Gothenburg metal band Evergrey have released a new single titled ‘Forever Outsider.’ The new single comes their upcoming album ‘Escape Of The Phoenix’, due out 26th Feb 2021.
Listen to ‘Forever Outsider’
Written and recorded during the ongoing global Covid-19 pandemic, ‘Escape Of The Phoenix‘ came to life according to plans that had been laid out in 2019. Englund and drummer Jonas Ekdahl began composing the songs in January, creating a foundation for the album before EVERGREY gathered together and arranged the songs as a group. Unlike a typical creative process, which is often interrupted by appointments, travelling and one-off shows, lockdown requirements gave the band much needed time to work unhindered. The result is 11 songs that embody everything EVERGREY fans have to expect, albeit “a more metal version of ‘The Atlantic’, with songs that are more direct” according to Englund and producer Jacob Hansen.
James LaBrie (singer of legendary Dream Theater) will appear as special guest on the new EVERGREY album!
One of several high points on ‘Escape Of The Phoenix’, both lyrically and musically, is “The Beholder” featuring Dream Theater vocalist James LaBrie singing a duet with Englund. As a fan of the band, and crediting Dream Theater & LaBrie as playing a key role in his development as a musician, Englund felt the song would benefit from the addition of LaBrie’s performance. It was a sentiment shared by all of Evergrey’s members, and the collaboration came together with a simple e-mail.
Englund: “I just wrote to James and told him about the idea for the song, and that it would be great to have him on it. He really liked the song and agreed to do it.”
‘Escape Of The Phoenix‘ Tracklisting:
01. Forever Outsider
02. Where August Mourns
04. A Dandellion Cipher
05. The Beholder
06. In The Absence Of Sun
07. Eternal Nocturnal
08. Escape Of The Phoenix
09. You From You
10. Leaden Saints
12. The Darkness In You: Artbook Bonus