I guess that there’s some nostalgia to the bands that emerged the late 90’s, and early 00’s, specially in a melodic kind of way. Reminds of Creed and all other Mike Tremonti Ventures. And Disturbed (but softer). Well, Evenline are Creed, but in a modern kind of way, with their own approach. More like in a post-progressive view.
The guitar riffs are heavy, often melodic, charged with blasting distortion, and often catchy, as you would instantly remember from Creed’s jets. Take it “Dear Morpheus” or “Misunderstood”, where you can listen to great guitar work, musical tastes aside. The riffs are complex and frequently changing its tone from harmonics – “You Should Have Left Me” to dense complex riffs – “Insomnia” or “Judgement Day”. And who can talk about riffs, can highlight the straight solo work, for instance “Hard to Breathe” or even the already mentioned “Misunderstood”. It’s not strange that most of the credit work goes to Fabrice Teldadi, the 6 string ruler.
On the other hand, the vocals can be loved by many, and hated by others, but unarguably have a strong potential. Arnaud Guelzec really gives a clear tone to expose the lyrics, playing no doubt as a plus to the music. In fact, despite the good bass work from Thomas Jaegle (specially in ” A Letter to a Grave”) and the shattering drum from Olivier Stefanelli, the vocals that take the spotlight. Still there are times that strange resemblance to Scott Stapp is difficult to shake-off.
Still you’d expect that the lyrics could have a better impact, and follow more of a straight line. After all the 1st impression you have from the album is Greek mythology. Morpheus the god of dreams, detaches you from reality, like the TV, and from a far, all seems to evolve around the theme of dreams and alienation (“Dear Morpheus” / “Insomnia”). You can try to make sense of the track all together, but sometimes, some tracks just degenerate into juvenile memorabilia, like “Without You” or “A Letter to A Grave”.
Overall, the album is graspy in its essence, because the music is simple in its structure and smartly revolving around the same core, guitar and vocals, with a good support. For a fresh start, and some small down sides I believe Evenline is on a good track to success.