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Evoken : Quietus



Good news, my fellow doomfreaks: Evoken decided to kick our ass with a new ultra dark and heavy album! And those who thought that they could never top 'Embrace the Emptiness' in heaviness and slowness, are wrong. A killer production makes it possible to hear every detail in their massive, threatening sound.

John Paradiso's vocals are very low and steady, his deep grunts sound like the huge screams of the dead that are desperately trying to escape from their dark catacombs. Musically, the main difference with their previous album, is that 'Quietus' sounds much more complicated and heavier. The background keyboards add once again an extra dimension of horror and dark emotions of emptiness and despair. Also the typical clean guitar parts, revealing the influence of diSEMBOWELMENT, are still present. However, the most obvious influence on the sound of Evoken, seems to be the legendary 'Celtic Frost under water' band Winter, with the main differences being the frightening keyboards and the inhuman vocals.

Check also out the last track 'Atrementous Journey', a dark, funeral doom instrumental outro with a surf rock 'feel'. If you can imagine something like that! Only an American band could come up with something like this... In short: if you are an Evoken fan, you must buy this. If you don't know Evoken, but you know you get you kicks from dark and heavy music: you must buy this. And if you feel that after reading this review you would like to check this band out: don't hesitate to do it. This time, the good distribution from Avantgarde music makes this work much easier to find!

Reviewer's rating: Unrated

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Tracklist :
1. In Pestilence, Burning
2. Withering Indignation
3. Tending the Dire Hatred
4. Where Ghosts Fall Silent
5. Quietus
6. Embrace the Emptiness
7. Atrementous Journey

Duration : Approx. 71 minutes

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Reviewed on ??-??-???? by Kostas Panagiotou
No God Only Pain
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