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Album Review: Evocation – “The Shadow Archetype”

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Sunday, March 26, 2017 at 12:54 AM (PST)

Losing some important members didn’t stop Evocation from keeping their power intact on newest effort The Shadow Archetype. This is exactly the type of record I want from Metal Blade. I’m not saying everything they put out needs to be this subgenre of metal, but the quality level is as firm as steel. The unmistakable earmarks of Swedish metal are displayed proudly, but not to a fault. “Modus Operandi” could argue head to head with recent At The Gates but has a dirtier feel that gives the band their own punch.

Fans of heavier Paradise Lost, Entombed, The Haunted or Unleashed who somehow aren’t hip to Evocation already (which is doubtful), this record will burst your britches. You’ll feel like you just met an old friend but with all new songs full of interesting arrangements that don’t overstay their welcome. The writing is concise but energized, like focused attacks rather than a long drawn out flailing.

“Children Of Stone” is a highlight, Thomas Josefsson commanding vocally over a chugging sonic battlefield of mid tempo fury. It is four tracks in and preceded by strong material, but this is sort of the point in the album where (to use a mosh metaphor) the floor opens up and the show really starts. You’re warmed up and can’t contain yourself anymore.

There is a very cool blend of older, impactful death metal brutality colliding with moments of more technical stuff from Simon Exner. The old school bludgeoning wins out overall, which makes sense for this band. Still, it is cool they are spreading their wings a bit but not jumping the shark to follow trends. “Blind Obediance” features some beautiful classical style playing to break things up and is followed by the barrage of perhaps the most violent song on the album, “Survival of The Sickest.” That song almost reminds me of early Entombed if covered by Hatesphere, a really interesting racket. You almost want the band to take more risks some places but also don’t want to spoil a very good thing.

“The Coroner” also bears mentioning, hard charging melodeth like Wolfheart but with a bit more of a Left Hand Path influence than Slaughter Of The Soul to the low endThe pause at 1:14 is super brief but such a perfect dead stop that it sets up the monster solo and mosh section that follows ideally.

A worthy effort any metal band could be proud of.

Cover Art Battle: October Cover Art Showdown

Posted by JDKleinhans on Monday, December 3, 2012 at 9:49 AM (PST)

Welcome to Metal Riot’s Cover Art Battle! Every week we try and show the best-of-the-best in metal cover art, ranging from the fantastically illustrated to hauntingly photographed and everything in between.

I say this every month but October was pretty awesome. I say it every month because it’s true. That’s why metal is so damn awesome. Here’s your opportunity to show us why the heavy metal culture is the greatest culture there is. Check out September’s winners and nominees for this Ultimate Cover Art Showdown and get to voting!

Week 1 Winner: AxeWound – Vultures (The End)
Week 2 Winner: Enslaved – RIITIIR (Nuclear Blast)
Week 3 Winner: Darsombra – Climax Community (Exile On Mainstream)
Week 4 Winner: Evocation – Illusions Of Grandeur (Century Media)
Week 5 Winner: Ichabod – Dreamscapes From Dead Space (Rootsucker)

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Music Video: Evocation – “Divide and Conquer”

Posted by SeanB on Tuesday, November 27, 2012 at 5:39 AM (PST)

Swedish death metal overlords Evocation have a new video for their song “Divide and Conquer.”  It’s taken from their brand new Century Media release Illusions of Grandeur and was filmed by German director Carlo Oppermann in an abandoned hospital in Offenbach, Germany.

Decibel has the exclusive video right now and you can click here to check it out.

Illusions of Grandeur is Evocation’s fourth album since reforming in 2006 and their first under Century Media.  If you have not heard the album yet…what are you doing to yourself???  Click here to find it streaming in its entirety and enjoy.

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Full Album Stream: Evocation – “Illusions of Grandeur”

Posted by SeanB on Tuesday, October 16, 2012 at 7:59 AM (PST)

Swedish death metal legends Evocation are streaming their new album Illusions of Grandeur right now over at Deciblog.  The album is actually out now in Europe on Century Media (we’ll have it in the states next week).  It is their first with the label and their fourth full length recording since reforming in 2006.

If you’d like to check out the album click here.

Guitarist Marko Palmén recently had the following to say about the album:

“I think the new album is the one which comes closest to the essence of what Evocation really is. We have scaled off the parts of Evocation which we felt didn’t hit the core of our sound. For instance, you won’t find any grind or blastbeats on this album. After analyzing our previous albums we just felt that those elements didn’t give anything for the Evocation sound. The key elements of Evocation have always been melodies, groove and hooks. However, it must also be mentioned that the new album is not less brutal than before. On the contrary, it contains more of fast 2-beats and double bass kick beats which add the necessary brutality.”

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Swedish death metal group Evocation have released the first episode in a two part video series documenting the recording of their new album Illusions Of Grandeur.  This will be the band’s 4th full length studio album and is a follow up to the bands 2010 effort Apocalyptic. It’s due to drop September 24th in Europe and on October 23rd in North America via Century Media.

To watch the video click here.

Illusions Of Grandeur was recorded at IF Studios (In Flames, The Haunted, etc.) & Evocation Studios together with producer Roberto Laghi (In Flames, etc.).  The album will also feature Johan Hegg of Amon Amarth singing guest vocals on the song “Into Submission.”

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Evocation Have a New Bass Player

Posted by SeanB on Thursday, August 23, 2012 at 7:33 AM (PST)

Swedish death band Evocation have revealed a new bass player among their ranks.  His name is Gustaf Jorde and he was previously in the bands Raubtier and Defleshed.  Seeing as he is so new to the group, it’s kind of doubtful that he will be on their upcoming September 24, 2012 release Illusions Of Grandeur. The album is coming out on Century Media and according to a recent press release it’s “ten tracks of supreme Swedish death metal, a perfect mélange of Stockholm rawness and Gothenburg epics.”

You can listen to the title track to Illusions Of Grandeur right now by clicking here.

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Music: Evocation previews – Illusions of Grandeur

Posted by tyrusrunyan on Friday, August 17, 2012 at 11:48 AM (PST)

Swedish death metal band Evocation have released the title track for their upcoming album Illusions of Grandeur. The album is Evocations 4th full length studio album and is a follow up to the bands 2010 effort Apocalyptic. Illusions of Grandeur is set for release on October 24th via Century Media and you can listen to it here.

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Cover Art Battle: June Cover Art Showdown

Posted by JDKleinhans on Tuesday, July 3, 2012 at 10:34 AM (PST)

Welcome to Metal Riot’s Cover Art Battle! Every week we try and show the best-of-the-best in metal cover art, ranging from the fantastically illustrated to hauntingly photographed and everything in between.

June was of course another great month with tons of great albums with some sweet covers. Here’s your opportunity to show us why the heavy metal culture is the greatest culture there is. Check out June’s winners and nominees for this Ultimate Cover Art Showdown and get to voting!

Week 1 Winner: Black Shape Of NexusNegative Black (Exile On Mainstream)
Week 2 Winner: BilocateSummoning The Bygones (Code 666)
Week 3 Winner: SpineshankAnger Denial Acceptance (Century Media)
Week 4 Winner: EvocationEvoked From Demonic Depths – The Early Years (Century Media)

***WINNER*** Bilocate – Summoning The Bygones (Code 666)

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