May 192012

Sweden’s Evocation are one of my favorite death metal bands. They are old school. I don’t mean they mimic the old-school sound. I mean they went to the old school when it was new and graduated with honors.

They recorded their first demo (The Ancient Gate) in 1992 and another promo that same year, and then in 1993 the band split up, despite interest being expressed by a number of labels. Evocation returned to life in 2006 with a demo of new material, and then three full-length albums were released between 2007 and 2010, the last of which was the wonderful Apocalyptic (2010).

Since the release of Apocalyptic, Evocation signed with Century Media. On June 26, Century will release Evoked From Demonic Depths – The Early Years, a compilation of demo, unreleased, and rehearsal material.  This isn’t the first comp of old Evocation material; another one was released in 2004 by a label named Breath of Night. But the new comp will include a different collection of songs and performances, as well as a 32-page booklet and three live bootleg videos from 1992.

One of the songs on the forthcoming comp appeared on that four-song  1992 demo, The Ancient Gate. It’s called “Through the Darkened Peril”, and earlier this week DECIBEL began an exclusive stream of the song. It’s a great song — but it’s actually been released before — and that brings me to Swedish Death Metal.

Swedish Death Metal is a book published in 2007 by Insision bassist Daniel Ekeroth. I haven’t read the book, but I’ve read about it. Ekeroth described the book this way: “Swedish Death metal. This is the improbable history of how it all began and evolved into the early ’90s. The book also includes a massive A-Z of Swedish death metal bands (about 900 entries) as well as fanzines. All in all, the book is 480 pages long, and contains over 500 cool pictures. About 30 central characters of the scene have been interviewed.”

In addition to publishing the book, a company called Index Verlag also released a 3-disk album (also called Swedish Death Metal) collecting almost four hours of early music by dozens of early Swedish bands, including many well known luminaries such as Nihilist, Nirvana 2002, Carnage, Grave, Dismember, Entombed, Unleashed, At the Gates, Marduk, Dissection, and Edge of Sanity. It also includes that Evocation song, “Through the Darkened Peril”.

Late last year, that entire compilation became available for the first time as a digital download on Amazon mp3 and iTunes. I’m really tempted to get the whole thing, though I’ve already cherry-picked a few tracks, one of which is that Evocation song that DECIBEL is now streaming.

Allow me to repeat: this is a great song, and it captures the style that led to a death metal explosion cross the world in the early- to mid-90s.  You can read an interview about the song with Evocation at that site HERE, and stream the song there, too.  Or you can hear it below as it appears on Swedish Death Metal:

“Through the Darkened Peril”

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By the way, if you want to catch up on more recent Evocation material, including videos, check out our previous posts about the band here.


  1. I am ashamed to admit that I just can’t really get into old school death metal.


    I do like Dismember’s Death Metal though. That’s kind of old school, right?

    • Yeah..that, along with Entombed’s early stuff, is pretty much the definitive Swedish death metal sound

    • Yup. If you like Dismember, then you can’t say you’re not really into old school death metal. But I’m sure there are other good reasons for you to be ashamed.

    • I’m with Phro to some extent, at least with the Swedish death metal. I do like what I’ve heard from Nirvana 2002 though.

    • LOL, Phro came out of the closet and admitted he’s a 3/4 douche. 🙂

      • Wait…3/4 douche??? Come on who did you get to do that genealogy. I’m pretty sure it’s like 1/2 douche on my mom’s side and only 1/16 douche on my dad’s side–at most–so I’m probably only like…umm…not that much douche.

    • I like that particular album, but I’m not sure about their other music.
      Generally, while I can appreciate old school death metal, I have hard time enjoying it outright.
      And I’d rarely choose newer death metal over old school death metal.
      Though that South African band, Architecture of Aggression, is kinda old school, and I like them too.

  2. Swedish death metal’s awesome but Finland was always the country that really did old school death metal right imo. Adramelech, Demigod, Rippikoulu, Convulse, Demilich, Purtenance, Sentenced, there’s just so many obscure gems there it’s ridiculous.

  3. Very Dismemberish for sure, I Like it!

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