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Evergrey

Formed: 1998
From: Helsingborg, Sweden
Last Known Status: Active

Background

Evergrey is a progressive metal band from Gothenburg, Sweden. The band was founded in 1995 and released its debut album The Dark Discovery in 1998. Evergrey's lyrics have always been of the darker sort, and the same can be said of the band's imagery. While The Dark Discovery dealt with a variety of ideas, many later albums have been concept albums, dealing with issues like self-reformation (Recreation Day), paranoia, alien abduction (In Search of Truth), child abuse, cults and religion (The Inner Circle).

Latest Evergrey News

Below is our complete Evergrey news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

Note: We began associating news directly with bands in late 2003. Therefore, earlier band news may not be listed on this page.

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Evergrey Posts "Distance" Video

Following Tom Englund's thoughts about being ashamed of being a man, Evergrey has now released a new video for "Distance."

The clip comes by way of upcoming album "The Storm Within," due out September 9th, 2016 via AFM Records. Pre-orders are online here. The band also comments:

"'Distance' is the first of a series of videos we have shot for 'The Storm Within' album. Working very closely with Patric Ullaeus and rEvolver Film Company our aim was to recreate the eerie and desolate sense we had while writing the songs for this – the 10th Evergrey album.

"One could say this is our first real attempt at inviting everyone into the cinematic world where we have been in mind and thought throughout this year while writing. We think the imagery speaks for itself. This is just the beginning. The storm is coming."

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Tom Englund Ashamed Of Being A Man

Tom Englund of Evergrey has released a statement online about another reported case of rape at the Bravalla fest that had some fans cheering, and others heartily disagreeing with his assessment (for those who have been following the story, this is the third year in a row that sexual assaults have occurred there). Tom comments:

"Reading about yet another rape at the Bråvalla Festival in Sweden makes me feel ashamed of being a man.

"I feel sick, guilty and saddened to think that the possibility exists that even ONE single woman could perceive me as a threat. What is so incredibly and uniquely fucked up in a man’s head that makes him think that he could ever have the right to even get close or talk to a woman without her consent?!

"Men’s’ degrading view of women disgusts me. It disgusts me that a perception by some still exists today that men are superior. We are fucking not! On the contrary, we are very fucking far from it! Spreading insecurity and fear by our mere presence is so far from anything I want to be connected with. So much so that I feel that the world has lost its colour, its vibrancy and my hands are trembling as I type this. The thought of what women have to go through just by co-existing in everyday life in this world together with us men shames me.

"It's the attitude, the apathy and the SILENCE that has to fucking stop! And it will only have a chance to stop if us - men - fathers, husbands, brothers, boyfriends and grandpas - finally stand up for our moms, daughters, sisters, grandmas, wives, friends, girlfriends and, of course, any other women in distress. More...

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AFM Records Announces 20 Year Compilation

2016 marks the 20th anniversary for Germany-based metal label AFM Records. Being in the business for two decades now and working with the “who's who” of the scene, the company is proud to present a special compilation of highlights and new tracks titled “20 Years - Metal Addiction."

Of course all the big names who were (and are) crucial for the label’s evolution during the years are featured here: Doro, U.D.O., Fear Factory, Evergrey, Avantasia, Rhapsody Of Fire, Danzig, Leaves’ Eyes, Edguy, Destruction, Masterplan, D-A-D, Ministry and many more.

Two brand new, previously unreleased songs by Iron Mask and Eden’s Curse perfectly round off this extensive release, which comes up with a total of 52 tracks on 3 CDs. More...

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Evergrey Announces New Album

Evergrey is celebrating a 20th anniversary with new album "The Storm Within" coming on September 9th, 2016.

"We went from having no intention of making an album at all to having all the inspiration in the world on 'Hymns For The Broken,'" says Tom S. Englund. “But, honestly, we've never felt better. 'The Storm Within' is a massive album. There are no fillers on it and we've never been about that. I think the inspiration speaks for itself."

Englund considers the storyline behind the lyrics to be one of the biggest concepts Evergrey has ever tackled, based on something that everyone can relate to: having someone, losing them, and having to pick yourself up and move on. He goes so far as to call it the band's first "love" album, but it's not a subject that should be taken lightly in the Evergrey universe.

"As usual, the lyrics are based on someone or some event in my life," says Englund. "When we were making this album a lot of these relationship issues were going on around me; people losing a partner or a loved one and grieving. 'The Storm Within' is about a search for identity, trying to make yourself full when you feel half empty, and I placed that storyline in an interstellar world."

Nightwish vocalist Floor Jansen appears on seventh track "In Orbit," Englund commenting: "That was actually my wife (Carina Englund) thinking for me. Floor is a personal friend and major Evergrey fan, so it was over a glass of wine between her and my wife, who asked her if she wanted to do the song. 'In Orbit' is a powerhouse of a song and it would be easy to make it the first single, but it's not the first impression we want to make. That said, it would be stupid not to release it as a single, and if we could get Floor to do the video, that would be a home run."

Speaking of Englund's better half Carina, she reprises her ongoing role as Evergrey's secret weapon on every album, contributing vocals this time out to the song "The Paradox Of The Flame." In addition, Evergrey renewed the band's partnership with critically acclaimed video director Patric Ullaeus for "The Storm Within." Three stellar clips were shot and, in a huge promotional push, are slated to hit the internet leading up to the official album release. More...

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ProgPower USA XVI, Part 2: Project Dragonland

Daybreak…..September 10th. Going out to the Artmore the previous evening was lame by comparison to the rest of the weekend. Though sold out, the Mid-Week Mayhem show after party just isn’t as big because many of the fans and musicians haven’t arrived to the area quite yet, so a 3:00am turn in time may as well have been midnight.

Waking at 7:00am, I trudged over to the Residence Inn’s quality free hot breakfast on floor 2. Today was the day….it would all hang on Dragonland – the band I’ve been lusting over since the announcement came a year ago. The Kick-Off event has always been a special occasion, but since Nathan Block of Swordlord took over, the bar has been raised dramatically…for me. That is, if you are a power metal fanboy, Nathan is your man. More...

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ProgPower USA XVI, Part 1: Mid-Week Mayhem

Sunday....September 20, 2015....the alarm blared at 4:45pm. I guess I forgot to change it from the normal weekday. I sit up - still reeling from the post-ProgPower USA plague, a disease that seems to permeate from the long hours and constant human communication/contact over a four day annual ritual - or rite of passage for the newbie virgins. I reach for another cough drop and open unlock my phone to reveal this morning’s round of Facebook notifications.

Oh...a tag on a video from Dragonland’s second set at ProgPower USA...yes, I said “second.” Why a tag? Well, as it turned out, yours truly was afforded the incredible honor of joining the band on stage for “The Black Mare.” As I sit and contemplate just how that weekend transpired - all the changes, the problems Glenn and Jen Harveston and all involved had to endure in keeping a solidified lineup in the face of the dreaded USCIS - there really is a magic that happens in Atlanta. No matter how it turns out...it never ceases to raise the bar each and every year. More...

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Voyager Gearing Up For Tour

Australian progressive metal quintet Voyager will hit the road later this month for a Revolver Magazine sponsored North American tour with Swedish outfit Evergrey, as well as Borealis and Oceans of Slumber in support.

The summer trek will kick off in Chicago on August 26 before wrapping up at ProgPower USA in Atlanta, GA on September 11. A full list of tour dates can be found below.

"We're beyond excited to be hitting North America again," commented Voyager frontman, Daniel Estrin. "We have some of the most amazing, dedicated fans there and we can't wait to deliver some Aussie action. With such a stellar lineup, you won't want to miss a note."

Voyager guitarist Scott Kay and bassist Alex Canion will also be offering guitar and bass lessons to fans on the road. Spots are limited, so email: voyagerlessons@gmail.com to reserve a personal lesson today.

Voyager will be playing songs from fifth album, "V" (reviewed here), which released in June 2014. More...

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Persefone Dropped From ProgPower USA

ProgPower USA promoter Glenn Harveston announced that Andorra's Persefone is the latest band to be cancelled from the 2015 roster, in part due to visa issues. The USCIS has reared its ugly head causing the most issues since 2009 for the annual festival.

Harveston explains: "Unfortunately, this situation is not a simple as the Morgana Lefay cancellation, although the visa process is once again at the root of things. It is no secret now the USCIS center in Vermont is running 4-6 weeks behind their normal schedule assuming there is no RFE (request for evidence). We technically still have three weeks we can wait to receive these visas and then schedule the mandatory interviews. However, Persefone booked a European tour in June with the assumption they would have completed the interviews prior to kicking off their tour. They cannot complete any interviews while on tour. I requested they wait until after the tour and then complete the interviews as there was still possibly time. I was informed the day job of one of the band members prevents him from traveling to Madrid during that time frame, especially with no specific date to schedule currently. Thus, I am left with no choice but to cancel the band now.

"I know these types of explanations are frustrating to you, the fans. There is simply nothing that can be done. In the immortal words of the great American poet, Jimmy Buffett, 'Breathe in..Breathe Out..Move On.' Please know that there is no animosity between the band and myself. I truly understand and empathize with their situation. I wish the band nothing but the best and will continue to support them in the future."

Within hours of the announcement, Canada's Unleash the Archers was added to the bill. The latest roster list is as follows: More...

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Jeff Scott Soto To Replace Morgana Lefay At PPUSA

Legendary hard rock/metal vocalist Jeff Scott Soto (Talisman, T.S.O., ex-Yngwie Malmsteen) has been confirmed for the sold-out ProgPower USA festival this year in Atlanta, Georgia, replacing Sweden's Morgan Lefay, who became the latest victim of the USICS Visa System. In a special performance, Jeff will celebrate his entire 30 year career at the festival performing songs from many of his bands along the way, including Talisman, Yngwie Malmsteen, Axel Pell Rudi, W.E.T., Rock Star, as well as his solo releases.

Jeff stated: "Having known about the ProgPower USA fest for years, I'm proud to be invited to present the ONLY US show this year with my 30th anniversary show! Me and the boys couldn't be more excited to rock Atlanta!"

Promoter Glenn Harveston added: "I’m honestly still in awe Jeff has graciously stepped up to the plate to help us out at the last minute. I can say I have never had such an amazing and quick conversation with an artist when it comes to booking a band. That is not only a sign of a true professional, but someone wanting to perform for our festival audience. Nothing fires up this crowd more than knowing a legendary name like Jeff Scott Soto actually wants to be in Atlanta. I'd also like to thank Sun Hill Management for the great response time."

Jeff Scott Soto recently took part in the sold out T.S.O./Savatage two stage spectacle at Wacken this past weekend. His latest solo release "Inside the Vertigo," under the monikor Soto, was released by earMusic back in January. More...

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Evergrey Premieres "Black Undertow" Music Video

Swedish progressive metal act Evergrey premiered the new music video for the track "Black Undertow" over at Revolver Magazine's website at this location (also in the player below). The song appears on the band's latest album "Hymns for the Broken," which is available via AFM Records (see review here).

Evergrey recently announced a North American tour run this August/September with Voyager, Gates of Slumber and Borealis, culminating in its appearance at the ProgPower USA Mid-Week Mayhem show (with Voyager, Ashes of Ares and Halcyon Way) on Wednesday, September 9th and a special acoustic set on Thursday, September 10th, both at the Loft in Center Stage, Atlanta, GA. For dates, head on over to this location.

Check out the video here:

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Evergrey Announces North American Tour

Sweden's Evergrey announced a tour of North America this Summer with Australia's Voyager, Canada's Borealis and Houston's Oceans of Slumber. The tour begins in Chicago and winds up in Atlanta as part of the Mid-Week Mayhem show (which features Evergrey, Voyager, While Heaven Wept and Halcyon Way) to kick off ProgPower USA in September.

Evergrey is supporting the latest album "Hymns For the Broken." A review for the album can be found at this location.

The tour is presented by Revolver Magazine and Infinity Concerts. Confirmed Dates are as follows:

Aug 26 – Chicago, IL – Reggies
Aug 27 – Cleveland, OH – Agora
Aug 28 – Detroit, MI – Token Lounge
Aug 29 – Toronto, ON – Opera House
Aug 30 – Montreal, QC – Cafe Campus
Sep 1 – Quebec City, QC – Le Cercle
Sep 3 – New York, NY – The Marlin Room @ Webster Hall
Sep 4 – Pittsburgh, PA – Mr. Smalls
Sep 5 – Baltimore, MD – Soundstage
Sep 6 – Springfield, VA – Empire
Sep 8 – Charlotte, NC – The Casbah
Sep 9 – Atlanta, GA – Midweek Mayhem @ ProgPower USA (The Loft) **

**Evergrey, Voyager, While Heaven Wept and Halcyon Way More...

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Evergrey Premieres "The Grand Collapse" Video Clip

Sweden's Evergrey premiered a new music video for the track "The Grand Collapse" over at Metal Hammer's website at this location (also shown in the player below). The song appears on the band's latest album "Hymns for the Broken," which is available now via AFM Records. A review of the album can be found at this location.

The video was directed by Patric Ullaeus of Revolver Productions, who also directed the first video for the album - "King of Errors" - which can be seen at over here. Check out "The Grand Collapse" here:

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Evergrey Releases "Hymns For The Broken" EPK

Swedish progressive metal act Evergrey released an electronic press kit (EPK) video for the upcoming release "Hymns for the Broken." The album set for release on September 26th (EU) and September 30th (USA) via AFM Records. Vocalist/guitarist Tom Englund will present the album in a special listening party at the upcoming ProgPower USA Festival in Atlanta on Thursday, September 11th just before the Kick Off Show featuring Draekon, DGM and headliner Pagan's Mind.

"Hymns for the Broken" marks the return of Henrik Danhage on guitar, who spent 10 years with the band from 2000-2010 and replaces Marcus Jidell (Avatarium), as well as, drummer Jonas Ekdahl, who was with the band from 2003-2010 and replaces Hannes Van Dahl (Sabaton).

The track listing for "Hymns for the Broken" is:

1. The Awakening
2. King Of Errors (see music video here)
3. A New Dawn
4. Wake A Change
5. Archaic Rage
6. Barricades
7. Black Undertow
8. The Fire
9. Hymns For The Broken
10. Missing You
11. A Grand Collapse
12. The Aftermath

Check out the EPK here: More...

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Evergrey Premieres New Video "King Of Errors"

Swedish progressive metal act Evergrey premiered the music video for the new track "King of Errors" over at Metal Hammer's website at this location (also shown in the player below). The song appears on the upcoming release "Hymns for the Broken," which is set for release on September 26th (EU) and September 30th (USA) via AFM Records.

The video was produced by Patric Ullaeus for Revolver Productions. it took 10 days to shoot with the use of helicopter and swing cranes. Frontman Tom Englund commented: "Patric understands it easy to implement our ideas. He did a great job and his enthusiasm is unparalleled."

The video also serves as the first showing of the band's new lineup, which now features the return of Henrik Danhage on guitar, who spent 10 years with the band from 2000-2010 and now returns to replace Marcus Jidell (Avatarium). Also, drummer Jonas Ekdahl (ex-In Flames (live)) was revealed, who was with the band from 2003-2010 and returns to replace Hannes Van Dahl, who left to join Sabaton.

Tom Englund and others will be on hand next month for ProgPower USA to present the album in an exclusive listening session for gold badge members.

The track listing for "Hymns for the Broken" is:

1. The Awakening
2. King Of Errors
3. A New Dawn
4. Wake A Change
5. Archaic Rage
6. Barricades
7. Black Undertow
8. The Fire
9. Hymns For The Broken
10. Missing You
11. A Grand Collapse
12. The Aftermath

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Evergrey To Hold Release Party At ProgPower USA

Evergrey and ProgPower USA promoter Glenn Harveston jointly announced that the festival will host an official release party for the new album "Hymns for the Broken" in Atlanta during this year's installment of the annual festival. Gold badge members will have an exclusive listening session hosted by vocalist/guitarist Tom Englund ahead of the September 26th release via AFM Records. .

Glenn Harveston commented: "I'm thrilled to host Tom Englund & one of the unnamed new members at ProgPower USA XV. There will be a private party for our Gold Badge members & VIPs on Thursday afternoon before our Kick-Off where they will have the chance to listen to the new disc in its entirety. Tom & company will be there for a private meet and greet immediately afterwards. We will then play the entire album for the general public over the course of the main two days of the festival between sets. In addition to a signing session, the band has informed me they will have an extremely limited number of special edition shirts designed specifically for ProgPower USA attendees that will be packaged together with an opportunity to pre-order the new disc. Further details will be announced over the coming weeks."

Evergrey's Tom Englund added: "We are beyond excited Glenn and AFM Records feel the same urge as us to boost this release. We can't wait to be among friends to share this beast of an album - see you - yes, again- in September!"

The annual progressive & power metal festival announced a sell-out over 10 months in advance of the annual four-day event being held September 10-13 in Atlanta, GA. Check out the preview clip for "Hymns for the Broken" here: More...

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Evergrey Unveils Art For "Hymns For The Broken"

Sweden's Evergrey unveiled the artwork for the upcoming new release "Hymns for the Broken" (seen below). The album was produced by Jacob Hansen and is set to drop via AFM Records on September 26th. A snippet of the first single "King of Errors" can be heard below.

The track listing for "Hymns for the Broken" is:

1. The Awakening
2. King Of Errors
3. A New Dawn
4. Wake A Change
5. Archaic Rage
6. Barricades
7. Black Undertow
8. The Fire
9. Hymns For The Broken
10. Missing You
11. A Grand Collapse
12. The Aftermath More...

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Evergrey Announces New Album, Track List

Sweden's Evergrey announced that the band's ninth full length studio release, and follow up to the 2011 release "Glorious Collision" (see review here), will be entitled "Hymns for the Broken." The album was produced by Jacob Hansen and is set for release on September 26th via AFM Records.

More information will follow, but the band did reveal the track listing (note: limited edition will contain bonus tracks) and post a short preview clip:

1. The Awakening
2. King Of Errors
3. A New Dawn
4. Wake A Change
5. Archaic Rage
6. Barricades
7. Black Undertow
8. The Fire
9. Hymns For The Broken
10. Missing You
11. A Grand Collapse
12. The Aftermath

Check out the clip here: More...

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Evergrey Inks Deal With AFM Records

AFM Records proudly announces the signing of Swedish metal act Evergrey, which is led by front man Tom S. Englund. Currently Evergrey is working on a brand new studio album to be released later this year. The band issued the following statement:

"I am sitting here in what feels like the black heart of distorted guitars and heavy drums trying to sort what material to be chosen for the new Evergrey album that will be brought to you by our new record label AFM!

"While the music might be the most contemplated and dark pieces we have written -and while the sheer amount of music we have the pleasure to choose from is more than ever, we are super psyched and pleased to have chosen a label that believes in Evergrey!

"AFM are certain that we have a lot more to contribute to the world of music and we can promise you that they are right. On top of that it is about damn time that our fans get some new and fresh metal!

"While we at this moment are hindered to speak about the new members - this will be totally understandable when we announce it - they are known to some people and some might never have heard of them B U T we can tell you that they are as excited as the rest of us and have already brought in 50% of the material written so this album will be a 100% band effort! More...

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70000 Tons Of Metal Posts Final Lineup

The annual 70000 Tons of Metal cruise posted the final lineup of bands for the upcoming event, which kicks off Monday, January 28, 2013 at the Port of Miami in Florida. On Friday, the final six bands were revealed to be: Nightmare, Threat Signal, Anaal Nathrakh, ETECC, Steel Engraved and Fatal Smile.

The complete lineup is as follows:

3 Inches of Blood
Anaal Nathrakh
Anacrusis
Angra (w/Fabio Lione on vocals)
Arkona
Delain
Die Apokalyptischen Reiter
Doro
Dragonforce
Ektomorf
Ensiferum
ETECC
Evergrey
Fatal Smile
Flotsam & Jetsam
Gotthard
Heidevolk
Helloween
Helstar
Holy Grail
Immolation
In Flames
Inquisition
Kreator
Lacuna Coil
Lizzy Borden
Metal Church More...

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Delain And Heidevolk Confirmed For 70K Tons Cruise

Promoters of the upcoming 70000 Tons of Metal Cruise, to be held from January 28, 2013 to February 1, 2013, have announced the addition of a Dutch two pack, symphonic metal band Delain and folk bank Heidevolk. Thirteen band are still left to be announced, but the updated lineup is as follows:

Anacrusis
Angra (w/Fabio Lione on vocals)
Arkona
Delain
Die Apokalyptischen Reiter
Doro
Dragonforce
Ensiferum
Evergrey
Flotsam & Jetsam
Gotthard
Heidevolk
Helloween More...

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