EVOKEN — Quietus (review)

EVOKEN — Quietus album cover Album · 2001 · Funeral Doom Metal Buy this album from MMA partners
2/5 ·
thellama73
This is a tough one to rate. It is technically accomplished, competently performed, and well produced. From the crackling static that opens the album, to the atmospheric pianos and reverb drenched vocals, it certainly takes you to another place. However, I have reservations about rating it very highly because the music is so dark, so slow, and so heavy that for me it's practically unlistenable after the first couple of tracks, and this is coming from a guy who loves sludge/doom metal above almost any other metal genre.

Evoken truly takes wallowing in downtuned misery to new heights (or depths, I suppose I should say.) Almost all the songs are around ten minutes in length, and due to the extremely slow tempos they seem to drag on forever. There's no variety to speak of; the whole record is uniformly depressing.

Despite the album's many merits, in the end I had to go with a two star rating. You have to really, really like slower-than-molasses death metal in order to be able to enjoy this at all, so I would say it's for die hard genre fans only.
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J-Man wrote:
more than 2 years ago
I haven't heard this album, but I have to disagree with your comment. If he doesn't like the album because it's too slow or lacking in variety (which seemed to be his biggest complaint), he's not 'missing the point'. He simply doesn't like it. I wouldn't even say that it's a matter of not understanding funeral doom metal... he opens up the review by saying that he loves sludge and doom metal above almost all other metal genres :S
Wilytank wrote:
more than 2 years ago
If people aren't liking this because it's "too slow", they aren't getting the point. It's NOT death metal; it's funeral doom metal.

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