13 Songs, 48 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

While hardcore fans quibble about the switch from vocalist Kevin Matisyn to Dan Chandler on Evans Blue's 2009’s self-titled LP, the band sounds as doomy, dystopian, and cathartically powerful as ever on Letters from the Dead. Led by the thunderous “iGod,” the album blends soaring melodicism (“Just Once”) with dark, brooding breakdowns (“Invisible Catastrophe”) and fits of pure anger (“End of Me”) for a set that never quite feels good but isn’t always supposed to: As Chandler puts it on the second track, “Not feeling like myself/Too comfortable with hate.”

EDITORS’ NOTES

While hardcore fans quibble about the switch from vocalist Kevin Matisyn to Dan Chandler on Evans Blue's 2009’s self-titled LP, the band sounds as doomy, dystopian, and cathartically powerful as ever on Letters from the Dead. Led by the thunderous “iGod,” the album blends soaring melodicism (“Just Once”) with dark, brooding breakdowns (“Invisible Catastrophe”) and fits of pure anger (“End of Me”) for a set that never quite feels good but isn’t always supposed to: As Chandler puts it on the second track, “Not feeling like myself/Too comfortable with hate.”

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About Evans Blue

Toronto modern hard rock quintet Evans Blue came together around 2003 after its members found each other by chance through a local musician's message board. Comprised of vocalist Matisyn, guitarists Parker Lauzon and Vlad Tanaskovic, bassist Joe Pitter, and drummer Darryl Brown, the group signed with Pocket Recordings in 2005, entering Pocket Studios with Trevor Kustiak (Cool for August) soon after. The result was their debut, The Melody and the Energetic Nature of Volume, jointly released in February 2006 by Pocket and Hollywood Records. A spring tour supporting Taproot followed, during which Brown left unannounced, to be later replaced by Davis Howard. In July 2007 the band's second album, The Pursuit Begins When This Portrayal of Life Ends, hit shelves. The group's eponymous third album, which was the first to feature new singer Dan Chandler, was released in 2009. The band's fourth studio outing, Graveyard of Empires, followed in 2012. ~ Corey Apar

  • ORIGIN
    Toronto, Ontario, Canada
  • FORMED
    2003

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