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Evergrey changes announced.. band members change etc

Discussion in 'ProgPower USA' started by pollution, May 7, 2010.

  1. pollution

    pollution Yes,they call me Aki too.

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    This just up at evergrey.net:

    "As promised here is the first part of news regarding Evergrey as a band.

    At first it might seem devastating and frightening as it did to us when making this decision. People change, evolve and grow, sometimes in different ways and in different directions. This happens to everyone and it has certainly happened to Evergrey as a band throughout the years.

    Me and Rikard have together with Henrik and Jonas made the mutual decision that it was best for us all that they leave Evergrey. They wanted to and we wanted them to.

    The last tours, recordings and just hanging with each other has not been as fun and giving as earlier AND before it would go too far, resulting in a collision in between friends, which could ruin everything we have built up during the years, we decided to call it quits.

    It’s sometimes both smart and foreseeing to end situations before they get out of hand and create something that is totally unnecessary and irreparable. To be in a band must be experienced as fun, giving and fulfilling. There is SO much time during a life as a touring musician that is boring that if you don’t even enjoy yourself while playing then it’s better to do something else.

    Henrik and Jonas also got “DeathDestruction” that ALSO has evolved and became more and more serious during the years and now they even recorded a debut album and naturally it felt fresh and reviving for them to enter something new and unexplored as opposed to Evergrey where they more or less experienced the same things over and over.

    It is VERY important for us to tell you that we are still great friends and most likely always will be since we have shared 10 years of our lives and dedicated it to the progress and evolvement of Evergrey. The friendship is what we value the most and nothing could be more important than that, at least for the four of us.

    So please take some time to digest and understand. That is what we have done and I am glad to say that all of us are happier than in a long time. This is something I think you can feel when watching the video version of the statement. [ame="http://vids.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=vids.individual&videoid=104804812"] http://vids.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=vids.individual&videoid=104804812[/ame]

    BUT that is not the end of it. Jari ALSO decided to leave the band, and the reason was that he would rather play with a band called “Killing machine” as they could offer him a salary we couldn’t and that was the sole reason of his decision. We were REALLY sad to see Jari leave as he is a tremendous bass-player and person.

    I know what you all are thinking… ENOUGH WITH depressing news.

    So to something brighter:
    With all these new situations we were facing, me and Rikard had to sit down to think. First thought was of course “Fuck this… let’s get a day job” but after a couple of weeks of contemplating and silence we realized something: Should we quit what we are doing, something that we still love as much as ten years ago, if not more, because of someone else disappearing, I mean it’s not like it’s the first time it happens and it never made Evergrey stagnate or lose its edge, quite the contrary.

    So should we continue to make the music that we and YOU enjoy deeply?

    As you understand we have chosen to continue.

    We have a full album written and half-way recorded. Last recording/mixing day will be June 30th. And a release BEFORE or at the latest on the 14th of October is set. We will soon (as we use to) start feeding you snippets.

    We ALSO have a European Tour coming up – starting NEXT SUNDAY in Hamburg. And to be able to do that tour we must have new members, and we do! So please be open-minded and welcome:
    Marcus Jidell (ex-Royal Hunt) on Guitars
    Johan Niemann (ex-Therion, Mind’s Eye) on Bass
    Hannes Van Dahl on Drums

    So be sure to bring your CDs of the above mentioned bands to the shows to have them signed [​IMG]

    These are the guys we have been working hard with to rehearse the old songs and writing the new ones. And today was our last rehearsal for the tour and I must say it sounds great in a way I didn’t expect after such a short time. There is not a chance in HELL you will be disappointed in the performance of these guys.

    So that’s why we do this tour… to bring and present the new guys to you and also at the same time get the chance to play the cities we didn’t do on the November tour of course.

    As with ANY change, when you give it time you realize that it’s turned out for the better. So far in this EVER-LASTING changing of members in Evergrey, it’s always turned out great and brought fresh blood and motivation into the band, and the level of wanting to prove ourselves as a band is higher than EVER before. We do have some other great news that surely will bring this band to another level but as of yet we are restricted to speak about it.

    So don’t give up on us, you never have, and we love you for it!
    Tom"
     
  2. ConnieOH

    ConnieOH Metal Lover in Ohio

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    Wow, that's quite a lot of change all at once. I can understand that band members do need to enjoy what they are doing and what they are a part of. Sometimes these changes are for the better and I am hoping that this is the case. I look forward to checking out what is to come from Evergrey.
     
  3. General Zod

    General Zod Ruler of Australia

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    Just listened to some of the DeathDestruction clips. Sounds reminiscent of Lamb of God.
     
  4. BalanceofPower

    BalanceofPower My god,it's full of stars

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    WORST.NEWS.EVER.
     
  5. Cheiron

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    Things change. But I imagine almost everything will remain the same.
     
  6. TychoCelchu

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    Evergrey is kinda like Megadeth. As long as Tom's in the band, Evergrey will remain Evergrey.
     
  7. mloanna

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    Exactly. The new members are from good bands so now they should focus on a United States tour.
     
  8. MysticX9

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    I hate to read this news but I have to say, Marcus Jidell kicks ass!!! He'll work out fine as long as the new material is strong. Waiting with interest to hear this new incarnation...
     
  9. lady_space

    lady_space Porno kitty

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    My verdict will be rendered after I see how the songwriting changes (or not). By all accounts, the new guys are competent, so only time will tell.
     
  10. hoodaman

    hoodaman Is it live or is it Dave?

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    I will miss Henrik. He has such a nice sound.
     
  11. VenomGA

    VenomGA At War With Stan

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    HOLY SHIT! DAMN
     
  12. J-Man

    J-Man Old as Yoda

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    Kinda of depressing news, but shit man Marcus Jidell on guitars holy crap, that is awesome news.
     
  13. Jasonic

    Jasonic Doom On!

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    Not really. It's not like that handsome guy Vito left Novembers Doom or anything.
     
  14. kellsco

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    Sad news, but we shall see how things progress from here.
     
  15. Creeps

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    Did not like the DeathDestruction at all.
     
  16. edgeofthorns

    edgeofthorns 24 Hours Ago...

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    I hate to read that these guys left, but at least Evergrey will carry on. I'm looking forward to hearing the new material.

    ~Brian~
     
  17. AngraRULES

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    A lot of times, band members leaving a band is viewed with doubts and skepticism. Though I understand and sometimes I feel the same way about a certain member of a band I like leaving, there's always a valid reason behind it. Also, as Tom Englund himself said, these changes are for the better. If the reason behind their departure is because they're interested in pursuing other projects on a more full-time level, why stay in Evergrey? I would prefer them to leave than for them to stay and not give a rat's ass about the band. Same thing when it comes to them trying to "maintain" their friendship at a healthy level. Do you think they'll be fully focused on the music if there's bickering and problems on a personal level within the band?

    I don't know, but it seems to me that a lot of the times that there are certain "problems" within the band (be it of personal relationships, lack of interest, whatever), staying with the same lineup usually causes a new album of lesser quality. Of course this is subjective, but look at what happened with Angra after Temple of Shadows (one of their best albums imo). Internal problems started occurring, no changes were made and Aurora Consurgens came out. Was that release on the same level as ToS? I think not, and I honestly see no other reason behind it.
     
  18. yoshi14

    yoshi14 Magnitude 9 Fan

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    Worst news i've heard in a long time, really saddened by this, but at least Evergrey still lives. Also, glad to see Rikard and Tom still remain in the band. The elements these two added to the band were what made Evergrey so enjoyable, at least to me. Should be interesting to hear what the new members contribute to the writing. Long live Evergrey!!!!!
     
  19. Purveyor Of Evil

    Purveyor Of Evil Heavy Metal, INC.

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    I would love to have had Kristian And Johan Niemann both in EVERGREY.
     
  20. AMBR

    AMBR Metal Grandma

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    Ok. One more round of favorite bands shaking it up. Used to it. As always, slightly apprehensive. Totally anticipatory. Bring it on. Then I'll decide.
     

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