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woensdag 11 januari 2012
EVERGREY: A Decade And A Half (2CD)



Release: 2011-11-28
Style: progressive metal
Label: Steamhammer / www.spv.de / www.pettingzoo.nl
Website: www.evergrey.net
MySpace: www.myspace.com/officialevergrey
Country: Sweden, Göteborg – Gothenburg
Playing Time: CD 1: 1h 1m 1s / CD 2: 50m 55s
Cat. N°: SPV 309632 2CD
Review by: Vera
Translated by: Vera
Rating: no score, compilation, but top notch 9,5 I would say


English:

Fortunately things seems to get better again with Evergrey after the release of ’The Glorious Collision’, since even the reviews of their recent live gigs are unanimous positive. It was not always that way. The Swedish progressive metal band with vocalist Tom S. Englund and keyboardist Rikard Zander as main defining musicians now, has known turbulent times and even tragic moments since their inception in 1996. Nevertheless their albums were always top notch quality. It gives the progressive metal fan an extensive back-catalogue of eight studio albums and the amazing DVD ‘A Night To Remember’ with more than six hours material after their tenth anniversary in 2005.

Late November ‘A Decade And A Half’ came out, a double album with the best of Evergrey, selected by Englund himself. One can find songs of every album on it, except the debut ‘The Dark Discovery’, that’s ignored. Among the songs are three live tracks – ‘For Every Tear That Falls’, ‘Waking Up Blind’ and ‘Blackened Dawn’ – just as they were released on ‘A Night To Remember’.

Exclusive for this collection are the unplugged live versions of ‘Wrong’ (this recent single turned gold already in April 2011 with more than ten thousand copies sold in Sweden only) and ‘Frozen’ in which Tom’s emotional voice gives me goose-bumps. In the twenty-four pages booklet one can read liner notes, a nice gesture. Tom looks back in reveries on the past fifteen years. The booklet is filled with great photographs. It is a beautiful ‘best of’ album for those who have nothing of this magnificent band from Gothenburg yet in their collection as well as a fine summary for the fans. Up to their twentieth anniversary!


Nederlands:

Gelukkig blijkt alles na het uitbrengen van ’The Glorious Collision’ weer goed te gaan met Evergrey, want ook de commentaren op de meest recente concerten van de band zijn unaniem positief. Het was ooit anders. De Zweedse progressieve metal band met zanger Tom S. Englund en toetsenist Rikard Zander als overblijvende richtinggevende muzikanten heeft al heel wat watertjes doorzwommen sinds de oprichting in 1996 en kende ook mindere tijden. Desalniettemin waren hun albums altijd van hoge kwaliteit. Dat biedt de progressieve metalfan ook een hele catalogus van acht studioalbums en de fantastische dvd ‘A Night To Remember’ met meer dan zes uur materiaal na het tienjarige bestaan in 2005.

Eind november kwam ‘A Decade And A Half’ uit, een dubbelalbum met het beste van Evergrey, gekozen door Englund zelve. Je vindt er songs op van alle studioalbums, behalve het debuut ‘The Dark Discovery’, dat wordt genegeerd. Onder het aanbod vinden we drie live uitvoeringen – van ‘For Every Tear That Falls’, ‘Waking Up Blind’ en ‘Blackened Dawn’ – zoals ze ook te vinden waren op ‘A Night To Remember’.

Wel exclusief voor deze uitgave zijn de unplugged versies van ‘Wrong’ (deze recente single haalde al goud in april 2011 – meer dan tienduizend exemplaren verkocht in Zweden) en ‘Frozen’ waarbij de emotionele stem van Tom kippenvel verwekt. In het vierentwintig pagina’s tellende boekje lezen we een mooi woordje uitleg, Tom blikt mijmerend terug op de voorbije vijftien jaar. Verder is het boekje gevuld met knap fotomateriaal. Het is een mooie verzamelaar voor diegenen die nog niets in de kast hebben staan van deze fantastische band uit Gotenburg, maar ook de fans zullen er van genieten. Op naar het twintigjarige bestaan!


Tracklist:


CD 1

01. The Masterplan 04:46
taken from "In Search Of Truth"
02. Blackened Dawn ( Live ) 04:04
taken from "A Night To Remember"
03. Rulers Of The Mind 05:57
taken from "In Search Of Truth"
04. A Touch Of Blessing 05:50
taken from "The Inner Circle"
05. Frozen 04:57
taken from "Glorious Colission"
06. For Every Tear That Falls ( Live ) 05:22
taken from "A Night To Remember"
07. More Than Ever 04:13
taken from "The Inner Circle"
08. Blinded 04:34
taken from "Recreation Day"
09. Faith Restored 03:53
taken from "The Inner Circle"
10. These Scars 05:51
taken from "Torn"
11. Broken Wings 04:42
taken from "Torn"
12. Words Mean Nothing 04:11
taken from "Solitude, Dominance & Tragedy"
13. Wrong (live) 03:12 (unplugged - previously unreleased)

CD2

01.The Great Deceiver 04:19
taken from "Recreation Day"
02. Monday Morning Apocalypse 03:10
taken from "Monday Morning Apocalypse"
03. Wrong 05:07
taken from "Glorious Colission"
04. Waking Up Blind ( Live ) 04:05
taken from "A Night To Remember"
05. Solitude Within 05:32
taken from "Solitude, Dominance & Tragedy"
06. Recreation Day 05:21
taken from "Recreation Day"
07. Still In The Water 05:17
taken from "Monday Morning Apocalypse"
08. Leave It Behind Us 05:09
taken from "Glorious Colission"
09. Fear 04:15
taken from "Torn"
10. When The Walls Go Down ( Live ) 05:28
taken from "A Night To Remember"
11. Frozen (live) 03:14 (unplugged - previously unreleased)




Musicians:

Current LINE-UP:

Tom S. Englund - vocals, guitars
Marcus Jidell - guitars
Johan Niemann - bass
Rikard Zander – keyboards
Hannes van Dahl – drums

Discography:

1998 The Dark Discovery
1999 Solitude-Dominance-Tragedy
2001 In Search Of Truth
2003 Recreation Day
2004 The Inner Circle
2005 A Night To Remember (live)
2006 Monday Morning Apocalypse
2008 Torn
2011 Glorious Collision
2011 A Decade And A Half (best of)

=> all albums are available through Steamhammer / SPV






Geplaatst door Vera op woensdag 11 januari 2012 - 17:57:42
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