Evergrey
Escape of the Phoenix


4.5
superb

Review

by acdrums777 USER (4 Reviews)
March 3rd, 2021 | 10 replies


Release Date: 02/26/2021 | Tracklist

Review Summary: 26 years in, and the future is bright

It's odd, a band that has been kicking around for 26 years releasing what is arguably their best music to date. But with their 2019 release The Atlantic and now with Escape of the Phoenix, one could definitely make the claim that these are the two best records this Swedish prog. band has released. The sound is full, thick, and dense. Tom Englund’s vocals soar over the beautiful cacophony of thundering drums, stank face worthy riffs, and solos that would make any guitarist shed a tear. In the world of heavy/progressive metal, these guys are a name that should be shouted from the hilltops.

Escape of the Phoenix is the perfect follow up to The Atlantic. The overall tone of the record is very similar. Jonas Ekdahl’s drumming supports the songs perfectly, laying down the groove and allowing the songs to breath around his playing. Johan Niemann keeps the low end with a beautifully thick bass tone that complements Ekdahl’s grooves seamlessly. Henrik Danhage’s guitarwork is top notch as well, creating hooks that make you want to turn it up to 11. All the members build off each other without overstepping their ground and sounding “show offish”, but with that being said, the two standout performances on this record are Rikard Zander’s keyboards, and Tom Englund’s vocals.

This record is a very intimate and sentimental record. The lyricism is heartfelt and poetic and Englund sings right into your soul. The verses of “In the Absence of Sun” are simply beautiful. Englund’s vocals echo through the chambers of your body and resonate in your soul. This paired with Zander’s keyboards are what make this album as great as it is. They keys are primarily slightly below the surface in the mix, but create the dense and full sound that is instantly recognizable as Evergrey. But on songs such as “Stories”, or in the aforementioned “In the Absence of Sun” the keys take the forefront and truly show the dynamic prowess that this band possesses.

Soaring choruses, powerful vocals, thundering drums, crunchy guitars, dynamic keyboard, this album has it all. The only aspect that you may miss is that this record lacks some of the more "proggy" elements that you may be used to hearing, but the lack of these elements do not retract any quality to the record whatsoever. What we have here is a cohesive, thought out, and sonically robust record that is sure to be a constant in your 2021 album rotation


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acdrums777
March 3rd 2021


14 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I'll probably edit this review after I read it again in the morning....it's 3am here lol.

KjSwantko
March 3rd 2021


12036 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Cool little review man! Another great record by these guys.

grandbazaar
March 3rd 2021


108 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Nice Review. To me Escape Of The Phoenix, The Storm Within and Hymns Of The Broken are all better albums than The Atlantic. Not that The Atlantic was bad or anything it just doesn't have the same amount of standout tracks. Evergrey has begun their new ascension with Hymns Of The Broken and have released some of the best material of their career since then, but to me their two best records remain In Search Of Truth and Recreation Day.

bloc
March 3rd 2021


65236 Comments


Wicked, didn't know there was a new one

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rayraypine
March 3rd 2021


108 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Glad this got a review. Well deserved rating--this album is a culmination of sounds from their entire career. One of the few bands that has been able to honestly say that "this is going to be our heaviest album yet" and truly mean it the last couple of releases!

OmairSh
Contributing Reviewer
March 3rd 2021


17554 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I seriously love the artwork (it's my phone's wallpaper haha). Tom seriously sounds better than ever. Glad he's bringing some variety to his vocals

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teamster
March 3rd 2021


5524 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Oh man I loved their last album...

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cloakanddagger
March 3rd 2021


461 Comments


Excited to listen to this properly, these guys have been on a roll since 2014.

Eons
March 3rd 2021


2986 Comments


Did not like the song ''The Beholder'' all that much, with Labrie on it. Not that it was bad but seemed very uneventful to me. Hope the rest is better than that one.

grandbazaar
March 3rd 2021


108 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

@Eons Yeah, there are many better songs off this record. Forever Outsider, Where August Mourn, Stories, Eternal Nocturnal, Leaden Saints and In The Absence of The Sun are all fantastic tracks in their own.



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