Evergrey @ KB, Malmö (SE)

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EVERGREY / NEED

Date: 06th October, 2017
Venue: KB
Tickets: 270SEK (€26/$31)
Promoter: Triffid and Danger Concerts
Photos: Erika Wallberg


Starting to do some preparation for the concert I realized it was very long since I had last listened to both EVERGREY and NEED. I really don't know why I've lost track of them these last few years as I was really into both bands. I guess the rivalry got in the way, there sure are a lot of bands around these days competing for your attention.

I first got to know NEED sometime before they were about to release their second album “Siamese God” which I liked very much. On the few occasions I managed to catch them live they've really killed it, true professionals. Still, with a fun Rock'n'Roll attitude to it all. A lot has happened over the years of course and it was a more mature band who hit the stage at KB. The first thing that struck me was their dynamics in the music as they moved from very intense to mellow totally seamlessly and it sounded amazing. Jon V has always impressed as a vocalist but his dynamic and way of deliver emotions has evolved over the years also. The majority of the set was from brand new “Hegaiamas: A Song for Freedom”. The record is an absolutely amazing piece of progressive Heavy Metal and it was fun to look around in the KB venue as people were nodding approvingly all over the place. Last track out of the set, the title track of the “Hegaiamas” came as a surprise. It's a massive piece of music, clocking in on almost 22 minutes. One could think that a fairly unknown band would pick pieces of music that is accessible for a new listener. No need for NEED to do that though as the delivery of this one was remarkable and the different pieces of music within the song individually kind of worked as own songs. Everything was nicely tied together with solos. Including a bass solo by Chris Kollias who filled in for Viktor on this tour.

NEED's set was amazing, it sounded fantastic and they have such a great nerve in their music. With a delivery like this the music crawls under my skin and I absolutely love it when that happens.

NEED

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Then it was time for EVERGREY and KB had been filled up in a very good way. I was rather surprised by that. I've been to shows at KB with similar artists and it has not even been half full. This must have been close to sold out as it was packed all the way to the back this chilly Friday evening which always is good to see. What I love about EVERGREY is the melancholy and melodies that drive their music. So the start with “Solitude Within” was a very nice opening of the show. The build-up was fantastic and the combination of dramatic lights and music really does the trick. (it was horrible for photography though).

There were a lot of things coming back when watching EVERGREY play. One thing in particular was the way Henrik Danhage is playing. I love the combination of old-school classic type of solos and the more modern, trademark sound of EVERGREY. It's fascinating to watch him and it all is flawless. One thing that struck me though was the rhythm sound of the guitars. Compared to NEED, EVERGREY's sound felt very processed and fell rather flat in comparison. NEED's dynamic and organic sound is much more interesting and vibrant. It's a shame really because the nuances and fines EVERGREY have in their music got lost.

It was a massive difference between brand new “My Allied Ocean” and old-school “Words Mean Nothing”. Both are fantastic songs but the general sound in the old ones was much more fun. This was the second to last date of the EVERGREY European tour and vocalist/guitarist Tom Eklund treated the crowd with tour stories. Apparently the old Dilba-cover “I'm Sorry” wasn't a part of the set initially but somewhere down the line there was a fan almost started crying when the band said they wouldn't play the song. So what could they do? Just add it to the set. And that I love. That there's room for improvisation and not a strictly locked and synced set being performed. Fantastic “The Grand Collapse” from latest “Hymns For The Broken”. I was a bit surprised that the set only featured two from 2016's “The Storm Within” while quite a few from its predecessor. I don't mind, I like that record too and I think the set was a very good mix and represented EVERGREY in a very good way. I can always take a few more old ones of course but it was still a very good set.

There's no doubt that “Recreation Day” got the most massive response of all songs. The encore section was another part standing out on how it was arranged as the first one out was instrumental “When The Walls Go Down” which really worked as a tempter and the crowd were twisting impatiently for what was to come next. And then it took off! It gave the rest of the band a chance to relax as Henrik and Tom stood this one out. It surely worked! It was really great to see a packed out KB for EVERGREY. I was very pleased with the show even if the guitar sound didn't fall in my taste to 100%. But the band delivered in a grand way and after this I can for my life don't understand how EVERGREY fell of my radar. They sound awesome.

EVERGREY setlist:

01. Intro - “Solitude Within”
02. “Mark Of The Triangle”
03. “Leave It Behind Us”
04. “The Fire”
05. “Distance”
06. “A New Dawn”
07. “Black Undertow”
08. “My Allied Ocean”
09. “Words Mean Nothing” / “Missing You”
10. “I'm Sorry” (Dilba cover)
11. “Broken Wings”
12. “The Grand Collapse”
13. “When The Walls Go Down”
14. “Recreation Day”
15. “A Touch Of Blessing”
16. “King Of Errors”

EVERGREY

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