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Review – Evans Blue "The Melody and the Energetic Nature of Volume" (2006) September 3, 2008

Posted by rawkfistmusic in 2006, Evans Blue.

Written by Jake

Evans blue popped onto the scene viciously with their first single, “Cold (But I’m Still Here)”. It was played on the radio so much I fear the records might have actually broken. None the less, Evans Blue kept on trucking, putting out their most recent epic The Pursuit Beings When This Portrayal of Life Ends, with even more of a mouthful for a title.

Over enthusiastic literature aside, a general consensus seems to have been reached that Evans Blue was known primarily for their catchy riffs, ecstatic drums and deep, moving lyrics (the latter done by the lead singer, a man by the name of Kevin Matisyn).

Since The Pursuit… Matisyn has moved on, leaving the band for other pursuits of his own. Ringing in our ears, however, is the first opus produced by this magnificent quartet. An album that certainly moved every one of us that spent money to purchase the fine piece of artwork.
The Melody… starts out hard and rough with the catchy, and surprisingly melodic, “A Cross and a Girl Named Blessed”. Starting to see a pattern with these names? The song hits hard and gets you pumped up for the rest of the record.

“Stop And Say You Love Me” and “Cold (But I’m Still Here)” keep the album going with their own heavy beats and emotional lyrics. Matisyn really knows how to pour his feelings into his songs, and he shows is exceedingly well especially on “Cold (But I’m Still Here)”.

The album doesn’t stop there, bringing in even more hardcore with two songs that sound like covers of two other well known bands. “Eclipsed” and “Beg” sound like Chevelle and Trapt covers, respectively, and it is quite easy to see them as if they were better than the originals. Unfortunately, and yet even more so fortunately, they are one hundred percent natural to Evans Blue.

The dark and moody “Over” sets the stage for the album to start to calm down a bit, which is nice because the constant grunge and distortion does get a little old after a short period. Here is where Evans Blue reaches their first shortcoming. When “Over” finishes, it leads you to believe you’re in store for some long, beautiful acoustic songs about love, romance and maybe baby murder. Hey, from some of the lyrics earlier in the song that last part wouldn’t surprise you.

Case-and-point, “Possession” and “Dark That Follows”, two amazing songs on their own, but are easily overlooked or forgotten due to the fact that they aid in the dragging out of these middle-rock songs that can’t decide whether they’re pure Disturbed or melodic Fuel. Preceding “The Promise and the Threat”, a very much hard rock song, you start to get back in the upswing of having a very exciting, thrashable ending to an already great CD.

Instead, you’re treated to the sudden buzz kill that is “Quote”. Not to say “Quote” is a bad song, as a matter of fact it is one of the top 3 off the album, but the jump from almost metal to all-the-ladies-love-me alternative acoustic is a tad jarring.

The album ends as erratically as it began, stumbling along (in a good way) with “The Tease” batting clean up. A good tune, to be sure, but lessened due to the poor track placement of the preceding half of the album.

The Point – The Melody and Energetic Nature of Volume is an incredible debut for an incredible band, but its main flaw is track order. The flow is increasingly bad in some spots, and at times almost unforgivable. Matisyn, however, and the other band mates make of for this with a kick ass 11-shot of goodies that is sure the have you rocking out ‘till you’re 95 years old.

9 out of 10

Download This – “A Cross and a Girl Named Blessed”

Take Two by Andrew

Evans Blue’s debut album was one of the highlights of 2006, thanks in large part to creative vocals and melodies. Many of the tracks such as “A Cross and a Girl Named Blessed” and “The Promise and the Threat” still stand out as some of the best rock tracks of the last few years. Matisyn’s vocal croonings are fantastic and help Evans Blue stand out as more than just another rock band.

9.5 out of 10



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