Looking outside today; it's a dark and gloomy winter morn in Michigan. While the grey skies roll in, I put on this disc for the first time. As the dreariness settles in, the murky sounds of Archon fill the house with the perfect compliment.
Evocation is 2 songs of pure stoner/doom sludge that make those dark skies just a little darker. The first song "Helena" is a 13 minute piece that once you hear the main riff you will have captured about 9o% of the song. This droning work of distorted guitar fuzz could be the soundtrack for your next torture session or you may think so at least after the relentless repetitive nature of the song.
Moving onto track 2, the 21 minute, "The Fate of Gods", gives you a better display of their talents. While this one is just as deep in the ooze of the sludge pits, the guitar work on here makes for a gothic feeling bit of medieval heavy metal. They pay homage to the very early Black Sabbath style with this almost totally instrumental work. The small amount of growling vocals only further give you the feeling of drowning in the murky depths that Archon dwells in.
While this is not the best work I have heard in this genre, it does show promise. Especially on the second song where there is a lot of musical diversity compared to their first offering. Don't expect to get your spirits lifted by this album. I would say that this one is like wallowing in whatever despair you might be feeling but it does so in a most interesting way! I would buy their next offering without question after hearing this disc.
2. The Fate of Gods