Long-running Garden State death/funeral doom collective, EVOKEN, will bring their odes of desolation to the stage this year on select shows beginning with an appearance at Geno’s Rock Club in Portland, Maine March 30th with Churchburn, Shabti, and Fed Ash. On April 5th, the band will headline the Decibel Metal And Beer Fest Official Kick-Off Party at Atlas Brew Works. The show marks EVOKEN’s first-ever appearance in Washington, DC and features support acts, Crypt Sermon and Ilsa. Attendees will be able to sample the wares direct from Atlas Brew Works, who will unveil a special beer collaboration that evening with EVOKEN that’s sure to go down low and slow. In May, the band will play day three of Eternal Warfare Fest in Portland, Oregon alongside Shape Of Despair, Spectral Voice, and more. July will find the band at Brooklyn Bazaar in Brooklyn, New York for Stardust VII: Vado Mori with The Ruins Of Beverast, Dead Congregation and many more with additional performances to be announced in the coming weeks. See all confirmed dates below.
3/30/2019 Geno’s Rock Club – Portland, ME w/ Churchburn, Shabti, Fed Ash [info]
4/05/2019 Decibel Metal And Beer Fest Official Kick-Off Party @ Atlas Brew Works – Washington, DC [info]
5/18/2019 Eternal Warfare Fest @ Tonic Lounge – Portland, OR [info]
7/05/2019 Stardust VII: Vado Mori @ Brooklyn Bazaar – Brooklyn, NY w/ The Ruins Of Beverast, Dead Congregation [info]
EVOKEN released their Hypnagogia full-length late last year via Profound Lore. Their first new output in six long years, Hypnagogia was recorded, mixed, and mastered at Sound Spa Studios in New Jersey by Steven DeAcutis and comes bound in the artwork of Adam Burke (Artificial Brain, Mos Generator, Hooded Menace). Hypnagogia is available on CD, 2xLP, and digital formats via Profound Lore Records. For orders, go to THIS LOCATION.
Known as one of the founding fathers of the American death/funeral doom metal scene, New Jersey’s EVOKEN have been a long-standing pillar over the band’s twenty-five-year existence. The follow-up to their landmark Atra Mors full-length, Hypnagogia is a towering monolith that develops and redefines the band’s sound. Pushing both their penchant for grandiose melodicism and their trademark aura of pulverizing, unparalleled heaviness even more, it is the base of this repercussion that makes Hypnagogia one of the most intense, compelling, and soul crushing EVOKEN listening experiences yet; one of euphoria, desperation, and hopelessness.
“The long-running New Jersey staple has established an impressive legacy thus far of subtly melodic brutality, anchored on the guitar and drum work of original members John Paradiso and Vince Verkay. Just like the band’s sound, EVOKEN efforts are never rushed — their last album dropped in 2012 — which is probably the reason why each have been so compelling and well-crafted.” — Revolver
“…their most daring and expansive work…” — Decibel
“A quarter century after defining funeral doom, EVOKEN redefines it with the evocative Hypnagogia. The changes are as subtle as the gradual pace of a glacier, but the results are as profound as the cavernous valleys they leave behind.” — New Noise
“EVOKEN’s ever-so-slight evolution brings a freshness to a band that has managed to maintain an extremely high level and deft touch playing such barren music for a very long time.” — Last Rites
“Monumental and powerful…” — Metal Reviews
“…one of EVOKEN’s most refined and well-rounded albums yet that only further strengthens their position as one of the best bands in the funeral doom genre…” — Indy Metal Vault
“EVOKEN’s most relevant record since Antithesis Of Light, and proof that bands can reinvent themselves in subtle ways over the course of a quarter of a century, while staying true to their own sound.” — Evening Of Light
“This album not only finds the band continuing to progress, but it gets better with each listen. It will please long-time fans with enough familiar sounds to make their journey forward into new territory an easy transition…” — No Clean Singing
“True masters of their art, EVOKEN have proved yet again, that they are among the leaders of doom. There are few bands that are capable of delivering such emotion with their music.” — The Void Report