Swedish progressive metal band EVERGREY have just released their highly anticipated 12th album “Escape Of The Phoenix”. A record that captures the raw energy, power and expertise of a band that has perfected their craft for over 25 years and compacts it into one epic masterpiece.
We sat down with EVERGREY frontman and founder Tom S. Englund for the Everblack Podcast to talk about the creation of “Escape Of The Phoenix”, the concept behind the records title and album cover, having James LaBrie from Dream Theater guest on the track ‘The Beholder’, The special limited art book edition, 20th anniversary of the ‘In Search of Truth’ album and more!
Watch/listen to interview HERE:
Written and recorded during the ongoing global Covid-19 pandemic, “Escape Of The Phoenix“ came to life according to plans that had been laid out in 2019. Englund and drummer Jonas Ekdahl began composing the songs in January, creating a foundation for the album before EVERGREY gathered together and arranged the songs as a group. Unlike a typical creative process, which 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.
“Escape Of The Phoenix” continues to showcase Englund as a powerful lyricist as he once again digs deep into himself, only this time he wasn’t restricted by the story developed and told over the previous three albums. With this new freedom he was able to write about whatever came to mind, with subjects ranging from intensely personal, his view of the world, mankind, and personal relationships.
Evergrey – ‘Escape of the Phoenix’ is out now via AFM Order here : https://afm.fanlink.to/EvergreyEscapeOfThePhoenix