation, virtuosity etc, the main influences of the band appear to come from traditional heavy/thrash sources such as Metallica, Iron Maiden, Mercyful Fate etc. The spine of this work is based on the excellent rhythm guitar/bass guitar section which produces a remarkable number of riffs of top quality. The speed of execution combined with the skilled drumming can be overwhelming at times, especially in the opening tracks, but this is balanced later on with beautiful acoustic guitar passages (i.e. As Light is our Darkness).

As mentioned by other reviewers, the outstanding feature of this band is the voice of Tom Englund which is dominant, and can be both aggressive and melodic at the same time, providing the right feeling for the music. While difficult to describe, there is a distinct ''Scandinavian'' feeling in this work that separates it from progressive metal works of that time. The balance between the dark atmosphere, the samples, the heaviness and the melody is maintained throughout the 48 minutes of this excellent debut. The production is generally ''rough'' and might be ''burying'' the sound of guitars at times, but this creates an atmosphere of its own.

Although closer to American power/prog metal forms (rather than European), the sound rarely resembles to Dream Theater, Fates Warning, Queensryche - bands like Hades or Eldritch are more likely to come to fans' minds. Last but not least are the physical contributions of Andy LaRocque in Closed Eyes and of Karina Kjellberg, which lends her ethereal voice and impresses in For Every Tear that Falls.

Summarising, the debut work from Evergrey is the closest to progressive metal they have created and finds them at the peak of creativity with an abundance of ideas and inspiring heavy riffs; particularly recommended to fans of heavy-edge, guitar-based progressive metal. The non-polished production might dissapoint some listeners and annoy others. I personally consider this a gem that is often neglected and possibly underrated. The tiny flaws, imperfect production and similarity between some tracks can only change my mind by half a star.

If you are looking for challenging, creative and slightly ''gloomy'' progressive metal then look no further.

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Review by J-Man
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3 stars Of the literally hundreds of excellent metal bands hailing from Sweden, Evergrey is one of my favorites. The band's trademark mix of thrashy power metal, progressive metal, and gothic subtleties gives them a unique identity within the crowded prog metal genre, and the powerful and distinct vocal delivery from Tom Englund never fails to amaze me. On their 1998 debut, The Dark Discovery, the band's morose and edgy progressive power metal sound is firmly established, but it lacks the refinement that made some of their future efforts so outstanding. Evergrey's entrance into the musical world is flawed in many regards, yet the band exhibits a high level of promise that - thankfully - would be fulfilled over the course of their next few observations.

For those unacquainted with Evergrey, this Swedish act performs a style of progressive power metal with a thrashy, American-sounding edge and dark gothic atmospheres. Their sound has moved in a more commercial direction in recent years, but earlier efforts like this one have quite a few progressive overtones. The Dark Discovery is undoubtedly an original album given its time period, and the band's semi-straightforward and morose sound was a refreshing change of pace from the countless Dream Theater and Fates Warning clones that populated the prog metal scene in 1998. Most of the songs here linger in the four to five minute time frame, and these powerful and melodic mini-epics are all really well-composed and quite diverse. Some songs may take a few listens to draw any distinctions between, but a gothic power ballad in the form of "For Every Tear That Falls", for example, helps add some nice variation and memorability to this already solid album. Although the band would take their unique approach to new heights over the next few years, The Dark Discovery is a worthy listen for any fan of Evergrey.

In terms of complaints, the album's real shortcoming is in its tremendously weak production. The guitars sound muddy and unclear, the drums sound distant and blurred, and Tom Englund's otherwise spectacular vocal delivery is obscured by a poor mixing job. This is just a really amateurish sounding album in terms of production and delivery; in addition to the weak production, the band's technical skills weren't quite as sharp as they would soon become either. It's a bit of a shame, actually, because this is a very impressive album from a compositional standpoint. Still, the production does not ruin The Dark Discovery, and its assets are plentiful enough to warrant a listen from any progressive power metal aficionado. Though I'd recommend starting with a masterpiece like In Search of Truth if you're new to the band, The Dark Discovery is a recommended listen to any Evergrey veteran.

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2 stars I am a bit surprised to find this band alive and well these days. They even have a very good reputation. I reviewed this album ten years ago because I got this promo CD directly from Black Sun when I ran a fanzine. I found the review again some days ago when I was compiling all the old reviews ... (read more)

Report this review (#264089) | Posted by toroddfuglesteg | Wednesday, February 03, 2010 | Review Permanlink

2 stars You can smell a lot of elements in this, Evergrey's debut album: youth, good musicianship, inteligent concepts and still a fair dose of originality; but it still fails in terms of songwriting. Most of the time we have a mellow, painful clean voice over rather heavy riffing, and an overall soph ... (read more)

Report this review (#89026) | Posted by Iconoclasta | Tuesday, September 05, 2006 | Review Permanlink

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