The beginning of the end (1991-1992)
Marko, Thomas and the Kenttäkumpu brothers, all originating from Borås, formed the Swedish death metal band EVOCATION in the fall of 1991. In 1992 two demos were recorded. The first one was produced by Tomas Skogsberg in Sunlight Studio and resulted in a 4-track-demo limited to 500 copies titled ”The Ancient Gate”. Bass player Christian “Kricke” Saarinen, from CEMETARY reinforced the EVOCATION line-up and they recorded the second demo.
At the end of 1992 EVOCATION was considered as one of the most interesting death metal acts from Sweden. Despite the fact that several major labels contacted the band, EVOCATION was put on ice in the autumn of 1993 due to musical differences. From 1993, members of EVOCATION have been involved in various projects such as CEMETARY/SUNDOWN and LAKE OF TEARS.
In 2001, the band was contacted by Breath Of Night Records and in November 2004 EVOCATION returned from the dead as the two demos were released worldwide as a self titled full length on CD & LP.
Tales From The Tomb (2005-2008)
In the summer of 2005 EVOCATION was about to start rehearsing again. Before the reunion bass player Kricke parted ways with the band since he neither had time or energy to start playing again. As a replacement, a new four stringed bender called Martin “Tore” Toresson was recruited in the summer of 2005. After having recorded a three track demo in 2006, EVOCATION inked a multi album deal with the German label CYCLONE EMPIRE RECORDS in the beginning of 2007. In April 2007 the “Tales from the Tomb” album with artwork by Dan Seagrave saw first daylight. TFTT earned massive appraisal all over Europe and was also voted on position 4 of “Best album of the year” in 2007 by all journalists of Metal Hammer (DE). In support of the album EVOCATION played numerous Festivals including Wacken Open Air (DE) and Jalometalli Metal Music Festival (FI).
Dead Calm Chaos (2008-2009)
In October 2008 EVOCATION released the second full length album “Dead Calm Chaos” which was recorded & mixed in the newly built EVOCATION Studio. DCC saw guest appearances of Anders Björler from At The Gates/The Haunted & Dan Swanö from Bloodbath/Edge of Sanity. Artwork & layout was made by Travis Smith (Slayer, Opeth, Bloodbath etc.). The album was appraised all over Europe and also named by some as the “Left Hand Path” of the decade. DCC earned number 1 positions on soundchecks in Germany (Legacy Mag) and Sweden (Close-Up). The success also secured EVOCATION a European Tour together with Cannibal Corpse, Dying Fetus and Obscura and major Summer Festival shows such as Summer Breeze Open Air (DE), Party.San Open Air (DE), Rock Hard Open Air (DE), Kaltenbach Open Air (AT) etc. EVOCATION also became signed with the international booking agency CONTINENTAL CONCERTS (Children of Bodom, Amon Amarth etc.).
In early 2010 EVOCATION started to record the third full length album titled Apocalyptic. For the production of the new album the band has been working in EVOCATION Studio. Drums have been produced together with Roberto Laghi (In Flames, Hardcore Superstar etc.). Cover artwork and layout has been made by the Polish artist Xaay (Behemoth, Nile, Vader etc.). After having established themselves as one of Sweden’s most important Death Metal acts during the last years, this album sees EVOCATION take Death Metal to another level both as musicians but also as songwriters. No one will be left untouched by Apocalyptic. The album will be promoted by the band with massive Touring and Festival shows. The European release is scheduled for the 29th of October through CYCLONE EMPIRE RECORDS. Apocalyptic will also be licensed in the US & Canada by METAL BLADE RECORDS.