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3 stars A good power metal album, but an unconvincing excuse of progressive metal

In Search of Truth is the first (and, so far, the only one) Evergrey album I ever listened. I never had any interest for the band before and, to be quite frank, I still don't because, despite being a good album, In Search of Truth is never able to really thrill me. I only have this album in particular because I found it with a nice enough price and remembered its nice grade in ProgArchives, which I consider now to be deceiving for this album in particular, because it is not a progressive metal album. Almost a year have passed since I brought In Search of Truth home and nothing really changed about that thing: I can't really find this album progressive at all. It is just a nice power metal album with occasional complex passages, but those do not make the album progressive.

Actually, right before starting this review, I listened to Metallica's Master of Puppets and, comparing it with Evergrey's album, it is really ludicrous the fact that Metallica was accepted into the Archives 4 years after this band was, when they are clearly more progressive than Evergrey. Maybe if Metallica had a keyboard player things would have been easier for them, but anyway . . .

About the songs, musicianship and other features, there are somethings I would like to state:

As I said before, Evergrey's music in this album can be better described as power metal with some complex parts / passages, which give some songs a prog feeling, but that is not enough to make the album progressive. They only flirt (and flirt rather lightly, I must say) with progressive metal. The songs that illustrate best this are The Masterplan, Watching the Skies and Mark of the Triangle. Maybe a more fitting classification in ProgArchives would be prog-related. Though not being progressive, the music in In Search Of Truth is far from being bad. Here, the band presents us an interesting mix of power metal with some thrash metal-like riffs and, as said above, some flirts with progressive metal. Their music is quite good, though not thrilling.

The songs are overall good. However, there is one thing that works against the album: the song order. That is because the song in this album that sounds best as a closer is Dark Waters. The remaining 11 minutes sound a bit forced and the ending track, Misled, do not have the same ending feeling as Dark Waters does, and that obviously works against the album overall quality. Also, the best songs of the album are mostly concentrated in its beginning. Yet another negative feature about song order is the fact that the best song is the opener and the worst one is, quite possibly, the closer.

The highlights go to: The Masterplan, Watching the Skies, Mark of the Triangle and Dark Waters.

Grade and Final Thoughts

Evergrey's In Search of Truth is not a bad album, but the thing is that I hardly ever touch it. I barely remember I have it, unless I pass through it wile browsing my CD collection. Besides, the album's music is not progressive metal, so best thing I can do is give a rating according both to my personal feelings and to the album's progressiveness. The fairest grade here would be 3.5 stars, but since I lack any kind of sympathy for this band, I will round it down to 3 stars.

CCVP | 3/5 |


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