prog-metallers story so far,
This review is from: A Decade And A Half (Audio CD)I still think of prog metallers Evergrey as a new band, but it's seventeen years since they formed and fourteen years since their debut album came out. It must be that thing where all doctors and policeman look to be about twelve years old after you reach a certain age. Somehow seventeen plus fourteen divided by two means it's time for "A Decade And A Half" after eight previous studio albums and a live 'un.
They're officially Big In Sweden with all their records hitting the Top 20, and their DVD going to number one, but for some reason they seem to bouncing off a glass ceiling everywhere else in the world. Maybe it's their ever changing line-up, maybe it's the prog metal overload that we've had over the last decade or so, but this release may be a good way for folks to catch up on their doings, if they've missed all their previous. Or Steamhammer are losing faith.
Whatever, you're getting a double album, at a decent price, which has 24 songs, including two previously unreleased live tracks (boo!) and a 24 page booklet with the previously unreleased tracks being `Wrong' and `Frozen', both (live and unplugged), and guaranteed to annoy the hell out of the Evergrey diehards who have all the other records. It touches on all aspects of their career to date, with the tunes from "A Night To Remember", still the best in my less than humble opinion. Their prog metal falls firmly on the metal side of the equation, so there's plenty of fiery riffs and stomping rhythms to keep the air guitar hordes happy, but enough intricacies to keep progsters listening.
There probably aren't many mad for it melodic prog-metallers out there who haven't encountered them live somewhere down the line, what with their tours with the likes of In Flames, Nevermore, Arch Enemy, Children Of Bodom, Kamelot and Iced Earth. And if they haven't bought any Evergrey records, then this is a good place to start.