Evocation - The Shadow Archetype album review

Sweden’s death metal originals churn up more melody

Cover art for Evocation - The Shadow Archetype album

You can trust Louder Our experienced team has worked for some of the biggest brands in music. From testing headphones to reviewing albums, our experts aim to create reviews you can trust. Find out more about how we review.

A quarter-century after Evocation’s formation, it’s still obvious why legendary producer Tomas Skogsberg said they were one of the best bands he had worked with. They might have split up initially in 1993 after only two demos and suffered a severe setback four years ago, when two of their key members threw in the towel after four post-reunion albums that ranged from great (Tales From The Tomb, Illusions Of Grandeur) to so-so (Apocalyptic), but The Shadow Archetype immediately twists the knife where it hurts the most. Newcomer – and little cousin of first six-stringer Marko Palmén – Simon Exner from deathcore squad As You Drown may have brought in a slicker guitar sound and an even tighter approach enhanced by a stellar session job from former Haunted skinbasher Per Jensen, but Evocation still come across as the perfect union of Entombed’s abrasiveness and Amon Amarth’s flair for hooks. Like Edge Of Sanity before them, the Swedes never overlook the added value of a good chorus and Thomas ‘Tjompe’ Josefsson has the perfect pipes to do it.