Reviewed by MJBrady on 14 Feb 2002
This cd starts with a sound clip from the movie The Matrix, and sets the tone for this conceptual power-progressive band from Sweden. Evergrey is a band that has captured a dedicated following in the power prog realm, with a strong vocalist in Tom S. Englund, they have a distinctive voice from which to build on, he has a very bold and deep voice, that commands your attention, very emotional and tonally accurate. Musically, they are a semi-complex, mostly metal inspired band, with a great drummer who lets himself get heard all throughout the cd. The have a dual guitar attack, and use keyboards extensively, giving the band a very dense fullness of sound, as you would guess, as is always the case with Swedish bands, they are all well schooled musicians. The band tends to maintain a dark and melancholic vibe, not so much doomy, but enough so to enhance Englunds great voice. Evergrey has what many other progmetal bands long for, and that is a strong vocalist, proving that a great frontman can be the driving force for many a band to build off of.