Evergrey: “We're such different guitar players – our solos on this album feel like conversations we're having together”

[L-R] Tom S. Englund and Henrik Danhage of Evergrey
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“We’ve always written from a very human perspective of life – being in the actual moment of where we are and where we’ve been,” says Evergrey singer and guitarist Tom S. Englund, as co-guitarist Henrik Danhage nods along beside him. 

The Swedish progressive power metallers have just unleashed their 13th album, A Heartless Portrait (The Orphéan Testament), via a new deal with Napalm Records. 

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Amit Sharma

Amit has been writing for titles like Total GuitarMusicRadar and Guitar World for over a decade and counts Richie Kotzen, Guthrie Govan and Jeff Beck among his primary influences as a guitar player. He's worked for magazines like Kerrang!Metal HammerClassic RockProgRecord CollectorPlanet RockRhythm and Bass Player, as well as newspapers like Metro and The Independent, interviewing everyone from Ozzy Osbourne and Lemmy to Slash and Jimmy Page, and once even traded solos with a member of Slayer on a track released internationally. As a session guitarist, he's played alongside members of Judas Priest and Uriah Heep in London ensemble Metalworks, as well as handled lead guitars for legends like Glen Matlock (Sex Pistols, The Faces) and Stu Hamm (Steve Vai, Joe Satriani, G3).