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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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  • Maximum Rock Festival 2014 on 24 Oct 2014
  • Gothenburg Sound Festival on 2 Jan 2015

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

3.06 | 45 ratings
The Dark Discovery
1998
3.48 | 64 ratings
Solitude + Dominance + Tragedy
1999
4.00 | 142 ratings
In Search Of Truth
2001
3.50 | 102 ratings
Recreation Day
2003
3.88 | 154 ratings
The Inner Circle
2004
2.76 | 71 ratings
Monday Morning Apocalypse
2006
2.75 | 50 ratings
Torn
2008
3.03 | 41 ratings
Glorious Collision
2011
5.00 | 1 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)

3.05 | 6 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

EVERGREY Reviews


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 Hymns for the Broken by EVERGREY album cover Studio Album, 2014
5.00 | 1 ratings

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Hymns for the Broken
Evergrey Progressive Metal

Review by Second Life Syndrome
Collaborator Post/Math Rock and Crossover Teams

— First review of this album —
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
3.88 | 154 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
4.00 | 142 ratings

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In Search Of Truth
Evergrey Progressive Metal

Review by siLLy puPPy
Prog Reviewer

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
3.50 | 102 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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 In Search Of Truth by EVERGREY album cover Studio Album, 2001
4.00 | 142 ratings

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In Search Of Truth
Evergrey Progressive Metal

Review by kev rowland
Special Collaborator Crossover Team

3 stars This is the third album by the Swedish prog metallers, and is probably their best to date. Sounding very American on this concept album, the music fairly drives on. The guitars crunch through some extremely quick harmony leads, and if they turned them up a little more and dropped the keyboards this would be a hard rock band of some force.

However, the keyboards add some extra touches of class to proceedings, which allow the guitars to play not only against each other but also against another melody line. The initial reaction was that they are similar in many ways to our own Threshold, but they are probably more diverse, with more light and at some times much more dark. More prog metal than a band like Stratovarius they would undoubtedly appeal to fans of them as well. If you are interested in well crafted melodic rock with more than a hint of prog then give this a try.

originally appeared in Feedback #64, Oct 01

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 In Search Of Truth by EVERGREY album cover Studio Album, 2001
4.00 | 142 ratings

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In Search Of Truth
Evergrey Progressive Metal

Review by Warthur
Prog Reviewer

4 stars Evergrey play progressive metal with the "metal" side of the equation drawing a little from power metal, which is a combination which in other hands could lend itself to cheesiness, but I was pleasantly surprised by In Search of Truth. It's a concept album that overtly presents a story about alien abduction, but focuses more on the emotional ordeal of the experience (as depicted in Whitley Strieber's Communion), and as a result has more widely applicable emotional themes than you might expect from the concept. In fact, overall Evergrey display a subtle touch, engaging less in bombast or technical flashiness than many prog and power metal competitors and concentrating instead on really solid compositions and moods.

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 The Inner Circle by EVERGREY album cover Studio Album, 2004
3.88 | 154 ratings

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The Inner Circle
Evergrey Progressive Metal

Review by b_olariu
Prog Reviewer

3 stars Fifth release in shoer amount of time, I guess in only 6-7 years since they formed, The inner circle from 2004 is another worthy album from their catalogue, but as I said before not an album reaches the beauty of In search for truth. From previous album Recreation day they become more and more a power metal band with prog metal leanings not vice versa as they were on first 3 albums, and this is their last solid album, after this they quite forgert to writte great prog metal music, at least for my ears. The inner circle has some very catchy dark gloomy arrangements, solid musicianship and some ok vocal parts. Ambassador is a killer piece where they still shine, great riffs and solos, another worthy one is The Essence Of Conviction, the rest are more or less good towards great, but nothing is special here. I prefere thier first phase when they were more prog metal and less power metal, still enjoyble for sure. 3 stars maybe rounded in places with 3.5 stars.

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 Solitude + Dominance + Tragedy by EVERGREY album cover Studio Album, 1999
3.48 | 64 ratings

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Solitude + Dominance + Tragedy
Evergrey Progressive Metal

Review by b_olariu
Prog Reviewer

3 stars Second release of this well known prog metal band from Sweden, released in 1999 named Solitude, Dominave , Tragedy. Well, I might say I liked this one, but not a single album from their catalogue has the magic and solid , great ideas as are on In search of truth, to me that album is a masterpieces of prog metal. Good dark prog metal, with good vocals and all, but something is missing to really be a powerful release in prog metal field. Here and there some power metal passges take over but combined with that typical scadinavian prog metal parts the result is ok most of the time. The best track is opening one Solitude Within, the rest are more or less ok, but not one is bad in the end. 3 stars maybe 3.5 stars for some arrangements.

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 The Dark Discovery  by EVERGREY album cover Studio Album, 1998
3.06 | 45 ratings

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The Dark Discovery
Evergrey Progressive Metal

Review by J-Man
Prog Reviewer

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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 A Decade And A Half by EVERGREY album cover Boxset/Compilation, 2011
3.05 | 6 ratings

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A Decade And A Half
Evergrey Progressive Metal

Review by memowakeman
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3 stars A nice compilation album!

Evergrey are a Swedish prog metal band who has been kicking asses since the latter 90s, since then, they have maintained in the scene in spite of the different line-ups, worth mentioning that for their last studio album released in 2011, they had a new line-up with three new members, along with older ones such as Rikard Zander and of course, Tom. S. Englund. In the same 2011, but later in November, the band released through Steamhammer/SPV a compilation album that celebrates "A Decade and a Half" of Evergrey's music.

Here they offer a commemorative 2-CD album in which 24 of their most representative songs are featured, songs that let us have a retrospective journey through their eight studio albums released so far, and with three tracks taken from their "A Night to Remember" live album. One of those three songs is "Blackened Dawn" which was originally released in their first album entitled "The Dark Discovery", so that is actually a classic of the band, and I love the live version they included here.

Though the band is catalogued as a progressive metal one, I would say their spectrum is wider because we can also listen to some power metal themes, and even some more hard rock oriented ones. In this compilation we will listen to songs from their different line-ups; die-hard fans will really enjoy this and will surely have nostalgic moments, remembering their favorite songs from their favorite albums and favorite line-ups. The first CD starts with "The Masterplan" a cool catchy track from their "In Search of Truth" album. Some other songs featured here are "More than Ever", "A Touch of Blessing", "Broken Wings" (taken from older albums), and "Frozen" from "Glorious Collision". The CD finishes with an unreleased live unplugged version of "Wrong", nice.

And in the second CD we will have eleven tracks that will keep our metal mind satisfied with tracks such as "The Great Deceiver", "Wrong" (studio version), "Solitude Within", "Recreation Day", the live versions of "Wake up Blind" and "When the Walls go Down". This CD finishes also with an unreleased live unplugged version, this time of "Frozen", which makes a softer but very nice ending. What I like of this compilation is precisely that mixture of studio songs with some live highlights, and with those two new live versions that close both CDs.

This is a good commemorative album that I am sure will satisfy most Evergrey fans, and that can also work for people who want an introduction to the band, and though a studio album is always the best introduction, this compilation may be cool for beginners.

Enjoy it!

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