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Evocation: Excised and Anatomised
Death Metal
Century Media Records
September 3rd, 2013
Release length: 20:51
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It’s been a little less than a year since Sweden’s Evocation released their fourth full-length album, Illusions of Grandeur through Century Media Records. Now, with the addition of bassist Gustaf Jorde, they present a five song EP of covers titled Excised and Anatomised. The band tackle some of the greatest bands Death Metal has to offer, and have selected their most well known songs to be included on this release. But, does this nearly twenty-one minute EP pay homage to the groups well, or is this just a mediocre attempt at praising those that could be considered gods among the style?

For the most part, Excised and Anatomised shows a band paying their respects well. The cover of Bolt Thrower‘s “…For Victory” is a rich, slower performance that captures the atmosphere the original performance had pretty well. The vocals present a great deal of enthusiasm, something that really adds to the experience of every track on this recording, though the music doesn’t always capture that spirit outside the guitar solos. The crisp audio quality does sharpen the buzz of the distortion on the guitars, and the bass in this track is present enough to help make the song infectious enough to move your head along to. The Carcass classic “Corporal Jigsore Quandary” drops the buzzing distortion, finding a richer, deeper replacement that the song really takes advantage of to amplify the impact of the varied raspy vocal styles and louder bass presence, all making it the best of the five, and absolutely impossible to not bang your head to.

But, not all the songs sound as rich as those two. The cover of Edge of Sanity‘s “Enigma” really sounds thin in the guitars, though the vocals are still energetic. Then you have the At the Gates classic “Terminal Spirit Disease,” which does have some deeper areas that are similar to “For Victory…,” but the the sharper buzzing distortion can end up a bit thin outside the chorus and towards the end. This is really the only song where the music has some additional energy, and doesn’t just carry a serious, almost business-like focus on musical accuracy, lending a hint of fun to the performance that will have you less focused on those aforementioned faults, and more on why the song is just a great composition in the first place. And then there’s Napalm Death‘s “You Suffer,” a four-second cover song of a two-second track. Yes, it’s one many fans know, but there’s so many others that exist that would have fit the concept of this album far better.

Excised and Anatomised is a solid throwback to the legends of the Death Metal genre that helped to make the style what it is today, and on that group you simply have to respect it. Of course, more would be given if all the songs weren’t the most obvious of selections, and already so widely covered, especially when it comes to the Napalm Death track “You Suffer.” This is one of those songs known more for its infamy, which is it’s entry in Guinness as the world’s shortest song. On top of that you have that it has been covered by more Death Metal and Grindcore bands live or in studio than you would ever be able to count. Had Evocation chosen some less-than-obvious songs to cover, and had the thinner buzzing in some spots thickened up, primarily during “Enigma,” this would be a great nod to the groups that obviously inspired them. So, if you want to hear them do a few covers, Excised and Anatomised is worth checking out, though, if you’re more a casual listener, or even new to the group, this is something you’re better off waiting to grab from the used section of your local retailer, or waiting on an audio stream on a metal site or blog.

01. …For Victory (Bolt Thrower cover) – 4:39
02. Corporal Jigsaw Quandary (Carcass cover) – 5:30
03. You Suffer (Napalm Death cover) – 0:04
04. Enigma (Edge of Sanity cover) – 5:52
05. Terminal Spirit Disease (At the Gates cover) – 3:46
Initial Pressing Score: 6/10

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Digital review copy of this release provided by Century Media Records.