Evoken is an American funeral doom metal band from Lyndhurst, New Jersey, United States. Evoken is one of the earliest U.S. doom/death metal bands that are still active today, along with Novembers Doom and Rigor Sardonicous.

Evoken
Also known asFunereus (1992)
Asmodeus (1993)
OriginLyndhurst, New Jersey, United States
GenresFuneral doom
Years active1992–present
LabelsElegy Records, Avantgarde Music, I Hate, Profound Lore
MembersJohn Paradiso
Chris Molinari
Dave Wagner
Don Zaros
Vince Verkay
Past membersNick Orlando
Phil Wilson
Rob Robichaud
Bill Manley
Steve Moran
Dario Derna
Denny Hahn
Websiteevokendoom.net

HistoryEdit

Founding yearsEdit

The band was founded by guitarist Nick Orlando under the name Funereus in April 1992. The original line-up consisted of Rob (bass/vocals), Nick (guitar), Phil (guitar) and Vince (drums). They recorded a rehearsal demo in 1992, which would be the only release under the Funereus name. After briefly changing their name to Asmodeus the following year, the band eventually decided upon the name Evoken in 1994 after several line-up changes. The name was taken from the Thergothon song found on the Fhtagn nagh Yog-Sothoth demo.

Reaching mainstreamEdit

In 2003, Evoken headlined the Dutch Doomsday Festival during a brief European tour of the Netherlands, Belgium and the UK.[citation needed]

Evoken left Avantgarde Music of Italy after releasing two albums with the label and signed to Sweden's I Hate Records in January 2007.

Evoken returned to tour Europe in 2009, and again in 2011 for Roadburn Festival in the Netherlands. The following year they signed to Canada's Profound Lore Records and performed on the inaugural Decibel Magazine tour in Baltimore, Philadelphia, and New York City. 2012 saw the release of their fifth full-length album Atra Mors, which was Profound Lore's 100th release.

Stylistic influencesEdit

Evoken credits its main influences to be Australian band Disembowelment, England's Paradise Lost,[1] the American band Winter, and the Finnish band Thergothon.[2][3]

MembersEdit

Current
  • Vince Verkay – drums (1992–present)
  • John Paradiso – guitar, vocals (1994–present), keyboards (1994, 2007), bass (2004–2007)
  • Don Zaros – keyboards (2007–present)
  • Dave Wagner – bass (2008–present)
  • Chris Molinari – guitar (2009–present)
  • Randy Cavanaugh – guitar (2018–present)
Former
  • Nick Orlando – guitar (1992–2008), keyboards (2007)
  • Phil Wilson – guitar (1992)
  • Rob Robichaud – bass, vocals (1992–1993)
  • Bill Manley – bass (1994–1996)
  • Dario Derna – keyboards (1995–2002)
  • Steve Moran – bass (1996–2004)
  • Denny Hahn – keyboards (2003–2007)
  • Craig Pillard – Bass, Keyboards (2007)
Session
  • Charles Lamb – cello (1998)
  • Suzanne Bass – cello (1999)
  • Chris Kuffner – cello (2005)
  • Craig Pillard – bass (2007)
  • Brian Sanders – cello (2012)

TimelineEdit

DiscographyEdit

Studio albumsEdit

DemosEdit

  • Rehearsal/Demo 1992 (1992, as Funereus)
  • Shades of Night Descending (1994)
  • Promo 1996 (1996)
  • Promo 1997 (1997)
  • Promo 2002 (2002)

Split albumEdit

  • Evoken/Beneath The Frozen Soil (2010)

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "EVOKEN – Complete Work On New Album, MP3 Available". Profoundlorerecords.com. Retrieved 9 October 2020.
  2. ^ "CoC : Evoken : Interview : 4/12/2002". Chroniclesofchaos.com. Retrieved May 31, 2020.
  3. ^ "Ciné, Resto, Concert... Idées de sorties dans ma ville – 118 712". 118712.fr. Retrieved May 31, 2020.

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