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Progressive Metal • Hungary


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Back to the Ancient Times ...
The band was formed in 1997 called NEVERWOOD by Attila Tanczer (keyboards) and Viktor Erdos (bass) from the present line-up but the first important results are from July of 1999. ... so the show started in our childhood.

After the continuos changes, the line-up was stabilized in 2000 when Johnny Debreczi (vocals/guitars), Tamas Rabel (drums) and Ferenc Farkas (guitars) joined and we played many succesful gigs. We finished our first demo CD entitled Újjászületés (Immortality) in February of 2001 with three songs. Comparing with our present style the music on this demo is closer to the hard rock and the structures of the songs are simplier but we already tried to reach the best sound and the highest quality of the lay-out. In May of 2001 we had to part with Johnny. In the next term of time Viktor did the vocals. We had many concerts again accompanied by such metal groups as STAINLESS STEEL and ÁRNYAK. We joined Dying Wish and Da Capo at their Perpetuum Morbide Tour in the Spring of 2002. After more than one year we met Balazs "Balu" Koncz who proved that he is the best replacement for the vocals! He joined the band in August of 2002. We recorded our second demo with one song called "Jeanne D'Arc" (Never Surrender), which became the mostly known of our songs and received very good critics by the media. From December of 2002 we played some gigs in many parts of Hungary. We joined the Terra Tourin' Cognita of the band NEMESIS with Perfect Symmetry and Behinia in the Spring of 2003.

In April of 2004 we started a new festival called Taste of Metal. Three famous Hungarian metal bands played with us: NEMESIS, AFTER@ALL (now Haelo) and WENDIGO (with Stonehenge ex-vocalist Zoltan Batky). We had the chance to play before Devon Graves (DEAD SOUL TRIBE, ex-PSYCHOTIC WALTZ), then we also played at the Summerground festival in August.

At the end of June we finished our first album called "Mind Games". It was recorded in the Studio Bakery (H) - the sound is extraordinary: crystal clear, raw and dynamic. The album includes 11 songs and an intro with Zoltan Kiss, the frontman of NEMESIS and Iron Majdnem as a guest vocalist in two songs. The cover is made by the famous designer Gyula Havancsák who painted the cover of the last ANNIHILATOR, GRAVE DIGGER and THERION albums. We changed our name to EVERWOOD.

"Mind Games" is OUT NOW! by the greek metal label Burning Star Records !

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3.27 | 4 ratings
Mind Games
2005
3.37 | 7 ratings
The Ravens Nest
2007
3.98 | 6 ratings
Without Saving
2011

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 Without Saving by EVERWOOD album cover Studio Album, 2011
3.98 | 6 ratings

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Without Saving
Everwood Progressive Metal

Review by kev rowland
Special Collaborator Crossover Team

4 stars I have to be honest and say that I don't know many bands from Hungary: the obvious exception for me up to now has been After Crying who have released some stunning progressive/art rock albums over the years ? but with Everwood I am now wondering what else I might be missing from that country as this is just superb. However, unlike After Crying, one would be hard pressed to pick this as an Eastern European act as if I hadn't read the press release or seen the musician's names I would have assumed that they were American. One more thing that you need to be aware of when playing this, is that to my ears it isn't prog ? whatever the label may think.

This is symphonic melodic metal/heavy AOR, with an emphasis on all of the elements that one would expect from those genres. It is an album full of hooks, with great vocals and musicianship throughout and is totally accessible on the very first play. In fact, I was surprised at just how loud I ended up playing this as it is just so good that I kept cranking it up a little more. There may be just enough complexity within this for those who enjoy Dream Theater, but in truth this is more Rhapsody of Fire, Symphony X or a heavy Toto. Overall it is a great album, with power ballads and rockers for all. www.progrockrecords.com

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 Without Saving by EVERWOOD album cover Studio Album, 2011
3.98 | 6 ratings

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Without Saving
Everwood Progressive Metal

Review by Windhawk
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

4 stars Hungarian band EVERWOOD is an experienced unit that has a history that goes back 15 years or thereabouts, at first as Neverwood, and from 2003 under their current moniker. "Without Saving" is their third full length production, and was issued by the US label Progrock Records in the summer of 2011.

Short compositions of an accessible nature without too many complex tendencies are what Everwood has chosen for their third full length album, a likeable brand of progressive metal that should find plenty of interested listeners, also outside of the art rock universe. It's not a production that will ever challenge or broaden your understanding of music, but it is an entertaining and well made specimen of its kind. And arguably an item that might fancy those who appreciate clever use of keyboards in progressive metal just as much as those fond of the less complex varieties of the genre.

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 Mind Games by EVERWOOD album cover Studio Album, 2005
3.27 | 4 ratings

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Everwood Progressive Metal

Review by apps79
Special Collaborator Neo Prog Team

3 stars Another east-Europian band,but this time in the progressive metal genre,EVERWOOD were formen in 1997 under the name of Neverwood by childhood friends Attila Tanzcer and Viktor Erdos.Several line-up changes will take place in the first years' of the band's existence until in 2000 the band recorded their first demo.After 2 years the band released a second deno/EP with the new vocalist Balazs Koncz and,due to the great critics,the band gained some popularity,enough to lead them to their first ever record called ''Mind games'' in 2005...

...and I confess that this is a very strong debut.Combining the complexity of DREAM THEATER,the elegancy of SAVATAGE and the aggresiveness of PAIN OF SALVATION,the band delivers very good progressive metal with high potentials for the future.One of the strongest aces of the band is the presence of Attila Tanczer behind the keyboards,a very balanced keyboard player with a highly symphonic style of playing alternating between grandiose bombastic complex playing and minimalistic atmospheric passages.Balasz Koncz's voice is another strong point of the band,very close to Zach Stevens of SAVATAGE,and a tight style of singing without mistakes.The tracks are quite unsimilar but all of them are great with nice well- crafted arrangements and strong vocals.Highlights of the album are ''Rememberances of a fallen angel'',a dramatic track in the vein of DREAM THEATER,''The Colonists'',superb track with great piano/keyboards and a sound between OPETH and PoS,''Jeanne D'Arc'',an old track of the band with heavy guitars,tight rhythm section and bombastic keyboards,''Pagan'',which contains the greatest rhythm of all and a thrilling soft middle part,and finally ''Who's the one to blame'',which is their closest comparison to SAVATAGE of ''Edge of thorns''-era...

The hungarian progressive metal scene is in a constant rise for quite a long time and EVERWOOD are just a proof of that fact.Anyone who's deep into progressive metal and likes different style of arrangements,speeds and moods should check EVERWOOD out.Their debut is very strong and deserves a 3.5 stars rating.Well done!

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 The Ravens Nest by EVERWOOD album cover Studio Album, 2007
3.37 | 7 ratings

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Everwood Progressive Metal

Review by avestin
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3 stars Playing within the frame, creating some bends but not breaking it

I received this promotional album from this Hungarian band, since I was intrigued about them after reading some favorable reviews, saying that they were the hope of progressive metal and reading good reviews of their previous album "Mind Games".

This album is made up of three stories written by the keyboard player, Attila Tanczer: The White Angel (tracks 1-4), Quiet Valley (tracks 5-8) and The Raven's Nest (tracks 9-15). When you put the CD in your computer, you can read those stories while listening to the music. I will not tell the stories here and let the people who get this to discover it themselves.

The band plays power/symphonic prog-metal with clear vocals seems to be the order of the day with some nice additions of the keyboards putting in some electronic sounds and other more exotic sounds. The songs are not too complex (and I am not sure they aimed to do so anyway), but they do deliver a dynamic experience, with the pulsating riffs and the melodic vocals and keyboards.

While they keep the structure of their songs in the usual frames, they do "go about" and let the instruments perform a solo or toy a bit with the music. But as a whole, it is tightly controlled, and they might consider allowing more room for development, more space to let the songs grow and break out of the mainframe, going beyond the pre-structured mold. Where it seems they let it "break out", it is not really the case, since it is a sort of pause allowing one of the instruments to have its solo spot; there is no real break or change in the format of the song.

Another thing is that there seems to be at times, some sense of repetition, as if I've heard this same riff and same musical passage in the previous song. That is, there should be more emphasis on the individuality of each particular song. This is not a major problem, but a minor issue which seemed to come back from time to time.

One more thing I find lacking is the bass which is too "hidden" from hearing and I could only make it out well in a part of Silent Wind where it had a nice line. The bass, when "let loose" can do wonders and add so much to the music, rather than just accompany it.

A nice feature I like about the band, apart from their catchy melodies, the playfulness and experimentation of the keyboards and their vigorous approach, is the richness of their sound, the volume of the music as it reaches my ears, which is something that is shared with other symphonic metal bands, as they're often called.

It is obvious that they know their stuff and what they like, but where the band truly shines is in tracks like Prelude which is the first part of "The Raven's Nest" story. This is an instrumental intro, which shows both their influences but their own sound as well. This shows more than in any other song, their progressive tendencies, their eagerness to go beyond the frame and boundaries they seem to be playing inside of in most of the other tracks.

Now, my view of this album is that it is good but nothing too special to make me recommend it wholeheartedly or with too much enthusiasm. I can recommend it specifically to people into this particular type of metal and maybe to several metal heads, given that they are inclined to this style. If someone asks for a recommendation for a symphonic/prog metal band, I'll probably mention them though not as first choice but otherwise if asked for prog-metal, this will not be the direction I will be thinking of.

Yes, it has its interesting features in each song, and some are better than others ("Run To My Fate", "Unbroken", "Can't Rain Forever" and "The Marching Of Time" are good examples), but that is just it. I find it to be a good album, but not much more. I can't say it's a great album, an excellent addition to your collection or anything of that sort. I can enjoy this, but it is not memorable. I am sure some will say this is an excellent and accomplished prog-metal, which I can understand, but not share the impression. What I can say is this: The Raven's Nest is a more than decent album, nicely executed, melodic and with high energy and it will appeal to fans of power/progressive metal. I might return to listen to it several more times in the future.

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 Mind Games by EVERWOOD album cover Studio Album, 2005
3.27 | 4 ratings

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Everwood Progressive Metal

Review by amir

3 stars well first i must admit that i have a spaicel place in my heart to all the east europe bend in all kind of music and especily houngary and bands like solaris for exemple in one of my all time favorit band so when i first heard about everwood i had a strong feilling that it will be a love story with the bend and i hade to get all thire albums even befour i hard a singel note of thy music and so i did and last week i got the 2 albums thy releses.after i heard the album my first instinct was to writh the review and give it 5 stars but to be fair i hold myself to whiting at least on week and listen to the album at least 10 to 20 time befour i writh so the day as come and now im writhing after 50 times i heard the album {to much for one week}and when i found some week points in the album{i wish i wasent}i know it will be a fair review so here it is:the first thing that cutch me is the voice of there singer i know i hear thet voice somwher but it took me 30 times to understand that the voice of mr.balazs is very much like the voice of zak stevens from savatage and circle 2 circle fame.as i love savatage and mr stevens very much i see it as a good start and as thire playing is very well its bring me to the only week point in the album:lace of original music. for me its sounds like a savatage album and even savatage is one of my all time metal band i wish everwood made more uniqe album then this.anyway i love this album and i recomended him but becous the lass originaliti i think 3 and half stars its fair and as i start to listen to thire next album thet is much beter then this i belive he get more stars but that another story.

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 The Ravens Nest by EVERWOOD album cover Studio Album, 2007
3.37 | 7 ratings

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Everwood Progressive Metal

Review by ProgHead2007

4 stars The Hungarian progressive metal band Everwood has a bright future.

No, make that an exceptionally bright future.

On The Raven's Nest (TRN), their second studio release, Everwood continues to exhibit rare musical inspiration. The 15 songs on TRN are well-recorded, masterfully executed, and genuinely engaging. Most importantly for me, Everwood has a firm grasp on melody. So even though their songs can be guitar-driven heavy a la Dream Theater or Symphony X, they aren't afraid to tone down things and tug at the heartstrings using delicate solo piano or synths a la Marillion circa Misplaced Childhood.

In other words, Everwood strikes a refreshing balance between poignancy and an all-out head-banging metal onslaught.

Balazs "Balu" Koncz has a remarkable voice, boasting plenty of power and range -- with just a hint of an accent. Sure, if I listen hard enough for it, I can hear his Hungarian origins. But Balu sings, clearly, with passion and genuineness. There are some American-born singers who enunciate less well than Balu, I can assure you.

Guitarist Ferenc Farkas, keyboarist Attila Tanczer, and bassist Viktor Erdos create a lush musical landscape that draws me in while drummer Tamas Szabo propels it all forward -- breathlessly when need be, restrained and careful when a deft touch is required. It's obvious he's a gifted percussionist, but he doesn't need to double-time his way through the entire album to prove it.

And that's the key to understanding Everwood.

These guys are not your typical prog metal musicians. When you pop TRN into your CD player, don't expect to hear Mercenary, Nevermore, Dark Tranquillity, Into Eternity, Cellador, or DragonForce. This isn't wall-of-sound metal played at breakneck speed with vocals that scream more often than not. There's a place in the world for such music. I happen to like those bands. But Everwood isn't in that category. And, for that, I'm thankful.

Why? Because, for me, music that stands the test of time is that which I can play repeatedly, and in which I can hear something different each time. There are gaps in the songs into which my mind can fall like Alice down the rabbit hole. I love music that elicits reverie. In short, the music transcends time, sounding as fresh now as it did when it was recorded over three decades ago. Groups that have released music of that caliber are Yes, and the early recordings of Kansas, Rush, Genesis, King Crimson, and ELP. Three key elements regarding music from those bands are superb musicianship, a keen sense of melody, and songs with varying textures, nuances of light and dark.

Everwood's music offers that, and a whole lot more.

TRN kicks off with "Pure Awakenings," a short, pretty, keyboard-driven musical interlude that morphs into a clever, breezy, Latin-tinged ditty that gives way to "Another World," a guitar monster that also features swirling keyboard flourishes and soaring vocals. It's a one-two punch that perfectly opens the new Everwood album.

And it only gets better from there.

Track Four ("Like a Miracle") is one of my favorites. This song has it all -- a solid melody, uplifting lyrics, power chords, outstanding keyboard work, and Balu's powerful voice. (Tasty solo from guitarist Ferenc Farkas, too.)

It's hard to say which musician stands out more on TRN. For fans who enjoy the sound of piano and keyboard, there's plenty on TRN to love. For people who gotta have the roar of a guitar, there's that in abundance here, as well. Everwood is a nugget of gold in a musical landscape that offers less of real value with each passing year. These guys have true talent, and it shows.

The Raven's Nest is nearly 70 minutes of musical elegance, with enough of everything to keep fans of all stripe content. I've heard this album probably a dozen times, and I still hear each song with fresh ears, finding something new with each listen.

What more can you ask of a band?

I wholeheartedly recommend Everwood's latest release, The Raven's Nest.

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 Mind Games by EVERWOOD album cover Studio Album, 2005
3.27 | 4 ratings

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Everwood Progressive Metal

Review by thetempleofmetal

4 stars I'm wandering quite often about the past and the future of the so called progressive metal music. After all, the conclusion of my inner thoughts was rather disappointing... Very few artists have taken seriously their intentions and even fewer succeeded to present to the public a refreshing and non predictable musical proposition.

Everwood belong to the brave new generation that still has self consciousness, true belief to the vision and the guts to record a remarkable set of dynamic compositions that will surely "touch" the sensitive chords of every serious prog metal fan. The production is simply outstanding (I still can't find a logical reason to explain why the Greek bands & studios aren't able to reach such quality), the magnificent artwork reminded me a lot of Arena's previous opus "Contagion" and what I can really say about the content of the album?

"Mind Games" is quite long in duration but on the contrary there isn't a single non inspiring or mediocre song that flows into boredom. The expressive and lyrical approach of their singer (although I insist that his interpretation owes much more to prog rock performers than modern metal vocalists) is surely the ace in the sleeve of the band but hopefully it's not the only one. The overall songs structure has similarities with Poverty's No Crime's composing way, one of the most honest and decent European prog bands but after all I don't think this is the main point in our case.

I've listened many times the album and I confess that the more I'm listening it, the more I discover well hidden rhythms and melodies which can't be traced from the beginning. "Mind Games" is a rich effort by all this means. The orchestrations are beautifully placed in such a way that leaves no hesitation about the potential of the quintet and its ability to fulfill our expectations for high class, melodic and powerful progressive metal. And mark the word METAL if you please.

In conclusion, the excitement I felt for this record is something that I truly want to share with every fan/supporter of this music. Make a favor to yourselves and buy this album. Regrets don't come easy and be sure that in the case of Everwood, they'll never hit your door. Simply essential!

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