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Evergrey- Monday Morning Apocalypse

Reviewed by: Drew Koscelek
Genre: Prog Metal
Country: Sweden
Language: English
Length: 61:31
Release Date: April 4, 2006
InsideOut America
Band Members: Tom S. Englund - Vocals & Guitar Henrik Danhage - Guitar
  Michael Håkansson - Bass Rikard Zander - Keyboards
  Jonas Ekdahl - Drums
Track Listing: 1.)- Monday Morning Apocalypse (3:10) 8.)-Till Dagmar (1:40)
  2.)- Unspeakable (3:54) 9.)- Sill In The Water (5:17)
  3.)- Lost (3:13) 10.)-The Dark I Walk You Through (4:19)
  4.)-Obedience (4:13) 11.)-I Should (4:51)
  5.)- The Curtain Fall (3:09) 12.)-Closure (3:08)
  6.)- In Remembrance (3:33)  
  7.) At Loss for Words (4:13)  
The Review

Never one to sit idle for too long, Evergrey is back with their 6th studio album, Monday Morning Apocalypse . This time, they've decided to take a different approach, with both their production, and their songwriting. The result is a very solid effort that sounds fantastic, but is lacking the edge and technical skill that Evergrey fans have grown to love.*****

I won't lie - Evergrey is one of my favorite bands, and as such, this has been a highly anticipated disc for me. The Inner Circle was a fantastic album, from beginning to end, and it is difficult to top something so well put together. With the shift in sound and an effort to broaden their appeal, Evergrey was unsuccessful in topping T he Inner Circle.*****

That being said, the guitars are loud and chugging, the choruses are catchy, the verses powerful, the lyrics are thoughtful, the instrumentation top notch, and as always, Englund's vocals stellar. However, there really aren't any stand-out tracks on this disc. "Till Dagmar" is the only track with its own identity, only because it's so drastically different from everything else on the album. It's a soft, brief piano instrumental, and is truly beautiful. *****

Songs like "The Curtain Fall," "Unspeakable," and even the title track "Monday Morning Apocalypse" tread familiar territory, but are more straight forward than similiar songs on previous Evergrey albums. "Closure" is a softer song - a piano ballad featuring Englund's soulful singing, but again, these are things we've heard Evergrey do before. They do them so well too, but I can't help but feel like this album is a step backwards.*****

If this album is trying to gain new fans by becoming more mainstream, without abandoning the familiar Evergrey territory, then the band has succeeded. This album is truly more accessable, and hopefully will gain the attention they rightly deserve. I also imagine that these songs will be incredible additions to their live set. However, there's not much to seperate this disc from the other standout albums they've created so far. Make no mistake - this is an excellent CD that should impress any metal fan. Fans of the band also should add this to their collection. However, as an Evergrey album, I cannot help but be disappointed, because I expect so much more.***** Final score - 7/10


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