Metal Review – Evergrey: Monday Morning Apocalypse

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Evergrey: Monday Morning Apocalypse
Power Metal, Progressive Metal
InsideOut Music
March 27th, 2006
Release length: 41:41
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Evergrey finds themselves changing up a bit again on Monday Morning Apocalypse and like on In Search Of Truth kind of avoiding having a darker sound to the music. While this isn’t the worst aspect of this album, it really does cut since the music on this release isn’t all that impressive given the band’s track record. But, this release does still boast some really good tracks, but are there enough to actually make this album worth paying for?

As stated, the sound of this album isn’t that dark, and comes off as more of a traditional sounding Progressive act overall. The album kicks in with “Monday Morning Apocalypse” which shows exactly how the rest of the album will sound. After a somewhat promising first track, you’ll go head first with great expectations on “Unspeakable” and “Lost”, which, while catchy at best, are rather bland tracks that lack any real form of bite, and “Lost” just has some rather generic vocals thrown in as well. It isn’t until “Obedience” that the album starts to shine and become a little darker, with “At Loss For Words” throwing a curve ball with the progression of the music at this point.

Sadly the album ends on a rather poor note as well, both musically and even lyrically. While “The Dark I Walk You Through” isn’t too bad, it’s “I Should” that really makes you want to not listen to this CD again due to the rather whiny lyrics about how the blame for damn near everything “should” be placed on the father being sung about, making this song pretty much absolute garbage and really not worth it. Even the piano instrumental track “Till Dagmar” is more entertaining. However, the bonus track available on this release, “Closure”, is actually a great lighter track that fans will absolutely love due to the beautiful pianos and great vocal performance, even though there are some over-dramatically sung moments when you near the end of the song, and a rather empty ending that makes you think the last few piano notes were cut off and the track didn’t really end.

Monday Morning Apocalypse boasts six songs on here that are actually any good, at least. Some people may find the tracks “Lost” or “The Dark I Walk You Through” to be very entertaining, but the problem with this album is that, again, it lacks the bite that the band’s previous works have had, as well as some of the talented musicianship that fans have come to expect. It isn’t that bad a CD, but there isn’t anything much on here that’s all too memorable outside of “Monday Morning Apocalypse” and “Obedience”. The album is worth a listen, but after a few spins any real lure the album has will wear off and plenty of the tracks on this album will meet with the skip button.

01. Monday Morning Apocalypse – 3:11
02. Unspeakable – 3:55
03. Lost – 3:14
04. Obedience – 4:14
05. The Curtain Fall – 3:09
06. In Remembrance – 3:34
07. At Loss For Words – 4:14
08. Till Dagmar – 1:40
09. Still In The Water – 5:18
10. The Dark I Walk You Through – 4:20
11. I Should – 4:52
12. Closure (Bonus Track) – 3:09
Initial Pressing Score: 5/10

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Physical review copy of this release provided by personal funds.