A Band many thought were dead and buried return to mess with your head and mutilate your neck muscles, they are of course Sweden’s finest Death Metallers Evocation.
The “Shadow Archetype” opens with the creepy and disturbing “Into The Ruins” deathly tones emanate transporting you into the darkest night.
The intro sets you up nicely for “Condemned To The Grave”. Its heavy and addictive opening draws you into the graveyard.
Then Thomas Josefsson growling Vocals will have you punching the air in devilish delight as you sing the chorus showing your horns to the skies.
This is probably the most accessible and radio friendly song on the album scratching at your skin and digging deep into your being.
Next is one of my favorites and one I keep returning to “Modus Operandi”. The Guitars from Marko Palmen and Simon Exner fused with the rhythm section of Gustaf Jorde Bass and Per Møller Jensen Drums make this fully addictive and captivating as the deathly growls from Thomas Josefsson punch hard into your cerebral cortex.
Then “Children of Stone” is let loose in the room. This is head bangingly magnificent as the Band work their magic and you strain your neck muscles and jump into the pit of Metal euphoria.
There is no let up as “The Coroner” annihilates your brain cells with its ferocious almost Industrial vibes it is full of speeding Drums and grinding Guitars!
This is Hellishly heavy and another I keep returning to.
Next we get the huge pulsating smashed face brutality of the title track “The Shadow Archetype” a Dark, Melodic and Dynamic piece that will have you completely transfixed as Evocation unleash their magical powers upon you.
“Blind Obedience” gives your head and neck a slight reprieve as the atmospheric acoustics wash over you softly soothing and the small spoken bit at the start will have you wondering and asking questions.
“Survival of The Sickest” is just short of three minutes of mosh pitted insanity its ferocity and violence will slam you into the pits of this Death Metal summoning!
“Sulphur and Blood” burns into your consciousness in a delirium of Old School Metal hooks and riffs. This is one to appease the older Metal head for sure.
“Imperium Fall” smashes into the room with a vitriolic intensity of huge proportions that leads on nicely to the final track “Dark Day Sunrise”its a full on culmination of killer riffs and killer intensity to bring this opus to a magnificent close.
I admit to not being a aficionado of all things Death Metal but “The Shadow Archetype” is astounding, mind blowing and addictive. This is one I will return to often.
Review by Seb Di Gatto – Score 9.8/10
01. Into Ruins
02. Condemned To The Grave
03. Modus Operandi
04. Children Of Stone
05. The Coroner
06. The Shadow Archetype
07. Blind Obedience
08. Survival Of The Sickest
09. Sulphur And Blood
10. Imperium Fall
11. Dark Day Sunrise
Label Metal Blade, release date March 10th 2017.