Evoken Review

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“Embrace the Emptiness”
1998, Elegy Records

Evoken - Embrace the Emptiness

This is Evoken’s first release on Elegy Records, following their “Shades of Night Descending” recording on Adipocere Records. “Embrace the Emptiness” is an excellent display of musicianship on Evoken’s part. To begin with, it isn’t an easy task to write impressive music keeping such a slow pace throughout a recording. Reminiscent of Australia’s Disembowelment(R.I.P.), Evoken’s cold and ghastly music seeps through the clouds of a long-forgotten cemetery with dark, atmospheric ease. Quickly gripping the listener with it’s sorrowful claws and sometimes striking out with a relentlessly brutal ambience, “Embrace the Emptiness” holds a seething evil that you can only experience from albums such as Incantation’s “Onward to Golgotha” and Mayhem’s “De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas”. There are lots of crushing riffs, thick bass drums, sick keyboards and even a session musician playing the cello from time to time. The vocals contain a wide range of diversity, sometimes screaming, mostly deep, horrid growls, and spoken/sung lyrics here and there. Extremely original stuff not to be missed.



1. Intro

2. Tragedy Eternal

3. Chime the Centuries End

4. Lost Kingdom of Darkness

5. Ascend into the Maelstrom

6. To Sleep Eternally

7. Curse the Sunrise







Vince Verkay – Drums

John Paradiso – Vocals/Guitars Bass

Dario Derna – Keyboards

Nick Orlando – Guitars

Steve Moran – Bass

*members have changed since this album*



Rating: 9 out of 10


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