Swedish progressive metal band Evergrey is gearing up for the release of their highly anticipated 12th album, Escape Of The Phoenix, on February 26th 2021.

Written and recorded during the ongoing global covid pandemic, Escape Of The Phoenix came to life according to plans that had been laid out in 2019. Tom S. Englund and drummer Jonas Ekdahl began composing the songs in January, creating a foundation for the album before the full band gathered together and arranged the songs as a group.

Unlike a typical creative process, that is often interrupted by appointments, travelling and one-off shows, lockdown requirements gave the band much needed time to work unhindered. The result is 11 songs that embody everything Evergrey fans have to expect, albeit “a more metal version of ‘The Atlantic’, with songs that are more direct,” according to Englund and producer Jacob Hansen.

The album has been reviewed at RAMzine in advance of its release, and you can read it by clicking here.

Evergrey released ‘Forever Outsider’ from the parent album as a single late last year. Stomping and grooving forward, ‘Forever Outsider’ takes no prisoners, dragging listeners into Evergrey’s universe.

The band has followed that with new single ‘Eternal Nocturnal’ and you can check out the videos to both songs right here at RAMzine.

Escape Of The Phoenix also features ‘The Beholder’ wherein Englund sings a duet with Dream Theater vocalist James LaBrie.

As a fan of the band, and crediting Dream Theater & LaBrie as playing a key role in his development as a musician, Englund felt the song would benefit from the addition of that singer’s performance. It was a sentiment shared by all of Evergrey’s members, and the collaboration came together with a simple email.

“I just wrote to James and told him about the idea for the song, and that it would be great to have him on it. He really liked the song and agreed to do it,” said Englund.

Evergrey intend to tour Europe from October 2021 onwards, with Witherfall and Dust In Mind as special guests. Dates for Great Britain are listed below.

09.10.2021(GBLONDON229 venue
10.10.2021(GB)NOTTINGHAMRescue Rooms
11.10.2021(GB)BRISTOLThe Fleece
12.10.2021(GB)MANCHESTERAcademy 3
13.10.2021(GB)NEWCASTLESt Dom’s Social Club
15.10.2021(IE)DUBLINVoodoo Lounge
16.10.2021(GB)BIRMINGHAMThe Asylum 2
Paul H Birch
RAMzine Senior Writer - Writer of fiction, faction and fact, has edited several newsstand magazines. He declares himself a hack for hire but refuses to compromise on the subject of music.

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