Evershine brings the meaning of power back to the power metal scene. Not only is the album full of genre tropes but it also has heart which many similar artists lack. Every time I listen to this album it reminds me of a more upbeat Sonata Arctica. Evershine avoid stagnation by going back to what made metal like this great, power not speed. I listen to power metal to feel like I am on an epic journey and speedy riffs and galloping cords have very little to do with that. Rich vocals with a sturdy instrumental backdrop, that tells a story, is what its all about and Evershine has it down pat.
The first track, “Evershine”, bursts in with “SHINE, WILL IT EVER SHINE” then the classic guitar work, as if it were straight out of the 90′s, follows and the song just powers on. Its a story about life. The whole album sounds like it could have been made it in the early nineties, but isn’t totally cheesy. The drum work isn’t exceptional but it sets the perfect back beat for the great guitar work that this albums exudes. Again, the guitars aren’t too fast over overbearing but it is the perfect companion to heartfelt vocals and caries the mood throughout.
“Angel/Killer“slows things down a bit, with less intense guitars and toned down keyboards, but only until the singing stops. This track has an awesome guitar/keyboard breakdown. It sounds like a love song, but the lyrics never quite make it certain who is being referred to in this song, especially considered the name of it.
As the album progresses you never get the feeling that you are listening to the same song for 40 minutes, as is typical for most power metal. Evershine are versatile in their style and speed but remain within the bounds of the genre, which allows for enjoyment of those who enjoy great power metal while staving off stagnation which is typical. Its an album that demands to be listened to more than once and one can only gain more appreciation for it on each listen.
Great guitar work, beautiful piano’s and passionate vocals all resonated with me after multiple plays of “Renewal”. It seems they know how to do metal in Italy and I hope to hear more come from these guys.