Barricades - Evergrey - Hymns For The Broken
Label: AFM Records - AFM 501-6 • Format: Box Set Limited Edition 2x, CD Album, Limited Edition Digipak • Country: Germany • Genre: Rock • Style: Heavy Metal
Power of Metal. This is one of the first bands that I ever truly loved. Indeed, I am a fan for life. So, after waiting for what seemed like a decade for the band to release another album after "Glorious Collision", I am thrilled to be able to review "Hymns for the Broken", especially since Evergrey, one of my all-time favorite bands, was almost dead a few years ago.
Evergrey has always been a band of emotion, darkness, and relation to their listeners. Though dark, there is always hope. Though emotional, they are always profound. Relating to their listeners, then, is immensely important to them, and they have certainly done it again. Yet, we are never alone, are we? We all experience the pain of not being who we want to be, but we can be strong knowing that we are not alone. Evergrey had definitely made an album with a positive arc lyrically. Evergrey has a strange fan base.
Though labelled as "dark, melodic metal", the band enjoys support not only from the metal crowd, but also from the progressive community, mainly due to some of their older work. I've often heard some reviewers pining for them to return to those more progressive days, and so I find it interesting that "Hymns for the Broken" is basically right in the middle of the two genres. It's far more progressive than their last few albums, especially on the tracks "Black Undertow", "The Grand Collapse", and "The Aftermath", but the focus on melody and metal is still there, too.
This is really smart, and the results are spectacular. What this means, then, is that the band has regained some of their older sound, especially with Henrik's signature solos and Jonas' strangely technical-but-not style of playing drums. Ultimately, though, the band sounds amazing. They've regained a fervour that I didn't think possible again, and they've tried some new things, even though the foundation of this album is certainly the Evergrey Barricades - Evergrey - Hymns For The Broken love so well.
Indeed, there are plenty of Evergrey-isms, especially in Tom's vocal melodies, but there are definitely some new ideas at play.
Speaking of Tom, there's a reason he's one of my favorite vocalists. He really outdoes himself here with immense range, even the amazing lows of "Black Undertow". His signature emotional style is Barricades - Evergrey - Hymns For The Broken , and he simply sounds great.
I'm seriously impressed. Being a Noubilez Jamais - Joe Cocker - Greatest Hits keyboard fan and also being a fan of Rikard's atmospheric style, I quickly noticed that "Hymns for the Broken" has a great deal more keys on it. Either that, or the mix is just way better.
Glass Eyed Pitter Patter - The Mabuses - Mabused mix is certainly way more professional and crisper than their last couple albums, but I think Barricades - Evergrey - Hymns For The Broken Rickard has really gone out on a limb here with wild keys on such tracks as "Barricades" and "A New Dawn", and he is simply more present from beginning to end.
Yet, the dual guitars sound as great as ever. All the riffs are really, really clean, and Jonas' drumming around them is sensational.
Johan's bass, too, is utilized in new, atmospheric ways, and I also noticed an electronic element showing itself now and then. Overall, the Evergrey sound is here for sure, but there are some new variations that keep it completely fresh. So, what more can be said about this album? It's Evergrey at their best, really. It certainly does remind me of "The Inner Circle" at points with some of the choirs bits, the barren atmospheres, and the heavy guitars fronting a crystal clear background of keys.
Yet, it's very much a different album than anything they've done. Honestly, I only have Once Knew A Fella - Roland Hanna - Roland Hanna Plays Harold Romes Destry Rides Again complaint: no Carina on the album.
I always look forward to hearing Tom and Carina sing together, but it wasn't to be here, and I'm sure there's a good reason. Overall, then, "Hymns for Como Yo Te Amo - Raphael - Ayer, Hoy Y Siempre. Sus Grandes Éxitos Broken" has something for Evergrey fans of every stripe.
Whether it's the melodic metal of "King of Errors", the addictive nature of "A New Dawn" second best trackthe dark yet hopeful "Black Undertow", the emotional ballad "Missing You", the incredible instrumentals of "The Grand Collapse" my favoriteor Barricades - Evergrey - Hymns For The Broken funky sound of "The Aftermath", Evergrey hasn't missed a beat or made a bad track on this album.
I'm sure glad they are back. This is already one of my most played albums of the year, and I don't Pop Life - Prince - The Hits 1 that changing any time soon. Dark, Melodic Metal. Release date:.
Playing time:. Preparing to write a review for an Evergrey album is something of a ritual for me. The Awakening King of Errors A New Dawn Wake a Change Archaic Rage Barricades Black Undertow The Fire Hymns for the Broken Missing You A Grand Collapse The Aftermath.
AFM Records. Target Denmark. Artwork rating:. Reviewed by:. Jason Spencer.
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