Monday Morning Apocalypse

Release date: March 24th 2006
Label: InsideOutMusic
Distribution: Target (Denmark)
Progressive Power Metal

Rating: 92/100
Reviewed by: Kenn Jensen
Date: March 25th 2006

Tom S. Englund and his partners in crime are back with the follow up to the melancholic "The Inner Circle" from 2004. And once more they have created another perfect blend between progressive moments and hard and heavy power metal parts, delivering yet another masterpiece in this genre.

Yes, I am a huge fan of theirs, and this album was one the most anticipated on my behalf, and even though this album isn't quite as brilliant as its predecessor, it's still head and shoulders above most of the competition. "Monday Morning Apocalypse" is the Evergrey album, which offers the biggest contrasts - on the one hand, this is the most melodic and emotional album ever, and on the other hand, this album offers the hardest and darkest pieces of guitar work, down tuned guitars, that at times almost have In Flames-like dimensions.

A very mature and convincing album, which leaves lot's of room for piano parts, wonderful crafted choruses - I wish Tom had left a bit more room for his wife Carina - some very strong guitar leads, some very cool guitar riffs and off course Tom's wonderful voice, which I think fits this kind of metal perfectly.

Normally I don't care much for the lyrical side of things, but Tom is one the few metal vocalists that actually is capable of writing good intelligent lyrics, that I care to read! And once more he's pouring his heart out, writing very personal and emotional songs.

If you are an Evergrey fan like me, then this should go down very easy with you as well. I am pretty sure this outstanding album will only help Evergrey gain more of the recognition I truly believe they deserve - get it NOW!

Recommended tracks: The LOT!