Released: 2006, Mausoleum Records
Over the years Metal has proven that trends come and go. One great example of this is Everfest’s RISING debut. A new band that just plays that old traditional Metal that is very fund of most of us. The music is catchy, well done and uncomplicated. Riffs, bridge, chorus and all over again with solos here and there. These guys are not reinventing the wheel, but after hearing RISING you won’t bother, cause it is a good tradition Heavy Metal release that will still remain true in a 100 years.
Everfest is a band from Frankfurt, Germany. They were formed in 2002 and in 2004 when they released their first demo, things started to happen. Metal Hammer and the Wacken team decided that the band had a lot of potential, and they were given an opportunity to play in none other than the mighty Wacken Open Air Fest. This lead to a deal with Mausoleum Records and that is why all this writing is taking place.
Musically, RISING has a lot of Edguy, especially in the vocal department. Andy Sommer has some very impressive pipes and sounds a lot like Tobias Sammet and I mean a lot. He also sounds like Halford, listen to “Fire” and his impersonation of the Metal God with lyrics taken straight out of “Touch of Evil” from PAINKILLER - You mesmerize slowly, till I can't believe my eyes -. When I heard this song for the first time, I decided that after listening to Everfest’s debut, I was going to give me an adrenaline shot with PAINKILLER, and so I did.
Although everything seems to be going great up until now, I have to criticize two aspects in RISING. First the cover artwork, it is truly horrible and looks cheap. So don’t be guided by your eyes on this one, it does not reflect the good music of the band. And second, the production is ok, but it is not in league (with Satan jejeje) with today’s standards. It is clear, but a bit thin, especially in the drum department.
Now let’s see how this guys do with their debut release. Things seem to be going well since they will be playing in the Bulgarian edition of Monsters of Rock. So if you ask me, that’s a great accomplishment for a young band. Now let’s see if Everfest stays forever and are able to release at least a CD that is good like this one. Stay Heavy!!!