Evocation is a band considered by many as a pioneer of the Swedish Death Metal movement back in the early 90’s, and they are right. This band along side with bands like Unleashed, Dismember, and Entombed were the first bands that created that brutal sound. But because musical differences between the members the band was put on a long hiatus in 1993.
11 years later the band got their stuff together and put out their first two 1992 demos on a self titled album in 2004, but it was until 2007 that they released their second album Tales From The Tomb, followed by Dead Calm Chaos (2008) and Apocaliptic (2010). In January 2011 Evocation signed a deal with Century Media records, after months in the studio the band now presents their new album Illusions of Grandeur (2012)
The album is a 10 track ride into the heart of old school Swedish death metal. Tracks like Illusions Of Grandeur, Perception Of Reality, and Final Disclosure are a testament of where Evocation comes from and how their sound has developed through the years. Well Of Despair, The Seven Faces Of God and I’ll Be Your Suicide are songs more connected with modern sounds that make the album sound fresh and in touch with today’s elements of death metal. Songs like Into Submission in which Johan Hegg of Amon Amarth thunder voice can be appreciated, and Divide and Conquer are key elements on how the band can explore new horizons without compromise that old school death metal sound that is so distinguish of Evocation.
The Age Of Metal had the chance to speak with Marko Palmen guitar player of Evocation directly from Sweden. We talked about Illusions Of Grandeur, Johan Hegg, their new label, the metal scene in Sweden and other stuff.