Released: 2003, Inside Out
Another masterwork from one of THE buzz-bands in the progressive power scene. I was lucky enough to hear the first two (until recently) rare albums and have been a champion of these guys ever since. From Gothenberg, Sweden but having little in common with the dreaded (by some die-hards) ‘Gothenberg sound’, Evergrey have released another piece of prog-power work.
The band is not afraid to be heavy and progressive, something that is all too rare these days as many bands choose one side of the equation or the other, as it is hard to meld the two seamlessly. Evergrey accomplish this task and that’s why perhaps the critical acclaim the band has received over the past few years.
There have been a very few subtle changes, a new keyboardist and RD was self-produced this time around. Everything else is remarkably similar to the last disc in terms of execution; the same studio, help from Andy LaRoque, the same female guest vocalist, the same choir, the same artist designed the look and layout of the CD, and again Tom writes almost all the lyrics. Why mess with a good thing?
If anything this one seems a little faster and heavier although only slightly. It also has a mildly more gothic flavour to the songwriting, as ISOT was a bit more futuristic in flavour to match the tone of the alien abduction concept. Perhaps this is evidence by the tone of the keyboards and slightly less clean guitar tone…but these are again very subtle.
Interesting songs, sterling individual performances, dynamic arrangements, great use of extra elements like the choirs and female vocals all combine to create exciting enjoyable songs. Highly recommended for all metal fans.