The Bottom Line
- The band returns to its classic sound.
- Tom S. Englund's vocals are excellent.
- Not as many truly memorable tracks as some of their past CDs.
- Released September 23, 2008 on SPV Records.
- This is Evergrey's seventh studio CD.
- The album was produced by band members Tom S. Englund and Jonas Ekdahl.
Guide Review - Evergrey - Torn
After bringing in outside producers and focusing and polishing their sound last time around, Torn was produced by the band. The songs are also a return to Evergrey's classic sound: dark, heavy and atmospheric. They've kept some elements of Monday Morning Apocalypse, but overall it's more in the vein of albums like Recreation Day.
The songs on Torn blend power and progressive metal with a lot of melody. The riffs are heavy, and the keyboards are utilized very effectively, injecting atmosphere and mood without being too obstrusive or distracting.
Tom S. Englund has a distinctive voice. He sings with a lot of emotion and really sells the lyrics. He also has a good amount of power and range. Torn is a rock solid CD, but there aren't as many standout tracks as some of Evergrey's past efforts.