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Style: Doom
Year of birth: 1992
Country: USA
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Biography of Band

EVOKEN was formed in April of 1992 by guitarist Nick Orlando under the name FUNEREUS. After rehearsing with various local musicians for a brief period, guitarist Phil Wilson & bassist/vocalist Rob Robichaud joined the band. Still needing a drummer, ex Body Of Christ drummer Vince Verkay was asked to join in June of 1992. With the lineup now complete, the band recorded their first two song rehearsal demo in July of 1992. This line up continued rehearsing into the early stages of 1993. It was at this point in time when the band decided to change their name to ASMODEUS.

Unfortunately, the next year and a half would come to be the band’s most difficult period as both Rob & Phil decided to leave. Faced with ending the band due to a lack of interested musicians, Nick & Vince kept the band afloat by rehearsing new material. Finally, in August of 1994, the band came upon ex Grim Legion guitarist/vocalist John Paradiso & bassist Bill Manley through ads placed in a local paper. With a new start and a new lineup, the band decided once again to change their name…for good…to EVOKEN. It was with this lineup that the band recorded their 2nd demo “Shades Of Night Descending” in October of 1994. It received great response and would eventually be re-released by Adipocere Records of France in 1996.

In 1995, EVOKEN decided to expand and improve their sound by adding keyboards. After meeting up with recently relocated & ex Infester drummer Dario Derna, it was realized that he was also a keyboard player and immediately asked him to join. After writing new material, this lineup entered the studio and recorded their 3rd demo in mid 1996 hoping to gain label interest. Lineup problems plagued the band once again though as Bill was asked to leave directly following the recording. Bill was replaced by bassist Steve Moran, and due to a continued lack of label interest, the band went into the studio once again in 1997 to record another demo. This time, the band gained the interest of at the time brand new label Elegy Records of New Jersey. The band went into the studio in early 1998 to record their now cult debut LP “Embrace the Emptiness”. Later that same year the band also recorded the track “Strange World” for an Iron Maiden tribute album on Dwell Records.

This lineup continued on together for years; playing shows and eventually recording another song for Dwell Record’s Black Sabbath tribute in 2000, their 2nd full-length album “Quietus” in 2001 & finally this lineup’s swansong...the 2002 demo. Dario would leave the band following this recording, deciding to move back to his hometown for personal reasons. The band continued on with the same lineup until early 2004; when the band decided to part ways with long time bassist Steve. This happened to come less than one month before the band had to enter the studio for their upcoming album. Without a keyboard player or bassist, the band asked friend Denny Hahn to join on keyboards. With a very short period of time to learn the material, the band entered the studio in March of 2004 to record their 3rd full length album “Antithesis Of Light” under somewhat chaotic conditions. All bass tracks were handled by John.

Enter the new and final phase of EVOKEN; in early 2006 longtime friend and current Methadrone mastermind Craig Pillard joined on bass. This lineup is currently working on new material that is the absolute best we’ve ever written, and hopefully it will see release in the very near future. The band is currently looking for a new label and will appease the doomed masses for now with a re-release of the “Embrace the Emptiness” CD on Solitude Productions from Russia.

Beware…for EVOKEN is mightier than ever and fully prepared to unleash such darkened desolation upon the world as yet to be seen…………

Members of Evoken

Current Members:
Nick Orlando (Founder). In Band at: 1992 - . Role: Guitars
Side projects: Funebrarum , Putrifact
Denny Hahn. In Band at: 2004 - . Role: Keyboards
John Paradiso. In Band at: 1994 - . Role: Vocals, Guitars, Bass
Side projects: Grim Legion
Vince Verkay. In Band at: 1992 - . Role: Drums
Side projects: Body Of Christ
Past Members:
Phil (The Beast). Period: 1992 - 1993. Role: Guitars
Rob Robichaud (Founder). Period: 1992 - 1993. Role: Bass
Dario Derna. Period: 1995 - 2001. Role: Keyboards
Side projects: Abazagorath, Infester , Krohm, Mephitium
Bill Manley. Period: 1994 - 1996. Role: Bass
Steve Moran. Period: 1996 - 2001. Role: Bass
Side projects: Inner Conflict
Neil LoRé (Guest). Period: 2002 - 2002. Role: Keyboards
Side projects: Del Vikings , Louis Lyman , Mindzeye , Neil LoRé , The Paladins , Sluggo , Starr Faithfull , Sympatico , Wilder Road
Tim Carlin (Guest). Period: 1995 - 1995. Role: Keyboards
Suzanne Bass (Guest). Period: 2001 - 2001. Role: Cello


MCD: Shades Of Night Descending (1996) Studio: Adipocere. Tracklist.
CD: Embrace The Emptiness (1998) Studio: Elegy. Tracklist.
CD: Quietus (2001) Studio: Avantgarde Music. Tracklist.
CD: Antithesis Of Light (2005) Studio: Avantgarde. Tracklist.
Lineup: John Paradiso - Vocals/Guitars/Bass; Nick Orlando - Guitars; Vince Verkay - Drums; Denny Hahn - Keyboards; Session Cello by Chris Kuffner
Comment: Produced by Evoken and Bumblefoot
Recorded, Mixed & Mastered by Bumblefoot at the Hermit Hole - Kendall Park, NJ
from March '04 to November '04.
Layout by Troll at Elegy Records

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