Evergrey’s North American tour brought Hymns for the Broken to a crowd of hungry metal fans at the Token Lounge.

While the hour was early, fans made their way to the stage as Imminent Sonic Destruction began to play. The band made a point to engage the fans and make some new friends. They were on fire from the first note with a superb musical performance by highly skilled musicians playing music they love. The audience loves the passion of this band.

Coming in from Houston, Texas, Oceans of Slumber wasted no time in casting a spell upon the audience. The music tests boundaries and gracefully swims through captivating dynamic soundscapes. They breathe new life into the classic song Kashmir by Led Zeppelin. Oceans of Slumber leave the fans wanting more.

Borealis capture the essence of power metal with rich and melodic vocals that accompany the dazzling guitars and rhythmic stampede. The crowd is in awe with this band from Toronto and their mesmerizing music that has some recalling early Savatage or even the headliner, Evergrey. They leave the stage to a rousing chorus of cheers.

The energy level at the Token Lounge elevated as Voyager begins to play. The crowd presses forward to interact and become part of the performance. This vigorous band from Perth, Australia takes the audience on a vision quest through compositions, which are melodic and powerful. While the crowd enjoys all the original material including “Stare Into The Night” and “Breaking Down”, there were many cheers and laughs as they jammed a medley of the theme from “Game Of Thrones,” “Ghostbusters,” “Everybody” by the Backstreet Boys, and Team America’s “America Fuck Yeah.”

The anticipation that had grown all evening explodes as the intro cut “The Awakening” from Hymns of the Broken starts playing and Evergrey make for the stage. Cheers rise with arms outstretched as the band launches into “King of Errors.” The crowd calls out favorite songs from the band’s extensive catalog and are rewarded with “Monday Morning Apocalypse,” “The Masterplan,” and “Blinded.” After an hour plus of music, Evergrey thanks the audience and leave the stage. Chants of “EVER-GREY, EVER-GREY!” call the band back and they play six more songs during the encore including “Recreation Day” and “The Grand Collapse.”

The Token delivers yet another outstanding show with this progressive metal feast featuring a host of outstanding musicians crafting music to fill the heart and nourish the soul.

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About The Author

Chuck is a native Michigander. He grew up in Detroit, and later Pinckney. He now calls Ann Arbor home. Running is in Chuck’s blood. He has run several marathons and numerous other races. His favorite race is Dances with Dirt in Hell, Michigan. Chuck was first exposed to photography in 7th grade. He has been a photographer ever since, honing his skills shooting landscapes and most recently concerts. In addition to experiencing music from behind the camera, Chuck is a musician in his own right. He has been playing guitar since his teen years. He played in Detroit area metal band, Battalion, recorded two independent releases, and toured. Today when not covering concerts, you can find him online at his blog, Life In Michigan.

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