Evoken
A Caress of the Void


4.0
excellent

Review

by Apollo USER (25 Reviews)
August 25th, 2010 | 55 replies


Release Date: 2007 | Tracklist

Review Summary: You're sitting in a snowstorm, raging and violent, threatening to consume the land as far as the horizon...

You probably envision vast arctic wastelands, a snowstorm, raging, violent, threatening to consume the land as far as the horizon. The bleak despair within your soul is almost too much to bear. You need something to abolish the sadness and bring you catharsis. You search for music which can match the bottomless depths of these emotions within.

Evoken is your band. They take funeral doom and improve it. They combine all the elements of great funeral doom into one amazing package. The slow, crushing downtuned guitar riffs, giant cymbal crashes and extremely guttural vocals. We've heard this all before in Ahab, Ataraxie and Swallow The Sun. So what sets Evoken apart from the pack? Well, for starters they are one of few American doom metal bands still plowing along and creating crushingly depressing music today. They are well known however in the doom/funeral doom metal scene (although I confess it wasn't until recently I discovered the band from a good friend here on Sputnik) creating music since 1992 (as Funereus). 18 years later the band has stayed true to their roots. Haunting clean riffs overlap simple distorted riffs and almost painfully slow drums.

As most fans of the genre know, listening to any funeral doom album takes a lot of patience and many listens to truly appreciate. This album is no different. The album starts off discordant with a clean riff chiming through. Then A Caress of the Void truly begins, a journey of absolute powerful emotion. Think Ahab except the drums are a little bit more up-tempo and the vocals not quite as deep. Lyrically, A Caress of the Void treads themes of death and the afterlife. The lyrics are incredibly poetic and even majestic at times. Take for example this passage from Suffer a Martyr's Trial:

Lead us unto ruin, devourer of hope
In night's solemn presence
The accursed procession approaches their destiny
Fields in neglect; unconsecrated by blood and monumental agony
Behold, crosses for the dead
Their distorted shadows forewarn the tragedy


The vocals often switch from growls to spoken lyrical passages and some clean singing as well. One major flaw I found with the album is the production. I know a lot of doom fans say that low production quality adds to the overall sound and in some cases that is true. On this album, and other Evoken albums though, the production quality and mixing is inconsistent. Many times the drums are mixed too high or the guitars overpower everything else. Take it or leave it though, it seems inconsistency is a staple of doom for the foreseeable future.

Aside from that, you definitely need to be in the mood to enjoy this album or any other funeral doom album for that matter. As summer's ending is upon us and the decay of autumn is nigh, throw this album on the next time you find yourself sitting in front of a dark window staring out at the bleak skyline or in winter when a snowstorm rips through your city. It may suit your mood and give you the right soundtrack to a moment of despair.



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Apollo
August 25th 2010


10373 Comments


shout out to Gmork for turning me onto this band

Gmork89
August 25th 2010


5566 Comments


Glad you like them man. I have yet to hear this album actually, look like I'll be picking it up now, great review as well.

Apollo
August 25th 2010


10373 Comments


cheers bud ;) gotta admit, I'm loving this band. I decided to do this for my 6th as they did not currently have a review

Gmork89
August 25th 2010


5566 Comments


Cheers, review was very well done, I'm interested to see how this compares to Antithesis of Light, It's an immense one. These guys know how to lay down some terrifying atmosphere.

Inveigh
August 25th 2010


25209 Comments


nice review homie, pos'd of course.

listening to any funeral doom album takes a lot of patience and many listens to truly appreciate.


so true, I've never been patient enough to get into this genre. Post-metal was difficult enough haha

Digging: Nero Di Marte - Derivae

Apollo
August 25th 2010


10373 Comments


thanks dude. I'm the opposite, I've always had a hard time getting into post-metal. Rosetta is probably the only post metal band I really dig. Who would you recommend post-metal wise?

rasputin
August 25th 2010


14555 Comments


album is overrated

Apollo
August 25th 2010


10373 Comments


I donno, I'm just getting into the band so maybe my rating will drop

accompliceofmydeath
August 25th 2010


4302 Comments


Review is great. I don't think I've ever listened to funeral doom. Is this a good place to start?

Digging: Snapcase - Progression Through Unlearning

Apollo
August 25th 2010


10373 Comments


I would recommend Ahab - Call of the Wretched Sea or Evoken - Antithesis of Light to start off accomplice. It's definitely not for everybody but it's worth checking out.

TheSpirit
August 25th 2010


18002 Comments


Not a huge doom fan but this sounds p good and the review is very enticing

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accompliceofmydeath
August 25th 2010


4302 Comments


Thanks Apollo. I dunno if this will be my think, but I'm pretty open.

Apollo
August 25th 2010


10373 Comments


cheers guys!

Bitchfork
August 25th 2010


7584 Comments


Is this something I would like?

Bitchfork
August 25th 2010


7584 Comments


Omg Ataraxie checking this out sat.

Maniac!
August 25th 2010


26257 Comments


Incredibly terrible review. Neg

Apollo
August 25th 2010


10373 Comments


thanks maniac

let me know what you think bitchfork

rasputin
August 25th 2010


14555 Comments


I donno, I'm just getting into the band so maybe my rating will drop

the band itself is okay, but this album is pretty meh

imo evoken get a lot more praise than they deserve, antithesis of light is the only album really worth bothering with

though i guess in terms of funeral doom, not being mediocre is a success in itself, and evoken aren't mediocre

Bitchfork
August 25th 2010


7584 Comments


rasputin how do you like drone metal? I don't think we have ever had this conversation.

Apollo
August 25th 2010


10373 Comments


yeah I only like a few funeral doom bands myself, this one is pretty damn good. The main reason I reviewed this was for the fact that it had no review.



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