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Evoken : Promo 1997

When Nick Orlando described this promo on the Evoken forum recently, he said that it "sucks more than a Hoover vacuum". Even taking artistic modesty into account, this is a great exaggeration. While this short promo doesn't contain as much good stuff as the 1996 one, Evoken history now proves that this promo is far from redundant.

'Among the Whispering Spirits' is a song that could match up to the level of those on 'Embrace the Emptiness', if produced properly, and is on the whole a very gloomy and interesting track. Now though, in 2005, the track lives on on 'Antithesis of Light' as one of the tracks riffs features in the song 'Accursed Premonition'.

The continuity is even more clear in the outro, which is nothing less than what would later become the excellent intro of 'Tragedy Eternal'. A great riff, and one that would colour 'Embrace the Emptiness' greatly.

All in all, this promo proves to be a long way from being compared to a vacuum cleaner. In fact, it doesn't suck one bit. As I've said once, it's the mark of a great band to sound better on a promo than most bands do on an album. Evoken is one of those bands.

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
1. Among the Whispering Spirits
2. Outro

Duration : Approx. 12 minutes

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Reviewed on ??-??-???? by Oscar Strik
Hate Your Guts Records
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