Johan Hegg of AMON AMARTH has laid down guest vocals on the forthcoming fourth album from Swedish death metallers EVOCATION. The as-yet-untitled CD is being recorded in part at IF Studios, the IN FLAMES-owned facility in Gothenburg, Sweden, with producer Roberto Laghi (IN FLAMES, SONIC SYNDICATE, HARDCORE SUPERSTAR). A late 2012 release is expected via the band’s new label home, Century Media Records.
Commented EVOCATION: “Do we need to say that [Johan] did an amazing job? As always when Johan is around, it’s easy to think that the thunder is roaring outside, when, in fact, it’s just his mighty voice which makes you think so! Thanx, Johan, for an amazing job!”
EVOCATION recently parted ways with bassist Martin “Tore” Toresson and is currently seeking a replacement.
As previously reported, Century Media Records will release the complete demo recordings of EVOCATION. Entitled “Evoked From Demonic Depths – The Early Years”, it will feature the following tracks:
01. A Wind Has Risen
02. Through The Darkened Peril
03. The Ancient Gate
04. Desolated Spirits
05. On A Journey To Heaven
06. Where The Headstones Shine
07. Veils Were Blown
08. Spiritual Affinity
10. On A Journey To Heaven (rehearsal)
11. Where The Headstones Shine (rehearsal)
12. Spiritual Affinity (rehearsal)
13. Veils Were Blown (rehearsal)
15. The Ancient Gate (live at Gamlestaden, Gothenburg 1992)
16. Genesis (live at Gamlestaden, Gothenburg 1992)
17. Where The Headstones Shine (live at Gamlestaden, Gothenburg 1992)
Tracks 1 to 4 are taken from the “The Ancient Gate” demo, tracks 5 to 9 from the “Promo 1992” demo. Tracks 10 to 13 are previously unreleased rehearsal tracks and as a very special the band has recorded the unreleased track “Genesis”, which has been written in 1992, but so far has never ever been available before (track 14). “Genesis” was recorded at IF Studios (IN FLAMES, THE HAUNTED) by producer Robert Laghi. All tracks have been mastered at Fascination Street Studio (OPETH, PARADISE LOST, ENSLAVED, GRAND MAGUS and many more). The remastering of the demo tracks was done using the original master tapes. The CD version also includes three live bootleg video enhancements as a bonus.
Besides the historical musical content, the release is packed with in-depth information on the history of EVOCATION. A foreword has been written by Anzo Sadoni (Metal Hammer), Björn-Thorsten Jaschinski (Rock Hard, Legacy) and Frank Schenk (Chaos magazine) took a deep dive into EVOCATION‘s history from their start in 1991 until the reunion in 2005 and on until the release of the band’s highly praised third studio album “Apocalyptic”. Guitarist Marko Palmén comments on every song and gives not just a glimpse but a detailed view into the writing process of the demos. All this information gets underlined by an elaborate usage of band photos, concert flyers and other visual content from the years 1991 to 1993 and the noble and balanced layout by Xaay (NILE, BEHEMOTH).
“Evoked From Demonic Depths – The Early Years” will be released as CD with 32-page booklet and an O-card as well as on deluxe 2LP (180g vinyls, gatefold sleeve, printed inner sleeves) and as digital download.
The album will be released on the following dates:
* Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Norway: Friday, June 22
* Spain, Italy: Tuesday, June 26
* Sweden, Finland, Hungary: Wednesday, June 27
* Rest Of Europe: Monday, June 25
* Australia, New Zealand: Friday, June 29
EVOCATION‘s third album, “Apocalyptic”, was released on October 29, 2010 via Cyclone Empire Records.