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In Search of Truth
October 2001
Released: 2001, InsideOut Music America
Rating: 4.0/5
Reviewer: Rick

This is the third release in the history of Gothenburg band Evergrey. Creating a sound that is equal parts progressive, power and gothic metal, Evergrey have released their third album which is sure to catapult them to the top of the metal heap. The preceding releases were 1998's THE DARK DISCOVERY and 2000's SOLITUDE DOMINANCE TRAGEDY. IN SEARCH OF TRUTH is the first full concept CD that the band has released after dabbling with shorter concepts and themes on their earlier releases. The band has always had a fascination with alien abductions and have incorporated them into the storylines on their past releases but with this CD Evergrey went all out and created a full concept revolving around the story of a man who becomes increasing agitated and afraid in his own world. He seeks out a psychiatrist to help him understand what is happening to him and under hypnosis finds out that he has been abducted by aliens and taken from Earth. He must then come to grips with this and find out how it has affected him both physically and mentally. The music of Evergrey with its gloomy and dark sound is perfect for this trip into the mind.

Opening track "The Masterplan" opens up the story with our abducted man searching for answers to his questions. One of the better sons on the Cd and also the subject of a damn good music video. Both the video and the song and dark, gloomy and powerful. In "Watching the Skies" the powerful rhythm section is contrasted by the airy keyboard work which, though they are opposites, make the song a very compelling listen. "State of Paralysis" is a haunting trip into the depression of a man who knows that they are soon coming to get him. Only piano and vocals are used in t his song to create the disturbing atmosphere of a man on the edge. "State of Paralysis" leads right into "The Encounter". As I said there is a great mixture of prog, gothic, gloomy and power metal on this Cd and this song is one that encompasses all these influences. At this point in the story our character faces his fears and finds he doesn’t have the will to do it. Evergrey is known to use choirs on their CDs and IN SEARCH OF TRUTH is no exception. "Dark Waters" uses The Mercury Choir to great effect. The mix of male and female vocals in the choir again adds to the dark sound of the disc.

The only original of Evergrey left in the lineup are drummer Patrick Carlsson and vocalist/ guitarist Tom Englund. Joining them are Michael Hakansson: bass, Sven Karlsson: keyboards and Henrik Danhage on guitar. IN SEARCH OF TRUTH was produced by King Diamond guitarist Andy La Roque. I have to give La Roque and Englund credit. Not only is the CD good but sonically it is very gloomy yet powerful. Even though this is a concept CD it need not be listened to as one. It is sufficiently vague as to allow the listener to come in and out of the story without missing a beat. IN SEARCH OF TRUTH is definitely the strongest output of the 3 Evergrey releases.


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In Search of Truth
October 2001
Released: 2001, InsideOut Music
Rating: 4.7/5
Reviewer: El Cid

The band keeps evolving. That’s it; this is better than their last 2 efforts in my opinion. I don’t know if you’ll agree with me, but I think EVERGREY have improved their sound enormously by giving the keyboards a much more important part of song structures, be it as keyboards or piano sound, it really gives a very big push to all the songs.

This whole gem, is a concept album, a very strange one at that. It tells the story of a man who fears light and dark and then finds out he was abducted by Aliens (EHHHH???) and throughout the album he tries to find out what exactly happened to him. The most interesting thing about this album is that it establishes EVERGREY as a very original band, they sound like nobody but EVERGREY. The opening track here “The Masterplan” begins with a spoken sample that sets the mood on a dark and somber tone that prepare you for what’s to come. The rest of the album is a roller coaster because of its constant changes of pace and the multidimensional music and arrangements that populate it. “Rulers of the mind” features some great keyboard parts that will fuse with heavier and faster parts that along with Tom Englund’s distinctive voice merge into a very trademark sound.

Despite an impressive array of truly great songs, track 7 “Dark Waters” makes everything else pale in comparison, this beautiful piece of art features everything from intense drumming and riffing, to very harmonic passages to a choir that would make Therion bow their heads and listen.

In all this is a fantastic release and it’s highly advised that you get it as soon as you can.

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