EVERGREY - Solitude Dominance Tragedy
May 19, 2000, 19 years ago
(Hall Of Sermon)
Brilliant is not enough to describe the second outing from Sweden's Evergrey. From the first ripping chords of 'Solitude Within' to the eerie closing moments of 'The Corey Curse', the energies of Solitude Dominance Tragedy will grasp you and not let go. As with their first, The Dark Discovery, Evergrey has again chosen to take the concept album route, this time exploring the mind, soul and other dimensions of both. Dark and heavy, every note, chord and vocal intonation are well planned and executed, with unforgettable results. Keyboards are placed only as needed and the haunting choir and narratives add to the overall tension. Addition of violins to the dark ballad 'Words Mean Nothing' are the finishing touch to a classic. STD was appropriately co-produced by Andy LaRocque of King Diamond fame. Although vocalist Tom Englund's unique sound alternates between rasp and crystal clear, his delivery on every track is passionate beyond doubt. He and Dan Bronell provide outstanding guitar work, crunchy as hell in the Iced Earth vein. Rhythm section of Daniel Nojd (bass) and Patrick Carlsson (drums) provide an often complex backdrop, which fits perfectly. Rarely does a disc come around that is as powerful as this; most recent comparison is from fellow Swedes Pain Of Salvation's One Hour By The Concrete Lake disc. The comparison merely highlights the fact that Evergrey, as P.O.S. previously, have combined a totally unique sound with master storytelling ability to help repaint the landscape of dark power metal. Solitude Dominance Tragedy is easily the best disc that has crossed the ears of this scribe in quite some time.