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Paradoxes

Everon - Paradoxes ©1993 SI Music
1. Face The World
2. Private Warriors
3. Circles
4. Shadowboxing
5. Paradoxes
6. Reflections
7. It Almost Turned Out Right
8. Marching Out
9. Open Windows

Similar to the great progressive rock band, Rocket Scientists, Everon are a group that started very humbly, with this rather flat and forgettable debut disc. Also similarly, they have become something enormous and have their own production company and are now giving other budding prog artists a fighting chance to get their music out into the hands of the fans.

As mentioned above, this is the debut disc of what would eventually become a great band. It contains some well worked semi-heavy progressive rock. It is similar to older Rush for bombast and thunder, but the over-all feeling is pretty forced. The disc just does not carry off the ambition to which it aspires. What it does is set the stage for future releases. The band plays with a crisp, clean edged sound that satisfies when it is on target. The main problem is that the band seems to suffer from indecision. They cannot decide which direction they are heading, so the sound is not as precise as it might be. If nothing else, this disc serves to show how very far the band has come since its release.

Review by Matthew Braymiller

Review date: 01/2001

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Flood

Everon - Flood ©1995 SI Music
1. Under Skies...
2. ...of Blue
3. Black River
4. Very Own Design
5. In All That Time
6. Lame Excuses
7. In Silent Grace
8. Cavemen
9. Simple Truth
10. Flood

This release from Everon was amazing in the scope of advances made by the band. Everything was turned up a notch or two. The music is more intense and involved. The singing is more relaxed and natural. The songs are wordier and more ambitious than those found on Paradoxes. The band injects atmosphere into the music and works on their composition skills. The influences still come through the music very obviously. Elements of Rush and Genesis can be heard quite clearly. The sound is starting to gel into something unique to Everon but isn't quite there yet.

I think the thing that most appeals to me is that this disc, and each successive disc hereafter, gets heavier. The aggressiveness of the music is stepped up with each succeeding disc, and the songs grow more and more densely packed as time passes. Flood represents the beginnings of symphonic power that will become the hallmark of Everon's music. This disc is probably the best starting point for anyone considering Everon since it is truly representative of the band's current sound and how it all began. This disc will satisfy the fan of symphonic power rock and catch the ear of the progressive metal fan as well. The next disc, Venus, doesn't just catch the ear. It nails it to the door.

Review by Matthew Braymiller

Review date: 01/2001

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Venus

Everon - Venus ©1997 Mascot
1. Venus
2. Missing The Last Train
3. Real Me
4. Information Overdose
5. Restless Heart
6. What Do We Know
7. Meteor
8. Reply
9. Not For Sale
10. Until The Day Breaks

What a satisfying disc! Easily one of the best progressive rock / metal releases of 1997. This disc finally realizes the potential of a band that has been trying to define itself for a long time. This CD hits the nail on the head, countersinks it and finishes it off in the very best style of a master craftsman.

This album finally brings all the bits and pieces together into a very cohesive feeling unit. The sound is rich and huge...epic in places. The atmosphere is dizzying at times as the music reaches for new heights. These songs have the feel of being close to the heart of the band members. This is music that is unfused with a believable passion, unlike the somewhat stale and plastic feeling lyrics of the previous CDs. This album feels complete from start to finish. No part of it gives the impression of being hurriedly thrown together at the last minute. It feels finished. The lengthy closing track of the CD is a prime example of the band's immense talent and the ease with which they play together, focusing on something larger than the sum of their parts.

The sound is heavier than that on Flood with a greater attention paid to the details. The result is a nicely layered sound that has a lot going on without sounding forced or over-busy. The guitars and rhythm drive the songs forward allowing the keys to provide a solid backing. The keys seldom take center-stage and never at an inopportune time. The progressive elements, time and mood changes are all worked into the songs in a way that is not awkward. Venus is a masterful disc, and it prepared the way for Fantasma wonderfully. Like a fine wine, Everon improves over time.

Review by Matthew Braymiller

Review date: 01/2001


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Fantasma

Everon - Fantasma ©2000 Mascot
1. Men Of Rust
2. Perfect Remedy
3. Fine With Me
4. Day By The Sea
5. Right Now...
6. ...til The End Of Time
7. Fantasma Theme
8. The Real Escape
9. Whatever It Takes
10. Battle Of Words
11. May You
12. Ghosts - Intro
13. Ghosts

I noted in another review that the year 2000 was a fantastic year for fans of progressive rock and progressive metal. Discs like this one were large contributing factors to this.

Fantasma is the best disc Everon has released. After finally nailing it with Venus, they nurtured and fed the creative elements in the band to produce a disc that advances several steps beyond Venus. This disc is uplifting and heavy, melodic and thunderous. The music hits you like a sledgehammer and is relentless in grabbing your attention. It hangs on, surrounding and suffusing you with its depth. The sound is heavier still than that on Venus. Each disc gets heavier and heavier. This is a true progressive metal disc. The biggest advances are found in the ambitious compositions and the complexity of the music found in them. The lyrical content is well thought out and fits very well with the music. The use of the keys and strings behind and in front of the guitar crunch is very precise without feeling cold or clinical. This is smoothly sweeping, flowing music that has all the exacting precision of a well choreographed dance. Fantasma is an enormous, epic disc and well worth the effort to locate. This disc belongs on the shelf of every progressive metal fan. It is wonderful when a band continues to grow and mature. Everon continue to change and allow us to watch and listen as they grow. The end result should be spectacular given the course of their previous discs.

Review by Matthew Braymiller

Review date: 01/2001

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