Evergrey came close to split

Evergrey were close to splitting before the return of guitarist Henrik Danhage and drummer Jonas Ekdahl, frontman Tom S Englund has revealed.

The pair left amicably in 2010 alongside bassist Jari Kainulainen – and afterwards Englund began to suffer a loss of inspiration.

That changed when he needed a couple of stand-in musicians for some tour dates, leading to the return of Danhage and Ekdahl and the creation of ninth album Hymns For The Broken.

Englund says: “We needed a drummer for a few shows, so I called Jonas to see if he was available. We also needed a second guitarist, so I asked Henrik and he was fine with it.

“While we were doing those shows, we released we were having a lot of fun with the music again.

“The guys coming back saved Evergrey. I wasn’t set on doing an album. I’m amazed – the band sounds hungry, the album sounds awesome, and I can say there’s not a weak song on it.”

The follow-up to 2011’s Glorious Collision is released on September 26. Metal Hammer premiered the video for lead track King Of Errors earlier this month.

Hymns For The Broken tracklist

  1. The Awakening

  2. King Of Errors

  3. A New Dawn

  4. Wake A Change

  5. Archaic Rage

  6. Barricades

  7. Black Undertow

  8. The Fire

  9. Hymns For The Broken

  10. Missing You

  11. A Grand Collapse

  12. The Aftermath

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