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Review: Evergrey - Torn

Label: SPV
Year released: 2008
Duration: 54:00
Tracks: 11
Genre: Progressive Metal

Rating: 4.5/5

Review online: April 5, 2009
Reviewed by: Christopher Foley
Readers Rating

Rated 3.64/5 (72.73%) (33 Votes)

The wait for Torn was a damned unbearable one. With the rumor mill running wild, studio diaries were displayed on their website. Boy did I enjoy what I'd heard; from that point onwards I was sold. Recording Torn, Evergrey must have taken note of the response to black sheep Monday Morning Apocalypse. What we have here is the logical follow up to the awe-inspiring The Inner Circle, sounding a lot like a continuation of the sound they crafted on said release and Recreation Day. Drenched in a beautifully dark atmosphere; eleven tracks of heart-wrenching melodies, pummeling dual guitar attacks, subtle keys and astonishingly potent lyrical content is what Torn is all about. These guys really struck gold here, creating their most accessible release without sacrificing any of their integrity or any of their heaviness, both musically and lyrically.

Catchy as much as it is heavy, album opener "Broken Wings" is an absolute leviathan. Torn has a wonderful production job courtesy of front man Tom Englund. It's also great to see the wonderful Carina Englund appearing in "Broken Wings" and album closer "These Scars" – another phenomenal track featuring some furious chugging and a beautiful arrangement. Seriously, we want more Carina. She's one the finest female singers in the metal scene, such a powerful voice. "Fear" is a damn fine cruncher with a mammoth riff that could shake the earth. The booklet is a point worth mentioning; featuring an awesome cover courtesy of my favorite album artist Mattias Noren, and each page inside displays some fantastic photography courtesy of Rene Asmussen ( "Fail" is a close contender for my favorite track on Torn, reminding me so much of earlier Evergrey work through the iconic guitar harmonies of Tom Englund and Henrik Danhage.

There's nothing I can fault Evergrey for this time around, every song featured being brilliant – I can only say that it doesn't quite reach the heights set by Recreation Day and In Search For Truth. However this is still top tier stuff, blowing the majority of the competition out of the water. Certainly amongst the finest of 2008, Torn deserves a place in any Progressive Metal fans collection. For those who plainly don't get Evergrey, there's nothing for you here; move along. Truly immense, an album I can wholeheartedly recommend with the utmost conviction.

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