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

3.16 | 58 ratings
The Dark Discovery
1998
3.54 | 74 ratings
Solitude - Dominance - Tragedy
1999
4.06 | 168 ratings
In Search Of Truth
2001
3.51 | 123 ratings
Recreation Day
2003
3.88 | 168 ratings
The Inner Circle
2004
2.90 | 83 ratings
Monday Morning Apocalypse
2006
2.77 | 64 ratings
Torn
2008
3.03 | 58 ratings
Glorious Collision
2011
3.78 | 89 ratings
Hymns For The Broken
2014
3.82 | 21 ratings
The Storm Within
2016

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

3.85 | 32 ratings
A Night To Remember
2005

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

4.13 | 22 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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 In Search Of Truth by EVERGREY album cover Studio Album, 2001
4.06 | 168 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 | 58 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
3.82 | 21 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
3.88 | 168 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 | 123 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
3.82 | 21 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
3.88 | 168 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 | 123 ratings

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Recreation Day
Evergrey Progressive Metal

Review by Warthur
Prog Reviewer

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.

 Hymns For The Broken by EVERGREY album cover Studio Album, 2014
3.78 | 89 ratings

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Hymns For The Broken
Evergrey Progressive Metal

Review by Windhawk
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

4 stars Swedish band EVERGREY have been a presence in the metal circuit since 1998, with nine studio albums to their name at the time of writing. "Hymns for the Broken" is the most recent of these, and was released through German label AFM Records in the fall of 2014.

I understand that the circumstances behind the creation of this album wasn't the easiest, and that the line-up of the band was revamped while this CD was recorded. The members who left have been replaced by old hands though, so as far as line-up alterations goes these ones presumably weren't the most dramatic as such, at least not for long time fans of the band.

I'm not overly familiar with the past exploits by this band, but did encounter what appears to have been one of their weaker albums a few years back, a production called "Monday Morning Apocalypse", and while not what I'd describe as a bad album as such, at least not these days, it is a CD that y and large left me a bit indifferent. This time around I'm rather more impressed on this band's take on what I think might be described as an accessible variety of progressive metal.

Relatively short and tight songs appears to be a specialty of this band, at least in their current line-up, and they use a select few approaches and arrangements to very good effect throughout. Generally speaking, the songs will have an opening section, either gentle or more in your face, and an intermediate build-up and transition phase may also appear prior to hitting an initial verse section, which will often be relatively gentle, in the context of that particular song. A chorus section follows, at times with a transitional phase leading into it, and the chorus section will by and large be honing in on a more majestic arrangement, at times fairly grandiose at that, where guitar riffs and riff barrages, surging, floating or orchestral oriented keyboard textures and a wandering piano motif is paired off with the powerful, emotional lead vocals of band leader Tom Englund. Usually we'll have another transition phase back to the verse again after this, and the second and following verses tends to be harder edged or more majestic in construction than the initial ones. Some interludes and usually one or more breaks are then tucked into appropriate places in between whatever verse and chorus sections remains, and the compositions then ends in some manner or other, with everything from gentle lead outs and sudden stops to transitional phases into the following track and elongated fadeouts employed.

A key feature throughout are the emotional lead vocals of Tom Englund, who is a quality powerful singer, but a more subtle recurring detail is the elegant use of the piano to add a gentler and delicate touch to the proceedings, functioning at times brilliantly as a contrast to the more powerful sounds that dominates the greater majority of the compositions.

While I do find this album to be an enjoyable and solid one throughout, with only a token few creations not quite as interesting at the others, the most impressive composition has been tucked in towards the end here. The Grand Collapse is the name of this particular song, and besides using the aforementioned elements to a higher level of superiority here, this is also a creation that sports a more liberal use of instrumental passages, some extremely effective gentler, atmospheric laden interludes but also a piece that sports perhaps the most majestic, dramatic arrangements on this CD as well. Stronger contrasts, more focus on instrumentation and perhaps even a stronger focus on the dramatic and majestic too. Whatever the more appealing elements may be if this song is broken down and analyzed is hard to place, and for me it is the grand totality, all these elements combined in just this manner, that makes the end result here as impressive. As far as individual tracks go, this one is high on my list of favorites from 2014.

All in all, a rather impressive album by this Swedish band, a solid quality production with a fdew weak spots and a potent, vital breath of fresh air thrown in towards the end. Those who have a tendency to enjoy dramatic, majestic and accessible progressive metal, arguably with half a foot or so inside a power metal or symphonic metal sphere of reference, should most likely treasure the contents of this production.

 In Search Of Truth by EVERGREY album cover Studio Album, 2001
4.06 | 168 ratings

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In Search Of Truth
Evergrey Progressive Metal

Review by FragileKings
Prog Reviewer

4 stars Everygrey's 'In Search of Truth' caught my attention after their latest release 'Hymns for the Broken' started getting good reviews on ProgArchives. I decided to get their best rated album which, aside from the great ratings of 'Hymns', was this album. It is based on the book 'Communion' by Whitley Strieber, recounting through lyrics and spoken sections the allegedly factual account of Strieber's repeated abduction by aliens.

Though I'm no expert in this field of metal, I would say the album is mostly symphonic metal with possibly some power metal similarities in a few parts and the odd bit of thrash, though actually all these components may make this out to be exactly symphonic metal. Or maybe it's this meticulous and crafty blend of metal elements that make it prog-metal. The guitar sound is wonderfully brain-mulching and heavy but there is also a very strong and up-front piano presence and lots of synthesizer. One thing I really love about the album is how well it uses piano in tandem with the heavy metal band sound. There's also a bit of electronic effects here and there, a choir sounding totally boss in 'Dark Waters', and a beautiful acoustic guitar / piano duo in 'Different Worlds'. Of course there is your double bass drum beats in places and lots of symphonic metal guitar shredding in spots, too. I find the music very satisfying and full of enough variety in both metal and otherwise. The songs can be at times really dark and heavy and other times sad and beautiful.

Special mention must go to Tom S. Englund who does a great job of affecting emotion in his singing. He is not only singing the lyrics to this story of self-doubting and the loneliness and destitution of this incredible experience but he also speaks some parts as the story teller is recording his thoughts into a tape recorded. He starts out pretty bold but near the end, in 'Different Worlds' he is whimpering like a child as he sobs, 'Oh, god, it's happening again. They're here' Please don't touch me. I don't wanna be here. I wanna go home.' His vocal performance is very convincing, and the 12-year-old boy in me wonders how he could keep a straight face saying those lines. But with the beautiful minor key piano it's easy to conjure up an image of a man scared and alone as the mysterious extraterrestrials come silently for him yet again.

Though I think this is an excellent concept album and I can really enjoy listening to it for all the riches of metal sounds and symphonic metal parts and the vocal performance as well, there is still this lingering aftertaste of the entire album being very much the same thing. There's another piano intro. There's another thrashy, heavy part. So I can't smack this baby with a full five-star rating. But a very solid four stars is easily deserved.

Thanks to ProgLucky for the artist addition.

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