Cunoscuta ca una dintre trupele fondatoare ale scenei americane de death/funeral doom metal, Evoken va lansa pe 9 noiembrie cel de-al 6-lea album de studio, intitulat “Hypnagogia”. Discul, primul dupa o pauza de 6 ani de la aparitia “Atra Mors” contine 8 piese si este disponibil in format CD, dublu vinyl si digital download sub egida Profound Lore Records.
“Hypnagogia” a fost inregistrat in studiourile Sound Spa din New Jersey cu ajutorul lui Steven DeAcutis in timp ce artwork-ul poarta semnatura lui Adam Burke.
Bateristul Vince Verkay a declarat:
“As we do on every record we definitely wanted to avoid repeating ourselves. We wanted to keep it Evoken of course, but go a little deeper with melody and arrangement and also try new things – to present the listener with an emotionally exhausting record. “Hypnagogia” also sees Evoken delve into their first concept album. Themes and lyrics is based around WWI and its physiological impact on those who fought. It’s used metaphorically about events that impacted me the past three years, which I will keep to myself. But the story behind this WW1 theme is based on a soldier who was so bitter about being lied to and is losing his life. He’s wounded in battle and decides to write a journal of his final hours, describing what he sees and what he feels as his life is slipping away. Feeling cheated, he makes a pact with a sadistic god that he can leave a part of his soul, which contains all of his suffering, within this journal. To feel some sort of vengeance, anyone who reads this journal releases that part of his soul and it attaches itself to the reader like a host. Each emotion being experienced as if they too were there. As the reader descends into a deep despair, they cannot handle this suffering, deciding to take their own life. Once gone, that part of their soul, containing all the misery is taken by the writer’s misery-laden soul and attaches itself to this journal again, increasing its powerful grip onto the next reader and each time its read with its power increasing.”
1. The Fear After
2. Valorous Consternation
4. Too Feign Ebullience
6. Ceremony Of Bleeding
8. The Weald Of Perished Men