Title: The AtlanticLabel: AFM Records
Atlantic' is the third album in the 'Hymns for the Broken'
trilogy from Progressive Metallers Evergrey. Led by
Tom S Englund, the band have taken the Prog Metal genre to a
whole new level with this new release.
is joined by Henrik
Danhage (guitar), Johan Niemann (bass), Jonas Ekdahl (drums)
and Rikard Zander (keyboards), for what is another
outstanding release. The previous two albums in the
trilogy rated as some of the best the band have produced and
now they’ve expanded that splendour to greater heights
with 'The Atlantic'.
Englund explains ... “It’s about relationships, beauty
and darkness, about fortune and grief, about love, hate,
despair, joy and everything connected with it. Life is
like a journey across the ocean, on the way to distant
shores.” So what could be more apt than calling
their latest recording 'The Atlantic'?
album gets underway with the stunning 'A Silent Arc', this
opener really sets out the passage that the whole album is
about take. The heavier driven bass lines of Niemann
have always been at the forefront of the bands sound, but on
this opener they really wraps the heavy bass lines around
the tight drumming of Ekdahl to produce one of the heaviest
tracks you’ll hear from the band. Add to that
Englund’s unmistakable vocals and this is a great way to
open up the final chapter of the trilogy.
heavy bass line continues with the stomping
'Weightless'. This is very much in the vein of the two
previous two albums, melodic metal with more punch than a
Rocky movie. The emotive vocals of Englund really
drive home on this one, along with some great driven guitars
from Danhage and Englund.
I Have’ builds from a haunting guitar riff into a
monstrous tsunami of bass, drums and guitars, all wrapped
around those phenomenal vocals. This has a powerful
lyrical message about giving the unobtainable, sharing
what’s in your mind and heart.
tempo is picked up big style with the excellent 'A Secret
Atlantis', another deep and moving song that I think
a lot of people with relate too. We are all looking
for a own Atlantis.
band show the diversity of the album with the stunning
instrumental 'The Tidal'. This is just sheer musical
joy. Not a lot more can be said about this track
except just as the title suggests, just lie back and let its
splendour wash over you.
back the lyrical tracks with 'End of Silence', again a true
emotional roller-coaster that just sways and twist through
heavy tones and monstrous beats, that have become the
backbone of this trilogy from the off.
great driven metal of 'Currents' drives this message forward
even more, where the mellower tones of 'Departure' bring
that haunting Evergrey element that makes the band stand out
for every Progressive Metal act around today.
don’t know what it is about this band that make me connect
so much with each album, whether it is the lyrical value,
the melodies or the haunting mix of today’s truths, but
none hit me more on this album than 'The Beacon'.
Everyone is looking for the light at the end of the tunnel
and 'The Beacon' is all about that.
tremendous album closes 'The Ocean' with it's driven bass
lines and thunderous drums carrying this one. This is
an apt end to another very powerful and emotional release
from Englund and the band, on which Evergrey show the world
what Progressive Metal is all about. This is an album you
just don’t just listen to, you absorb it and every time
you listen to it, it tells you more about yourself than you
ever thought possible.
Review by: Barry McMinn
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