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SWEDEN’S EVOCATION HAV E BEEN GIVEN A NEW LEASE OF LIFE AFTER FINDING A LABEL THAT BELIEVES IN THEM AND A FRESH LINE-UP. TERRORIZER DOCUMENTS THEIR TRIALS AND TRIBULATIONS TO UNEARTH THE NEW POSITIVES

It’s not every day you get a second chance in life, but a third is practically unheard of. Hailing from Borås, 60 kilometres south of Gothenburg, Evocation were famously hailed by legendary producer Tomas Skogsberg as “one of the most talented and promising acts I’ve ever worked with,” back in ’92 after they had recorded their debut demo ‘The Ancient Gate’ with him, one of the finest examples of catchy Swedeath the country had to offer at the time. Yet despite various offers from various esteemed labels, including No Fashion, Osmose and Relapse, and a second justas- promising recording, “life got in the way” as they put it and, barely out of their teenage years, these young men went their separate ways, most of them (besides their singer Tjompe who then joined Cemetary on bass) quitting music altogether. Twelve years later though, four out of five original members decided to give it another go. It’s no coincidence that their debut album ‘Tales From The Tomb’s (released in 2007, sixteen years after they first formed!) last track is a faithful cover of an old Entombed/Nihilist classic (‘Supposed To Rot’) as with ‘Tales…’, the boys simply chose to reconnect with their roots and by doing so, foresaw the then upcoming revival of the Stockholm death metal sound by quite a few years. After three successful albums on Cyclone Empire in five years and a massive European tour opening for their mates in Amon Amarth, they signed to Century Media and with 2012’s ‘Illusions Of Grandeur’, they allegedly released their most accessible work to date, still rooted in death metal yet also a melodic and extremely catchy piece of work that should have set the world on fire. Except that it didn’t: they never properly toured to promote as “the right offers never came,” admits guitarist Marko Palmén and before they knew it, the Kenttäkumpu brothers (Janne, drums and Vesa, guitar) who had co-founded the band in 1991 (and were heavily involved in the recording side of things after a studio had been installed few blocks from their home to give them more artistic freedom) quit the band, citing their “lack of motivation”. After fulfilling their three album contract with a compilation of their early works (‘Evoked From The Demonic Depths – The Early Years’) and a limited vinyl-only EP of covers (‘Excised And Anatomised’), Century Media vowed not to renew their partnership. So basically, by 2014, Evocation were two key members short, without label support and, it seemed to some, without much hope left for the future.

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Sitting here wrapping up this brand new issue of Terrorizer, I find myself realising how many ‘old’ bands or new bands with ‘old’ members have been on the cover over recent issues. I have come to the conclusion that it’s not because new bands are shit (just check out our Choice Cuts section for proof), it’s just that some of the old guard are still producing belting new albums and deserve the recognition. Obituary are no exception to this rule. It’s been around 26 years since I first set my eyes and ears on the death metal pioneers and they’ve always stayed close to my heart – hell, I still have my old personal bootleg of them playing Wrexham Memorial Hall at the start of the ’90s. They’ve had a few career wobbles since then, but their new self-titled album is testament to a band that can still deliver the goods and haven’t churned out formulaic rubbish. I hope you enjoy reading about the album’s creation and what being in Obituary means to all involved. Elsewhere there’s a heap of exciting new bands and projects covered including Venom Prison, Vodun, and the earth shatteringly ace OHHMS – all fucking incredible new bands. And then of course, we have some favourites who are back with new albums, so we hope you enjoy reading this all-encompassing issue. See you next month! Darren Sadler
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