Released: 2004, InsideOut Music
Four simple words ... ALBUM. OF. THE. YEAR.
OK, I can’t just leave it at that. I’d be plagiarizing one of JP’s reviews from a couple years ago if I did. However, since two of my comrades at Metal Rules have already reviewed this majestic album, I will keep my own review brief.
Evergrey’s brand of power/progressive metal just keeps getting better with every album. THE INNER CIRCLE is powerful, emotional, moving, inspiring, headbanging metal. Quite simply, this is the band’s masterpiece.
I don’t give out perfect scores very often. You’ve got to earn it with me. In fact, I’d be hard-pressed to come up with even five metal albums that have come out in the 21st century that I’d give such a high honor to. This is one of them. If you don’t have it yet, go get it. Go get it now!
Highlights: The entire fucking album!
Genre References: Power Metal, Progressive Metal