‘Currents’, a new song from acclaimed Swedish dark melodic metal masters EVERGREY, can be streamed below. The track is taken from the band’s new studio album, titled “The Atlantic”, which will be released on January 25. The band has worked extensively on the follow-up to 2016’s “The Storm Within” (which entered the charts on high positions in numerous countries).
EVERGREY again teamed up with Jacob Hansen, who — just like with the band’s previous releases “The Storm Within” and 2014’s “Hymns For The Broken” — took care of mixing and mastering.
EVERGREY‘s Tom S. Englund stated about the album’s lyrical concept: “I think during the writing for the ‘Hymns For The Broken’ album, I started writing the lyrics, and I figured that I was writing about somebody else — somebody who was transitioning from being one person, leaving something that he was feeling secure within his life and entering another world. During that album, I realized that I was pretty much writing about myself, so I would say that ‘Hymns For The Broken’ was about realizing that you needed to make a move, while ‘The Storm Within’ was about the realization and the honesty that, fuck, this isn’t going to work anymore — I have to leave, and the frustration and the fears and the darkness and all of that that came with that, but also some sort of hope for the future. At the same time, it wasn’t set in play, and that’s where ‘The Atlantic’ comes in. That’s when you put both feet in the water and start shoving out the ship and leaving. I’m not saying that I’m on the other side of the ocean yet, but at least I embarked on the journey. The Atlantic — or any ocean — represents so much of what life is, really — the crashing waves, the darkness and the depths and the loneliness and the big vastness and feeling small in a huge world, and not knowing what is on the other side of the ocean and how that’s going to treat you, [and] who you’re going to become.”
“The Atlantic” track listing:
01. ‘A Silent Arc’
03. ‘All I Have’
04. ‘A Secret Atlantis’
05. ‘The Tidal’
06. ‘End Of Silence’
09. ‘The Beacon’
10. ‘This Ocean’
“The Atlantic” sees the five EVERGREY members — frontman/songwriter Tom S. Englund, guitarist Henrik Danhage, bassist Johan Niemann, drummer Jonas Ekdahl and keyboardist Rikard Zander — manifest their excellent reputation as one of the most unusual and innovative progressive metal acts worldwide, presenting the third part of their “Hymns For The Broken” trilogy about the adventure of life, part one having been launched in 2014.
“As on ‘Hymns For The Broken’ and its 2016 successor ‘The Storm Within’, the new album is about events and experiences in our lives,” Englund explains. “It’s about relationships, beauty and darkness, about fortune and grief, about love, hate, despair, joy and everything connected with it. Life is like a journey across the ocean, on the way to distant shores.”
In line with the programmatic album title and its expressive cover artwork (designed by Greek artist Giannis Nakos, renowned for his work for OCEANS OF SLUMBER and HADES RISING, among others), EVERGREY takes its fans on a tempestuous expedition across the rough (prog metal) seas. The album kicks off with ‘A Silent Arc’, one of the probably fiercest and toughest numbers that EVERGREY have ever recorded. “I love this song,” confesses Englund. “It’s really brutal in a certain kind of EVERGREY way, with guitars that you might expect from a band like BEHEMOTH, but certainly not from us. We’ve never sounded as dark or as raw before.”
“As with every album, we’ve given this one our all to come up with the optimum result,” enthuses Englund, who produced “The Atlantic” together with drummer Jonas Ekdahl, about the driving sound. The 10 songs on the album all stand out with their amazing power, but also with their depth and exciting detail. ‘Departure’, for example, embeds its vocals mainly in bass, drums, piano and acoustic guitar. “That kind of songwriting is something we’ve enjoyed doing on every album of this trilogy,” Englund explains proudly, adding: “This number sounds like an expedition instead of being arranged like your typical three-and-a-half minute hit.”
Which applies to “The Atlantic” in general. Englund says: “It’s probably our most complex and progressive release so far and includes all the elements that our fans love.”