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Evoken : Promo 2002

Various reviews of this Promo copy have already popped up here and there on the net, so I thought it might be about time that we at doom-metal.com also wrote a little review about it. Having said this, I don't think I can add a lot to any of the reviews I myself read. So far I have seen nothing but positive reviews about this Promo, and all I can do is agree.

To be quite honest I own various official releases of bands that sound a lot worse then this Promo, despite the fact that Evoken recorded it in 1 day on "a cheap-o 8 track recorder". As is to be expected the "production quality" is basically absent. But I think it adds perfectly to the atmosphere, giving it that same empty-hollow atmosphere you find on Thergothon's or Hierophant's releases.

Atmosphere is actually the keyword when it comes to this review. The heavy laden, sad atmosphere this band creates remains hard to copy. With every note they shatter dreams and hopes, the music crushes any dreams of a happy and blissful life you might have had left. All the tracks demonstrate Evoken's awesome power to write very slow and heavy songs, but without ever musically crushing you or draining you. It is all about atmosphere. The choice whether you dream away on it or let it suffocate you remains with you, the listener. The combination between slow crushing guitars and lighter keyboard sound is the key factor here. The two form a symbiosis that ensures the magic that we got to know of Evoken on previous albums is maintained here as well.

Compared to previous albums the Promo sounds a little "lighter", more in the vein of Thergothon. I do realise this for a large part is due to the production. I can but guess how these songs are going to sound with a real production budget behind them, but I suspect they'll be a lot heavier and more soul crushing. Perhaps because of that I am really happy with this Promo. I know the new album will sound fantastic, but to hear these songs recorded in what I can best describe as "Thergothon style" (i.e. No budget) has a charm of its own, one that appeals a lot to me.

I can't wait for Evoken to release these songs, because my fellow doomsters, we will be in for one hell of a doomy treat. Evoken has grown out to be the toping of the death/doomy cake as well as the cake itself. If you for some reason are not familiar with Evoken's work and you call yourself a fan of Death/Doom or funeral Doom, then shame on you! Be sure to get some of their work as soon as possible!

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
1. Omniscient
2. Coveting Elysium
3. Reverie in Tears
4. The Last of Vitality
5. Antithesis of Light

Duration : Approx. 53 minutes

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Reviewed on ??-??-???? by Aldo Quispel
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