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Recreation day

September 1, 2006

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Product Details

  • Original Release Date: March 11, 2003
  • Label: Steamhammer
  • Copyright: (C) 2003 Inside Out Music
  • Total Length: 1:00:10
  • Genres:
  • ASIN: B000WTAAKY
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #21,419 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

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TallNerdGuy
As I Lie Here Bleeding 10/10- This song is highlighted by singer/guitarist Tom Englund's fantastic, emotional vocals.
Mike
Evergrey have that perfect blend of Power, Progressive, Emotional music I crave.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Mike on April 28, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Actually I take the title back, this isn't prog-metal perfection, it is perfection found in the prog-metal genre. This means that even people who usually do not like progressive music will still like this. Take nearly every reason that people do not like progressive music and throw it out the window; there is none of that to be found here. The music also shows an influence of power metal, but once again this contains none of the downsides normally associated with the genre (relentless kick-drums, lame lyrics, screeching singers). Unlike most of Evergrey's other albums, this is not a concept album. Each song holds up all by itself. Here's how they rate.

1. The Great Deceiver 10/10- Excellent song to lead off the album. Possibly my favorite Evergrey song. Probably the heaviest song on the album.

2. End of your Days 9/10- As you can guess by the title, this is one of Evergrey's trademark depressive-metal songs. Decent song, but doesn't really stick out from the rest of the songs.

3. As I Lie Here Bleeding 10/10- This song is highlighted by singer/guitarist Tom Englund's fantastic, emotional vocals. Spectacular chorus and guitar work.

4. Recreation Day 10/10- Maybe one of the greatest songs ever written. You can find everything that makes Evergrey great in this song: Strong and passionate vocals, skillful riffing, powerful and melodic guitar solos, and the keyboard used to its greatest capability without going overboard and being cheesy. This song alone is worth the price of the disc.

5. Visions 10/10- Another great song that is depressive until the guitar solo, where it unexpectedly becomes uplifting. The highlight of the song is the guitar solo in the middle.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Subauthor on April 2, 2003
Format: Audio CD
If you enjoyed Evergrey's "In Search of Truth", chances are you'll cherish this CD as well. You get much of the same, taken to a higher level of aggression, with crunchy, haunting riffs, heavy tone, and some melodic, seamless solos that perfectly complement the music. Englund's vocals are excellent, walking a fine line between compassion and accusation. Whenever I hear him singing, I think of an impassioned prosecutor demanding justice for crimes against humanity in court. There's a good blend of tempos here, with power ballads, songs that could (and should) be heard on the radio, and longer suites. Every song is highly enjoyable and gives one the cold sweats if you concentrate on the lyrics and let them wash over your mind with compact fury. Evergrey is the type of unique band that seems to do no wrong, crafting superb music that leaves you panting for more.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Matthew Jordan on March 28, 2003
Format: Audio CD
This album is probably going to be the best album of 2003 (well unless Nevermore can pull off better), so you know that it's special to many like myself. Lets make this clear, this is Power/Prog metal so don't exspect a guy growling the whole way thru with drummers going faster than engines. No, you will find heavy/softer metal with very deep vocals with emotion. The subject matter for most of the album is death, so tears may fall. This is the best so far that Evergrey has done, so if indeed you are trying out evergrey, Pick this one up. One more note for the fans, This Version of the album is very cool and neat. You get a book for an album cover and such. Cd comes in a page at the end of the book (no tabs to break!), and comes with more artwork and pictures from concerts in 2002 and the singer Tom writes to the fans in the book explaining the making of the album. Now onto my review of the tracks.... 1. The Great Deceiver- A great Start to the album. Being one of the heavyer tracks, your find after 2 to 3 plays, that indeed this headbanger worthy. ..90%2. End Of Your Days- A very moving Powerful song. Tom couldn't have sang it better. Perfect track! ...100% 3. As I Lie Here Bleeding- Sort of a 80's vibe here, but with decent delivery. Yet another deep song about dieing. ...95% 4. Recreation Day- I have to admit the lyrics which I read first led me to believe this song would suck. Don't bother reading the lyrics. Turn on the tune and listen! I was surprised how good this one was. ...95% 5. I'm Sorry- The first single for this album is a cover from a performer in Sweden. However This version of the song delivers quite a punch. Please just listen to it! ...95% 6. Blinded- Heavyer track. Some cool guitar work here. worth a listen. ...90% 7.Read more ›
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By John on March 9, 2006
Format: Audio CD
This has to be one of the most beautiful, incredible and emotional albums I have ever heard in metal. If you think your foolish trendy Green Day ballads are emotional, pick this up see what real emotion is. The lyrics are poetry from the heart and everything else, from the guitars, bass, drums and keyboards all come from the heart and add atmosphere to already chilling lyrics/vocals. To listen to this album is to live it. I'm sure it must sound cliche to somebody reading this that doesn't know me but this feels like a concept album to my life at the point where I am. I wept the first time I heard this album. The emotion is raw and real. Nothing fake, nothing cheap and nothing used to make a dollar. I find it incredible how the guitar seems to reflect the mood so well, the energy or the depression of the song, depending on which song you're listening to. Tom Englund and co have to be some of the best musicians I have heard. This is tied for my favorite Evergrey album with "In Search of Truth" and easily in my top ten albums of all time. This album is almost like therapy if you're feeling sad and are without hope. I don't just recommend this to metal fans but fans of great music. No gimmick no bull*hit just real emotion.

1. The Great Deceiver: The first riff to kick in made me realize I was in for one hell of a ride on my first listen. The lyrics revolve around somebody who is a deceiver, somebody with too much pride. Almost a cult leader in some senses. Tom's vocals in the chorus are beyond beautiful. The rest of the band is in full effect too and make this opener one to not soon be forgotton. Atmosphere is broading by the excellent keyboards of Rikard Zander. There is almost an opera like war chant at one point as well. 5/5

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