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Everlore: Everlore
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Everlore: Everlore

Power Metal
4.0/5.0

Some metal genres are simply irrepressible and indomitable. One such genre is classic and quintessential power metal, especially the European variety and its Scandi derivative. Enter Finland's Everlore and the power metal juggernaut continues. Formed some seven years, the band has gone through several personnel changes (what a surprise), but the result was a few demos, playing some gigs, and releasing digital singles. The culmination of all these things is Everlore's debut album, sufficiently self-titled and self-released.

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Essentially, Everlore completely understands, and unashamedly at that, the often maligned power metal genre. They know and massage the formula in every song: twin guitar riffs and harmony, smashing guitar solos, gallop and groove from the rhythm section, and clean melodic vocals. (However, I did find Joonas Kunnela's voice to seem somewhat flat at times.) Throw in some basic song melody, vocal harmony, and catchy refrains and the package is made complete. Everlore may actually be a little more old school having no keyboards to speak of in their arrangements, at least as far as could tell. In the end, I found Everlore's strength to be two-fold: basic speedy power metal song composition and some exceptional guitar work.

All these elements play out in fine power metal form with Stranger Skies, Here Be Dragons, or Fear Of Tomorrow. But the fastest song may be the swift and short Brighter Tomorrow. The runner-up would be The Book Of Tales. Within Innocence and The Poet you can hear the strength of the rhythm section, especially the bass line, and notably the bass solo three-quarters into the latter song. With Bleeding Land, Everlore dials back on the gusto for a rising anthem with the necessary epic and blistering guitar solo.

All things considered, if you dig classic, perhaps more old school, European power metal with gallop, groove, and some fine guitar work, you will enjoy Everlore's debut album. Check out the video and additional singles on their Facebook page, and support the band.



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The Bottom Line

If you dig classic, perhaps more old school, European power metal with gallop, groove, and some fine guitar work, you will enjoy Everlore's debut album.

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