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Hailing from Gothenburg, Sweden, EVERGREY, the mind child of Thomas ENGLUND (vocals, guitar), was formed in 1995, when he got together with Dan BRONELL (guitars) to write material for a debut album before recruiting Daniel NOJD (bass, backing vocals), Patrick CARLSSON (drums), and Will CHANDRA (keyboards). Although "The Dark Discovery" was written in 1996, difficulties in finding a label meant it wasn't released until 1998, on local label 'Gothenburg Noiseworks', with modest production quality. By this time, much of the material for the follow up had been written; resulting in both albums being released within a little over a year. Both "The Dark Discovery" and the sophomore "Solitude + Dominance + Tragedy" (1999) enabled EVERGREY to blaze their own trail as a melodically inclined dark progressive metal band, juxtaposing heavy, crunching riffs from the twin guitar and bass attack, with delicate moments of tender vocal reflection, wrapped up in the KING DIAMOND inspired, tortured and angst-ridden persona of talented frontman, ENGLUND. Although neither release could be described as having a concept, the track themes, often centring around loss, betrayal, paranoia and emotional pain, were harbingers of things to come, as EVERGREY forged their image and identity.

Despite the encouraging reception their 2nd release received, the band all but imploded in the aftermath. CHANDRA had left prior to the recording of "Solitude", his studio duties having been taken up by Zach STEPHENS. He was now followed by Daniel NOJD who was replaced on bass by Michael HAKANSSON, while Sven KARLSSON took over the vacant keyboard slot. Finally, Dan BRONELL called it a day, making way for Henrik DANHAGE on guitars, leaving only ENGLUND and drummer Patrick CARLSSON from the original line-up, amid questions over whether they would continue and if so, would the band be the same? The answer for most critics would be the affirmative, with EVERGREY heading into a three album purple patch during the first part of the decade.

Their third album, "In Search Of Truth" (2001), was notable for being the band's first full-blown concept, themed around paranoia, alien possession and abduction. Produced by KING DIAMOND guitarist Andy LAROCQUE (who also guests on slide guitar on the album), their sound undoubtedly matured, aided by the contributions toward both the song writing and arrangements which KARLSSON & DANHAGE in particular brought to the table. Musically, EVERGREY benefitted f...
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  • Gothenburg Sound Festival on 2 Jan 2015
  • Evergrey + Constantine + Red Eleven at Nosturi, Helsinki on 28 Mar 2015
  • Nem Agency Presents on 29 Mar 2015
  • Sweden Rock Festival on 3 Jun 2015

EVERGREY discography


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EVERGREY top albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

3.07 | 48 ratings
The Dark Discovery
1998
3.51 | 63 ratings
Solitude + Dominance + Tragedy
1999
4.07 | 142 ratings
In Search Of Truth
2001
3.52 | 106 ratings
Recreation Day
2003
3.87 | 150 ratings
The Inner Circle
2004
2.76 | 73 ratings
Monday Morning Apocalypse
2006
2.74 | 53 ratings
Torn
2008
3.01 | 46 ratings
Glorious Collision
2011
3.91 | 53 ratings
Hymns for the Broken
2014

EVERGREY Live Albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

3.69 | 36 ratings
A Night To Remember
2005

EVERGREY Videos (DVD, Blu-ray, VHS etc)

3.86 | 25 ratings
A Night to Remember - Live 2004
2005

EVERGREY Boxset & Compilations (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

3.07 | 7 ratings
A Decade And A Half
2011

EVERGREY Official Singles, EPs, Fan Club & Promo (CD, EP/LP, MC, Digital Media Download)

3.50 | 4 ratings
I'm Sorry
2003
3.00 | 1 ratings
Monday Morning Apocalypse
2006

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 Glorious Collision by EVERGREY album cover Studio Album, 2011
3.01 | 46 ratings

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Glorious Collision
Evergrey Progressive Metal

Review by Progrussia

3 stars By 2011, only founder Thomas Englund remained from the line-up of the breakthrough In Search of Truth album. Sound on Glorious Collision is minimally progressive, but tries to be hip. Its all about overproduced guitars, electronic synths (which are admittedly more diverse than usual for Evergrey) and the passionate choruses, though I must say that Englund a rare vocalist who still keeps getting better after so many years. Even more, I've seen them in concert on the Glorious Collision tour, and he's even better live. In fact, Englund could be a power metal version of the American Idol alumnee Daughtry of the often disliked too-commercial-to-be-genuine "post-grunge" style, whom I nevertheless must shamefully confess a soft spot for.

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 The Inner Circle by EVERGREY album cover Studio Album, 2004
3.87 | 150 ratings

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The Inner Circle
Evergrey Progressive Metal

Review by Progrussia

3 stars The Inner Circle concludes (almost) everyone's favorite trilogy of Evergrey classic albums (In Search of Truth, Recreation Day). I've always thought that Englund's confessional, gruff style vocals and concepts about alien abduction and doomsday cults (predominantly American cultural phenomena) gave Evergrey a certain American feel. That's why the integration of power metal and gospel-like sounds was a good idea. In the Wake of the Weary is a great example of this, while A Touch of Blessing is a candidate for a mid-paced anthem of the year. The rest of the songs get less consistent (always a problem with Evergrey). After that band simplified their sound and entered a period of personnel turmoil and tanked with critics and fans, as evidenced by a drop in their ratings here on PA. However, I think that altering the style was a logical step, since Evergrey gave us three good albums and formula started to wear a little thin.

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 Recreation Day by EVERGREY album cover Studio Album, 2003
3.52 | 106 ratings

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Recreation Day
Evergrey Progressive Metal

Review by Progrussia

4 stars On Recreation Day (don't let title confuse you - its about facing death), follow-up to their first nig success, In Search of Truth, Sweden's Evergrey refine their trademark brand of dark, soul-drenching power prog. In Search of Truth is more popular with reviewers here than Recreation Day, but I think the latter is a slicker record, more diverse in sound and tempo (although I'd still like to see more variety here), with songs like End of Your Days, As I Lie Here Bleeding and namesake just screaming to be shouted out loud with your fists in the air, while Your Darkest Hour provides some simple, but appealing keyboard melodies and tempo changes.

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 In Search Of Truth by EVERGREY album cover Studio Album, 2001
4.07 | 142 ratings

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In Search Of Truth
Evergrey Progressive Metal

Review by Progrussia

4 stars Shame on me and my preconceptions. I've thought Evergrey, being from Gothernburg, to be a Swedish doomy-depressive band a la Catatonia. While this is certainly not happy music and every album deals this way or another with man's inner turmoil, its actually of the gothic-laced power prog variety, all pounding riffs and catchy choruses with keyboard embellishments. While most bands of this type deal in musical cheese or esotericism, Evergrey's leader, Thomas Englund, sounds like a guy ripping his shirt and exposing his innermost to the world. This style calls for soulfulness, and Evergrey wisely use it occasionally to enhance their sound with gospel-like female vocals. If I had a problem with Evergrey is that they tend to front-load their albums and not enough variety, as the same type of pounding riffs and intense vocals get tiresome after a while with just a brief, perfunctionary respite in form of generic ballads and softer vocals.

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 Hymns for the Broken by EVERGREY album cover Studio Album, 2014
3.91 | 53 ratings

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Hymns for the Broken
Evergrey Progressive Metal

Review by Progrussia

3 stars Since Thomas Englund discovered his vocal abilities go beyond dark baritone croon about alien abductions and doomsday cults towards an anthemic emotional experience, Evergrey has joined the burgeoning ranks of radio-friendly prog-lite metal bands. Rarely has a title like Hymns for the Broken reflect the songs on the album. This is music for the depressed, but not the kind that hunker down, rather those who want to scream out loud about their emotions. Hymns are lush enough for goth teen radio, yet retain the riffing and metal sensibility to make sure that some of the listeners are boys with long hair. And you know what? Some of these songs are not half bad. Like Barricades with its blues-styled solo break, brooding Black Undertow or King of Errors and Archaic Rage (which is actually quite lush) with their melodic change-ups. Others, however, are more bland.

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 Hymns for the Broken by EVERGREY album cover Studio Album, 2014
3.91 | 53 ratings

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Hymns for the Broken
Evergrey Progressive Metal

Review by metalrob4662

5 stars This album is one of the best of the year!

All the classic elements are here Dark Themes about the struggles we battle within ourselves as humans and Tom Englund knows how to relay that to his fans, his emotional singing grabs you with every note the Keyboards give that atmosphere of doom and gloom, but also Hope! Henrik shines on this album and the production by Jacob Hansen is incredible every note of each instrument is felt so the mix was done superbly! I can't say there really is any filler on this album it starts of very strong with The Awakening/King of Errors and slows down just a notch for the next 2 songs, but after that wow just more and more powerful as it progresses this album is a cross between "The Inner Circle" and" Recreation Day" with the more modern feel to it my fave tracks are: King Of Errors Archaic Rage Barricades The Fire Hymns For The Broken Missing You The Grand Collapse

Line-up Tom S. Englund (v, g) Henrik Danhage (g, bv) Rikard Zander (k, bv) Johan Niemann (b, bv) Jonas Ekdahl (d) This is a "MUST HAVE" for fans of Evergrey and Fans or Power/Prog , but also fans of just good Metal/Rock music!!

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 Hymns for the Broken by EVERGREY album cover Studio Album, 2014
3.91 | 53 ratings

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Hymns for the Broken
Evergrey Progressive Metal

Review by Second Life Syndrome
Collaborator Post/Math Rock Team

5 stars Preparing to write a review for an Evergrey album is something of a ritual for me. I mean, this is EVERGREY, for Pete's sake. This is one of the first bands that I ever truly loved. Indeed, I am a fan for life. So, after waiting for what seemed like a decade for the band to release another album after "Glorious Collision", I am thrilled to be able to review "Hymns for the Broken", especially since Evergrey, one of my all-time favorite bands, was almost dead a few years ago.

Evergrey has always been a band of emotion, darkness, and relation to their listeners. Though dark, there is always hope. Though emotional, they are always profound. Relating to their listeners, then, is immensely important to them, and they have certainly done it again. "Hymns for the Broken" is an ode to all those fallen, imperfect humans out there that are tossed to and fro by the waves of insecurity, sorrow, and fear. Yet, we are never alone, are we? We all experience the pain of not being who we want to be, but we can be strong knowing that we are not alone. Evergrey had definitely made an album with a positive arc lyrically.

Evergrey has a strange fan base. Though labeled as "dark, melodic metal", the band enjoys support not only from the metal crowd, but also from the progressive community, mainly due to some of their older work. I've often heard some reviewers pining for them to return to those more progressive days, and so I find it interesting that "Hymns for the Broken" is basically right in the middle of the two genres. It's far more progressive than their last few albums, especially on the tracks "Black Undertow", "The Grand Collapse", and "The Aftermath", but the focus on melody and metal is still there, too. This is really smart, and the results are spectacular.

Of note here is the fact that the core group of Tom Englund on vocals/guitars, Rikard Zander on keys, and Johan Nieman on bass have been rejoined by Evergrey-alumni Henrik Danhage on guitars and Jonas Ekdahl on drums. What this means, then, is that the band has regained some of their older sound, especially with Henrik's signature solos and Jonas' strangely technical-but-not style of playing drums. Ultimately, though, the band sounds amazing. They've regained a fervor that I didn't think possible again, and they've tried some new things, even though the foundation of this album is certainly the Evergrey I love so well. Indeed, there are plenty of Evergrey-isms, especially in Tom's vocal melodies, but there are definitely some new ideas at play. Speaking of Tom, there's a reason he's one of my favorite vocalists. He really outdoes himself here with immense range, even the amazing lows of "Black Undertow". His signature emotional style is intact, and he simply sounds great. I'm seriously impressed.

Being a big keyboard fan and also being a fan of Rikard's atmospheric style, I quickly noticed that "Hymns for the Broken" has a great deal more keys on it. Either that, or the mix is just way better. The mix is certainly way more professional and crisper than their last couple albums, but I think that Rickard has really gone out on a limb here with wild keys on such tracks as "Barricades" and "A New Dawn", and he is simply more present from beginning to end.

Yet, the dual guitars sound as great as ever. Tom and Henrik lay down some incredibly heavy riffs on a few tracks, such as "A New Age", "Black Undertow", and especially the middle of "The Fire". All the riffs are really, really clean, and Jonas' drumming around them is sensational. Johan's bass, too, is utilized in new, atmospheric ways, and I also noticed an electronic element showing itself now and then. Overall, the Evergrey sound is here for sure, but there are some new variations that keep it completely fresh.

So, what more can be said about this album? It's Evergrey at their best, really. Although I still like "The Inner Circle" better (and also "Recreation Day"), I think "Hymns for the Broken" could be in the top three best they've made. It certainly does remind me of "The Inner Circle" at points with some of the choirs bits, the barren atmospheres, and the heavy guitars fronting a crystal clear background of keys. Yet, it's very much a different album than anything they've done. Honestly, I only have one complaint: no Carina on the album. I always look forward to hearing Tom and Carina sing together, but it wasn't to be here, and I'm sure there's a good reason.

Overall, then, "Hymns for the Broken" has something for Evergrey fans of every stripe. Whether it's the melodic metal of "King of Errors", the addictive nature of "A New Dawn" (second best track), the dark yet hopeful "Black Undertow", the emotional ballad "Missing You", the incredible instrumentals of "The Grand Collapse" (my favorite), or the funky sound of "The Aftermath", Evergrey hasn't missed a beat or made a bad track on this album. I'm sure glad they are back. This is already one of my most played albums of the year, and I don't see that changing any time soon.

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 The Inner Circle by EVERGREY album cover Studio Album, 2004
3.87 | 150 ratings

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The Inner Circle
Evergrey Progressive Metal

Review by kev rowland
Special Collaborator Crossover Team

5 stars Evergrey are one of those bands who do their level best to defy comparisons with others. They are more to the metal end of the prog metal genre than their contemporaries, and the result is a type of music that is extremely loud and heavy while maintaining the melody and invention of the genre. When they decide that they are going to crank it up and belt it out there are few bands that stay the pace ? listen to sections of some of their songs and without the keyboards it could almost be Machine Head. This is a concept album, and to get across the themes singer Tom S. Englund uses different vocal styles, differentiating the characters.

This is an extremely intense album, one that has to be played loud and proud ? this is not a subject matter or music that can be pushed into the background. The concept is about religion and what fanatics can do with it. The t-shirts for the tour are apparently going to say "I am my own God, God walking". There is something here for every rock fan, whatever your particular genre, as long as you like your music heavy. There is room for contrasts, light and shade, but the power of the album is always there in your face. This has to be one of the best albums from Sweden, ever.

Originally appeared in Feedback #79, June 2004

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 In Search Of Truth by EVERGREY album cover Studio Album, 2001
4.07 | 142 ratings

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In Search Of Truth
Evergrey Progressive Metal

Review by siLLy puPPy
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4 stars An interesting concept album about a man who thinks he's being kidnapped by aliens and all the misery, confusion and paranoia that go along with it. This is yet another great sounding band hailing from Sweden. This is the first album i've heard by this band and it sounds really good. Not just Dream Theater wannabes here.

They do seem like a band that is disguised as a 'normal' sounding prog metal band of the DT/Symphony X sort but they have a subtle way of keeping it original and interesting with cool riffing, subdued drumming and haunting female vocals. They know how to rev it up when necessary and tame it way down for contrast. I swear that I hear the keyboards spending a majority of their time doing variations insprired by the theme music for the 90s tv series the X-Files.

Great concept that is well done, great musical performances and although not earth-shattering originality on display here, this is definitely a keeper.

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 Recreation Day by EVERGREY album cover Studio Album, 2003
3.52 | 106 ratings

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Recreation Day
Evergrey Progressive Metal

Review by VOTOMS

2 stars A concept album about self-reformation. This is swedish music, so it can't be bad at all. I like the Evergrey dark melodic formula. They are not like many power metal bands without personality. But they seems to find themselves too much into this personality, falling into the sameness, Well, it's an average album. It have some very good tracks, like The Great Deceiver, Blinded, and my favorite (a short acoustic): Madness Caught Another Victim. The band seems to lose creativity at this point. It's a great album for metalheads and fans, and I like it too, but I don't miss this album in my collection, I really don't care. The good songs from this album are so easy-listening that I haven't heard any of them more than three times and I can play almost the whole songs in my mind, and maybe with the guitar too, but I just don't wanna try. Easy- listening tracks isn't a bad point, but sometimes it's too much like a "radio hit", the kind of track that you play consecutive times when you find, and you will forget about it in the future.

A nostalgic album for some personal reasons, but I don't think this one will catch the most of you guys. Fans only.

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