INTERVIEW TO EVOCATION
YOURSELVES TO OUR READERS...
"EVOCATION is a death metal band from Borås (Sweden). Back in -92 we did
two demo recordings. One of them is recorded in the nowadays famous Sunlight
Studios with the demon producer Tomas Skogsberg behind the wheels. These
two recordings has now been released on CD (Digipak) and LP (limited to
500 copies) by BREATH OF NIGHT RECORDS and distributed worldwide by MERCILESS
WHO ARE EVOCATION AS BAND MEMBERS?
"Thomas Josefsson - Vocals Janne Kenttäkumpu - Drums Vesa Kenttäkumpu
- Guitars Marko Palmén - Guitars... Besides EVOCATION we all have been
involved with other projects and bands. However today we consider EVOCATION
to be our main project. Thomas has been working with Cemetary/Sundown
(BLACK MARK/CENTURY MEDIA) for a couple of years. Janne has done some
hammering with Gripshift (which later became Rentokiller). Vesa has worked
a bit with Sundown (CENTURY MEDIA) and Stoneflow. He has also been busy
the last years working in studios. I have done some work with the Finnish
hardcore act Rajoitus (HARDCORE HOLOCAUST). Christian Saarinen who was
our Bass player is no longer with us since he nowadays lives in Stockholm
and felt that he had neither time nor energy. However it is not impossible
that he will be with us for live gigs in the future."
DID YOU START THE BAND?
"Me, Thomas and the Kenttäkumpu brothers formed EVOCATION back in the
fall of -91. Thomas and me used to play in different death/grind constellations
and so were Vesa and Janne to. It was when we all met up together that
magic started to happen."
WOULD YOU LIKE TO TALK ABOUT THE VERY FIRST BEGINNING OF BAND...
"It was a truly great period of my life. We rehearsed maybe 4-5 times
a week and used to hang out all the time together. EVOCATION was really
therapy for us, sometimes when you arrived to the rehearsals you could
be angry about something, but after 2-3 hours of practising you just felt
totally calm inside. Real aggression ventilating therapy! After having
founded EVOCATION we rehearsed for about three months and then we did
our first gig in a local place. A couple of months after that we went
up to Stockholm and recorded our first demo the 22 - 23 of February -91
in Sunlight Studios. That was a truly great experience, working with the
death metal legend Tomas Skogsberg. He was really professional and we
came along really great."
ABOUT YOUR PREVIOUS RECORDING-EFFORTS?
"The first time we recorded in a studio was when we recorded in Sunlight
Studios back in February -92. It was the best recording experience that
i ever have had. Tomas Skogsberg was so professional and fun to work with.
The whole recording session just took 16 hours. It was such a great atmosphere
being there and know that so many classic death metal albums like Entombeds
"Left hand path", "Clandestine" and Dismembers "Like an ever flowing stream"
had been recorded there. The second recording session was six months later
in studio GMP in Borås and it was actually a really bad studio. The gear
was ok but the studio technician was totally lost in space. He didn't
know what death metal was so he didn't know how it should sound. Therefor
the sound is not really what we had hoped for but after the circumstances
it is as ok as possible. Fortunately this studio is closed and i don't
think that the studio technician is working any more. If we would get
a deal where they offer us to go and record with Tomas Skogsberg again
we wouldn't hesitate for a moment. Unfortunately i think that he is´nt
working any more but i´m not sure."
WHAT'S ABOUT YOUR FOLLOWING?
"We will start recording our new album this summer and we are all really
longing to start recording. We have some old stuff that is leftover from
the early nineties. To minimise influences from later eras we will eat,
sleep and breathe death metal from the early nineties before we record
any new stuff. As a bonus i think we will also be doing covers of some
old favourite death metal tunes. I think that we will be doing Entombed
"But life goes on", Slayer "Read between the lies" and maybe Dismember
"And so is life". We will record it in Borås in the recording/rehearsal
studio that we are building together with our friends in Lake Of Tears.
The studio is almost finished now and we are really looking forward to
start up rehearsing our new riffs."
MOST IMPORTANT FACTS IN YOUR HISTORY?
"The Kenttäkumpu brothers, Thomas and me formed the death metal band EVOCATION
in the fall of -91 in Borås (Sweden). After a few months of rehearsing
and some gigs we did our first recording 22-23 February -92 in Sunlight
Studios (Stockholm) with the demon-producer Tomas Skogsberg behind the
wheels. It resulted in a 3-track + intro (A Wind Has Risen, Through The
Darkened Peril, The Ancient Gate, Desolated Spirits) demo limited to 500
copies named "The Ancient Gate". The fact that it was recorded in just
16 hours made the sound extremely raw and brutal. Skogsberg also wrote
a letter of recommendation and promoted EVOCATION to some of the major
death metal labels at that time (CENTURY MEDIA, EARACHE, NUCLEAR BLAST,
PEACEVILLE etc.). Some time after the recording Tomas Skogsberg in an
interview named EVOCATION as the best demo band that he had worked with.
The name, "The Ancient Gate", refers to one of the seven gates to other
dimensions described in the most evil of all books, "Necronomicon" written
by the "Mad Arab" Abdul Alhazred which was a source of inspiration for
us at the time. Vesa and me made all music and lyrics for this demo and
Vesa also plays bass on this recording. Six months later in September
-92 we recorded 4 tracks (On A Journey, Where The Headstones Shine, Veils
Were Blown, Spiritual Affinity) for a promotape at GMP Studios (Borås).
Just previous to this, we also had recruited bass player Christian Saarinen
from the goth metal band Cemetary (BLACK MARK). After the recording we
did a couple of more gigs including a big event in Gothenburg, which featured
Dismember as headline. In the autumn of -93 EVOCATION was put on ice for
some years despite the fact that several labels (BLACK MARK, NO FASHION,
OSMOSE PRODUCTIONS, ROADRUNNER) had shown interest in signing us. The
main reason for putting EVOCATION on ice was differences within the band
of what musical direction to take. Today we agree upon that EVOCATION
is nothing else but pure death metal and shall so remain. In -01, we decided
to see if any label was interested in releasing our previously recorded
material. BREATH OF NIGHT RECORDS contacted us and in November -04 the
self-titled debut album was released on CD (Digipak) and LP (limited to
500 copies) and distributed worldwide by MERCILESS RECORDS. Since the
winter of 04/05 we are producing new material and the plan is to start
recording next album by this summer where Vesa also will play the bass.
Christian will not be with us for this recording since he felt that he
neither had time or energy, however it is not impossible that Christian
will be featured in live gigs in the future. I think that summons it up!"
DID YOU SIGN FOR MERCILESS RECORDS?
"When we decided to defrost EVOCATION in -01 we sent out promo packages
to several labels. Akhenaten at BREATH OF NIGHT RECORDS contacted us and
said that he loved this kind of old school Swedish death metal. In November
-04 the album finally was released and distributed worldwide by MERCILESS
RECORDS. A big thanks to Volker at MERCILESS RECORDS who made it happen
and Akhenaten at BREATH OF NIGHT RECORDS for signing us."
WHAT'S ABOUT THE PRODUCTION OF ALBUM?
"The first four tracks (A Wind Has Risen, Through The Darkened Peril,
The Ancient Gate, Desolated Spirits) are recorded at Sunlight Studios
so the sound quality is really good and the production is a real killer.
The last four tracks (On A Journey, Where The Headstones Shine, Veils
Were Blown, Spiritual Affinity) are recorded at GMP studios in Borås.
The sound quality and the production are after the circumstances on these
four last tracks as good as possible but it is not Sunlight quality."
ANY PARTICULAR CONCEPT CONCERNING THE ALBUM?
"Actually there is no particular concept about it except that we only
wanted to use stuff from the time era when we played together in the beginning
of the nineties."
WHAT'S THE MOOD OF IT?
"I think there is a cold, evil, spiritualistic atmosphere over the album.
It really breathes death metal recorded in Sunlight Studios."
WHAT DO YOU WANT TO EVOCATE?
"I think that there is´nt anything special that we want to evocate except
maybe make people aware of that there are other ways of seeing on things
in our lives."
THE MOST SALIENT ASPECTS OF YOUR NEW ALBUM?
"It is a product of its time. It is authentic, pure Swedish death metal
recorded in Sunlight Studios back in the magic year of -92 with Tomas
Skogsberg behind the wheels. "
WHAT'S ABOUT THE FEEDBACK?
"Amazingly it has been overall positive with great reviews and lots of
interviews. When we decided to defrost EVOCATION in -01 we didn't know
that we would step right in to some kind of revival wave for old school
Swedish death metal. We all were just astonished that there were so many
maniacs like us out there that still loves this kind of death metal."
WHAT DO YOU WANT TO COMMUNICATE WITH YOUR SOUND?
"Raw, pure and fucking brutal death metal!!!"
"For the moment there are no touring plans, but next year we will probably
do some gigs. I don't think that it will be any big tours, just a few
gigs at festivals and other special occasions. I think that EVOCATION
will mainly be a record releasing band in the future but there will be
live gigs as well."
YOUR LIFE'S PHILOSOPHY?
"Why sit home and worry about stuff when you can grab a cold beer and
enjoy the situation!!!"
THE FUTURE OF THE BAND?
"For the moment we are building a recording/rehearsal studio together
with our friends in Lake Of Tears. It will be finished by this summer
and then we will start rehearsing new material for the next album. Hopefully
we will be finished with recordings sometime during the fall and then
the next album will be out by next year. Probably we will be doing some
gigs also next year."
ANY LAST REMARKS?
"Thanks a lot for the interview and keep supporting the underground death
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