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.