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Evergrey

A Night to Remember DVD

Review by Greg Olma

Evergrey is one of those bands that I (unfortunately) got into later (when they released The Inner Circle).  By that time, they were already five albums in, and I was playing catch-up with their previous records when this live DVD was released.  This concert was recorded at the beautiful Stora Teatern in Gothenburg, Sweden during The Inner Circle tour.  Because Evergrey were promoting that record, the set list contained half that record, but don’t fret, they hit upon each of their releases (up until that point).  The main concert of this two-disc set is filmed in such a way that you almost feel like you were at the show.  The lighting is dark and dramatic, like their music, and the shots are focused without there being any quick cut-aways that make some concert DVDs unwatchable to me.  The band really make sure to make the concert a night to remember. They not only perform 19 career-spanning tracks but are accompanied by the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra string quartet along with a choir led by Carina Englund.  I always found her voice and vocal performances a perfect match for Tom Englund’s emotional singing, so it really fills out the vocals in this live setting.  Although the band is well rehearsed for the concert (watch some of the bonus footage for proof), there is still an air of excitement and uncertainty in their performance.  They play the songs very close to their studio counterparts but still inject some additional energy to make them very live.

There is a lot of bonus material located on disc two with some of it being worthy of repeated viewing and some of it residing in the “one and done” column.  I enjoy the interviews with the band members and the videos.  Some of the backstage and studio footage is good (there are sub-titles), but I watched all of it once and I don’t know if I will return to it anytime soon.  The main feature is where the magic happens and for that alone, this DVD is worth every penny.

This review is available in book (paperback and hardcover) form in Music Street Journal: 2021  Volume 1. More information and purchase links can be found at: garyhillauthor.com/Music-Street-Journal-2021.

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