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Evocation - Excised And Anatomised

Published August 31 2013

=Staff's pick

…For Victory (Bolt Thrower cover)*
Corporal Jigsore Quandary (Carcass cover)*
You Suffer (Napalm Death cover)
Enigma (Edge Of Sanity cover)
Terminal Spirit Disease (At The Gates cover)

Genre Death Metal
Thomas Josefsson
Tracks 5
Vesa Kenttäkumpu
Running time 21 Min.
Marko Palmén
Label Century Media
Gustaf Jorde
Release 19 August 2013
Janne Kenttäkumpu Bodén
Country Sweden
Producer Dan Swanö
Similar artists At The Gates, Amon Amarth

Following last year's full-length album Illusions Of Grandeur, Evocation is now returning to their roots with Excised And Anatomised, an EP consisting of covers from five bands that have been important influences in the inception of Evocation. The first track covers ...For Victory by Bolt Thrower and right from the start you realize that these covers sound exactly as you would imagine - like Evocation playing Bolt Thrower, Carcass and At The Gates. Since Bolt Thrower is a personal favourite band of mine, I can't help but smile when those first notes of …For Victory hammer you like an artillery battery.

To be honest, you can't really expect any mind-blowing covers that take these songs in new directions entirely. This isn't necessarily a bad thing, nor is it the band's intention to do anything else than pay tribute to some of their great sources of inspiration. And as a tribute, and a salute, this EP does the job. For example, the cover of Napalm Death's classic tune You Suffer really captures the spirit and anguish of the original, while adding another perspective to an already fantastic song. Jokes aside, it's of course hilarious that they chose to do a cover of the world record holder for shortest recorded song ever at 1.316 seconds.

The weakest song on the EP, in my opinion, is Terminal Spirit Disease. Not necessarily because it's the most boring song but rather because it's the most boring choice since At The Gates and Evocation already have pretty similar sounds. So the result doesn't really differ that much from the original, as opposed to the other songs that originally have very different sounds and styles.

The production really is spot on. This is how I want Evocation's upcoming releases to sound - more like their untamed, brutal debut album than last year's Illusions Of Grandeur which in my opinion suffered from a weak production without edge. I can't really score the song writing on a cover EP, so my score is largely based on the band's performance, and somewhat more loosely on the originality. These covers don't really bring anything new to the originals - but they are very well executed and I do enjoy this EP, especially …For Victory and Corporal Jigsore Quandary which are two songs that I really cherish, by two bands that deserve a lot more praise than they're getting.

See also review of: Illusions Of Grandeur , Evoked From Demonic Depths - The Early Years








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