Evergrey are another band from Sweden, although their sound is more removed from the usual melodic rock inspired bands which have been the subject of many of my recent album recommendations. We know of course that the Swedish rock scene consists of more than melodic rock bands, although it does produce those in great quantity and quality. As I’ve said before, I’m not a big fan of music genre labels and it’s interesting to note the varying labels applied to Evergrey online – from “dark progressive metal” through “progressive metal” to “melodic metal” depending on which website you access! For my purposes, all that matters is that I like what I hear! Evergrey’s “Hymns for the Broken” is released through AFM Records on 29th September and is the band’s ninth studio album since their debut in 1998.

There are twelve tracks on “Hymns for the Broken” although that includes “The Awakening” which is a short intro which also features in the video for “King of Errors”, the first release from the new album. I’ve already played a couple of tracks on my shows on Rock Radio NI including “King of Errors” and the title track “Hymns for the Broken”.

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It seems that Evergrey almost called it a day on a number of occasions over the past few years, but they have re-emerged with renewed and with a strong passion for music that is captured in the tracks on “Hymns for the Broken”. Two members of the band who had left back in 2010 have returned to the fold and the existing line-up is now Tom Englund on vocals and guitar, Henrik Danhage on guitar, Richard Zander on keys, Johan Niemann on bass and Jonas Ekdahl on drums. For more information check out http://www.evergrey.net/



About “NI Rocks Recommends”

The simple idea behind “NI Rocks Recommends” is to acknowledge and promote some of the great music being submitted to Rock Radio NI. To be honest I’m not really a big fan of “Reviews” expressing positives or negatives which essentially just represent one person’s opinion. With “NI Rocks Recommends”, I'll not be giving marks or ratings or dissecting every aspect of the album; just telling you something about the artist and the album and that I like it!

My musical tastes covers most things from heavy melodic rock (anything too melodic bores me!) to the lower echelons of the metal genre (where it’s not ALL growling and screaming!). The albums that I’ll be recommending are merely those that I would buy myself and which you’ll be hearing played on my shows on Rock Radio NI.


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