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Evergrey: A Heartless Portrait-The Orphean Testament

Another year, another stellar new album from Sweden's progressive metal darlings Evergrey, this one titled A Heartless Portrait-The Orphean Testament. Tom S. Englund & Company have this knack for creating highly engaging music year in and year out, and for their 13th studio album, once again we get all the elements that make this band so special; Tom's soaring vocals, plenty of crushing riffs, loads of gothic styled keyboards, pounding drums, and atmosphere galore. Things kick off the with the sing-along anthem "Save Us", moving into the darker, heavier "Midwinter Calls", and then to the emotional headbanger "Ominous". Englund's vocals are just so unique and dripping with passion, which you can hear in all its glory on "Call Out the Dark" and the symphonic "Reawakening". Other highlights here include the rampaging "The Orphean Testament", complete with some killer riffs from Englund and Henrik Danhage, and the epic sounding prog-metal gem "The Great Unwashed", filled with wonderful keys from Rikard Zander and amazing guitar work courtesy of Englund & Danhage. "Heartless" is another standout here, just a great heavy metal track with just enough prog embellishments to enhance things a bit.

It gets harder each year with each new release from Evergrey, to find new words to say about albums that are just so similarly excellent. I'll keep it simple; A Heartless Portrait-The Orphean Testament is another killer album from this amazing Swedish band who show no signs of slowing down, and it comes highly recommended.

Available now on Napalm Records.

Track Listing
1. Save Us (4:46)
2. Midwinter Calls (5:07)
3. Ominous (6:11)
4. Call Out the Dark (4:24)
5. The Orphean Testament (6:31)
6. Reawakening (4:16)
7. The Great Unwashed (6:04)
8. Heartless (5:09)
9. Blindfolded (4:14)
10. Wildfires (3:41)

Added: July 31st 2022
Reviewer: Pete Pardo
Related Link: Band Website
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Language: english

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