Evoken - _Quietus_
by: Aaron McKay (
It sometimes is hard to escape comparisons. I would think Evoken will draw their fair share of My Dying Bride parallels. Anathema bubbles to mind here too, churning over and over a quagmire of doomy sludge that Evoken seems to have indulged in frequently. Dark and saturated in painful lamentations, _Quietus_ could sure stand toe-to-toe with the dirge-iest side of Crowbar's _Broken Glass_ yet never release you from the thickest shroud of its black requiem. This release is Evoken's third and I have nothing else by the band to compare its lethality to, but _Quietus_ certainly captured my attention. Excruciatingly melancholy and dismal, "Embrace the Emptiness", track six, is wonderfully discouraging. The release is nearly gothic in its heaviness. I would have to say that song would totally embrace all I have come to appreciate from this group. If any day you feel like you could just run your car off a cliff, don't spin this disc; you don't need Evoken in the vehicle behind you honking the fuckin' horn! Absolutely a respectable effort.
(article published 3/13/2001)
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