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Founded in Nashville, US

EVERSHIP have been founded by a composer, multi-instrumentalist and producer / engineer Shane ATKINSON. Shane played in Nashville bands and as a backup musician for artists in the late 80's and 90's. As a composer he wrote on Music Row and, always having a studio running somewhere in the Nashville area, was a composer with musical work spanning from commercials and film to orchestral and theater. He made two records with the 90's alternative rock band CURIOUS FOOLS, but after three labels, including false promises from a large internationally-known label that eventually dropped the band, and with the birth of his first child, he decided to leave the music business for the budding software industry.

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Shane says he never really stopped writing. "The music just kept coming, haunting me. I'd constantly wake up in the night to record song ideas. Over those years I amassed at least a hundred hours of material. But I was so successful in software, it became nearly impossible to get out. Something like EVERSHIP was bound to happen, it had to happen, I was profoundly depressed."

Finally, in 2005, in response to a dream, he sold their big house in the suburbs, downsized, built a recording studio, and opened a commercial and film music production company to finance the album effort. It would take about ten years to make the record; not just for the actual recording, but for raising a family, building a studio, holding down the production company and remaining business interests, and sifting through the mountain of song material.

Many of the EVERSHIP songs were already written long before the project started. Some were five to ten years old even then, and there is purportedly enough material for four or more albums. "I've got other material, but I wanted to do this first. Musically-speaking, prog is where my heart is." He said while growing up, listening to bands like Led Zeppelin, Rush, Yes, Queen, Kansas and Jimmy Hotz, he had no idea it was progressive music. He just liked it. Amongst his other influences were classical composers, particularly Bach, Rachmaninov and Ravel. He has a sizable Opera collection and is a Puccini fan. Fusion music also played a role in the early years; Chick Corea, Al Di Miola, Mahavishnu Orchestra, anything that challenged him musically. "Even what I'm writing now is not intentionally Prog. It's just what comes out. These songs are life-stories, I can'...
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2016
4.06 | 60 ratings
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2018

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4.06 | 60 ratings

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Review by Jeff_the_GlassCaster

5 stars As much as I love the debut album I was a little concerned waiting for this release ? until I heard it?..

One would never guess that this is a sophomore effort ? it does not suffer from the 2nd album curse in the least. I absolutely love this album. It has an urgency that may, in part, be from how much shorter time Shane (Atkinson) had to put this effort together. II, however, has a great deal of continuity to the eponymous first album and a flow that will keep you listening all the way throughout.

Evership II opens with the song Serious Room and what an opening! A fully dramatic song that showcases the talents of this band. Recorded (in part) at RoSfest in 2017, the song begins gently lulling you in with Beau's (West) voice seductively calling. The music soothes you into a dreamy place and then builds in intensity with each line. By mid-song you will find it hard to stay in your chair! Everything about this song is why I love Prog.

Monomyth opens with the rhythm section setting an intensity that sets the stage for the song and our hero's awakening. About 3 min into the song we get the change as the music becomes mellow moving into a new awakening. One almost feels that a full orchestration will happen at any minute as our hero seems to be going through a transformation ? then acoustic guitar ?> "Hope Will Arise" -> the rhythm section awakens us into a battle sequence and conclusion. The more I listen to this song the more I love it.

The next two songs are, perhaps more rock than Prog.

Real or Imagined opens as a lovely acoustic ballad and becomes a straight on rocker ala some of the great 70's bands with some great guitar. Lyrically this one hits a little close to home ? not quite as spot on as Flying Machine from the first album did, but still awfully close.

Wanderer is a sweet, beautiful dreamy song ? just what is needed at this point of the album. Especially for what comes next??..

Isle of the Broken Tree is a continuation of Ultima Thule from the first album. This part of the story finds our hero as he is thrown from his ship as it goes over the edge of the world. What ensues (lyrically) is a wonderful conclusion to the story. What arises (musically) is a fantastic musical composition of arguably epic proportions. After all, this is Prog. For me to continue to pontificate about the virtues of this song would be a true waste of my time and yours, dear reader. It is symphonic (perhaps neo) prog at its finest.

In closing, do yourself a favor. Buy this album in what ever form you enjoy your music. You shall not be disappointed.

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4.06 | 60 ratings

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Review by Steve Conrad

5 stars Leap of Faith- Majesty, Melody, Magic

Sophomore Slump?

Absolutely not.

Here we have a stunning followup to their eponymous debut release.

Simply titled "II" (I guess roman numerals add gravitas!), this is an album that bears repeated attention.

Less a "band" effort, more of Shane/ Beau

On "II", for better or worse, it comes across very much as a showcase for the deep talents of the mastermind Shane Atkinson, and the expressive, elastic voice of Beau West.

Personally, I have an abiding respect for band efforts, and generally believe these pay unseen dividends due to multiple perspectives and diverse personalities making their contributions to the over-all effort.

At the same time, it's difficult to coordinate three to four or more lives/schedules/ideas/needs, and that's probably why precious few bands stay intact too long.

In this case though, the level of talent, creativity, and expression is simply too profound for that band chemistry to be a significant factor. Plus, there are certainly repeat musicians on this disc, so it's not like these are strangers who parachute in, lay down some tracks, and disappear into the gloom.

Concept?

Shane was kind enough to supply lyrics to these songs, and if there's a thread, I'd call it "the rather insignificant human confronting a rather enormous universe."

So, not really a concept album. However, one can "read" something of the composer's intent through the album art, lyrics, and of course the music itself.

The Serious Room

The opening track immediately establishes the kind of intense song-focus that for me distinguishes EVERSHIP from many other progressive bands. Vibes and lovely vocals. Melodies that implant themselves. Instrumental majesty, grandeur, and depth, changing at times into something gentler and more intimate.

Lyrically, it depicts a Very Important Person...who proves to be a wistful wannabe.

Monomyth

The tune begins starkly and builds, using some lovely choral touches including some Latin words as a chant. There is grandeur again, and again that ear-catching change-up.

"Monomyth", I learned, is another way to say "The Hero's Journey", and in this one, the "ordinary" person must confront the crisis that calls out for action, and in the process, he/she is transformed.

Real or Imagined

Such a gentle vocal/acoustic guitar passage, then some sweet synth runs leading to wistful and melancholy guitar. Beau provides some amazing vocal acrobatics in this one.

In this case, the lyrics suggested an introvert who finds meaning and purpose from books/ideas/music...and therein lies the conundrum since "real" people need love as well.

Wanderer

More heart-tugging vocal magic after the majestic opening passage, with lyrics presenting the perspective of a child's optimism being challenged by adult struggles, beautifully reflected in the music.

Pièce De Résistance (actual song title "Isle of the Broken Tree")

Here's the show-stopping finale- the 28 minute-and-then-some epic album closer, weaving together the tale of a black- hearted villain forced to confront himself in the most stark manner imaginable...and making the fateful choice of a "Leap of Faith".

I thought of the power of Tal Bachman's vocal work, as well as Procol Harum's live album with Edmonton Symphony Orchestra- with the sweeping loveliness of the music accompanied by the orchestra and choir.

Obviously I have NO sway over Shane and musical friends, but it would be unforgettable and amazing to see and hear this final epic performed with orchestra, choir, and EVERSHIP.

Musically it runs an astonishing range of styles and moods, from bluesy guitar and stark vocal work, to lush, grandiose symphonic power.

My rating: 5 out of 5 Majestic, Melodic, Magical Monuments

Originally posted on my blog, progressiverockfanatics.wordpress.com

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3.91 | 155 ratings

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Review by tszirmay
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4 stars Late onto the Evership bandwagon, which is not necessarily a bad thing, as I sometimes need a little push to commit to something new. But better late than never, so it was not a difficult decision to finally take, what with all the hoopla going around for this debut release, which took eons to finalize, according to main man, multi- instrumentalist and composer Shane Atkinson from that international progressive rock hot bed of Nashville, Tennessee. Glass Hammer is also from Tennessee, so there must be something in the water'The state is of course a famed music center, albeit not world renown for prog, more like country music. Well it won't be the first time I get shocked by the provenance of our favorite genre, as it's truly a worldwide obsession. I mean Kansas has sort set the path way back when and even in Louisiana, we have Proud Peasant that is quite overtly symphonic, to say the least. Evership certainly dares beyond daring, a courageous plunge into bombastic symphonics that combines the obvious Queen influences or even hints of Meatloaf, highlighting rocket-propelled crunchy guitars and over the top lead vocals that tilt closer to opera and heavy metal, all ensconced within a tight score with fluctuating arrangements and impossible to predict what is next down the pipes. I cannot think of many bands that have tried this route besides Queen and perhaps City Boy, a dash of Boston maybe but this kind of opera-prog rock is quite an earful to behold. All pieces are in the 9-13 minute range, giving the suave arrangements enough room to be properly constructed and hence utterly convincing musically. Lead singer Beau West has those powerful lungs that sustains notes and scours the higher planes with seemingly minimal effort, as clearly expressed on the whopping opener 'Silver Light' , serving as a perfect introduction for the proggier mayhem down the road. Choppy rhythmic power metal riffs shove this puppy along, howling choir work keeping the drums precise and a savage world class vocal that will make any prog fan squirm with envy. Holy cow! Hints of Kashmir in the stringed orchestrations, spitting guitars and tectonic shuffles, yeah, what a mix! . Nice lead axe solo that corkscrews madly and a solo violin whirl that is totally unforeseen.

A prog opus of the finest caliber, 'A Slow Descent into Reality' looks into the troubled human condition and explodes in a suite of 6 parts that grabs the listener by the throat and does not let go. Starting off nice and composed, the mood slowly burgeons like an imminent storm waiting to drench the unprotected. Synthesizers conspiring mightily to overpower the melody, the levels of intensity grow, the choir shoving the arrangement along. As such, hallway through, everything seems to hurtling at breakneck speed, tossing shifting and gritty guitars, colossal waves of insane keyboards (especially the orchestral ones like the mellotron and the rippling organ flash ), a booming bass undertow and some pretty volcanic drumming. This is quite the bruising ride, definitely aggressive and over the top, totally nowhere near ear candy of any kind, quite the opposite, a brittle, sizzling and effervescent fountain of dense sound design and grandiloquent instrumental prowess. This is an insane mother!

'Evermore' shoots for a night at the Opera stylistic, buoyed by that singing guitar lead, the vaudevillesque piano accompaniment and crazed vocals that seem closer to lounge cabaret than the hair metal concert arena. The choir work is multi-layered, the massed guitars punching deep holes into the rhythmic onslaught, which is closer to Led Zep than anything else. But the voice, I mean Mercury Rising from the ashes'.OMG! You would think the Darkness or the Ark have resurrected as a prog band. And there's the rub, as the Brits like to say, Evership is decidedly within the prog environment, more keyboard-driven that any other bands mentioned above.

This becomes very obvious on the enthralling 'Ultima Thule', a serene ballad that really showcases the brilliance of a world class voice and an elusive piano, caressed by bright orchestrations and a rustic acoustic guitar to further the fantasy. As the piece progresses, the resolute power gets boosted by harder rhythm guitar riffs and wilder singing that winks more at Ronnie James Dio or Roger Hodgson than the proverbial Freddy. The final section gets very progressive with loads of clever symphonic touches and unrelenting choir work and a gentle guitar goodbye.

Then we move over to the sensitive 'Flying Machine', a more complex piece that takes time lifting off the ground, engines roaring (the choir voices are splendid) , preferring to travel to more atmospheric realms with loads of sound/voice effects and snippets of strange strained orchestrations. Perhaps by presenting their more obscure side, this sonic essay does wonders as it slays any kind of overt formulaic tendencies. When the song kicks in, Beau's soft voice soothing preciously as the drums pick up the pace and the guitars start their sinuous assault, never falling play to simpleton clich's. This is by far the most restrained piece here, a highly cinematographic glide into the higher echelons of prog creativity.

A delightful and highly entertaining debut that bodes well for the future. Hopefully, Sean has a vault full of more impulsive tunes ,ready to be put onto tape and fed to hungry prog fans. An invigorating addition to my collection and something that could easily seduce the embryonic progressive rock fan into delving further into our genre. Truly impressive, no wonder it has come so highly rated.

4.5 eternal boats

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3.91 | 155 ratings

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Review by javajeff

4 stars I know I am late to the party, but this album just oozes quality. Talk about an insanely gifted vocalist in Beau West with loads of prog goodness. This is a real gem to find in what was an incredible year for progressive rock. I will eagerly look forward to their next album. Evership has amazing musicianship, but more importantly, the compositions just fit. The songwriting, music, lyrics, and vocals have a synergy that makes it feel like an instant classic. Listening to A Slow Descent Into Reality, I can sense such an effortless songwriting skill that was prevalent in the 70s. This album has such a classic prog feel, and there is too much to like about it. 4/5 stars for this excellent release.
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Review by Warthur
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3 stars The front cover art may be reminiscent of Kansas, but it's Tennessee that prog duo Evership hail from - by way of the 19th Century, if their promotional photos are anything to go by. Between their theatrical image, the tripped-out cover art, and that mean band logo, this is certainly a band who want to declare to the world that they're prog and proud of it, and that extends to the music on this debut album of theirs.

Whilst in terms of atmosphere it's on the lighter and more uplifting side of prog, in terms of technical execution multi- instrumentalist Shane Atkinson and the sprinkling of guest contributors certainly establish their credentials here, whilst Beau West's vocals allow for some nice vocal harmonies to be used and show that he's mastered the prog frontman's key skill of sounding profound and emotive whilst singing about weird nonsense.

On paper, then, it's a good mixture, but I did find my attention wandering here and there, and there were plenty of moments on the album where it felt like musically they didn't have much of an artistic goal beyond ticking as many of the prog checklist boxes as possible. It's a nice little album which will tickle the fancy of most prog fans, but I can't help but think that this is just the beginning for Evership. They've proved here that they can use the prog rock toolbox - now it's time to see what they can build with it.

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3.91 | 155 ratings

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Review by mohaveman

5 stars Another fine release in a great 2016 for progressive music. I discovered this band randomly looking for something new on ITunes, and it was well worth the search. I have been listening to Evership at least every other day the last month and I have found it good music for my commute to work. It is just mellow enough to soothe and has just enough powerful spots to keep me going. The highlight songs for me would be the opener, "Silver Light", "A slow descent into Reality", and "Ultima Thule", which is my favorite. The vocals are wonderful on all the songs and the musicianship is top notch. Since it is prog, the obligatory comparison to other bands is required... so I get a lot of Kansas, Dream Theater, Queen, and Yes. Not sure about the Neo-Prog label, but then I never am anyways. I would classify this as Symphonic Rock, I believe. 5 stars for Evership. Hoping to hear more in the future.
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Review by FragileKings
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5 stars This has been an incredible year for me in keeping up with releases of 2016. Someone wrote that he felt prog was currently in a slump, but not from my point of view. Not only have I brought home a couple of dozen albums this year that ranged from really good to superb, I even found an album that I would have given six stars to. By November it was time to decide which of the several albums I had my eyes on would become my final order for the year. I narrowed it down to three difficult choices and in the end chose Evership. And what an album! I feel as if I have found a second six star album. And the coincidental thing is that I heard about this album through a review written by the musician behind my first six star pick. Previously he had praised Tiger Moth Tales "Cocoon" and I had to agree with him. So I decided to trust his opinion again and I am sure glad I did.

Forget the track by track review or even mentioning favourites in detail. This is a prog album that clicks perfectly with me. It has dramatic, dynamic, complex music as well as wonderful vocal melodies. It has crashing, thundering, parts with rolling toms, swooshing synthesizers, and pounding guitars. It also has delicate acoustic and piano beauty. I feel the album is an emotional ride between excellent and blissfully mind-blown. If any part is not either of these then you know by the music that we are building up to it. There's heavy and light, modern and seventies/early eighties.

In short, I'll give you this: it's like Dream Theater's beautiful moments meet Queen's passion and drama meets Boston's more dynamic music with some Supertramp.

Or an analogy: this is like eating gourmet confectionery in the dark on the first listen. You don't know what you are going to taste next but each bite has delightful surprises.

But it's not just the music. Vocalist Beau West is the kind of singer that prog needs. He sings like, well, a lot like Freddy Mercury and James LaBrie combined. His voice is powerful, soaring, soul-shaking and then soothing and soft. A vocalist of any less talent wouldn't be able to bring out the drama in the music as well. Mr. West is the kind of singer that the seventies gave us and somewhat a rare bird these days.

And now for me, the second great surprise of Evership. Composer and multi-instrumentalist Shane Atkinson used to be in a band called Curious Fools, and wouldn't you know it, I have the debut album of 1994 buried in a box of CDs. I bought it in a Christian book store way back then and when I later was getting rid of a lot of my old Christian CDs, I felt I couldn't part with Curious Fools. Labeled alternative rock, some of the songs were just so freaking good. So I still have it, and you can count on me digging it up and getting it into my iTunes library real soon.

Which brings me to the final words of my review. The one disappointing thing with Evership is that I don't have a decent enough audio system for listening to this album. I have the CD copied into iTunes with Apple Lossless and I play the music on my iPod with a half-decent set of earbuds only. This album, however, needs to be heard on a really good audio system. It is sure to blow a lot of people away!

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Review by The Jester

5 stars Review #40. This is definitely one of the biggest surprises of 2016 for me, and one of the best albums I've listened to, during this year. 'Evership' was a name that meant nothing to me, until I heard 'Silver Light' for the first time. Oh, if you could only see my expression at the time! I felt like a kid that just discovered a new wonderful candy! I conducted a small research in order to learn more, which as it proved wasn't that hard, because lately many people are talking about them. Something also tells me that this is only the beginning. Well, I hope so at least!

Now let's get to the point! Evership is a band from Nashville, that is based upon two people: Shane Atkinson, who is a composer and multi-instrumentalist, and Beau West who is the lead singer. And what a singer! Beau is one of the greatest singers I've had the pleasure of hearing recently! I've read that many people describe the color of his voice with Freddie-Mercury, although I wouldn't get that far. In fact, there is no reason to try to compare him with anyone, because he has a wonderful voice, and his overall performance on the album is excellent! I think that's what really matters. But Shane and Beau are not alone in this. Behind them, there is a whole band, including some very good musicians as it is proved in all the songs of the album.

'Evership' is the band's debut album, and it is something they were preparing for many years. Let's hope that we will not have to wait that long for their next one.

The album opens with the really excellent 'Silver Line', which I can't stop listening to! The thing is that, every time it sounds better and better to my ears, and the same happens with the whole album. And right after that, comes the - almost-12 minute-long - epic 'A Slow Descent into Reality' that is divided into 6 parts; another really great song. With so many twists and turns that I lost count, is one of the album's best moments in my opinion. I could recommend you to buy this album only for these 2 songs, but you know what? There's more! Next, comes the 10-minute-long Evermore, which is divided in 2 parts, 'Eros' and 'Agape' both Greek words, describing in a different way the word Love. At the beginning of this song I realized why some people compare Beau West with Freddie Mercury, but still... Good song, but not one of my favorites in the album. Evermore is followed by another long piece, Ultima Thule, a rather slow and relaxed track in the beginning, that is changing over and over again as time passes. Very good song and excellent performance by Beau West once more. The 5th track of the album - which is the longest one - is the wonderful Flying Machine; a real epic! During the almost 14 minutes that is its length, gives the listener the opportunity to close his eyes and let his mind fly with the help of the music.

If I had to describe the album in a few words, I could say that it is a wonderful travel for the mind to far and wonderous places with the wave of music. I don't know if I am describing it properly, but to me is exactly that. Because music is not mathematics, music is pictures, feelings, ideas and passion. And this album includes strong doses of all those things! That's why I will give 5 stars and I will say a very big 'Thank you' to Evership for this wonderful piece of art that they offered to us! HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!

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Review by odinalcatraz

5 stars Stunning album, insanely gifted singer, an outstanding band and wonderful compositions. Um... that just about covers it really! Ok. I'll say a bit more then. Evership are listed here as Neo-Prog (whatever that means!). I heard just a few seconds of "Evermore" on a radio show and thought Queen? but even better than Queen? The voice, the arrangement and that piano, not to mention the guitars! I had to get this album. I now have the CD. Would it all sound like Queen? Not even slightly! The first track sounded a bit like Yanni and then like a movie score, then bit like "Jesus Christ Superstar", then.... oh I don't blimmin' know! Track 4, "Ultima Thule" sounded to me like 10cc at their very best but slowly became Dream Theater, also at their very best. Now I will stop all the "who do they sound like" cobblers. The point is the quality of this band is of the same caliber of all the aforementioned bands. From what I have read, this album was a long time in coming. That may be one of the reasons it is so amazing. They made the best album that could be made before they released it. Many bands touch on the standards and power of this album but almost none of them make me think "wow", every few minutes and sustain such musicality. I don't review, can't review. I will never review anything that doesn't amaze me. This music did, at first hearing and now I am hooked. Tiger Moth Tales had this effect on me last year. Now Evership have done it. The last time any band did that for me was probably Pain of Salvation back in the day. Now I must go and sell my guitar and take up pottery. Bugger!
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Review by rdtprog
Special Collaborator RPI / Symphonic Prog Team

4 stars Shane Atkinson is the man behind this album that is the work of 8 years. He composes, writes and plays many instruments, but he has received some help from others musicians. The beginning of the cd is very strong with some intense vocal harmonies and some music that is on the melodic side of Progressive Rock with sometimes a heavy edge reminiscent of old Americain Prog with some spark of the British's sound of the Neo Prog bands. All this music is embellished with some lush orchestrations and choirs. The multi-part compositions go from the atmospheric to the dramatic with dazzling vintage organ and mellotron. The influences from the past are there and cover a lot of ground.The vocals and the music in the song "Evermore" are in the pure Queen style. The epic "Flying Machine is not without reference to the band Mystery with a mix of classic rock and Progressive Rock. The song goes back and forth between acoustic parts and electric ones. There is a nice flow throughout the different parts of this cd. The songs contain many hooks, and also some moving progressive rock moments that keep you engage. It's just the right balance between the simplicity of rock music and a more complex Progressive Rock. I had the same uplifting feeling listening to this cd of the one I had when Sean Filkins (ex-Big Big Train) released his solo cd.The man has a lot more material for others albums. I just hope that we don't have to wait another 8 years to hear it. So let's take the journey to the world of Evership, you will love the ride!
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