Evergrey - Torn review
|Release date:||September 2008|
01. Broken Wings
04. When Kingdoms Fall
05. In Confidence
09. Nothing Is Erased
10. Still Walk Alone
11. These Scars
12. Caught In A Lie [Limited edition bonus]
The seventh album of Swedish masters Evergrey has arrived, and it diverges very little from the road taken by its predecessor Monday Morning Apocalypse. While this new album Torn is not as straightforward as their early works, it has the potential to grow on some listeners quickly and it packs some seriously good moments here and there. Overall though, it will come across as another disappointment for most of you who are not into their music. The comments on this review already promise to be interesting to read.
I could bluntly tell you that Evergrey have gone in my opinion a little more pop than usual. The way choruses are performed makes me think of more mainstream rock music continuing the trend first displayed with Monday Morning Apocalypse. The formula is even dangerously getting close to a nu-metal approach to songwriting, and that is far from reassuring. The slower tempo throughout the album with heavy riffs can be downright scary to some. The vocals are not helping either as they are mostly stripped of emotions in most places while the scarce female vocals are limit annoying. In short, it is pretty much the usual lot for an Evergrey album. I wish they could just snap out of this happy songwriting haze and at the same time bring out some enraged vocals [Call Mikael Stanne or Peter Tägtgren for session vocals if you need to].
On the plus side their trademark dark progressive sound is found occasionally. And after a few listens, Torn is way superior to Monday Morning Apocalypse and strangely enough it even does more for me than The Inner Circle at times. All the elements are gathered once more, smooth guitar solos, heavy drums and groovy bass lines [courtesy of Jari Kainulainen of Stratovarius fame]. The dark atmospheres may be less prominent but songs like 'When Kingdoms Fall' and 'Nothing is Erased' inject enough of that to momentarily please the die-hard Evergrey fan. The production is once again flawless. But honestly, you can take any album they released prior to 2006 and it blows Torn out of the water.
In the end it will come down to personal tastes, whether you can enjoy Torn more than their previous albums or not even close. For me, this new album is a somewhat good listen, however I doubt it will have a lasting effect on me. And I am oblivious to most flaws present in their music since I am a long-time fan of the band [vocals & lyrics anyone?]. It is a "love it or hate it" kind of album and there is no way I can even rate this album. Some will brand it as one of 2008 bests while other would barely consider this a decent album. If you are into Monday Morning Apocalypse, this is undeniably for you, otherwise I doubt you will find anything here to talk about.
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|Evergreys' last album is already out a few months before my decision to write this review has been made. I really respect their music because in addition to many bands of metal nowadays, they can express dark feelings and make dark atmosphere without making albums containing any mainstream usual gothic or black metal material. I do like gothic and black metal, but these genres are "overcrowded" and many bands do it because it is today's trends. This results in many releases without quality in songwriting and emotion. Evergrey invented and maintained their own style no matter how diverse or good their discography becomes.
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