‘Evergrey f*cking slay’ – Prog
Worldwide chart-toppers EVERGREY, masters of prog-infused dark melodic metal, break new horizons with their thirteenth studio album and Napalm Records debut, A Heartless Portrait (The Orphean Testament), out 20th May, 2022.
After unveiling the pounding album opener and first single ‘Save Us’, and powerful second single ‘Midwinter Calls’, EVERGREY conjure another overwhelming episode on their ongoing journey.
The third single, ‘Blindfolded’, hits with pounding drums and a flickering, synth-laden atmosphere. With its insanely grooving guitar solo topped by Tom S. Englund’s incredible vocals, the track marks the perfect gateway into captivating soundscapes. The upcoming EVERGREY album makes it apparent: Tom S. Englund keeps outdoing himself. In ‘Blindfolded’, his singular falsetto choices elevate the whole vocal performance to an outstanding level.
Leave what you know behind and get transported by EVERGREY’s enchanting new track. ‘Blindfolded’ is visually highlighted via a cinematic music video, closing the chapters of a three-video story and taking the listener to where it all started.
EVERGREY on ‘Blindfolded’:
“This is the third and last video of our trilogy. It features our acting debut that you shouldn’t take too seriously! It’s also really the first episode of this three-piece story. We hope you enjoy and share it and your thoughts about it!”
Celebrating over 25 years of metal mastery, EVERGREY, led by founder, singer and guitarist Tom S. Englund, are known for wandering the realms of progressive and heavy melodic metal and painting sonic renderings with their twelve studio records released as of today. A Heartless Portrait (The Orphean Testament), the follow-up to the unit’s highly successful 2021 full-length, Escape of the Phoenix (which landed at numerous chart positions worldwide), reveals a 10 track mélange of which every note, every riff and every word seeps pure poetry – creating a ceaseless intensity that mesmerizes from the very first second.
The new album was recorded at Top Floor Studios Gothenburg, engineered by Jakob Herrman and produced by Tom S. Englund and Jonas Ekdahl, with mixing and mastering by Jacob Hansen at Hansen Studios (Volbeat, Destruction, Epica and many more), whereas the hauntingly beautiful album artwork was conjured by Giannis Nakos at Remedy Art Design. Nakos is known for creating artworks for acts like Oceans Of Slumber, Amaranthe, The Agonist and The Crown as well as merchandise for Morbid Angel, Suffocation or Cryptopsy – just to name a few.
EVERGREY on the new album:
“Here it is! A new album! Yet again! This is what we love about music, it never ends! Our mission is to write music so here you are! 10 new songs! 10 new EVERGREY songs that we hope you will have by your side as your life continues to shift and grow. 10 songs that we wish will be part of the soundtrack when you’re creating new memories and new possibilities in your life. 10 songs that we feel privileged to have you listen to. 10 songs that have risen through the ashes of two years where our creativity has had more time than ever to flourish.
10 songs we really hope you will enjoy as much as we did writing them. As usual we have given it our best and we can’t wait to hear what you have to say! A new year, a new album, a new record label = new possibilities. All this can only be positive, right?
Tom, Jonas, Rikard, Johan & Henrik”
EVERGREY will be touring Europe in 2022. UK dates are as follows:
EVERGREY – European Tour 2022
+ special guest: Fractal Universe
+ Virtual Symmetry
17.09.22 GB – London / 229 venue
18.09.22 GB – Nottingham / Rescue Rooms
19.09.22 GB – Bristol / Thekla
20.09.22 GB – Manchester / Academy 3
21.09.22 IE – Dublin / Voodoo Lounge
22.09.22 GB – Glasgow / Cathouse
23.09.22 GB – Newcastle / St Dom’s Social Club
24.09.22 GB – Birmingham / The Asylum
Tom S. Englund – Vocals, Guitar
Henrik Danhage – Guitar
Rikard Zander – Keyboard
Jonas Ekdahl – Drums
Johan Niemann – Bass
A Heartless Portrait (The Orphean Testament) will be available in the following formats:
• Deluxe Box (incl. Canvas, Pendant, Liner Notes on Pergament Paper) – limited to 500 copies
• 2LP Gatefold “Die Hard” Marbled Red/Black (incl. Slipmat + 7inch (black) w/ 2 exclusive
Bonus Tracks) – limited to 500 copies worldwide
• 2LP Gatefold Glow in the Dark – limited to 500 copies worldwide
• 2LP Gatefold Black
• 2LP Gatefold Gold – Band exclusive, limited to 300 copies worldwide
• CD Digisleeve
• Digital Album
Photo credit: Patric Ullaeus