features the unique brand of dark, atmospheric prog the band has always been known for, but it also has some of their catchiest and most melodic songs to date, making it a very good starting point
The elements, let’s say with our new album Purgatory, it is a concept album and it’s just something interesting about that dark, not necessarily emo in that genre I guess but…I guess it’s hard to explain. It’s just one of those things when I see Evergrey it kind of like (makes “hunh” sound) it gives you like that shiver where it’s dark and it’s, but it’s not emo
Another hard rocking year has come to pass and that means more great music has come and gone in 2014. The best part for us writers who get the privilege to listen to a boatload of great music every year is introducing you to our favorite albums throughout the year.
As always, Tom S. Englund sounds amazing, and his vocals are one of the most important aspects of the album. He may not be the best singer technically, but it’s obvious he’s one of those rare singers who feels everything he sings.
“We felt we were going in different directions and made the mutual decision that it was time for a change. A few of the guys felt it was not so funny anymore to be part of Evergrey and they also had a project on the side that they wanted to give main focus. Its of course a bit scary to make such a major change and we didn’t have a clue if we could find good replacements.”
At one point I had ranked Evergrey up there with Kamelot in terms of consistency when it came to album releases, the one difference now was Kamelot has evolved into their style of “dark arts” progressive metal as opposed to Evergrey still keeping the sound they broke out on their strongest album “Recreation Day”.
Naturally, the decision to break up wasn’t easy for these long-standing friends, especially for Englund and his remaining keyboardist, Rikard Zander, for whom a continuation of Evergrey was never called into question.