Everon - Flesh

Year of Release: 2002
Label: Mascot Records
Catalog Number: n/a
Format: CD
Total Time: 00:00:00

Earlier this year, Mascot Records released the Everon album titled Bridge, which was recorded during the same sessions as the here discussed disc Flesh. Even though both were recorded and initially destined to be released together, Mascot Records thought the individual qualities of both CDs deserved separate release schedules and rightfully so, because even though the typical signature style flowing melodic approach of Everon is present on both CDs, there are also subtle differences between the two discs.

On the music side of things, Flesh is a more laid back release compared to Bridge with an array of ballads and lots of flowing, laid back melodies that fit into the progressive rock genre more than the metal branch. Having that said, Flesh also presents some fine guitar work between Oliver Philipps and Ulli Hoever when asked for. The rhythm section is shared between Schymy on bass and Christian Moos on drums & percussions. When listening to the vocals I encountered similarities with early Genesis releases but also couldn't get around comparisons with another German progressive band called Chandelier. The song-structures and rhythmic consistency reminded me of Fish or even Alan Parson Project but let's not go there now. Everon have brought in nice classical string arrangements to accompany some songs recorded from a real string section and Judith Stüber added female vocals on a couple of songs which complement Oliver's voice, especially in the duets where she helps to take the emotion of the songs to a different level. And emotion is the directive of the day with lyrics that are extremely dark and melancholic at times, which make even without the music for great poetry.

Everon present their music with great skill and tightness and a recording quality to match the same. Oliver Philipps, the main songwriter, vocalist, guitar player and keyboardist was in charge for the beautiful production along with Christian Moos. The two of them own and operate Spacelab Music Productions, a studio that has aided with recordings for bands such as Wolverine, Re-Vision, Dark at Dawn and many more but mostly is the home-base for all that is Everon.

Flesh is just as Bridge was - a must have for fans of progressive rock but definitely deserves a visit from progressive metal fans who don't mind when things are not always to fast or involved.

[This review originally appeared December 2002 at the ProgPower Online review site -ed.]
And Still It Bleeds / Already Dead / Pictures Of You / Flesh / Missing From The Chain / The River / Half As Bad / Back In Sight

Oliver Philipps - guitars, vocals
Ulli Hoever - guitars
Schymy - bass
Christian Moos - drums and percussion


Judith Stüber - vocals

Paradoxes (1993)
Flood (1995)
Venus (1997)
Fantasma (2000)
Bridge (2002)
Flesh (2002)
North (2008)

Genre: Progressive Rock

Origin DE

Added: December 18th 2004
Reviewer: Peter Fundeis
Artist website: www.everon.de
Hits: 2337
Language: english


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