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Evoken : Shades of Night Descending

This mini album is Evoken's first release of brutal dark/doom/death metal on humanity. The slow, ultra heavy and sickening music on this mCD is the very promising prelude to their full album 'Embrace the Emptiness' that got released four years later.

Musically, Evoken uses reverberating guitars, alternating between heavy distortion and semi-acoustic effects. Vocals vary from very deep grunts and whispers to more aggressive, deep screams. The drums add a lot to the heavily loaded atmosphere. When playing this mini album at a little higher volume, everything that surrounds the boxes starts shaking from the heavy layers of the doomy dark-metal that we hear. The tempo is generally very slow, but at times Evoken surprises us with an aggressive guitar/drum part, what could be seen as a black metal influence.

One short intro and four songs between 6 and 9 minutes long lasts our journey through the depths of Evoken's music. This mini album is a bit comparable to bands like Dolorian, Insanity Reigns Supreme, Thergothon and Winter. I can advise this album to anyone who likes the bands I just mentioned and to all doom/death lovers in general.

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
1. Intro
2. In Graven Image
3. Shades Of Night Descending
4. Towers Of Frozen Dusk
5. Into The Autumn Shade

Duration : Approx. 34 minutes

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Reviewed on ??-??-???? by Arnstein H. Pettersen
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