Veteran progressive metal act Evergrey is scheduled to release its new live recording, Live: Before The Aftermath Friday through AFM Records. Only the band’s second ever live recording in its decades-long career, the 16-song set is a mostly successful presentation. That is due in part to its featured set list, which will be discussed shortly. The band’s performance thereof is just as important to discuss as important to examine as the set list. It will be discussed a little later. The show’s production rounds out its most important elements and will also be examined later. Each item noted is important in its own way to the whole of the recording. All things considered, they make the recording a presentation that all of Evergrey’s fans will appreciate.
Live: Before The Aftermath is a mostly successful new offering from Evergrey. Its success comes in part through its featured set list. The 16-song list is not necessarily a career-defining show, but does represent a relatively healthy cross section of the band’s catalog. Of the band’s 12 total albums, the set list pulls from eight. Given, some albums – Hymns for the Broken, The Atlantic, and The Storm Within – get more nods than others here, but again it still pulls from a respectful number of the band’s albums. It reaches all the way back to the band’s 1999 sophomore album, Solitude, Dominance, Tragedy and as recent as The Atlantic (2019). Information about the new recording did not specify when the featured concert was recorded, but considering the set list’s timeline of sorts, one has to assume it was recorded before the release of the band’s latest album, Escape of the Phoenix (2021). Even the band’s breakout 2004 album, The Inner Circle is represented here, albeit with just one song. IF that is not enough, the band’s concept album about the search for aliens, In Search of Truth (2001) is represented here. Simply put, the set list featured in Live: Before The Aftermath is not perfect, but is still a solid starting point for the recording’s presentation. The band’s performance thereof is just as important to note.
The band’s performance of its set list is important to note especially considering what looks like such an intimate setting for the band. Instead of a huge arena setting, the performance featured in this recording looks like it was held at a club. Even with the setting in mind with a smaller audience, the band still gives its all from one song to the next. Yes, there is the occasional audience interaction, but even those cases are rare, with the band opting instead to let its energetic performance do the majority of the talking. There are even those moments in which the band gets the audience involved in the songs, with the familiar live chants and clapping that add in to the mix. The whole of that balanced interaction and fiery performance is sure to keep Evergey’s most devoted audiences engaged and entertained. For others who might be less familiar with the band, it serves as a solid starting point in understanding what to expect from Evergrey live. Keeping that in mind, it is just one more of the items that makes the recording successful. The concert’s production rounds out its most important elements.
Whether it be the camera angles, the audio, the cuts between cameras, or even the post production, every bit of the concert’s production plays into the overall production’s success. In the case of the camera work, audiences will love the moments when the cameras are bouncing up and down in time with drummer Jonas Ekdahl as he keeps the beat, headbanging in time. It is a simple aspect of the camera work, but there is something about such a simple move that serves to immerse audiences even more into the concert. At other times, the speed of the cuts from camera to camera right in time with the songs’ tempos serves to heighten the intense emotion in each composition. The balance of the vocals and instrumentation and its post production ensures each performer’s part gets its own attention. In other words, no one performance from the group overpowers its counterparts at any point throughout the concert. The positive general effect that results from that aesthetic element puts the finishing touch to the presentation. When this is considered along with the mostly positive aspect of the concert’s set list and even more positive that is the band’s performance thereof, the whole makes this new forthcoming live recording from Evergrey a welcome new offering that any of the band’s most devoted fans will appreciate.
Evergrey’s new, forthcoming live recording, Before The Aftermath, is a positive offering from the veteran progressive metal band. Its success comes in part through its featured set list, which pulls from a relatively wide swath of the band’s catalog. Given, some adjustments perhaps could have been made, considering the set list’s overall distribution. Regardless, it still does at least cover a wide range of the band’s catalog. The band’s performance of the concert’s set list is even more of a positive than the set list. That is because of the effort that the band clearly puts into the show, even with the venue and audience clearly being smaller and more intimate. The concert’s production puts the finishing touch to its presentation. The work that went into the camera work and the sound and video editing results in a successful general effect. Each item examined here is important in its own way to the whole of the recording’s presentation. All things considered, they make Before The Aftermath a mostly positive new live offering that Evergrey’s most devoted audiences will appreciate.
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