Reviewed by MJBrady on 31 Aug 2002
This is the bands second and much heralded cd, the combining elements of power and progressive were presented in a fashion that would create a nice buzz about this band. Tom Englunds voice is a large part of the magic behind this bands sound. He has a deep, powerful and convicting voice, his range is very good, yet it's his delivery of the lyrics with total emotional dedication that gives Evergrey a huge plus. Their music is very heavy, a solid crunch factor, and enough twists and turns to give it a progressive edge. Along with the huge guitar sounds, is some outstanding drumming, which are performed and recorded magnificently. While Evergrey is not progressive metal the way bands like DreamTheater or Symphony X are, they prefer to borrow the heaviest moments of these bands, and hold off on the extended instrumental sections both those bands are so well known for. This is the kind of music where the progressive sub-genre Power Progressive gets it's identity. Powerful, subtle technical moves, great sound, keyboard tapestries, and huge vocal productions, are what define powerprogressive metal, and Evergrey are amoungst the genres best bands. Many have already deemed this a classic in the genre, and I have to agree, this is a very well conceived recording from every angle. Again Sweden has produced yet another top notch band, that has all the ingredients necessary to impress the fans of the Power Progressive Metal genre.