Reviewed by MJBrady on 08 Feb 2003
Evergrey is yet another band hailing from Sweden, a country that has proven that you could build a very impressive library of progressive music from there alone. Add Evergrey to the list of quality Power Progressive Metal bands.
The band has found a following after the last two quality studio cds, and some gigs both in Europe and in the U.S. They play their brand of music in a heavy staccato style, choppy breaks, powerful and thick guitars, with drumming accenting the intensity of the music all the way through. They also feature a vocalist that enhances the overall sound of the bands attack.
They have shown that they have a formula that is a proven, as well as original sound for them, and gives the Power Progmetal fans everything they long for. This cd has a deeper crunch than prior albums, perhaps the 7 string guitars are in play, the recording quality is every bit as good as the last cd In search of Truth.
Don't expect the kind of progressive metal that bands like Dream Theater, Symphony X, Pyramid, etal are playing, those bands are mainly producing music with a lot of instrumental displays, while with Evergrey, the music is very powerful, and it gets it's progressive qualities from the musics' arrangements, and subtle use of keyboards. If you have become a fan of the prior Evergrey cds, this will not disappoint, in fact, from what I am hearing, they have stepped things up a notch. In fact, there seems to be a few more fast songs on this cd, which is a welcome thing to hear, it let's the members stretch out a bit more.