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Tried and Failed
September 2005
Released: 2005, Massacre Records
Rating: 3.5/5
Reviewer: Anders Sandvall

Evereve debuted in 1997 with the album SEASONS, and after a few member changes and label switches and a lot of touring through Europe and the States they’re back with their sixth album.

A journalist once defined Evereve’s music as cyber gothic metal. I’d say that the music is darker, melodic, sad, somewhat melodic gothic, a bit like Paradise Lost but more commercial. The main focus lies on MZ’s very dark voice together with layers of keyboards and guitars. Oq and Martin C (bass/drums) have nothing much to do besides keeping the rhythm. Other musical parallels could be drawn with The Mission, Sisters of Mercy and The Cure if you add some metal to them.

The 14 track album consists of well played sad gothic. One of the tracks is an intro called “Thighs wide shut – overture” and it opens the album. Further into the album returns this song again but then under the name “Thighs wide shut – reprise” where a woman say a few words to the background of just keyboardplay and strings, it’s a very strange and short song on about 1.30.

We have dark, melancholic up-tempo ballads in “I’m not afraid (of losing you again)”, “Anima sola”, “Forsaken” and “Before sunrise”. In the other tracks we have more of the sad, dark, gothic but with a more tempo in them.

Gerhard Magin (Theatre of Tragedy, Crematory, Totenmond) produced TRIED AND FAILED and the band sees Gerhard as their fifth member. They have also got help from the synth-guru Joerg Huettner which have established himself within the film industry and made music to movies like Catwoman, The Ring 2 and Batman Begins. Gerhard have made a dark production that really fits Evereve’s dark music.

I’m a fan of gothic music and I can really recommend this album to fellow fan of gothic. The only minor thing is that Evereve have a tendency to be bit too commercial as well as melodic sometimes.

Killer tracks “Tried and failed”, “You’re mine”, “Pine oil heaven” and “On thin ice”.
Track Listing

Thighs wide shut – overture - intro
Tried and failed
You’re mine
A scornful love
Pine oil heaven
I’m not afraid (of losing you again)
Anima sola
On thin ice
Hide from me
Thighs wide shut – reprise
Before sunrise
Epilogue 2005 - outro


Mz – lead vocals, keys
Havoc – guitar
Oq – bass
Martin C. – drums percussion

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