I love Evergrey in everywhere.. This live cd just makes me so emotional especially songs from The Inner Circle cause I have been listening and embracing the album since its release. I am a person who is able to connect anything with my emotion. Listening to the live cd with Tom’s Voice at its peak and the choir giving their very best performance makes me weep endlessly. The crowd roars and the band plays as if this is their last show just makes me felt like I was there in Evergrey’s World!!! I really do not know how I would react once the DVD comes out!!!! Only time will tell!!!
Inside Out Music is extremely pleased to announce the release of A Night To Remember, the first live CD from Evergrey. Sweden’s titans of dark, melodic metal are back to follow up on last year’s extremely successful studio release, The Inner Circle. Powered by US tours with Arch Enemy and Iced Earth respectively, as well as heavy airplay of 3 of their videos on MTV2’s Headbanger’s Ball, Evergrey have set the stage (literally) for a release that captures the band at their ferocious best – live in concert. Recorded at the famed Storan Theater in Gothenburg, Sweden, Evergrey tears through 20 of their best loved songs such as Blinded, Recreation Day, Touch Of Blessing and The Masterplan on this specially priced 2-CD set. The release of the CD will also serve to set the stage for the spring release of the A Night To Remember DVD, shot during the very same concert with 15 hi-definition cameras and produced and directed by Patrick Ullaeus, whom has also done work with Lacuna Coil, Dimmu Borgir, and In Flames. Stay tuned!!!
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After the obligatory intro, we’re treated to “Blinded”; a twin guitar and keyboard aural assault. There are two types of vocalists in the power metal genre; very high pitched or deep registering. Englund falls into the lower register, but shows of plenty of melody and range. The over-the-top chorus will compel you. Englund is a little more forceful with his vocals on “End of Your Days”. It’s on this track where you realize the importance of the choir in the background. Everygrey mixes up the breaks with a keyboard solo during the first one and a guitar solo on the second.
The crowd really gets into the monstrous riffs and double-kick drums of “More Than Ever”. The combination of sustained keyboards and the choir, give the track a movie soundtrack feel. The ballad “Waking Up Blind” starts off with tender piano and enduring vocals. With just one tap of the drums, the crowd kicks in with rhythmic clapping. Danhage lays down a great melodic solo. Rhythmically pounding drums and subtle piano set the pace for “As I Lay Here Bleeding”. Speed metal style soloing gives way to an in-your-face climax. The seven minutes epic “Misled” runs the gamut of prog-metal styles; changing tempos, dueling guitar and keyboard solos, and potent vocals.
“When The Walls Go Down” starts off the second disc. It takes driving keyboards, warm strings, and audio clips to get its message across. “Essence of Conviction” combines a chugga-chugga riff with piercing keyboard runs. The outset of the fast-paced “Solitude Within” is loaded with plenty of quick licks and pounding drums that quickly shift to a vocal heavy track. Eventually the dual guitar attack kicks in to fire this one up. “Every Tear That Falls” is another emotional ballad with just vocals set to piano that ends in typical power ballad fashion. The crowd goes crazy for the announcement of the final track “The Masterplan”, and so they should! It’s eleven minutes of tempo changes galore and crowd participation.
Based on the energetic live performance and crowd reaction that can be heard on this release, I can only imagine how amazing it was to witness it. I can hardly wait for the DVD. A Night to Remember…indeed!
Well maybe 4.5 stars, evergrey is an awesome band, their music is truly kick ass. I am no sound engineer but the mixing on this effort is abit off. Did the sound guy go to the bathroom and record from there, because thats what it sounds like. Buy this cd for the music and you will be happy.
Evergrey have finally released their long-awaited double live album recorded in Gothenburg, Sweden last year. A Night to Remember is a splendid live release covering songs from the band’s all five studio albums. Live albums are usually difficult to pull off; because some fans want to hear the songs rendered close to their original versions, while some others look for novelties. In Evergrey’s case, it seems this won’t be a problem, since Tom Englund and the band him behind easily manage to keep the unique Evergrey sound intact through the whole concert, still adding touches of new ideas.
The sound quality is simply excellent. Tom Englund and Henrik Danhage’s guitar sound is thick and richly nuanced. They trade off solos like they do on their studio releases and their playing ranges from emotionally charging solos to crushing metal riffage depending on the songs. Englund’s voice is absolutely amazing; he delivers each and every piece exactly the same way he does on the albums conveying emotions of fear, confusion and aggression. It could be that there are some overdubs on this album, but even if that’s the case, they are no where close to being derivative.
New drummer Jonas Ekdahl had got me confused for a moment with his competent yet rather straightforward drumming on the last Evergrey album, The Inner Circle. However, the songs on A Night to Remember find Ekdahl kicking ass, doing the previous songs justice and playing them exactly the way they should be played. Even his tone fits with the rest of the instruments seamlessly — check out his rhythm workout on “As I Lie Here Bleeding” and you’ll see what I mean. The first disc is a bit more varied as it contains songs from all albums. My favourites would be the In Search of Truth numbers as they’re more progressive and textured; “Mislead” is one of the longest tracks here and Rikard Zander plays a blindingly beautiful keyboard solo. He also shines on “Mark of the Triangle”, another favourite song. “Rulers of the Mind”, however, along with the final track is the ultimate climax of this 112-minute live album.
The Gothenburg Symphonic Orchestra helps Evergrey create their huge sound, especially on The Inner Circle tracks. Three female vocalists, including Englund’s wife, also support the band, adding impressive vocal melodies. Englund and his wife duet on “For Every Tear That Falls”, a song from the band’s underrated debut disc. The female vocalists are also amazing on “End of Your Days” and “More Than Ever”.
The second disc starts off with “When the Walls Go Down”, a song I’d never think they’d do live, since it’s basically an instrumental track with punctuated voice-over parts. If there’s anything that seems slightly out of place here, it’s this tune. The band quickly goes back to its thunderous heaviness though. “Solitude Within” and “Nosferatu” from the band’s second release both open up with a killer main riff supported by powerful bass, chaotic drumming and imposing keyboard lines. Even the violin on the former track is present in the music to stay true to the song’s original format. “The Masterplan”, spanning over 10 minutes, is an aural gratification displaying the great audience singing the chorus of the song. Tom Englund introduces his bandmates in the breakdown and they finish off the track by merging the keyboard-oriented parts into heavier guitar passages. A Night to Remember is a great live album from a great band — check it out.
this album totally blew me away. I’m not sure how they did it, but they must have spent more money than they admitted (and they said they spent several thousand bucks) to make this live album so perfect. There isn’t any muffled sound, no instrument mess ups but it still has that raw feel to it, do to it having a lot of bass sound to it and tom’s rough but emotional vocals.
For Every Tear That Falls (track 7, on disk 2) is worth the price of admission alone. It’s so fu**ing emotional that it’s amost inhuman. His wife sings on this song too (she’s a background vocalist on their albums and live in concert) and she goes really well with ol tom.
Their new drummer (Jonas, he didn’t join the band until the inner circle) does the older songs justice. I was anxious to see if he could do it and let me tell you, he can. he’s one heck of a drummer, becoming one of my favorites. I hope he stays with the band longer than the previous drummers.
The songs are well done, a true justice to their studio counterparts, speciffaly, their really older material from the dark discovery and solitude domincance and tragedy. But the real highlights are the songs from the in search of truth album. Truthfully, that album is my least favorite of the five evergrey albums that are out now but they translate very very well live and are probably my favorites of the live bunch.
Also, you can hear the bass very well here, something that is hard to hear usually from metal bands live, on dvd, cd, or in person. I really enjoyed inner circle and i’m glad they put a lot of songs on this live album from that.
Another great thing about the album is the vibe, the energy to it. While not nesacrily depressing, evergrey’s music is and always been VERY VERY dark. I figured that would bog down the mood of the concert but it doesn’t in the slightest bit. The crowd, the band, everyone sounds like they are having tons of fun.
the only problem i have with this amazing double live cd is When The Walls Come Down (Track 1 on disk 2). This song really sucks. It’s a good instrumental but it’s bogged down by incredibly pointless and stupid sound bites. I was hoping they would get rid of the sound bites for the live setting, but i was wrong.
however, this is no biggy.
The extended intro for As I Lie Here Bleeding (track 9, disc one) and the extended ending for The masterplan (track 9, disc 2) are both welcomed additions and very very cool.
All in all, if your a evergrey fan, this album (and the dvd, which will come out in late may of this year) is worth your time and money. I’m pretty sure this live cd will be in my cd player for a few weeks, at the least. If your looking to get into them or are just a casual fan then you need to check this out too. It gives a good overview of their amazing career (hope it continues for many many more albums) and it shows what this band really sounds like and that they can pull it off live.
But this. Now.