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


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).

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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 Updates Tour Schedule

Sweden's Evergrey have updated their tour schedule with the following upcoming dates:

9/16 Matrix Bochum
9/17 Exit Chmelnice Prague
9/18 Dürer Kert Budapest
9/19 Hristo Botev Sports Hall Sofia
9/20 The Silver Club Bucharest
9/21 Stage Club Larissa
9/22 Acoustic / MTV Headbangers Ball Athens
9/22 Sin City (ex-Texas Club) Athens
9/24 Irish & Music Pub Cluj Napoca
9/25 SKC Belgrade
9/26 Club Kocka Split
9/27 Metalfest at JB’s (headlining Sunday) Dudley
9/29 Alcatraz Milano
9/30 TBA Collombey

10/1 Nouveau Casino Paris
10/2 Le Grillen Colmar
10/3 Le Coliseum Charleroi
10/4 ProgPowerEurope Baarlo
10/5 The Rock Copenhagen
10/9 Union Scene Drammen
10/23 Sticky Fingers Gothenburg

4/30 2010 Triton Power Cruise Miami, Florida

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Chaoswave to Support Evergrey in Europe

Chaoswave has been chosen as the main support for the upcoming European tour of Evergrey. Chaoswave comments, "We are very honored with this possibility and want to thank Tom from Evergrey for giving us the chance". Here are the tour dates that have been confirmed so far:

09/16 - Matrix, Bochum - Germany
09/17 - Exit Chmelnice, Prague - Czech Republic
09/18 - Dürer Kert, Budapest - Hungary
09/19 - Hristo Botev Sports Hall, Sofia - Bulgaria
09/20 - The Silver Club, Bucharest - Romania
09/21 - Stage Club, Larissa - Greece
09/22 - Acoustic / MTV Headbangers Ball, Athens (Evergrey only)
09/22 - Sin City (ex-Texas Club), Athens - Greece
09/24 - Irish & Music Pub, Cluj Napoca - Romania
09/25 - SKC, Belgrade - Serbia
09/26 - Club Kocka, Split - Croatia
09/27 - Metalfest at JB’s (headlining Sunday), Dudley (Evergrey only) UK
09/29 - Alcatraz, Milano - Italy
09/30 - TBA / Switzerland
10/01 - Nouveau Casino, Paris - France
10/02 - Le Grillen, Colmar -France
10/03 - Le Coliseum, Charleroi - Belgium
10/04 - ProgPowerEurope, Baarlo (Evergrey only)
10/06 - TBA / Copenhagen - Denmark

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Line Up Announced For Triton Power Cruise 2010

The first U.S. Triton Power Cruise will take place on the Carnival Imagination on April 30th - May 3rd, 2010 and will launch from Miami, FL. The currently announced line up will consist of Jon Oliva's Pain, Evergrey, Crimson Glory, Seven Witches, Circle II Circle, Vougan, and Eumeria. Further information on the cruise can be found here.

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Evergrey Announces Upcoming Tour Dates

Evergrey has issued the following announcement about their upcoming tour dates:

"Here are finally some concert dates for some of you to look forward to.

"ALL these dates are confirmed by us and if nothing extraordinary happens (even if luck lately has not been on our side) they will all go on as planned. So run, crawl or do whatever you see fit in order to get your tickets before the promoters get cold feet ;)

"Hope to see all of you and there will probably be some more dates added but don't take that as a promise!

"If anyone feels like they want to join as opening acts and have finances to support such a thing to there is still time even though we are right now sorting out a few bands. Send a mail and bio/anything else you feel is necessary to tom@evergrey.net and you'll get a fair chance. Last day for applications is July the 30th."

The announced dates are as follows (venues TBA): More...

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Evergrey to Support Deep Purple in Sweden

Evergrey has just been confirmed to support one of the most classic rock bands, Deep Purple, in Västerås, Sweden on July 14th. The show will be held at the Bombardier Arena and tickets are already available from ticnet.se.

Upcoming Evergrey shows:

Jun. 22 - 27 Borlänge, SE - Peace and Love Festival
Jun. 27 Gothenburg, SE - Metaltown festival (at Frihamnen)
Jul. 9 - 12 Vizovice, CZ - Masters of Rock Festival
Jul. 14 Västerås, SE - Bombardier Arena
Jul. 27 Dudley, GB - JB’s
Oct. 04 Baarlo, NL - JC Sjiwa (ProgPowerEurope)

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Mind Key Readies Sophomore Album

Frontiers Records has announced the return of the Italian prog metal band MIND KEY with the release of the band’s second studio album entitled “Pulse for a Graveheart” on July 3rd in Europe, August 11th in the USA with a Japanese release to follow on King Records.

The band began the recording of the second album “Pulse for a Graveheart,” simplifying their songwriting and giving the chance to Fierro to showcase his immense vocal potential which can be described as a powerful mix of Ronnie James Dio, David Coverdale and Jorn Lande. The album was later mixed and mastered by none other than Dennis Ward (Pink Cream 69, Angra, Krokus, Place Vendome etc.) to ensure the best sounding quality. According to guitarist Emanuele Colella “We knew from the beginning that Dennis was the right choice! Since the first communication together a perfect synergy was built. He could understand our need and desire to combine a modern melodic metal sound with our progressive roots and an heavier edge. He could totally deliver what we and the music needed, he’s just great.”

“Pulse for a Graveheart” also features some guest musicians appearing such as Derek Sherinian (Dream Theater, Alice Cooper), who plays a keyboard solo on “Citizen of Greed”, Reb Beach (Whitesnake, Winger) on “Now Until Forever” and Tom Englund from Evergrey, dueting with Elio Fierro on “Graveheart.” Mind Key’s line-up now includes: Aurelio Fierro on vocals, Emanuele Colella on guitars, Dario De Cicco on keyboards and Andrea Stipa on drums.

“Pulse for a Graveheart” introduces to the fans a completely re-designed band, with a mature attitude and astonishing songwriting. “I hope the new record will give Mind Key the chance to get rid of the label of 'prog metal band in the style of....' and bring us to a different status. We aim to be a Metal band - still staying true to our diverse influences ranging from progressive to hard and melodic rock – but with a personal and trademark sound” concludes Andrea Stipa.

The final tracklisting includes: "Sunset Highway," "The Seventh Seal," "Citizen of Greed," "Crusted Memories," "Dead Fame Hunter," "Ventotene (The Island)" "Graveheart," "Eye Of A Stranger," "Now Until Forever," and "A New Generation."

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Evergrey Cancels 2009 European Tour Dates

Evergrey has issued the following announcement about canceling all but two of their upcoming European tour dates:

"This month is getting embarrassing, for us and the people who we work with. We are sorry to announce, that for circumstances and reasons beyond our control, we are forced to cancel the scheduled Evergrey European tour in April.

"We would like to apologize to all the fans of both bands for the last minute decision and promise to work on getting new dates set up as soon as possible. Its always hard to let people down and both bands were extremely excited to play for all of their fans in Europe but sometimes things apparently don't go as planned. Which makes us in the band really frustrated and mad.

"I hope all of you understand that we are a band nothing more. This is what we live off and for, to play and tour, therefore we can promise that we are more sorry than anyone. This might not ease the disappointment for some of you but as said it's out of our control and involves so much details that none of you would be wiser of knowing.

"As with the canceled date in Atlanta we promise to make up for it as soon as we can and get a chance. More...

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Evergrey Postpones Atlanta Show

Evergrey will be unable to perform their scheduled show in Atlanta, Georgia on March 12th as a result of a delay with the immigration paperwork. A message from the band reads as follows:

"We are so fucking sorry for not being able to play, but the rules of USA's immigration prevents us from doing so. Normally this has never been a problem as the paperwork has always been swift enough, but now, for some reason we have yet to be approved.

"Even more frustrating (if possible) is that we will be there, in Atlanta, but not be able to perform. We have all our shit with us and everything as we are also going to Mexico BUT WE CAN'T PLAY. We are so terribly sorry for this, as we are not and have never been a band that cancels, anything. However this is out of our hands... we are looking to make this up by returning in May to perform for you guys and also try to fit some more gigs in there. More...

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Evergrey Announces European Tour Dates

Swedish metal act Evergrey has announced a string of headlining shows throughout Europe this year. Joining them on the tour will be Novembre.

The tour dates are as follows:

3 - Bochum, Germany - Matrix
4 - Vosselaar, Belgium - Biebob
5 - Zoetermeer, Netherlands - Boerderij
7 - London, UK - Underworld
8 - Paris, France - Nouvieau Casino
10 - Bergara, Spain - Sala Jam
11 - Madrid, Spain - Sala Caracol
12 - Barcelona, Spain - Mephisto
14 - Pratteln, Switzerland - Z7
15 - Goriza, Slovakia - Mostovna Nova
17 - Budapest, Hungary - Diesel
18 - Beograd, Serbia - SKC
19 - Vienna, Austria - Szene
20 - Frankfurt, Germany - Batschkapp

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Novembre Announces Tour With Evergrey

Italian doom metal band Novembre has issued the following statement about touring with Evergrey in April of 2009:

"We regret to inform you that due to reasons out of our control, will Novembre not participate on the Hellhounds festival tour in February.

"But with that said we have some positive news for you as well: Novembre will now team up with EVERGREY for a European tour in April 2009! We believe this will make a lovely package for you. So keep your eyes open for updates on this one!

"Apart from this, we must also apologize for the lack of updates on the Novembre home page. This is something we'll do better this year with a new webmaster!"

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3 Inches of Blood Plans First Show In Mexico

March 14, 2009 will be a historic day for 3 Inches of Blood, as they play their first show ever in Mexico.
The show is at Circo Volador in Mexico City. Other bands playing are Evergrey, Shining, Dark Lunacy. The headliner has yet to be announced.

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Evergrey To Perform Warm Up Show In Georgia

Evergrey will be performing an intimate warm-up show in Marietta, GA on March 12th en route to Mexico City for a festival appearance. This will be a true “Night with Evergrey” as the band will remain at the club after the show to party with the fans the rest of the night. Tickets will be limited and will go on sale next week (exact date TBA).

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Evergrey Signs With SPV Records

This press release has been posted on EVERGREY's official website:

Following intense and very constructive discussions, Steamhammer/SPV have announced their future collaboration with Swedish dark melodic metal act, EVERGREY. The deal includes not only the group's brand-new studio album, "Torn", which will arrive at the stores at the beginning of September, but also EVERGREY's complete back catalogue. EVERGREY mastermind Tom S. Englund is looking forward to a productive cooperation with Steamhammer, explaining: "After long and intense negotiations, we feel that we have arrived at optimum conditions for everybody involved. We are confident that EVERGREY will continue to grow artistically under the terms of this contract, that SPV will enjoy our cooperation and – this is definitely the most important aspect - that our fans will thoroughly benefit from the new deal."

The first stage of this ambitious target will see the release of EVERGREY's new studio album, "Torn", at the beginning of September, featuring eleven compositions, described by Englund as a "modern mix of In Search Of Truth and Recreation Day". "The tracks are all guitar-oriented and very atmospheric. They have exactly the sound that our fans expect from us." According to Englund, the slightly more experimental direction of EVERGREY's previous release, "Monday Morning Apocalypse", has given way again to old strengths and virtues. "Two years ago we needed an album with a slightly different approach and an expensive producer, just to find out how that sort of thing works. It was the right album at the time, but now we have returned to our typical trademarks." This is one of the reasons why the tracks on "Torn" were self-produced by Englund together with drummer Jonas Ekdahl. In addition, the band has a new bassist, Fredrik Larsson having been replaced by former STRATOVARIUS musician Jari Kainulainen.

Since the band arrived on the scene in 1998, EVERGREY have brought out six studio albums and one live cut. All of them made the top 20 in their native Sweden and the last two made the top 10 (no. 6 and 3, respectively). On top of that, their DVD was number 1 for four weeks and nominated for a Grammy in Sweden. The band has toured around the globe several times, together with IN FLAMES, NEVERMORE, THROWDOWN, ARCH ENEMY, CHILDREN OF BODOM and ICED EARTH, among others. Along with "Torn", their new contract with Steamhammer/SPV includes the band's complete back catalogue, so top-quality reissues featuring a selection of bonus tracks are likely in future. "There is so much additional material for each album that we could theoretically re-release it on an extra DVD. Whatever we manage to do - premium reissues are certainly a possibility."

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Evergrey Close To Signing With A New Label

EVERGREY's singer/guitarist Tom S. Englund has posted the following update:

"Hey Guys…

Just a few words to let you know that we had a great time in Finland, the shows were really awesome and the finnish fans R O C K!

We knew that already but it was nice to see that what we remembered from prior shows were really true.

We are almost done with our label-negotiations and think we will be able to present a release date within 2 weeks, and just to clarify, we have lot’s of history with different labels that we needed to clear up before signing a new deal with anyone. This has taken so much longer than anticipated, I mean we have been sending contacts back and forth since last JUNE, so of course this has been really frustrating for us as musicians, but at the same time we’ve been forced to be really business-minded. BUT… as I said we are now down to one label and hope to tell you which one really soon.

During the month of April we decided to sign all of the stuff bought in our webstore and dedicate it to the person who’s on the order-form (that is if you want us to of course, we wouldnt want to fuck your CDs up). So if you don't want them signed, or if it is for another name, write that in the order .

Also we made some really cool shirts for the shows in Finland , we have a couple of them left so be sure to check that out: www.evergrey.net/merch.php

Monday or Tuesday we will hand you the 2nd “TORN” trailer so you know where and when to check!

Til’ next time ….."

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Engel To Issue Debut Album In North America

Gothenburg, Sweden-based metallers ENGEL, featuring IN FLAMES touring guitar replacement Niklas Englin (PASSENGER), Marcus Sunesson (guitar, ex-THE CROWN), Michael Håkansson (bass, ex-EVERGREY), Mangan Klavborn (vocals) and Mojjo (drums), are set to issue album "Absolute Design" in North America on May 20th.

As previously reported, Engel has completed work on the promo videos for the songs 'Casket Closing' and 'Next Closed Door'. After a storming set at the prestigious Get In The Ring event in London, the band flew to Belgrade, Serbia the next morning to start filming the two videos. More...

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The Project Hate Complete 7 Songs For New Album

THE PROJECT HATE — the Swedish band featuring vocalist Jörgen Sandström (ex-ENTOMBED, GRAVE), guitarist Lord K. Philipson (GOD AMONG INSECTS, ex-LEUKEMIA), bassist Michael Håkansson (ENGEL, ex-EVERGREY), guitarist Petter S. Freed (2 TON PREDATOR), singer Jo Enckell (IGNORANCE BLISS) and drummer Daniel "Mojjo" Moilanen (RELEVANT FEW, DRACENA, RUNEMAGICK, LORD BELIAL, ENGEL) — has issued the following update:

"All the seven songs [for the new THE PROJECT HATE album] are now finished. Seven songs of the music you love when it comes to the HATE. It's time to complete the lyrics now, something that will definitely take some time. During the coming months (or more thruthfully; until we actually record the album) we will enhance the material as we go along, making everything even better, more infernal and all-around even more utterly dominating. We dig to work like that, you know."

"All vocal parts have been decided and both Jo and J are hard at work with what they will deliver next time. We have even contacted some of the planned guest musicians that we want on the next masterpiece. Some of them being childhood heroes actually. Maybe..."

THE PROJECT HATE's last album, "In Hora Mortis Nostræ", was released in September 2007 via Stormvox Records, the label owned by Swedish actor Peter Stormare.

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Evergrey Reveal New Album Title

EVERGREY singer/guitarist Tom S. Englund has issued the following update:

"After a couple of turbulent weeks we have now finally mastered our album. When we listened to the finished product for the first time we all agreed that we were beyond satisfied with the result and can’t wait for you to hear it! We have also decided to post video teasers for you to enjoy, there will be a new 'trailer' every month up until we release the damn thing and oh, the title for it is TORN!"

"Complete tracklisting will be presented here as soon as we have decided what songs will end up on special editions and/or bonus tracks for singles etc. Other than that I am glad to read that all of you seem to love our new Evergrey 'EY' logo. It will look pretty cool on a shirt that’s for sure." More...

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ProgPower UK Cancelled

This year's ProgPower UK, which was scheduled for March 28-29 in Bristol, England, has been cancelled. The following message has been posted on wwwww.progpoweruk.com:

"This is the hardest decision we have ever had to make, but it is with great regret that we have had to cancel ProgPower UK III.

"We have made no secret of the financial difficulties that have dogged our first two years, which is why we made a significant number of changes for year three. However, ticket sales have been extremely poor and, as a result, there is no way we can stage the festival without losing a substantial amount of money – again.

"This decision has not been taken lightly and we are fully aware of both the disappointment and inconvenience it will cause. However, we simply cannot afford to keep pumping money into ProgPower UK and we can assure you that we are as disappointed about this as you no doubt are.

"As a result of this, ProgPower UK LLP will cease trading with immediate effect.

"Ticket holders who purchased tickets via cheque or Paypal through the ProgPowerUK website will be refunded by the method through which the tickets were purchased. This will be done within twenty-eight days.

"If you purchased tickets at Bristol Ticket Shop, please contact them directly for a refund.

"Please direct any enquiries to enquiries@progpoweruk.com All enquiries will be dealt with, but please be patient.

"We would like to sincerely thank everyone who has supported us over the past three years, and also thank Rene Janssen and his team giving us the opportunity to make ProgPower UK a reality.

"The ProgPower UK Team"

The following bands were scheduled to perform at ProgPower UK:

Circus Maximus
Diablo Swing Orchestra
Thy Majestie
Vanden Plas

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Evergrey Fans Invited To Submit Questions

EVERGREY have issued the following update:

"Hey all,

It's time for another MySpace interview. The first two with Tom and Rikard went great so hopefully you all will help with this one too. This time the target is bass player Jari Kainulainen, who joined the band a few months ago. So basically this is your chance to welcome him to the band by making up some interesting questions for him to answer.

Here are the instructions on how to send a question for the interview:

-- Send a message to the Evergrey profile with the subject 'Jari interview question'
-- Write your question to the message body (only one question per friend accepted)
-- If you don't want your MySpace name to be mentioned on the interview, mention this on the message
-- And please, use as proper English as possible so we don't have to edit the questions a lot.

You have 8 days to send in the questions, the deadline is Sunday, January 27th. After that date the 20 best questions will be picked and sent to Jari for answering. After he is done answering, the interview will go up on MySpace and there will be a bulletin posted about it.

We are looking forward to getting some good questions again so start thinking and send yours in!"

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Evergrey Post Video From Recording Studio Online

Swedish metallers EVERGREY have issued the following studio update:

"We are FINALLY in the mixing stage of the [new EVERGREY] album and that truly feels like a blessing. Today we finished the eighth song for mix-down and it sounds AWESOME! We will be finished before New Year's and then we will take a couple of weeks of well-needed and -deserved rest. We have also been in Israel, which was a fantastic experience, to visit such an old country with all of its history and beauty, Jerusalem is really fascinating. Tel Aviv felt like a mixture of Miami and New York which was really cool and the audience fucking awesome. We are really looking forward to going there again."

EVERGREY has posted the sixth video studio report from the recording sessions for their new album. Watch the nine-minute clip here. More...

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