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Everon - 1995 Flood



ARTIST: Everon
ALBUM: Flood
LABEL: Si Music
SERIAL: Simply 62 / SI 3062-2
YEAR: 1995
CD REISSUE: 1997, Macot (Italy), M 7033-2 * 2004, Irond (Russia), IROND CD 04-DD196

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:

LINEUP: Oliver Philipps - vocals, keyboards, guitars * Ralf Janssen - guitars * Schymy - bass * Christian Moos - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Under Skies * 02 ...Of Blue * 03 Black River * 04 Very Own Design * 05 In All That Time * 06 Lame Excuses * 07 In Silent Grace * 08 Cavemen * 09 Simple Truth * 10 Flood

WEBLINKS: www.everon.de


Background
From the very outset, this band and this album hit just the right note for me. I mean, just the cover and packaging for starters. It's a fantastic nautical and aquatic theme straight out of Jules Verne 'Voyage To The Bottom Of The Sea'. The gatefold is incredible, and very cleverly done. Everon, from Germany, are on the fringe boundary between progressive rock and technical melodic rock. As boundary riders they can be compared to the likes of Rush, Enchant, or World Trade even. Whatever the comparison, it's a great amalgam, but they still have enough identity to stamp their own class on the material released on the 'Flood' album. As the album title suggests, it has a water based theme throughout the lyrics, whereas the music is water tight (no pun intended). Their label Si Music released a barrel load of albums during this period, and I can say without a doubt that Everon would be one of the better bands on their roster, alongside UK's Threshold. The Rush comparison is always close by, with Oliver's singing style not too dissimilar to Geddy Lee, while drummer Christian Moos has obviously played 'A Farewell To Kings' and 'Hemispheres' a zillion times, and has gotten Neil Peart's style down to a fine art. Now, as I said earlier, Everon have enough identity to stand on their own two feet, and it's always a positive to be compared to the best. Now, the songs are extremely technical in nature, while frequent time changes abound throughout.


The Songs
Funnily enough, the song which should have opened the album, the title track 'Flood' is the last track. It is a great scene setter, with lots of nautical atmospherics including ambient sonar bounces. What it's doing at the end bemuses me somewhat. Elsewhere the joint effort of 'Under Skies Of Blue' is a ripsnorter, while 'In All That Time' and 'In Slient Grace' also impress.


In Summary
The album is what I call a listening experience rather than a collection of individual pieces of music. Strictly speaking, that is true, but play it and listen to it as a total package.


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