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Evergrace – 2006 - Ulterium
S= JOHAN FALK
G= JON BÅLEFALK - DAVID OHLSSON
B= MARTIN DAVIDSSON
D= JOSEF DAVIDSSON
K= JONATHAN STENBERG
Edsbyn, Sweden-based Evergrace was formed in the year 2000. Several shows later, singer Falk left in 2003 (after the band’s second demo) in order to study music and only returned in 2006. His return coincided with the signing of a record contract with Ulterium Records. Evergrace was the label’s first signing. The group entered the studio in June and recorded its self-titled record.
The band decided to change its name to Incrave in early 2007. The group's self-titled debut album from 2006 would be re-released on April 20th under the new name. Its title was now The Escape. The album included a bonus track called The Masquerade as well.
EVERGRACE – Same – ULTERIUM
After five years of existence Sweden’s Evergrace has issued a debut album courtesy of the fledgling Ulterium Records. The band is often referred to as a ‘power metal’ act, but in reality is much closer to hard rock. With a good production and a set of powerful lungs on its singer, Evergrace probably deserves a higher mark than an average score, but amidst the pleasant sounding melodies and sound riffs lurk a couple of taboos.
Far from being original, the band is actually reminiscent of its countrymen Evergrey. Subconscious quirk or not Evergrace should have strived to differentiate itself from an act it surely should have known to which it would be compared. The music can get heavier than Evergrey’s – as songs like Plastic Ideals (great title), I Am You and the beginning of Enough Is Enough demonstrate – yet other comparisons are early Tad Morose and early Europe. Furthermore, the group’s biggest blemish is its continuously homophonic approach. A different melody or a different pitch would have been everwelcome. The back-up vocal harmonies and the melodic chants are too commercial to endure over the long run.
The Swedish newcomers have what it takes to improve and grow. The path forward is a heavier stance, fewer harmonies, better (or any) image and a more independent songcraft. – Ali “The Metallian”