Evergrey – “Escape of the Phoenix”

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Feb 102021

Evergrey take advantage of the time available with tours being canceled to focus on the recording of their 12th album, Escape of the Phoenix, which adds to their already impressive collection of progressive metal.

Since the release of The Dark Discovery in 1998, the Swedish band Evergrey has been putting their mark on progressive metal. Being a productive band, now in their 26th year, the band has released 12 albums including a live double cd with the Gothenburg Symphonic Orchestra, all the while enduring lineup changes and touring the globe, and dealing with recording during a global pandemic. With the release of The Glorius Collision in 2011 guitarist Marcus Jidell and drummer Hannes van Dahl departed the band and were replaced by Henrik Danhage (guitar) and Jonas Ekdahl (drums). This lineup has remained constant and produced Hymns for the Broken (2014) and The Storm Within (2016). Early 2019 saw the release of The Atlantic, which was one of my top albums in 2019 and thought by many to be the third album in a trilogy from this lineup. Enter Covid-19 and 2020 and the band’s tours canceled, giving them the opportunity to record Escape of the Phoenix with Grammy-nominated producer Jacob Hansen (Volbeat, Amaranthe) and without the usual distractions.

After the epic nature of The Atlantic, which made so many Top 10 album lists, my hopes were impossibly high for I. Following a quick, short drum burst, the lead track “Forever Outsider” basically picks up where The Atlantic ended. Interesting drum work, heavy main riff, great guitar solo, and Tom Englund’s heavy, dark, and smooth vocal delivery matched with a strong sense of melody make the opening track a great listen and raise the expectations for the rest of the album.

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Jan 092021

Swedish progressive metal band Evergrey will release its 12th album, “Escape Of The Phoenix”, on February 26, 2021 via AFM. The official music video for the disc’s second single, ‘Eternal Nocturnal’, can be seen below.

Written and recorded during the ongoing global covid-19 pandemic, “Escape Of The Phoenix” came to life according to plans that had been laid out in 2019. Vocalist/guitarist Tom Englund and drummer Jonas Ekdahl began composing the songs in January, creating a foundation for the album before Evergrey gathered together and arranged the songs as a group. Unlike a typical creative process, which is often interrupted by appointments, travelling and one-off shows, lockdown requirements gave the band much-needed time to work unhindered. The result is 11 songs that embody everything Evergrey fans have to expect, albeit “a more metal version of ‘The Atlantic’, with songs that are more direct,” according to Englund and producer Jacob Hansen.

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Dec 042020

Evergrey will release their new album, “Escape Of The Phoenix,” on February 26, 2021 via AFM Records. Pre-orders can be placed now at this location. More shops and worldwide pre-order links to follow soon.

“It’s done, here it is, our first single and video is out now,” says Evergrey. “Officially beginning a new chapter… wow! Escape Of The Phoenix came to life according to plans that had been laid out in 2019, but written and recorded it’s been during the ongoing global Covid-19 pandemic… we’re so happy that this mission has been successfully accomplished, so we can share it with you all. We honestly hope you all feel well.”

“A new lyric video has gone live just now – it’s called ‘Forever Outsider’ – and it’s the first single of our upcoming record. Hope you enjoy watching it wherever you are.”

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Nov 302020

Evergrey has unveiled the artwork for their 12th studio album, “Escape Of The Phoenix,” set for release on February 26, 2021 via AFM Records. Pre-orders can be placed now at this location. More shops and worldwide pre-order links to follow soon.

“Escape Of The Phoenix” will be available in various formats – from regular CD digipak to limited vinyls (picture, marbled, coloured), also available as an Artbook (limited to 1000 units, 36 pages, 28cm x 28cm including CD version of the album with bonus tracks, 7” picture vinyl single with exclusive bonus track ‘The Darkness In You’, exclusive and extensive photographic footage, and introduction written by frontman Tom S. Englund). On top of that, AFM offers a special and exclusive t-shirt print and various shirt bundles in the AFM online shop.

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