Friday, September 9, 2016

Evergrey "The Storm Within"

Country: Sweden
Genre(s): Progressive Metal
Label: AFM Records
Format: CD, vinyl
Release date: September 9, 2016
01. Distance
02. Passing Trough
03. Someday
04. Astray
05. The Impossible
06. My Allied Ocean
07. In Orbit
08. The Lonely Monarch
09. The Paradox Of The Flame
10. Disconnect
11. The Storm Within

Tom S. Englund - vocals, guitar
Henrik Danhage - guitar, backing vocals
Rikard Zander - keyboard, backing vocals
Jonas Ekdahl - drums
Johan Niemann - bass, backing vocals
Floor Jansen (Nightwish) - vocals (7, 10)
Carina Englund - vocals (9)

While this may come off as music industry lip-service in honour of the Swedish quintet, anyone who has followed Evergrey will find it impossible not to become completely enthralled by the music on The Storm Within within the space of the first listen. The band's trademark progressive, dark and melancholic elements are as strong as ever, the album ranks as one of the most progressive record they've created in terms of performance, but Evergrey managed to put it in a package that is more accessible and direct compared to any of their nine previous outings.
Evergrey's lyrics have always matched the depth and intensity of their music, and the concept behind The Storm Within is no exception. The storyline behind the lyrics is based on something that everyone can relate to; having someone, losing them, and having to pick yourself up and move on. Tom S. Englund goes so far as to call it the band's first "love" album, but it's not a subject that should be taken lightly in the Evergrey universe.
Musically, The Storm Within plays to Evergrey's trademark prog metal attack but it's loaded with double-take moments. Lead-off track "Distance" is a surprise lead single (and first video), the melodically and lyrically stunning "Passing Through" is destined to become a fan favourite, "My Allied Ocean" is one of Evergrey's most aggressive songs to date, and the epic title track makes for the perfect album closer in the tradition of Devin Townsend or Rush. 

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