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Founded in Gothenburg, Sweden in 1995

The mind child of Thomas ENGLUND (vocals, guitar) 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 from an inspired pow...
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EVERGREY top albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

3.16 | 60 ratings
The Dark Discovery
1998
3.53 | 78 ratings
Solitude - Dominance - Tragedy
1999
4.07 | 176 ratings
In Search Of Truth
2001
3.51 | 130 ratings
Recreation Day
2003
3.84 | 174 ratings
The Inner Circle
2004
2.91 | 88 ratings
Monday Morning Apocalypse
2006
2.77 | 67 ratings
Torn
2008
3.03 | 61 ratings
Glorious Collision
2011
3.77 | 92 ratings
Hymns For The Broken
2014
3.81 | 26 ratings
The Storm Within
2016
3.70 | 62 ratings
The Atlantic
2019

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

3.86 | 33 ratings
A Night To Remember
2005

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

4.13 | 23 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
2.00 | 2 ratings
Monday Morning Apocalypse
2006

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 The Atlantic by EVERGREY album cover Studio Album, 2019
3.70 | 62 ratings

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The Atlantic
Evergrey Progressive Metal

Review by kev rowland
Special Collaborator Crossover Team

4 stars I'm not sure, but I think the last Evergrey album I heard prior to this one was 'Monday Morning Apocalypse', which came out in 2006, but apart from bassist Johan Niemann the line-up is exactly the same as it was back then. Tom S. Englund provides vocals and guitars, and he is joined by Henrik Danhage (guitars), Rikard Zander (keyboards) and Jonas Ekdahl (drums). Back in 2004, when reviewing 'The Inner Circle' I said, '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.' In very many ways that is still true today, except there are passages when they show they can hit into ballads when the time is right.

They are a very heavy band, with harmony vocals, loads of commercial hooks and a production which takes off the rough edges without ever losing the majesty of the performance. They have a huge sound, and one can imagine Devin Townsend being involved with production, as they convey images of Muse with Opeth yet still hitting mainstream hooks and sounds. Unlike certain bands from their hometown of Gothenburg, they continue to delight, and show no sign at all of moving away from their determined path. I do regret missing out on the last four studio albums, and if they are nearly as good as this, I see I have some investment to undertake. Twenty years on, Everygrey are still delivering the progtastic metallic goods.

 The Atlantic by EVERGREY album cover Studio Album, 2019
3.70 | 62 ratings

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The Atlantic
Evergrey Progressive Metal

Review by TCat
Prog Reviewer

4 stars The band's name is Evergrey and the music is pure Progressive Metal. This band has been around since 1996 and have released their 11th album in January 2019 called "The Atlantic". This album finishes a trilogy of albums that were ocean themed. Their last three albums have been top notch progressive metal with a strong sense of melody, smart lyrics and strong and solid metal which can only be considered metal. I remember hearing this band many years ago, probably around their beginnings and thought it was awful, but obviously, the band has done a lot of growing in the last several years. The founder and lead singer Tom S. Englund has cleaned up his vocals and really made some top quality and mature progressive metal. Also, they have brought their keyboards to the front of the mix, and even though they still play their hard and heavy dark riffs with lots of bass, their melodies are much more melodic, and Tom's clean vocals are excellent and full of emotion.

Right from the beginning, you will be blasted with heavy dark metal, the kind with complex rhythms and blistering riffs. But, if that is too much for you, keep with it because you will be surprised about the depth and melody of this music as it continues. "A Secret Arc" will blow you away, but don't worry because it doesn't end there. This album reeks of quality progressive metal and complexity, along the lines of Opeth, but not sounding like them much at all. There are also nice harmonics, like in the track "A Secret Atlantis" which also has a solo in it that will have you air shredding. Then there is the melancholic guitar solo at the end of "Currents" that will convince you that metal can be beautiful too. Another high point is "Departure" that has a lovely piano and acoustic section that sounds perfectly at home among the louder tracks.

Apparently, the studio the band was working in got broken into and all of the music that was being prepared for this album was stolen. The band had to start almost from square 1, but according to Englund, it turned out to be a good thing because if that didn't happen, this album would have been completely different. Who knows what it would have sounded like, but what you get here is pretty amazing. Anyone who tells you that metal can't be melodic and heavy at the same time will be proven wrong with this album. This album is definitely a front runner for Progressive and Emotional Melodic Metal for this year. Not quite a masterpiece, but it is very close to it.

 In Search Of Truth by EVERGREY album cover Studio Album, 2001
4.07 | 176 ratings

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In Search Of Truth
Evergrey Progressive Metal

Review by Kingsnake

5 stars I don't what happened in the two years between their last album and this album, but for me this exactly what a metalalbum should sounds like: angry, gritty, emotional and versatile.

There's thrash-riffing and soloiing, progressive elements, great atmosferic synths, soulful vocals, lots of breakdowns and uptempo parts.

The production is much, much better, although the toms of the drums sound like cardboard boxes, but overall the guitars, bass, cymbals, vocals, synths are mixed so tight I'm not going to complain about the toms.

The songs have better structures (more pop-oriented) and sound like actual songs, with hooklines, chorusses, verses etc. The style of the music is still progressive metal, with gothic, industrial and thrash influences. In the softer parts there are even some gothpop and neoprog influences.

Of course the main attraction is leadvocalis Tom Englund, who doesn't sound like a Danzig-clone anymore. He has more grit, more soul, more anger. Several years later Machine Head had their comeback with a similar approach to metal, but Flynn could never get close to the vocal abilities of Tom Englund.

Highly, highly recommended. But if you don't like metal and guitarriffs and doublebass-acrobatics, maybe this is not your cup-of-tea.

 The Dark Discovery by EVERGREY album cover Studio Album, 1998
3.16 | 60 ratings

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The Dark Discovery
Evergrey Progressive Metal

Review by Kingsnake

2 stars It's always never a good idea to discover a band and listen to their albums in reverse order, ending with their debutalbum.

This debutalbum is much better if I heard in 1998 then listening to it now; especially the production and the aimlessness of the songs makes this album hard to listen through.

They sound hungry and ready to go, but the band doesn't have the skills yet to write coherent songs, nor money to pay for a good studio/producer.

They sound like a crossover of (early) Iced Earth and Danzig, wich is not a bad thing, but I like Evergrey better when they evolve into what they now are. That's also good news, because a band that only has a good debut and becomes worse over time is not exactly what a band wants.

In short: I wish I was there in 1998 to hear this album, but right now in 2018 I'd rather listen to their new albums.

 The Storm Within by EVERGREY album cover Studio Album, 2016
3.81 | 26 ratings

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The Storm Within
Evergrey Progressive Metal

Review by Kingsnake

4 stars This one got me by suprise. The pop/rock approach of the metalband really appeals to me. The songs have pop- structures (verse-chorus-verse-chorus-breakdown/solo-chorus-outtro) and great hooklines and actual lyrics with a message.

The band often reminds a bit of Nevermore but with more heavy vocals reminiscent of Spiritual Beggars and Grand Magus. The music is really heavy and riff-oriented. Heavy, distorted, lowtuned riffs with great double-basswork of the drummer, giving it a bit of a powermetal-groove, but not fastpaced and jumpy like most powermetalbands.

I like the gothic approach in some of the song, without being too much. I think that's the great thing about this band and this album, nothing here is overdone and it all sounds really balanced.

I must also praise the vocals skills of Tom Englund, it seems that Sweden boasts really great metal-vocalists. The Swedish approach of heavy metal had always grabbed me more than the american approach. Evergrey is a really solid and talented band that are actually capable of writing and playing actual songs that stick in your head.

I must really check out all of their other albums.

 The Inner Circle by EVERGREY album cover Studio Album, 2004
3.84 | 174 ratings

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The Inner Circle
Evergrey Progressive Metal

Review by martindavey87

4 stars Put your sad faces on, this is not going to be pretty. Evergrey's 2004 release, 'The Inner Circle', is a concept album that focuses on themes of religion and abuse. Sounds pleasant, right? It's a very dark and gritty record, that pulls no punches as it tackles some deeply disturbing subject matter.

One of the things I like about Evergrey is their ability to be insanely heavy and brutal, yet maintain a sense of melody in their music. A heavy focus on strings gives this album a gothic feel, which suits the dark nature of the lyrics. And the production packs one hell of a punch, giving the heavy songs the balls they need and the softer songs the essence of melancholy and dreariness.

I told you, this won't be pretty.

The musicianship is top notch here, disregarding the common misconception that every progressive metal album involves endless solos and self-indulgent musical passages, 'The Inner Circle' focuses on atmosphere, with all guitar and keyboard solos being suited to the music perfectly. This is evident in songs such as 'Ambassador', 'The Essence of Conviction', 'A Touch of Blessing' and 'Harmless Wishes'.

This is arguably one of the most depressive albums you'll ever hear, but for all that gloom and doom, there is also some compelling, well-written music, which makes 'The Inner Circle' a worthy addition to your metal collection.

Now, cheer up, mate!

 Recreation Day by EVERGREY album cover Studio Album, 2003
3.51 | 130 ratings

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Recreation Day
Evergrey Progressive Metal

Review by martindavey87

4 stars 'Recreation Day' served as my introduction to Evergrey. I can't remember anything in particular that prompted me to check them out, it was an album I bought completely on a whim. But I'm glad I did, because it's a fantastic release that perfectly blends brutally heavy riffs with melodic singing, throw in some keyboards and prog-inspired song structures and you've got yourself some damn good metal.

With a much clearer production and a more progressive feel than previous releases, 'Recreation Day' is one of Evergrey's finest works, with consistently strong songwriting that doesn't stray too far from the bands firmly established, gloomy style. The interplay between crushingly heavy guitar riffs and crystalline keyboard melodies is incredible, and makes me regret all those days in my youth when I believed there was no place for keyboards in metal (let's be honest, we've all been there).

An absolute onslaught of intense progressive metal that doesn't let up for one second, the album kicks off relentlessly with 'The Great Deceiver', and follows up with the likes of 'As I Lie Here Bleeding', 'Blinded', 'End of Your Days' and the title track, each song a barrage of riffs that will have your neck aching in the morning. There's a few ballads in here too, most notably 'I'm Sorry', but the lyrical content and the sincerity in the vocals means that this is no safe haven from the underlying sense of dread and uneasiness surrounding each song.

'Recreation Day' is a dark, grim and merciless album from start to finish. There's nothing pretty about it, and that's pretty much why I love it.

 The Storm Within by EVERGREY album cover Studio Album, 2016
3.81 | 26 ratings

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The Storm Within
Evergrey Progressive Metal

Review by UMUR
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

4 stars "The Storm Within" is the 10th full-length studio album by Swedish power metal act Evergrey. The album was released through AFM Records in September 2016. It's the successor to "Hymns for the Broken" from 2014, which by many is considered a comeback album of sorts, because lead vocalist/guitarist Tom Englund reunited with drummer Jonas Ekdahl and guitarist Henrik Danhage after a lineup turmoil in 2010 meant that those two left Evergrey. Apparently the marriage is happy again though because "The Storm Within" features the exact same lineup who recorded "Hymns for the Broken (2014)".

Stylistically the music on "The Storm Within" pretty much continues the anthemic power metal with a melancholic atmosphere, that Evergrey also played on the predecessor. In fact this is unmistakably the sound of Evergrey with Tom Englund's distinct sounding vocals in front, melodic and occasional thrash metal oriented guitar playing (the thrash metal riffs are more an influence rather than a dominant element of the band's sound), supporting keyboards for texture, and a powerful and tight playing rhythm section. The quality of the performances is high throughout. Here I'll have to give a special mention to Henrik Danhage's guitar solos. He is a brilliant guitar player, and his solos on this album definitely help elevate the music to higher levels.

The songwriting is generally top notch professional too. Tracks like "Distance", "In Orbit" (featuring Floor Jansen of Nightwish), and the atmospheric title track (which reminds me quite a lot of Anathema) are among the highlights, but "The Storm Within" is overall a pretty consistent quality release. The only track which doesn't quite reach the high quality of the rest of the material is the saccarine power ballad "The Paradox of the Flame" (a duet power balled with Tom's wife Carina Englund). When Evergrey touch that territory is when they are worst.

"The Storm Within" features a powerful, detailed, and well sounding production, which suits the music perfectly and upon conclusion it's another quality release by Evergrey. There's not much development of sound, and I could have done with a few more tempo changes as most of the tracks don't leave mid-pace, but on a whole it's still a very professional and well sounding release, and a 3.5 - 4 star (75%) rating isn't all wrong.

 The Inner Circle by EVERGREY album cover Studio Album, 2004
3.84 | 174 ratings

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The Inner Circle
Evergrey Progressive Metal

Review by Warthur
Prog Reviewer

4 stars After the slightly shaky Recreation Day, Evergrey firmed up their sound again with The Inner Circle. Once again it's a concept album, this time based around the thin line between conventional religious practices and cultish manipulation, and how sects which theologically try to wall off their followers from the outside world can create an environment in which all sorts of abuses can take place.

The idea offers some obvious thematic connections with In Search of Truth - in the sense that both concepts revolve around conspiracies that cover for abusive actions, although where the former is fantastical and unlikely, the latter is unfortunately an all too real phenomenon, as illustrated by incidents like the conviction of Warren Jeffs. Likewise, whereas In Search of Truth had spoken word bits from the point of view of an abductee, here we have various spoken word extracts from the sermons of various religious leaders, some of whom seem overcome with grief.

So, structurally then what we are dealing with is an album which feels a lot like a sequel to In Search of Truth, and musically we're in the same general area too. On the whole, I think it's no embarrassment to its predecessor, and is certainly a better followup than Recreation Day, but I don't think it's quite on the same level - say, about a half-star difference between them.

 Recreation Day by EVERGREY album cover Studio Album, 2003
3.51 | 130 ratings

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Recreation Day
Evergrey Progressive Metal

Review by Warthur
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3 stars Evergrey's Recreation Day isn't a bad album, as such - it finds the band turning out competent progressive metal in a similar vein to the preceding In Search of Truth. However, In Search of Truth enjoyed the benefit of a much stronger central concept than the rather vague ideas about personal improvement and self-exploration that underpin proceedings here, and the comparative lack of a strong focus seems to be reflected in the compositions here as much as it is in the lyrics. The cheesier parts of Evergrey's sound get a bit more airtime, and some songs end up drifting into repetitive sections as though the band aren't sure how to develop their ideas further.

It's an enjoyable enough listen, but it's very forgettable, and it lacks the distinct flavour and atmosphere which gave In Search of Truth the edge.

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