March 24 — Evergrey debuted the latest single from its new album and the song’s video this week.
The band premiered its new single, ‘Midwinter Calls’ and its video Thursday. The song is the second from the band’s forthcoming album, A Heartless Portrait (The Orphean Testament), which is scheduled for release May 20 through Napalm Records. The band premiered the album’s lead single, ‘Save Us’ and its video last month.
The musical arrangement featured in ‘Midwinter Calls’ is a presentation that longtime Evergrey fans will find interesting. That is because in comparison to its existing catalog, this song takes the band in a more streamlined, almost mainstream direction. That is evidenced through its melodic hard rock approach. The keyboards and the familiar choral element are there once again, but the overall approach and sound does not come across as big and eventful as its existing works, for lack of better wording. That is not to say it is a bad song by any means. Rather, it is certain to engage and entertain audiences because it shows the band maintaining a certain familiarity while also seemingly treading into musical areas that it has rarely if ever touched on until now.
No information was provided about the song’s lyrical theme in the press release announcing the premiere of the new single and video. According to the band, the new video is the second chapter in a three-part story that is told from the end to the beginning. The band is shown blindfolded and restrained by a group of masked men before being placed in a van and being taken out in the middle of nowhere and left there. Meanwhile, the video’s other half shows the band performing its new single on a sound stage. The song plays over the whole as it all happens.
Evergrey’s new album will come a little more than a year after the release of the band’s then latest album, Escape of the Phoenix, which was released in February 2021 through AFM Records. It was followed up with the release of the band’s new live recording, Live: Before The Aftermath in January.
The track listing for Evergrey’s new album is noted below along with the formats on which it will release.
A Heartless Portrait (The Orphean Testament) tracklisting:
1. Save Us
2. Midwinter Calls
4. Call Out the Dark
5. The Orphean Testament
7. The Great Unwashed
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 worldwide
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
In other news, Evergrey has planned a European tour in support of its new album. The tour is scheduled to launch Sept. 16 in Eindhoven, NL and to run through Oct. 23 in Paris France. It also features performances in cities across Europe, such as Budapest, HU; Hannover, DE, and Dublin, IE.
The tour’s schedule is noted below. Tickets are available here.
EVERGREY – European Tour 2022
+ special guest: Fractal Universe
+ Virtual Symmetry
16.09.22 NL – Eindhoven / Dynamo
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 2
25.09.22 NL – Leiden / Gebr. De Nobel
27.09.22 DE – Bremen / Tivoli
28.09.22 DE – Stuttgart / Im Wizemann Club
29.09.22 DE – Berlin / Columbia Theater
30.09.22 DE – Hamburg / Bahnhof Pauli
01.10.22 DE – Oberhausen / Resonanzwerk
02.10.22 DE – Lindau / Club Vaudeville
03.10.22 FR – Colmar / Le Grillen
04.10.22 DE – München / Backstage Halle
05.10.22 DE – Hannover / Faust
06.10.22 DE – Aschaffenburg / Colos-Saal
07.10.22 BE – Vosselaar / Biebob
08.10.22 DE – Mannheim / 7er Club
09.10.22 SI – Ljubljana / Orto Bar
11.10.22 HU – Budapest / Barba Negra
12.10.22 AT – Graz / Dom im Berg
13.10.22 PL – Wroclaw / Akademia
14.10.22 AT – Wien / Viper Room
15.10.22 DE – Nürnberg / Hirsch
16.10.22 DE – Trier / Mergener Hof
17.10.22 CH – Luzern / Schüür
18.10.22 FR – Lyon / CCO Villeurbanne
19.10.22 ES – Barcelona / Boveda
20.10.22 ES – Madrid / Shoko
21.10.22 ES – Pamplona / Totem
22.10.22 FR – Toulouse / L’Usine
23.10.22 FR – Paris / Petit Bain
More information on Evergrey’s new single, video, album, and tour is available along with all of the band’s latest news and more at: