Everon - _Fantasma_
(Mascot, 2000)
by: Paul Schwarz (7 out of 10)
As Everon get down to business with the prog-rock/metal of their fourth effort _Fantasma_, "If Rush were German..." was the phrase dancing its way through my cranium, and it remains my most poignant recurring thought after absorbing the album's entirety. Everon spin a big, brash, fantasy yarn of a prog-metal album brimming with high-pitched, crystal clear vocals, sometimes-preposterous synth textures, melodic and consistently shifting riffs and a relatively complex rhythm section to backbone it all. _Fantasma_ may be cheesy as fuck in both sound and occasionally also lyrical content; some of Everon's best moments may reek a bit too much of Rush (my gods as far as this sound is concerned) to make them overly convincing; all the same, though, _Fantasma_ provides those of us who (whether biting our lips to suppress laughter or grinning widely in unbridled enjoyment) enjoy the works of bands such as Dream Theatre, the aforementioned Rush, or even the more popular Genesis with some good, clean, fantastically-inspired prog-rock/metal.

(article published 12/8/2000)

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