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Everon - 2008 North



ARTIST: Everon
ALBUM: North
LABEL: Mascot Records
SERIAL: M 7107 2
YEAR: 2008

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:

LINEUP: Oliver Philipps - vocals, keyboards, piano, guitars * Ulli Hoever - guitars * Schymy - bass * Christian Moos - drums, percussion * Judith Stuber - guest vocals * Rubert Gillet - guest cello

TRACK LISTING: 01 Hands * 02 Brief Encounter * 03 From Where I Stand * 04 Test Of Time * 05 North * 06 South Of London * 07 Wasn't It Good * 08 Woodwork * 09 Islanders * 10 Running

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WEBLINKS: www.everon.de


Background
It's been awhile since I've put finger to keyboard when writing about German prog rockers Everon. I remember being totally blown away by their 1995 album 'Flood', their second ever album. Since then, I've collected a few more Everon albums to my collection, but have not been able to address the reluctance I had writing further about them - until now that is. And boy, have I missed out on a ton of music that these guys have released in between times. What hasn't changed is Everon's ability to write deep and meaningful prog rock/metal. The prime mover in the band is Oliver Philipps, who extricated himself away for a couple of weeks in 2007 to set about writing for this record 'North'. If you've heard any of their prior albums, you'll know how well they can thread orchestrated pieces into their music, without losing the hard-hitting impact provided by guitars and drums. Philipps, according to the Everon website bio on this album, wanted to make this album more guitar-driven and less about orchestrations. Despite his intentions, he didn't quite get there.. lol!, as the album is still strong on strings, cello etc. I guess when you buy an Everon album, this aspect of their music is something you should just expect as a given..


The Songs
'Hands' is a heavier than usual opening for Everon. Perhaps Philipps thought he could kick off the album with a stronger presence. If so, he succeeds. 'A Brief Encounter' recalls a scary teenage experience for Philipps, meeting an old man who scared the bejeezus out of him. Interesting.. I'd like to know more! 'From Where I Stand' is a beautful melancholy track, which features British cellist Rubert Gillet as a guest. More cello introduces us to 'Test Of Time', a laid back track in progressive rock terms until such time as the chorus is reached, where big guitar riffs attack with abandon. 'North' is a piano laced track with introspective lyrics to match. There are load of modern effects on 'South Of London' which appears to have a political angle to it, a sort of post '9-11' protest song if you will. The songs drifts along until a powerful chorus blows away any thoughts of mid-tempo restraint. 'Wasn't It Good' panders to the melodramatic, where piano ambience meets emotional lyrics meets minimalist musical environment. Thankfully it doesn't last, as the song climaxes in a crushing crescendo of sound. 'Woodworks' is a powerful and constructive instrumental, that leads into 'Islanders', a track which features singer Judith Stuber, in an all-female vocal. This one reminds me of last years prog rock adventure Mermaid Kiss, with a hint of The Corrs melody. 'Running' as a musical arrangement sounds busy and hectic in places. It typifies our place in society, more or less as a cog in the wheel, with life passing us by without us truly understanding what is going on at the time.


In Summary
There are different versions of the album out there in the market, same tracks, but different track listing order. The passing years have been good to Everon, and their music has not lost any energy or spirit. I think I will go back and spend a bit of time under the headphones with their back-catalog. 'North' is perhaps a bit lighter than the prog rock or prog metal fare that is on offer now, but don't underestimate their ability to deliver good music.


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