|When bands have a rather long and impressive musical history I always find it interesting to dig a little into it. So, when the oppurtunity arose to lay my hands on two old promo tapes by Evoken, how could I refuse?|
This one dates back to 1996 and is therefore midway between 'Shades of Night Descending' and 'Embrace the Emptiness'. However, when we listen to the music on this release, it quickly becomes clear that the band was a good part along the way to the musical style that features on 'Embrace the Emptiness' and 'Quietus'. The opening song lingers a bit in the style of the first release at first, but later on is very reminiscent of the material on the following full-length album.
'Embrace the Emptiness' is even more of an omen of future work, because this version is, except for the production, practically the same as the one on 'Quietus'. Even in this primitive form, this remains a very, very impressive song.
All that remains is the outro. In Evoken's hands an outro - which is often quite redundant - can become something good. This song is basically just one riff, but it's executed to perfection. Although I'm not sure it would have fitted with 'Quietus', I like this a lot better than 'Atrementous Journey', for example. It's a shame this one was never worked into one of the later songs or used as an outro on one of the albums.
1. The Hills of Arctic Stillness
2. Embrace the Emptiness
Duration : Approx. 27 minutes
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