Metal Review – Evergrey: In Search of Truth

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Evergrey: In Search of Truth
Power Metal, Progressive Metal
InsideOut Music
September 18th, 2001
Release length: 47:47
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The third studio album by Evergrey, entitled In Search Of Truth, is also the band’s first conceptual album. While the concept and material discussed during the song seems a bit too out there, the album’s material focuses on the fear of aliens and alien abductions. But, regardless of the subject matter, Evergrey does manage to pull out another successful, solid album with this one.

While it still exists on this release, it’s safe to say that some of the material on this album is not as dark as the past two albums have been, being a little more upbeat and melodic then anything, which works fine for this release due to the concept being portrayed. The single off the release, “The Masterplan”, is a very catchy track, and sets the tone of the album well, but the vocal distortion earlier in the song is absolutely pointless. It isn’t really until the powerful “Rulers Of The Mind” that the band starts to dabble in their darkened sound again. The real stand out track to this release, though, is not the single, or any of the darker tracks, but rather the piano ballad “State Of Paralysis”, which really shows off the vocal abilities of Tom Englund perfectly.

The production quality on the album is a little better then in previous releases as well, but not by much, putting more emphasis on the vocals really, and the music just sounds a little heavier. But, any change in production that will benefit the album is always a welcome one. You can really pick this out right at the start of the album with the track “The Masterplan”, and it really shows on “Mark Of The Triangle”, which has some of the heaviest sounding guitar riffs on the album, and some really nice, fast paced keyboards in the background. Aside that, much of the material on the album is well constructed, though some are just not as good as the band’s previous material at times. “Watching The Skies”, for example, is a bit bland and comes off more as something you would hear on some “epic” Power Metal release, and “The Encounter” starts off rocky but ends well on a very fast paced note, even if the song constantly switches between blisteringly fast and slow, piano driven music a bit too much.

When all is said and done, the album doesn’t really capture the dark sound that the band has had in the past, but it does have some great songs on it. “The Masterplan”, “State Of Paralysis”, “Different Worlds” and “Misled” really stand out of the crowd, with the latter two sounding close to classic Evergrey. The rest of the album is pretty good too, but just doesn’t quite have that same flare the band has had, even though the musicianship is great on every track aside “The Encounter”. In Search Of Truth is a damn good Progressive album that shows the band ever maturing and growing, thanks to the inclusion of a concept behind the album. If you haven’t heard it yet, definitely take the time to add this to your collection.

0. The Masterplan – 4:46
0. Rulers Of The Mind – 5:58
0. Watching The Skies – 6:16
0. State of Paralysis – 2:14
0. The Encounter – 4:38
0. Mark Of The Triangle – 6:23
0. Dark Waters – 6:03
0. Different Worlds – 5:29
0. Misled – 6:00

Initial Pressing Score: 6/10

Evergrey
Evergrey

Physical review copy of this release provided by personal funds.