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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).

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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 Frontman To Guest On New Ayreon CD

AYREON, the brainchild of Dutch guitarist/composer Arjen Lucassen, has posted an audio sample of the next guest singer who will appear on the the band's upcoming album, tentatively due late 2007/early 2008: EVERGREY mainman Tom S. Englund. Other vocalists scheduled to appear on the CD include Ty Tabor (KING'S X), Magali Luyten (VIRUS IV), Simone Simons (EPICA) and Liselotte Hegt (DIAL). A total of fifteen singers have been confirmed to guest on the album, with more to be added.

AYREON's last CD, "Ayreon: The Human Equation", was released in 2004. It contained guest appearances by a number of acclaimed vocalists, including James LaBrie (DREAM THEATER), Mike Baker (SHADOW GALLERY), Mikael Åkerfeldt (OPETH), Eric Clayton (SAVIOUR MACHINE), Devon Graves (DEADSOUL TRIBE, ex-PSYCHOTIC WALTZ) and Devin Townsend (STRAPPING YOUNG LAD).

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Evergrey Announces New Bassist

In a post on their official website, Evergrey announced that their new bassist is Jari Kainulainen, formerly of Stratovarius. Here's part of the statement from Evergrey frontman Tom Englund:

"We got along great and it of course also helps a lot that Jari is a very experienced player when it comes to playing live with his several world tours together with Stratovarius as proof."

"This was one of the main things we were looking for in a bass-player except for the playing of course, so that we wouldn’t end up with a person who after 100 gigs finds out that this was not what he was meant for, cause this is, whether you believe so or not, a very weird and demanding life that let’s you experience the greatest things in the world as well as the sickest, most draining moments of utter insecurity - that of course immediately vanishes as soon as we get to play for you guys! We are so much looking forward to the coming months of recording and playing and it honestly feels like a fresh start and an injection I think we needed."

Kainulainen's first show with Evergrey will be at the Fosen Rock Festival in Fosen Norway on August 25th.

As previously reported, Everygrey parted ways with bassist Fredrik Larsson earlier this year, only nine months after he was recruited as the replacement for Michael Håkansson.

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Evergrey Part Ways With Bassist

Swedish metallers EVERGREY have officially parted ways with bassist Fredrik Larsson — only nine months after he was recruited as the replacement for Michael Håkansson. A replacement bassist has not yet been announced. Håkansson has since joined fellow Swedes HAMMERFALL.

EVERGREY recently began work on the follow-up to 2006's "Monday Morning Apocalypse", tentatively due later in the year. Guitarist/vocalist Tom S. Englund described the new material as "the heaviest and darkest we have released to date."

EVERGREY guitarist Henrik Danhage filled in for IN FLAMES guitarist Björn Gelotte on the latter band's U.S. tour at the end of 2006 due to the fact that Gelotte's wife was about to give birth to the couple's second child.

"Monday Morning Apocalypse" was recorded at Division One Studios in Gothenburg, Sweden by the experienced production team of Sanken Sandquist and Stefan Glaumann, who have previously worked with such artists as RAMMSTEIN, BON JOVI, BRITNEY SPEARS and DEF LEPPARD.

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Evergrey Cancel Romanian Concert Date

EVERGREY vocalist Tom S. Englund has released the following statement regarding a cancellation of tonight's (Sunday, January 21) EVERGREY show (flyer) in Bucharest, Romania:

"We are extremely sorry about the cancellation of tonight's show in Bucharest. We were looking forward to coming and playing for our Romanian fans for the first time. But unfortunately the trailer to our tour bus broke down and we have been stuck in Turkey for 24 hours. We were hoping to get it fixed in time, but when the repairmen finally fixed the problem, there was simply not enough time for us to make it to Bucharest and play the show. Please accept our apologies for this and please understand that this lies totally out of our control and the Romanian promoter is also not to be blamed. We will do this show at some point later in the spring. Sorry again and stay grey." More...

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Gates Of Metalbaten Cruise Details Revealed

Gates of Metal Festival and Metalbåten will create a new cruise which will be called Gates of Metalbåten (The Gates of Metal Boat). The cruise is between Sweden and Finland at the Silja Festival ferry on the 26-27 of April next year.

Seven bands will perform at the ferry and so far Evergrey, Dark Funeral, Nocturnal Rites, Sonic Syndicate and Manticora are confirmed. The Gates of Metal Boat will be a kick-off for the Gates of Metal festival which will be held for the fifth time in Hultsfred on the 3-4 of August.

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Evergrey Announce European Tour Dates

Swedish metallers EVERGREY have lined up the following European tour dates with up-and-coming melodic death metal band AVATAR as support:

Oct. 24 - München (DE), Metropolis
Oct. 25 - Milano (ITA), Rainbow
Oct. 27 - Madrid (ESP), Caracol
Oct. 28 - Bilbao (ESP), Kafe Antzoki
Oct. 29 - Barcelona (ESP), Apolo
Oct. 30 - Lyon (FR), Transbordeur
Oct. 31 - Paris (FR), Nouveau Casino
Nov. 02 - Strasbourg (FR), Laiterie
Nov. 03 - Weert (NL), De Bosuil
Nov. 06 - London (UK), Dingwalls
Nov. 07 - Dudley (UK), JBs
Nov. 08 - Bolton (UK), The Soundhouse
Nov. 09 - Bradford (UK), Rio
Nov. 10 - Zaandam (NL), Kade
Nov. 12 - Bochum (DE), The Matrix
Nov. 13 - Copenhagen (DK), The Rock More...

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Evergrey Part Ways With Bassist

Swedish metallers EVERGREY have parted ways with bassist Michael Håkansson. Replacing him in the group's lineup is former HAMMERFALL bassist Fredrik Larsson. Michael's official statement on the matter reads as follows:

"After a long time of consideration and many, many hours of thinking I now, with sadness, announce my departure from the band.

"I have been a part of the band for seven years and during that time I have experienced so much and I have seen more than I ever thought I would. But now it is time for me to say goodbye.

"My reason for doing this is that I feel a strong urge to do something different in music. This is the one and only reason and it's 100% my own decision.

"I want to thank the boys for all the good times we have had together thoughout the years. I wish them the best of all success, something they truly deserve and without doubt will achieve." More...

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Blind Guardian Confirmed For Earthshaker Fest

BLIND GUARDIAN, GOREFEST, MENDEED and JUSTICE have been confirmed for the 2006 edition of the Earthshaker Fest, set to take place July 21-22 in Kreuth. The festival billing is shaping up as follows (in alphabetical order):

APO REITER
ARCH ENEMY
BLIND GUARDIAN
BRAINSTORM
CALIBAN
COMMUNIC
DEATHSTARS
EDGUY
EKTOMORF
ENSIFERUM
EQUILIBRIUM
EVERGREY
GOREFEST
HAMMERFALL
JON OLIVA'S PAIN
JUSTICE
KATAKLYSM
KNORKATOR
LORDI
MENDEED
NEVERMORE
ONE MAN ARMY AND THE UNDEAD QUARTET
OPETH
RAGE
SATYRICON
SAXON
SCAR SYMMETRY
SODOM
SOILWORK
TESTAMENT
THREAT SIGNAL
VENOM
WINTERSUN

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Nevermore Wins Crowd at Jaxx in Springfield, VA

On Saturday May 6th, my friend, and I drove down to Virginia from northern New Jersey to see Nevermore, one of our favorite bands, headline at their one off show at the Jaxx with Evergrey the next day. We got to the show early to meet up with some friends, one of which is Will Bozarth from Distorted Mind, who assisted me during the interview process for my interview with guitarist Jeff Loomis (guitarist of Nevermore), since he knows the band from hanging out with them at previous shows. Will’s input added a new dimension to some of the questions and gave the interview a humorous edge. Sadly, I had lost the entire interview because of a technical accident with the recording equipment. Fortunately, I still have the questions and can hopefully recreate the experience on a later date. Interview troubles aside, in hindsight, this was one of the best concerts I’ve ever been to. More...

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All-Star Performance, Bands For ProgPower USA VII

ProgPower USA promoter Glenn Harveston has confirmed that there will be a very special "all-star" performance led by vocalist Jorn Lande during his headline set at ProgPower USA this year.

Confirmed thus far to join Lande on stage are Zak Stevens (Circle II Circle, ex-Savatage), Lance King (Pyramaze), Michele Luppi (Vision Divine), Pasi Rantanen (Thunderstone), Mikkel Sandager (Mercenary), Michael Eriksen (Circus Maximus), and Mattias "IA" Eklundh (Freak Kitchen). Other participants will be announced at a later time.

Along with Lande, Swedish progressive/power metal band Evergrey will headline the two-day festival, performing a worldwide exclusive set featuring the Evergrey choir and the Poulenc String Quartet from Atlanta.

Lande and Evergrey will be joined by German power metal band Savage Circus, Dutch symphonic metal band Epica, Pyramaze, Wastefall, Sweden’s Freak Kitchen, Finland’s Thunderstone, Italy’s Vision Divine, and Denmark’s Mercenary, who is returning to ProgPower due to overwhelming popularity at ProgPower IV.

ProgPower USA VII will take place on Friday and Saturday, September 15 and 16 at Earthlink Live in Atlanta. A very limited number of tickets are available via progpowerusa.com.

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Nevermore Cancel Show Due to Singer Illness

NEVERMORE were forced to cancel their scheduled appearance with IN FLAMES, THROWDOWN and EVERGREY on Saturday, May 13 in Grand Rapids, Michigan after the band's lead singer, Warrel Dane, came down with an unspecified illness. No further information is currently available.

As previously reported, NEVERMORE guitarist Steve Smyth was recently diagnosed with end-stage kidney failure, the result of a congenital birth defect. JAG PANZER guitarist Chris Broderick is filling in for Smyth on the current U.S. tour, after which Smyth will rejoin the band for their European festival dates. NEVERMORE also announced that their bass player and one of the founding members Jim Sheppard will soon be undergoing a minor procedure for Crohn's Disease, a condition he's managed for over 15 years. Unable to perform with the band during the first part of their tour with IN FLAMES, Sheppard is being temporarily replaced by longtime friend James MacDonough (ex-MEGADETH, ICED EARTH).

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In Flames Looking Forward To U.S. Tour

In Flames have posted the following message on their website:

"Thanx a million to all of you that came out to our shows in Europe during the March/April tour. We had such a blast throughout this whole time and can´t wait to come back very soon and play some more for you all!

"It was totally cool to finally get to places like Ireland, Poland and Slovenia for the first time, and we´ll come back for sure as soon as possible.

"Our warmest thanx to the wonderful people in Crucifed Barbara, Dagoba and Sepultura for making this one of the most fun European tours we´ve ever done.

"As for the upcoming US tour: we can not wait to come back and play some more music for you guys and gals. This time we´ll go to places we missed on the last tour and we should have a lot of fun together.

"The Jan/Feb tour was awesome and we are really looking forward to this one as well. Being joined by our friends in Nevermore & Evergrey and our future friends in Throwdown is going to be amazing ,can´t wait for that. See you all very soon !"

Upcoming In Flames, Evergrey, Nevermore and Throwdown tour dates: More...

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Queensryche, Poison, Lacuna Coil Chart In Top 30

QUEENSRŸCHE's "Operation: Mindcrime II" has sold 44,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at No. 14 on next week's The Billboard 200 chart. This is more than half of the total sales tally registered by the band's last studio album, 2003's "Tribe", which sold 20,000 copies in the first week and has shifted less than 75,000 units so far, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Meanwhile, the band's 1999 effort, "Q2K", opened with sales of 28,000 and has sold 150,000 copies to date.

QUEENSRŸCHE's top-selling album by far is 1990's "Empire", which was certified triple-platinum in October 1994 for sales in excess of three million copies in the United States. The original "Operation: Mindcrime" release (1988) attained platinum status in August 1991, while 1994's "Promised Land" reached the same plateau in December 1994.

In other chart news, LACUNA COIL's "Karmacode" shifted just under 34,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at No. 28 on next week's The Billboard 200 chart. The band's 2002 album "Comalies" has sold more than 230,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan. A representative for the group's record label, Century Media, recently told Billboard magazine that the album has sold 500,000 units worldwide.

LACUNA COIL will be on the cover of at least a half-dozen metal magazines this spring. In addition, an April appearance on "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" and a segment of "The Mix" on ABC News are slated, according to Billboard.

Another notable debut on this week's chart is POISON's 18-track collection, "The Best of Poison: 20 Years of Rock", which commemorates POISON's 20th anniversary and the band's career tally of more than 25 million albums and DVDs sold around the world. The album, which packs the group's biggest hits and fan favorites, opens with nearly 40,000 copies to debut at No. 17 on next week's chart.

POISON's "Greatest Hits 1986-1996" collection, which was originally released in November 1996, was officially certified double-platinum in November 2005 by the RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America) for shipments in excess of two million copies in the United States.

The following are notable heavy metal/hard rock U.S. sales debuts for the week ending April 9, 2006, as reported by Nielsen SoundScan (all figures are rounded to the nearest thousand, except numbers under 2,000, which are rounded to the nearest hundred; The Billboard 200 chart position included, where applicable):

QUEENSRŸCHE – "Operation: Mindcrime II": 44,000 (#14)
POISON – "The Best of Poison: 20 Years of Rock": 40,000 (#17)
LACUNA COIL – "Karmacode": 34,000 (#28)
DEAD TO FALL - "The Phoenix Throne": 4,000
PANTERA – "3 Vulgar Videos From Hell" DVD: 1,700
BLACKMORE'S NIGHT – "The Village Lanterne": 1,500
CALIBAN – "Undying Darkness": 1,700
EVERGREY - "Monday Morning Apocalypse": 1,400
KATATONIA - "The Great Cold Distance": 1,100
VENOM – Metal Black": 1,100
ONE MAN ARMY AND THE UNDEAD QUARTET – "21st Century Killing Machine": 100
TERROR 2000 - "Terror For Sale": 100

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Evergrey Announce First Live Show In Russia

Evergrey will be performing their first live show in Russia at Club Apelsin on June 17th. For more information, visit www.apelsinclub.ru.

Evergrey will be embarking on a U.S. tour this spring with In Flames, Nevermore and Throwdown. Dates are as follows: More...

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In Flames Announce New Tour Dates with Nevermore

As previously reported, IN FLAMES will embark on a second North American headlining tour in supprt of their new album, Come Clarity, with EVERGREY, NEVERMORE and THROWDOWN as support. Several new dates have been confirmed via the official In Flames website. The tour schedule is now as follows:

May
5 - Buffalo, NY at Town Ballroom (NEW DATE)
6 - South Burlington, VT at Higher Ground
8 - North Myrtle Beach, SC at House of Blues
9 - Jacksonville, NC at Planet Rock
11 - Cincinnati, OH at Bogart's
12 - Fort Wayne, IN at Piere's Entertainment Center
13 - Grand Rapids, MI at Orbit Room
15 - Lawrence, KS at Granada
16 - Colorado Springs, CO at The Black Sheep
18 - Spokane, WA at Big Easy (NEW DATE)
19 - Eugene, OR at McDonald Theatre (NEW DATE)
20 - Chico, CA at Senator Theatre (NEW DATE)
21 - Sparks, NV at New Oasis (NEW DATE)
23 - Tucson, AZ at Rialto Theatre
25 - Tulsa, OK at Cain´s Ballroom (NEW DATE)
26 - Memphis, TN at New Daisy Theatre (NEW DATE)
27 - New Orleans, LA at House of Blues (NEW DATE)
28 - Tallahassee, FL at The Beta Bar
29 - Jacksonville, FL at Club Rain (NEW DATE)
30 - Ft. Lauderdale, FL at Revolution

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In Flames and Nevermore Tour Dates Updated

More dates have been confirmed for IN FLAMES' upcoming North American tour with THROWDOWN, NEVERMORE and EVERGREY. Known dates are as follows:

May 6 - South Burlington, VT @ Higher Ground
May 8 - Myrtle Beach, SC @ House of Blues
May 9 - Jacksonville, NC @ Planet Rock
May 11 - Cincinnati, OH @ Bogarts
May 12 - Fort Wayne, IN @ Piere's
May 13 - Grand Rapids, MI @ Orbit Room
May 15 - Lawrence, KS @ Granada
May 16 - Colorado Springs, CO @ Black Sheep
May 20 - Chico, CA @ Senator Theatre
May 21 - Sparks, NV @ New Oasis
May 23 - Tucson, AZ @ Rialto
May 27 - New Orleans, LA @ House of Blues
May 28 - Tallahassee, FL @ Beta Bar (formerly the Cow Haus)
May 30 - Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ Revolution

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Dark Tranquillity Confirm Umea Gig, Evolution Fest

The following message was posted on the official Dark Tranquillity website:

"Shows for 2006 are beginning to get booked now. First out is a gig together with Evergrey and Bloodbound at the SkyCom Arena in Umeå, Sweden on April 28. Click below for ticket information:
http://www.seosov.nu/Evenemang.asp?EID=516

"Also, we're glad to announce that we'll be back at Italy's great Evolution festival, which takes place between the 14th and 16th of July. Exact schedule will be available soon, but check the homepage in the meantime:
http://www.evolutionfest.it"

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Coldtears Posts 5-Song Demo Online

COLDTEARS, the new Swedish band featuring 19-year-old drummer Adam Gelotte (brother of IN FLAMES guitarist Björn Gelotte), have posted their five-song demo on their official web site, coldtears.se. The tracks available for download are as follows:

01. Inside My Head
02. Insecure
03. No Tomorrow
04. Beg
05. My Own Grave

COLDTEARS is:

David Johansson - Guitar
Gustav Alander - Vocals
Ivar Anås - Guitar
Marcus Dahlström - Bass
Adam Gelotte - Drums

Adam and Björn are not the only Gelotte siblings to be actively involved in playing heavy rock music. Their sister, Emma Gelotte, is one of two female vocalists fronting the Gothenburg-based band ALL ENDS, which also features in its ranks Tinna Karlsdotter on vocals, Michael Håkansson (EVERGREY) on bass, Fredrik Johansson (IN FLAMES' "The Jester Race" album) on guitar and Josef Skansås on drums. Currently unsigned, ALL ENDS' debut demo was recorded at Studio Fredman and Queenstreet Recording in Gothenburg, Sweden by producers Fredrik Nordström and Patrick J. Sten. The music on the CD was composed by Björn Gelotte and Jesper Strömblad of IN FLAMES, while the lyrics were written by Tinna Karlsdotter, Emma Gelotte and Björn Gelotte.

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First In Flames, Throwdown, Nevermore Tour Dates

Sweden's IN FLAMES have announced a second North American headlining tour in support of their critically acclaimed new album, "Come Clarity". The trek is slated to commence on May 5 and follows the band's recent sold out North American tour of the same name. Support on the IN FLAMES tour will be provided by THROWDOWN, NEVERMORE and EVERGREY. A full tour routing will be announced soon and is expected to include live dates in the following markets: Burlington, VT, Myrtle Beach, SC, Jacksonville, NC, Cincinnati, OH, Ft. Wayne, IN, Grand Rapids, MI, Lawrence, KS, Colorado Springs, CO, Spokane, WA, Tucson, AZ, Tulsa, OK, Memphis, TN and New Orleans, LA, amongst others. The North American tour will follow the band's upcoming 35 city European headlining tour — featuring support from SEPULTURA — set to begin March 12 in Oslo, Norway. Additionally, IN FLAMES will launch a U.S. commercial radio campaign — the first in the band's storied history — in late April. The radio blitz will initially focus on the "Come Clarity" roll-out track, "Take This Life", with a second single from the album to follow.

IN FLAMES' "Come Clarity" has sold 50,000 units in the United States in its first month of release, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

IN FLAMES tour dates with THROWDOWN, NEVERMORE and EVERGREY:

May 05 - New Haven, CT @ Toad's Place
May 06 - Burlington, VT @ Higher Ground
May 08 - Myrtle Beach, SC @ House of Blues
May 09 - Jacksonville, NC @ Planet Rock

More dates will be announced soon.

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In Flames To Tour U.S. Again In May

In Flames will be back in the US on a headling tour in May in support of their latest album, "Come Clarity." Support will come from Throwdown, Nevermore and Evergrey. Tour dates will be announced as soon as they get confirmed.

In other news, In Flames are also confirmed for three festivals so far: Rock Am Ring and Rock Im Park in Germany (June 2-4) and the Graspop Metal Meeting in Belgium (June 25).

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