2013
02.04

Format: CD
Release Date: 04.02.2013
Country: Russia
Genre: Psychedelic Doom Metal

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Solitude Productions proudly presents the second full-length album of Evoke Thy Lords released after the long pause in group activity. This time the Siberian musicians dramatically change their sound and style positioning themselves among the most interesting and original bands of the Russian doom metal scene. The renovated Evoke Thy Lords include solid guitar sound, powerful groove base and meditative trance dressed with hypnotic flute sounds. Filled with extra heavy riffs and psychedelic elements “Drunken Tales” is undoubtedly an event in stoner doom metal. The bonus track “Cause Follows Effect” finalizes the album giving the end to the space walk.

Tracklist:
1. Routine Of Life
2. Dirty Game
3. Down The Drain
4. Dregs
5. Cause Follows Effect

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  1. Review
    Terroraiser
    10/10

    По правде говоря, со мной не часто бывает такое, что прослушав диск один раз – я немедленно повторил программу. Однако российской группе EVOKE THY LORDS удалось меня принудить к этому. И все потому, что музыка группы несет такой отпечаток своеобразия, что разобраться в нем захотелось немедленно! Представьте смесь ранних BLACK SABBATH и JETHRO TALL, и вы поймете, что музыка здесь довольно необычная. От первых взяты мощные раскатистые риффы, от вторых – волшебные звуки флейты. Такой синтез даже не нуждается в вокале, хотя он здесь и есть, причем в разных формах – и гроулинг, и чистый. И даже женский. Но играет он довольно скромную роль. Основную нагрузку несет именно инструментальная часть, и справляются с ней музыканты на “отлично”. Даже подозрительно напоминающий вступление к “Hells Bells” от AC/DC основной рифф в композиции “Dirty Game” отнюдь не портит картину. Если это получилось случайно – то этого говорит о композиторском таланте музыкантов, ну а если все же его одолжили у австралийцев – то все равно, найти классный рифф и творчески его переработать – это тоже надо уметь. Отличная и своеобразная работа, которая хотя и уходит корнями в глубокое прошлое, но звучит по-настоящему свежо и современно.

    Author: Thrashmentor

  2. Review
    Metal Revolution
    7.6/10
    17.02.2014

    Yet another review from Russian-based Solitude Productions and yet another doom metal record. This time it is Evoke Thy Lords, a stoner doom metal act from Russian Federation (Novosibirsk city).

    Drunken Tales is their second full-length material, a five-tracker album. Actually, it contains only four original and ordinary song and one closing bonus track named “Cause Follows Effect”. This track finalizes the album giving the end to the space walk.

    Their sound is not entirely about doom but also contains some southern vibe; accompanied by some sludge and 70s rock elements, which gives this extra layer to their music. Heavy guitar tunes, excellent riffing, gruff and groovy vocals (although the album is almost devoid of vocals which is quite strange?!), powerful bass groove and hypnotic jazz flute sounds, providing a pretty unique and enjoyable vibe, are just some of the things one can hear on this record.

    Songs are perfectly composed and song structures are really fantastic. There’s a certain amount of heaviness, catchiness but also psychedelia and melancholia which makes it quite diverse and enjoyable to listen to.

    Drunken Tales is not like any other album popping up once in a wide from Solitude Productions. This shit is different and an opus that is brilliant mostly due to its instrumentation. Recommended for fans of Down, Kyuss, Saturnus, Corrosion Of Conformity, My Dying Bride, Cathedral etc.

    Author: Bato

  3. Review
    Atmosfear Magazine №12
    8/10

    Долго же пришлось ждать новый альбом от этой российской команды. Их дебютник “Escape to the Dreamlands” вышел еще в 2008 году, и после этого группа пропала на несколько лет. Сменив издающий лейбл, музыканты все-таки нашли в себе силы выпустить свой второй альбом. Надо сказать, что без сюрпризов не обошлось. Если раньше сибиряне исполняли стандартный gothic/doom metal, то сейчас музыканты заиграли psychedelic stoner/doom metal. Отчего такие перемены – непонятно, но стоит признать, что такие изменения пошли группе, только на пользу. Материал стал намного интереснее и слушается можно сказать на одном дыхании. Противная флейта, правда, никуда не делась, но это уже мелочи. В остальном же, очень даже положительные впечатления. Так что при оказии настоятельно рекомендую ознакомиться с данным релизом.

    Author: CS

  4. Review
    Doom Metal Front magazine #11
    9/10

    Wer hätte jemals auch nur ansatzweise gedacht, dass Mr. Ian Anderson eine Doom Metal-Band gründen würde? Genau, niemand, weil es sich nicht um die Quer-„Flöte“ von JETHRO TULL, sondern um die von Irina Mirzaeva von der sibierischen Band EVOKE THY LORDS handelt. Der Vergleich liegt schon aufgrund der klanglichen Qualität nahe. Aber nicht nur das klassische Instrument, sondern die gesamte Saiten- und Rhythmusfraktion bewegt sich auf einem dermaßen hohen spielerischen Niveau, dass ich geneigt bin, Drunken Tales als eines der progressivsten, interessantesten, weil vielschichtigsten, wenn nicht sogar professionellsten Doom-Alben der letzten Zeit zu bezeichnen. Alleine der Name impliziert die Immanenz des Doom. Allerdings hatte ich nicht erwartet, eine Band vorgesetzt zu bekommen, die sich wie mein Lieblingssong vom ersten CATHEDRAL-Album, nur eben peppiger im Songaufbau und der Rhythmik anhört. Dringendst zu empfehlen!

    “‘Drunken Tales’ is one of the most progressive, most interesting, maybe most professionell Doom Metal albums of the last time. Comes with topnotch flutes, reminscent of Ian Anderson of JETHRO TULL – and of early CATHEDRAL, when talking about the heavy riffs, but served with more pep and diversity.”

    Author: Sven Mihlan

  5. Review
    Metalizer
    5/5

    Уставший и изможденный, тихим поздним вечером он одиноко брёл в почти что заброшенном захолустном городке, переживающем весь упадок техногенного кризиса, пытаясь уйти от преследовавших его проблем и забот, наивно полагая, что таким образом они останутся далеко позади, не идя следом и не догнав его в самое ближайшее время. Но нет, они неустанно шли рядом, собственно говоря, они всегда были при нём. Нависшие проблемы молча, словно тень, шаг за шагом плелись за ним. Поняв всю безысходность ситуации, он свернул в тёмный переулок, и завидев огромную разноцветную неоновую вывеску бара, так заманчиво приглашающую внутрь, он решительно перешагнул его порог. Оглядев разом всё помещение, в котором было не так много посетителей, он понял, что не ошибся и пришёл по адресу, чтобы крепко выпить. А на фоне играла тихая спокойная музыка. И первая мысль астронавта, рвущаяся наружу, что скоро надо возвращаться на космическую станцию Last Frontier FX7 для передачи груза, практически сразу растворилась в первом стакане алкоголя…. Как бы вам того ни хотелось, но вам придется послушать эти “Пьяные сказки”. За кадром – отечественная формация Evoke Thy Lords.
    Коллектив, в первую очередь, примечателен экспериментами в звучании. Сегодня команда открывает новую главу своей истории – это психоделичный doom/stoner с флейтой, гроулом, женским вокалом и космической тематикой. Остальное кажется под действием психотропных препаратов – такова общая атмосфера, наполненная вязкостью и жидким состоянием какого-то вещества, которое обычно используют для погружения в анабиоз. Всё переплетается – дурман, алкоголь, эйфория, сон; в результате – лёгкость и релаксация, настоящий побег от причин, вызывающих хандру. Всё дело в представлении, понимании и восприятии. Кстати, местами встречается грувовый фундамент и наследие рока 1970-х годов. Но самый смак – в длительности релиза. Пять полновесных треков, несмотря на продолжительные временные рамки каждого, проплывают на одной волне, оставляя за собой приятный след благозвучия, где любой аккорд можно попробовать на вкус, лениво потягиваясь и наслаждаясь извлеченной нотой в отдельности.
    В редкие вокальные темы даже не стоит вникать, так как они наслаиваются на музыку и выполняют функцию скорее фона, нежели несущую основу. Женского голоса стало гораздо меньше по сравнению с прошлой работой “Escape to the Dreamlands” (2008), что следует отметить как плюс. Оставив как можно больше пространства для музыки, группа выиграла во многом, подчеркнув всю многофактурность релиза. Гитары, которые образуют своеобразный кокон, и мягкая флейта, иногда берущая на себя задачи соло-партий, придают диску искру утончённой экстравагантности.
    Он проснулся на утро от разбудивших его громких звуков только что приземлившегося торгового звездолёта, с трудом осознавая где находится и как попал сюда. Вот и настал новый день с вернувшимися обратно проблемами. А яркое солнце чужой планеты лукаво ласкало своими оранжевыми лучами… Релиз предоставлен Solitude Productions.

    Атмосфера – 5/5
    Техника – 5/5
    Материал – 5/5
    Реализация – 5/5

    Author: Валентина PANTERA Катышева

  6. Review
    Vibrations of Doom
    9.4/10

    I could stop the review right here just by saying it’s on Solitude Productions, as you all know how I feel about their releases. Still, it would be a crying shame if I used the usual terms to describe this band; suffice it to say I have really enjoyed this a lot more than the score would reflect. SO: what does it sound like? Well, for starters, it reminds me a LOT of Pan.thy.monium, without all the random, chaotic elements! Think more controlled and “locked in.” The flutes on this one will evoke (pardon the pun) memories of the earliest Cathedral album “Forest Of Equilibrium” and Shape Of Despair’s “Shades Of…” but that’s about where the comparisons end. Vocals are the usual deep death growls, but CD “bonus track” ‘Cause Follows Effect’ utilizes NICE female vocals that are done very well; contrary to their first followup (rare, though I actually have heard it) the female vocals are NOT operatic, but rather lower toned and fit well with the music. My biggest and only complaint with the disc are the opening guitars on the opening cut ‘Routine Of Life,’ which have a sort of twang to them, but I think I’m more used to them now that when I first started listening to the disc. The flutes are a PROMINENT feature of the disc, oftentimes getting their own space and making for a spacey, dreamy and killer atmosphere (even going so far as to be used to create ambient landscapes like
    on the cut ‘Dregs.’ The tracks are from 7 to 9 minutes long, so Evoke Thy Lords obviously has a framework that they operate in (three of the tracks are 9 minutes each). I questioned at first the 9 minute instrumental, but it’s obvious that they take their approach from not only stoner rock, sludge and doom metal, but the group tends to have that slight “jam band” approach. Vocals are quite minimal (save for the last track), and folks, this is something you might want to pursue if you long for a band invoking the spirit of Pan.thy.monium, this band is WELL worth checking out. Plus, it’s on Solitude Productions, as well, so I think nothing more needs to be said!

  7. Review
    Doom-Metal.com
    19.06.2013

    The musical path Russians Evoke Thy Lords are following is really not so common. Founded in 2002 in Novosibirsk, the biggest city of Siberia, the band, on its first release in 2008, played a punchy kind of Gothic Metal festooned with interesting folky touches. Five years later, here comes the band with its sophomore album, ‘Drunken Tales’, and what have you got? Stoner Doom! The connection between Gothic and Stoner isn’t really obvious, apart from their respective links with the Doom Metal genre, making it a pretty strange metamorphosis to say the least.
    It’s a metamorphosis which could also become quite a controversial topic when thinking about it: let’s be honest, the whole Stoner/Sludge/Psychedelic scene has become pretty popular these days, and this evolution could be seen by some as an opportunistic move…

    Fortunately, this new album is good enough to make me forgive anything. If you’re already familiar with the band, you’ll quickly notice that they still make good use of some ingredients that could already be found on their debut. First, the vocals: Alexey Koslov’s growl is an interesting testimony to the Doom Death roots of the band, despite the album being largely instrumental. It’s especially noticeable on ‘Cause Follows Effect’ – the final track (which was also part of the Doom-Art.ru 2009 compilation and therefore is probably a little bit older than the other songs on ‘Drunken Tales’) – where the singer delivers a very guttural growl which gives the track an always-appreciated aggressive edge. This song, offered as a “bonus”, also features a guest female singer, whose voice, while less technical and lyrical than the female singer’s on the previous album, has a more sensual tone which perfectly fits the moods.

    As on their debut, you also find here a flute player whose contribution softens Evoke Thy Lords’ music a lot: it brings about enchanting melodies and a Progressive Rock edge which keeps the tracks interesting despite their length; to me, it is really one of the album’s most captivating features, making it turn out to be much richer than expected – a little too rich for some perhaps… Be forewarned though: if you like your Stoner Doom ugly and raw this ‘Drunken Tales’ might not be your cup of tea, although the Russians manage to stay heavy enough to be enjoyed by the average doomster. In fact, the guitar and bass work is pretty solid: nothing really astounding, but it’s groovy and massive as it should be.

    To conclude, although it will not appeal to everybody, I can’t really fault this second effort. Without being revolutionary, Evoke Thy Lords have succeeded in developing their own personality in an overcrowded genre, and offer us a good album making a kind of bridge between Blood Ceremony and Ramesses. A successful metamorphosis, then…

    Author: Louis Halard

  8. Review
    Metal.de
    7/10
    08.08.2013

    Auch wenn EVOKE THY LORDS scheinbar auf alkoholinduzierten Rausch beim Erzählen ihrer Geschichten zu schwören scheinen, empfehlen sich für den Genuß von “Drunken Tales” fraglos Rauschmittel pflanzlicher Art, beides vorzugsweise an einem friedlichen, warmen, freien Tag kombiniert, man will im Stoner Doom/Rock ja nicht hetzen und schon gar nicht an den nächsten Arbeitstag denken. So weit so normal für ein Genre, das aktuell ein enormes Revival feiert aber allzu oft lediglich bekannte Formeln wiederholt,…

    …denen sich EVOKE THY LORDS aber offenkundig verweigern. Bemerkenswert ist bereits, dass, immerhin sind wir hier bei Solitude Productions, hier Russen am Werk sind, genauer gesagt vier Doomster aus dem sibirischen Novosibirsk und bekanntlich ist da ja nix mit Wüste, Kakteen und heißem Sand. Skurriler ist jedoch die Art und Weise, wie EVOKE THY LORDS ihren überaus soliden, von Sabbath-Groove durchzogenen und mit furztrockenen Gitarren dahinriffenden Stoner Doom über das gewöhnliche Maß hinausheben: nämlich mit einer Flöte als Lead-Instrument. Das an sich gute, mit ausreichend schmissigen Parts gespickte aber nicht überaus spektakuläre Songwriting wird durch den von Irina Drebushchak bedienten Holzbläser enorm aufgewertet. Den vorwiegend instrumental gehaltenen fünf Songs wird so ein ziemlich psychedelisch-progressiver, fast schon folkiger Touch verpasst, der “Drunken Tales” insgesamt sehr gediegen und locker ausfallen lässt. Kehrseite: einigen Puristen, die ihren Trockensound traditionell staubig möchten, wird das Gefiedel nach einer Weile sicherlich mächtig auf die Nüsse drücken.

    Weniger Reizthema dafür nicht minder überzeugend ist die Vocal-Arbeit von Basser Alexey Koslov, dessen Growls nicht im herkömmlichen Sinne übelst tief mit Macht und Gewalt drönen, sondern sich eher als eine Art heiseres Grummeln nicht in den Vordergrund drängen und angenehm zum entspannten Gesamtbild passen. Einzig beim Rausschmeisser “Cause Follows Effect” sind sie deutlich prominenter nach vorne gemischt, was dem Song aufgrund seines viel aggressiveren Charakters und seiner Nähe zum Funeral Doom aber ebenso gut steht. Mal ein erfrischend anderes Release aus dem Hause Solitude Productions.

    Author: Peter Mildner

  9. Review
    Metallized.it
    8.7/10

    Fa sempre piacere constatare lo sviluppo e la crescita di nuove realtà musicali, soprattutto in quelle zone del globo che sono considerate, diciamo, “meno famose”. Mi trovo ad accogliere con molto piacere la notizia del secondo album gli Evoke Thy Lords, giovanissimo gruppo ancora a livello “embrionale” proveniente dalla città di Novosibirsk in Russia, Paese che qualche tempo fa aveva fatto parlare di se per la volontà di voler censurare, se non addirittura vietare, la diffusione dell’heavy metal in diversi paesi e città.
    Questo quintetto è formato rispettivamente da Sergey Vagin e Yuri Kozikov alle chitarre, Alexander Mironov alla batteria, Alexey Kolov come bassista e cantante e per finire Irina Drebushchak al flauto.

    La band russa ha pubblicato il suo primo full-lenght cinque anni fa, un lavoro che appariva agli occhi di tutti come un progetto doom/death con forti influenze gothic simili a My Dying Bride, The Gathering e Draconian, tanto per menzionarne alcuni. Nei primi mesi del 2013 escono di nuovo sul mercato con la loro seconda produzione intitolata Drunken Tales, e già dal titolo si possono capire tante cose riguardo a una evidente metamorfosi che questa band ha subito nei primi anni di vita. Comparando i due dischi saltano subito all’occhio alcune differenze:

    – Il logo del gruppo, più complesso e articolato nella sua grafia.
    – L’artwork, meno tetro e oscuro del primo, raffigurante un astronauta (uguale in tutto e per tutto a quello che ha reso famosa la simbologia dei grandissimi Sleep) che beve whisky seduto al bancone di un bar… Questo è lo Stoner!

    La mutazione non ha colpito solo la parte visiva ma anche quella sonora, come dimostra la opening Routine Of Life, che del vecchio stile preserva solo un carnoso e gutturale cantato in sottofondo che ricorda molto quello dei tedeschi Ahab. Il brano presenta una struttura iniziale molto solida che procede con passo spedito; nella parte centrale è il flauto a spezzare la monotonia, donando vera e propria linfa vitale con la sua melodia, animando anche la parte finale con il suo tocco a limite del “fiabesco”.
    Tutto un altro paio di maniche per Dirty Game: un’introduzione soave e melodica che mantiene calda e sulfurea l’atmosfera offerta sin ora, con un timido e fugace accenno di rantoli in sottofondo.
    In Down The Drain la performance vocale si fa sentire un po’ di più, curandosi di mantenere sempre i decibel al minimo e lasciando così campo libero all’ispirazione della flautista che sfocia in ogni punto del brano. Molto bella la scelta di chiusura di questo pezzo, che vede convogliare tutti gli strumenti in un vortice di suoni distorti e aggraziati al tempo stesso.
    Avvio in chiave soft anche per Dregs, la quale sboccia in un ampio crescendo di sferragliate doom pesanti al punto giusto, e conclusa analogamente alla precedente.
    La bonus track dal nome Cause Follows Effect si differenzia completamente dal resto dell’album, caratterizzata com’è da un cantato profondo e aggressivo e da una base musicale dalle radici più death Metal, con in più il sempre presente supporto del flauto e il chorus di voce femminile.

    Drunken Tales è indubbiamente un discreto passo in avanti verso il miglioramento di questo quintetto russo, che ha provato a unire i riff doom/stoner ad una performance vocale death che sembra provenire direttamente dai meandri più profondi dello spazio, ma che nella maggior parte dei casi però non ha avuto il giusto rilievo arrivando ad essere quasi “marginale”. Da lodare invece l’eccellente lavoro svolto dalla flautista/corista che, con le sue pennellate astratte qua e là, riesce a infondere quell’energia calda, in stile – Shape Of Despair – senza la quale i pezzi sarebbero risultati decisamente più fiacchi.
    Un disco intriso di armonia e traboccanti contaminazioni che cercano di coesistere al fine di generare un prodotto finale che sia differente dal solito stoner, caratteristica questa che spesso si trasforma in un’arma a doppio taglio, dividendo i gusti e i pareri dei fan più “tradizionalisti” da quelli più “sperimentalisti”.

    Author: Tiziano Nucera “Greatest_Tiz”

  10. Review
    Mroczna Strefa
    8/10

    Na dworze trzydziestostopniowy mróz, w obskurnej knajpie leje się wysokoprocentowa gorzała, a na scenie występuje kapela, która improwizuje w składzie wokal, gitara, bas, perkusja i flet. Gdzieś przy barze zasiada były astronauta i bełkotliwym głosem opowiada o swojej wyprawie w kosmos, a inni odpowiadają mu historyjką o wizycie UFO w pobliskiej wiosce. Jakiś brodaty i bezzębny gościu pląsający pod sceną krzyczy do gitarzysty „igraj kak Santana!” i proszę, jak na zamówienie, improwizowane solo też się pojawia. Paru ludzi przy stoliku pod ścianą klaszcze miarowo w dłonie, a któryś z nich, gdy zespół się nieco uspokaja, pokrzykuje „Boris, polewoj!”. Ta sceneria idealnie pasuje do „Drunken Tales” – drugiego pełnego albumu syberyjskiej formacji EVOKE THY LORDS. Goście ci wycinają stoner/doom metalowe riffy wywodzące się w prostej linii od BLACK SABBATH czy KYUSS, na życzenie gości po pięćdziesiątce i pań żądnych ‘przytulanych’ tańców do czegoś ciut spokojniejszego nawiązują do hard rocka z lat 70-ych, a wokal porykuje przy akompaniamencie fletowych popiskiwań, ale tak, by nie zrazić podpitego towarzystwa do grupy zapewniającej cosobotnią zabawę w tej spelunie. Nie da się ukryć, że w tym pędzie, który ogarnął większość miast i miasteczek w bardziej cywilizowanej części Europy chciałoby się uczestniczyć w takiej celebracji wolnego czasu, bez myślenia o tym co będzie jutro i czy barmanowi starczy sił, by zza wielkiej, całej w drewnie lady mieć siłę zapodawać alkohol do białego rana. Tu czas zatrzymuje się prawie że w miejscu, a muzycy EVOKE THY LORDS, którzy na co dzień snują się w tej lekko surrealistycznej rzeczywistości tak jak pozostali uczestnicy tego alkoholowo-tanecznego spędu, w zupełnie naturalny sposób oddali swoje szare doświadczenia w tych pięciu długaśnych kompozycjach będących niczym nie kończący się jam session kilku muzyków, którzy są jakby nie z tej planety i zupełnie nie przejmują się, że nie staną się gwiazdami muzycznej sceny. Bo im wystarcza, że raz na jakiś czas biorą do rąk instrumenty i mogą pograć, nawet jeśli towarzycho już kompletnie nie jarzy co się dzieje dookoła… Dlatego trochę zdziwił mnie bonusowy kawałek pt. „Cause Follows Effect”, w którym zabrzmieli bardziej doom metalowo i nieco więcej tutaj growli, jak i żeńskich podśpiewywań niejakiej Anastazji Kuszelewej. Ale to też zacnie bujający i jednocześnie wgniatający w fotel numer, w którym też jest dużo miejsca na fletowe, gitarowe i baso

    Author: Diovis

  11. Review
    Pest Webzine
    7/10

    Second album from these Russians and my first encounter with their music. At first, during the debut track the band seems to follow quite ordinary Doom Death patterns: heavy sound, low tuned bass lines, lazy, dusty drumming, and repetitive, groovy guitars all supported by an uncomprehensive raspy vocal, but then the flute gets in the way and it all becomes quite spacey and stoner, I can’t count how many times I felt into a meditative, lethargic state during the audition, probably that’s their intention, too, but except for the flute lines it lacks of originality and it failed in keeping my attention high along the way. Maybe fans of Stoner Doom will appreciated this much better than I did, after all there’s nothing wrong with the sound, with the execution or with the compositions, it just went by me somehow.

    Author: Adrian

  12. Review
    Hardsounds
    7/10
    15.07.2013

    Secondo full lenght per gli Evoke Thy Lords, band proveniente dalle estese lande russe dell’etichetta. La band dopo gli esordi doom più vicini a sonorità gothic, fa virare le influenze su altri orizzonti, tirando fuori un’anima diversa. Doom appunto, ma con grandi influende stoner, acid e rock psichedeliche. Le cinque song che compongono ‘Drunken Tales’ ci regalono della buona musica, fatta con personalità e che colloca la band in un proprio personale cammino; ci troverete Blood Ceremony, Electric Wizard, e Ramesses. Ascoltando i brani abbiamo la sensazione che la band sia a proprio agio in questa nuova dimensione musicale, e forse i ragazzi hanno trovato il loro congeniale sound, speriamo non dettato dalla tendenza di molte band che hanno trasformato il loro doom sound in sonorità più stoner e slundge, sonorità molto trendy negli ultimi tempi. ‘Drunken Tales’ è un album omogeneo senza particolari picchi, dove di rado capita d’incontare la voce, si passa da momenti suadenti in cui regnano le parti di flute di Irina Mirzaeva in “Dirty Games”, o nella più acid “Down the Drain”, o ancora in “Dregs”, forse la traccia più vicina ai Blood Ceremony, fino alla finale “Cause Follows Effect”, la traccia più doom dell’album in cui vi è una maggiore presenza della voce con buon parti growl. Gli Evoke Thy Lords tracciano una nuova strada con tutte le premesse di un buon cammino nella speranza che il seme di ‘Drunken Tales’ dia buoni frutti in prossimo futuro.

    Se vi piacciono le nuove frontiere del doom, questo lavoro merita un ascolto.

    Author: Salvatore Palladino

  13. Review
    Forgotten Path
    6/10

    It is a quite unusual turn in the history of Evoke thy Lords and Russian Death Metal – the band graded from Gothic/Folk Metal to slow, catching Stoner with the sounds of flute and Death Metal growl… Well, I don’t know whether a Russian inclination to declare and escalate the Russian origin or just a sincere and open-hearted Russian spirit allowed Irina Drebuschak to play with the flute in this band further. Indeed, that girl plays really well, but such synthesis of Stoner and stylized Folk seems to be especially peculiar.
    The title of the album is pleasantly reflected on the cover where a protective suit (well, I don’t know if there is any fellow who is able to move inside) sits in the bar and drinks beer and maybe something stronger too… By seeing this you immediately envisage the sound of the music – it seems to sound like rude, quite Yankee Stoner with a strong and clear voice, which has been rinsed out with various kinds of whiskey, from “Laphroaig” to “Highland Park”; a psychedelic mood with lots of guitar solos. However, the music resonates with such an image insignificantly and just in the beginning. The band extensively diverges and becomes distant from such an ideal prototype – that is to say, the music blossoms into more diverse colours and because of the inserts of flute it becomes hardly predictable and the vocals make the music deviate to a weird, cold and gloomy world – perhaps Novosibirsk, not the Wild West with the stale grass.
    Of course, it doesn’t mean that it is a great Stoner album with tasteful novelties, vice versa, the flute soon starts to make you restive, create allusions to poor hippie Progressive Folk as well as the vocals, which is an intruder here – it heaves everything to the march of Death Metal; and that goes back on the Dionysius’ image of Stoner. What is more, the voice of the girl who plays with the flute reduces the role of Metal in their music…
    Thus, “Drunken Tales” are not as drunk as they could be; they seem to be more sugary. That is because of panic flute that is more similar to a romantic dizziness caused by a chalice of wine that had been drunk during the hot summer day in the park rather than a destructive dizziness of willpower. Unfortunately, the vocalist’s voice drowns in the pond of music. Of course, it is not that bad, but surely not every Stoner fan would admire such tastes and spices.

    Author: Bloodie

  14. Review
    Transcending Obscurity

    Evoke thy Lords is a “Stoner Doom Metal” band from Russia. Pardon me if almost everything I’ve heard in this genre sounds repetitive and a clone of a clone. It’s just various degrees of psychedelia and heaviness determining the sludginess and rock to metal spectrum. That is not to say that this style isn’t enjoyable – there’s some excellent riffing to be found here and the song structures are fantastic.

    Evoke thy Lords plays Stoner Rock influenced by the likes of Kyuss but adds its own touches of expansive experimental improvisations and the employment of a flute. Yes, a flute. It’s not fleeting appearances here and there for novelty value either – it’s like a proper instrument along with the rest. It’s the best flute performance I’ve heard since Bethzaida’s ‘Nine Worlds’. It separates this band from others sounding the same and adds a twist of refreshing music.

    The album is almost devoid of vocals which is also strange. That’s why it keeps it interesting and slyly escapes conventional genre categorization – sometimes it’s sludgy, sometimes it’s rock, sometimes it’s jazzy, and it’s all stoner on the face of it. I’d be hard-pressed to call it Doom because it’s not always as heavy and slow, it’s light on its toes, for its own good. The last track is reminiscent of the Stoner-era of Celestial Season with Death Metal growls and much heavier riffing and clearly stands out from the pack, which is why it’s tacked on as a bonus track than a part of the first four songs.

    ‘Drunken Tales’ is a brilliant album that wins by the genius of its instrumentation. The addition of the flute as a primary instrument adds layers to the perception of its already hackneyed interpretation which the band successfully avoids due to its bold and free experimentation.

    Author: Kunal Choksi

  15. Review
    Metal.tm
    8/10

    EVOKE THY LORDS aus dem russischen Novosibirsk sind bestimmt nur ganz wenigen Lesern hierzulande bekannt. Dabei sind sie musikalisch bereits seit 2002 zusammen unterwegs und das nicht schlecht, wie ich hier feststellen durfte. Wenn es sich um eine russische Doom-Band handelt, dürft ihr drei mal raten welches Label sich die Truppe unter den Nagel gerissen hat?!? Ja, natürlich sind sie auf Solitude Productions und somit Labelmates einiger meiner liebsten Doomsters. Grund genug sich das Teil mal reinzupfeifen, dachte ich mir. “Drunken Tales” ist weitestgehend als klassisches Doom-Album zu bezeichnen, so im Mischverhältnis 95% Doom + 5% Death in etwa. Die Scheibe enthält insgesamt fünf Tracks wovon 1 bis 4 irgendwie zueinander gehören und wunderbar in einem Rutsch durch gehört werden können. Wunderbare Klangwelten machen sich auf “Drunken Tales” breit, gepaart mit tragenden Flötenklängen und sporadisch auftretenden Death-Metal artigen Vocals. EVOKE THY LORDS haben es echt drauf ihren Sound immer stimmig zu halten und so gut wie nie eintönig oder langweilig werden zu lassen, ich finde gerade das ist bei vielen Doom Scheiben das Hauptproblem.

    Die CD ist wie schon erwähnt in zwei Teile aufgeteilt. So hat man die vier Songs die den Hörer in eine eigene magische, vernebelte Welt ziehen und danach Track Nummer fünf, der auf der CD selbst tatsächlich auch als Bonustrack deklariert wird. “Cause Follows Effect” nennt sich das Teil und klingt wirklich komplett anders. Der Song ist anders abgemischt, das Verhältnis Doom und Death wird ausgeglichen, Sänger Alexey Kozlov ist viel präsenter und als i-Tüpfelchen wird obendrein eine weibliche Stimme eingebaut. Dieser Song passt nicht wirklich zu den anderen, zeigt aber umso eindrucksvoller welches Songwriterische Potential in der Band steckt. Ich hatte “Drunken Tales” nun einige Wochen im Auto am Laufen und muss sagen, dass sie mir von mal zu mal immer besser gefällt. Wer auf BLACK SABBATH, alte CATHEDRAL und alte MY DYING BRIDE steht, hat eine wunderbare Scheibe die alle drei genannten Bands auf einer CD verbindet (wobei die beiden erstgenannten deutlich do(o)minieren). Klasse Scheibe von einer Band, die ich persönlich im Auge behalten werde – und genau das solltet ihr auch tun.

    Anspieltipps: “Routine of Life” und “Cause folloes effect” das im Vergleich zu allen anderen Songs sehr viel Death-Metal-lastiger ausgefallen ist.

    Author: Sascha S.

  16. Review
    Pro-Rock #104
    8.5/10

    Завъртях диска и това, което ме удари от тонколоните, бе голяма изне- нада, като дори се зачудих дали това е същата група. Не знам какво се е случило през изминалите пет години с музикантите от Сибир, освен напускането на отговорната за чистите женски вокали Ирина Ловчикова, но в Drunken Tales говорим вече за стоунър/слъдж/дуум метъл с добре втъкани 70-тарски психи- делични нотки. Песните в албума са само пет, но напълно достатъчни, за да ви отнесат с доброто и завладяващото си изпълнение. Нетипични, но пък адски на място, са магическите излияния на флейтистката Ирина, които само добавят позитиви в музиката на руснаците. Изненадващо добър албум, който мисля, че не трябва да пропускате. За фенове на High On Fire, Sleep, Kylesa

  17. Review
    Pitchline Zine
    8/10
    19.07.2013

    Hace poco, discutía con una persona acerca de la originalidad en la música actual. Desde mi postura defendía que a día de hoy la originalidad es algo que en la música, en términos generales, es muy difícil de conseguir para una banda, y que los músicos en nuestros días extraen ideas e influencias de unos ámbitos y otros para aplicarlos a su música y así construir sus propias composiciones y sus propias obras. Actualmente la mayoría de los grupos buscan más la personalidad que la originalidad, pues se parte de la idea de que “todo ya está inventado” y se prefiere que su música sea reconocida por una voz, una batería, una guitarra o una entonación, que a marcar un antes y un después en la música, si bien existen grupos y proyectos que a través de la experimentación en la música buscan nuevas vías dentro de la música desconocidas que puedan descubrirse y explotarse. Todo esto partiendo de una base general, pues la originalidad es un concepto que se puede interpretar dependiendo del contexto. Porque, ¿qué es la originalidad? Entendemos originalidad como algo relativo al origen, algo que no se haya realizado antes y que se puede utilizar como modelo ideal para realizar una copia. Partiendo de esta idea, la originalidad puede estar presente sí o no dependiendo del punto de vista que le demos.

    Utilicemos el caso de Evoke Thy Lords, grupo formado en 2002 en Rusia que en 2008 lanza su debut ‘Escape To The Dreamlands’ en el cual profesaban un Doom/Death de corte gótico, y que con su nuevo trabajo ‘Drunken Tales’ han realizado un lavado de cara en el que esta vez se decantan por un Stoner/Doom que toma ideas de sus comienzos como banda tales como el uso de algunos riffs y growls propios del Doom/Death (tal y como se puede percibir en su primer tema, “Routine of Life”) y nuevas ideas como el uso de flautas. ¿Es original a nivel general de la música? No: el Stoner/Doom ya existía de mucho antes, al igual que el Doom/Death y el uso de flautas dentro del Metal. ¿Es original dentro del contexto del Stoner/Doom? Hasta cierto punto sí, ¿cuántos grupos de Stoner/Doom usan elementos como el Doom/Death y el uso de flautas? A excepción de Celestial Season que con su ‘Solar Lovers’ introducían elementos propios de los Kyuss, pocos son los grupos que pueden presumir de hacer semejante mezcla dentro de dicho estilo, lo que hace pensar que términos como “originalidad” no pueden ser tomados tan a la ligera.

    Siendo su debut en Solitude Productions (no necesita carta de presentación este sello), ‘Drunken Tales’ es un más que buen ejercicio de Stoner/Doom con los añadidos mencionados anteriormente. El uso de flauta en este trabajo no desentona en absoluto con el resto de instrumentos, y puede servir tanto de acompañamiento para los riffs más enérgicos como para reforzar la melodía o los pasajes más calmados que se pueden apreciar en “Dregs”. Otro aspecto que percibiremos en estos Evoke Thy Lords son los punteos que están a la orden del día en este disco como en “Dirty Game” y “Down The Drain”, además de otros detalles de los que el disco no está exento como en “Cause Follows Effect”, tema más próximo a su anterior trabajo por la fuerte presencia de su sonido Doom/Death y aspectos góticos que vienen a cargo de las voces femeninas llevadas por Anastasia Kuzheleva.

    El resultado es majestuoso, no sólo por lo detallista y rico en matices que es el trabajo, sino también por lo bien empleados que están sin que suene nada forzado dentro de los estándares del Stoner/Doom, además de brindarnos buenos momentos.

    El único “pero” importante que se le puede achacar es el sonido final: le falta más detalle y da la sensación de ser bastante grave el resultado final, “apagado”, como si todo estuviera de fondo, algo que es de pecado considerando los diversos elementos que encierra ‘Drunken Tales’. Un sonido más detallista y cristalino en los momentos más puntuales del disco (pasajes calmados y melodías) habrían dado un resultado mejor de lo que ya es este trabajo en sí.

    Puede que a la música le falte originalidad e ideas nuevas que no haya realizado nadie antes, pero con grupos como Evoke Thy Lords y su nuevo disco, ¿quién necesita a veces originalidad?

    Author: Soulkiller

  18. Review
    Destructive Music
    8/10

    When Russian band Evoke Thy Lords first started they plied their trade along the more Gothic doom metal trail, inspired as they were by Lovecraft and the world of dreams. Now in 2013 whilst the message has not changed totally the sound certainly has, with a groovier and darker edge to things Evoke Thy Lords new album “Drunken Tales” out through Solitude Productions has a far more stoner/death doom feel too it.

    You can still hear the bands earlier influences and sounds this album progresses, the darkened shades, the haunting droning vocals, it is all still there. What’s new is the endless flute playing, sounding out brilliantly throughout the record, the groovier stoner riffs, the throb and rumble of the bass lines and the steady, slow and measured approach of the drums, all combining to make a seriously groovy album! “Drunken Tales” is the perfect album to chill out too with a few cold ones so the name itself fits perfectly, as for the music though Evoke Thy Lords have put a lot of time and effort into the creative process behind “Drunken Tales” and whilst the name might lead you to expect some drunken shambolic mess of riffs and little else, nothing could be further from the truth as the band demonstrate their ability to perform intricate and deep tunes! Superb work!

    Author: LUKE HAYHURST

  19. Review
    Lords of Metal
    7.4/10

    ‘Drunken Tales’ en het artwork in combinatie met hun naam scheppen de verwachting dat je met een puur woestijn stoner metal gezelschap te maken hebt. Niets is echter waar. De recht toe recht aan doom metal met de wortels diep in bands uit de periode van Black Sabbath ligt lekker in het gehoor, mede door het gebruik van een dwarsfluit die zich doorheen de rollende riffs van elk nummer een weg baant en steeds weer doel treft: het tilt de CD op tot een geweldig plaatje. Zo is het eerder gezapig een laid back, shoe gaze achtige ‘Dirty Game’ bijna exotisch te noemen door het gebruik van het Berdientje. Hier is haar naam echter Irina. De band laat duidelijk zijn seventies invloeden horen, zowel de rock als psychedelische kant maar voegt daar een dimensie aan toe die we zelden bij beginnende bands horen. En dat is een dikke plus. Prima schijf.

    Author: Erik

  20. Review
    Femforgacs
    7/10
    09.06.2013

    A szibériai Novoszibirszk városában alakult az Evoken Thy Lord, akiknek új lemeze a Solitude kiadványaként landolt a postaládámban. A 2002-es alakulásuk után 2007-ben magánkiadványként jelent meg debütáló, gótikus doom metalt tartalmazó lemezük, az Escape To The Dreamlands, amit a kiadó 2008-ban szélesebb körben is megjelentetett. Messze átlagos zenei világgal rendelkezett a zenekar ekkoriban. Egy split és négy évnyi hallgatagság követte a debütálást, most azonban átalakult külsőségekkel és zenével tértek vissza. Kilóg a megszokott My Dying Bride utánérzésekkel tűzdelt lemezek sorából, ennek bizonyítására elég az iszákos asztronauta képét megvizsgálnunk a borítón. A zenekar mostani iránya egy újnak nem nevezhető, de elég egyedi zenei keverék, ami magába foglalja a sludge súlyosságát, már-már a Downra is emlékeztetve, a stoner világ szellősségét és a 70-es évek pszichedelikus zenekarainak hangulatát. Nem túl figyelemfelkeltő a borító, de hangulatában elég jól össze tudja foglalni a várható dalokat: a kozmosz varázsa keveredik a hétköznapok nyomasztó egymásutánjával és a magánnyal.

    Teljesen eltűnt a korábbi a női ének és a hörgés helyébe valami narráció szerű, rekedtes hang került, de ez is olyan szinten a többi hangszer alá, hogy nem is igazán lehet jelentőséget tulajdonítani neki, az egész lemezre az instrumentális részek uralkodása a jellemző. A lemezt leginkább Sergey Vagin és Yury Kozikov gitárosok örömjátékának lehetne nevezni, mivel mind az öt, jelentős játékidővel rendelkező dalt sikerült feltölteniük kemény doom riffekkel, akusztikus pengetésekkel és néhol Gilmourra emlékeztető lebegős szólókkal. A dolognak még sincs improvizációs hatása, mert a dalok egész jól megkomponált, tekervényes, mégis összetartó egészként veszik a hideg, északi levegőt. A légzésben sokat segít a folyamatosan jelen levő, málházós cammogásokat lazán és dallamosan követő fuvola hangja, amiért Irina Mirzaeva dícsérhető. Néhol folkos, keleties dallamokat is elő tud varázsolni hangszeréből, megidézve a Jethro Tull szellemét, de a zeneileg rokonságba sorolható, fuvolával is kísérletező Cathedralt is. A lemez érdekes keveréket nyújt a különböző műfajokból, vagy akár korokból, végig magas színvonalon, ötletesen valósítják meg elképzeléseiket, valahol azonban mégis kicsúszik a dolog a kezeik közül. A legnagyobb problémának azt tartom, hogy aki a lemez első dalát meghallgatja, az konkrétan már mindent hallott, a folytatásban ugyanezt fogja kapni csak újra és újra átvariálva a dalstruktúrákat.
    A lemez egy tökéletes aláfestő zene, igényes szórakozás egyéb tevékenységek folytatása közben, de csak rá figyelve szinte emészthetetlenül töményre sikerült. Aki kemény, mégis kellemes hallgatni valóra vágyik munka vagy bármi más közben, annak magasabb pontszámot is elérhet a lemez, mert valóban korrekt lazulást képes biztosítani komolyabb agyi igénybevétel nélkül is. A dalok közül a 2., Dirty Game ugrik ki valamivel, de a jazzes beütéssel bíró Dregs is jól sikerült szerzemény. Én igazából a folytatásra leszek kíváncsi, mert egy valamire való énekkel és valódi dalokkal ez a zenei kavalkád könnyen okozhatna meglepetéseket. Addig is a lemez egésze meghallgatható a zenekar bandcamp oldalán.

    Author: boymester

  21. Review
    The Pit of the Damned
    7/10
    08.06.2013

    Se vi chiedessi di pensare all’ultimo strumento che vi aspettereste di trovare nella formazione stabile di una band stoner-doom, credo ci siano buone probabilità che la risposta possa essere “il flauto”. Ecco quindi un primo motivo di interesse che spinge all’approccio con questo combo siberiano, al loro secondo lavoro dopo, come si legge nelle note disponibili in rete, una longa pausa che ha portato ad un radicale cambiamento nel suono, partito da basi di doom/death melodico, per approdare al curioso e originale ibrido racchiuso in questo cd. Già la copertina ha un che di allucinatorio, con un astronauta – tributo nemmeno troppo velato ai grandissimi Sleep – intento a prendersi una solenne sbornia seduto a un bancone di cui voi siete il barista, che sembra sul punto di raccontarvi la propria vita. Quello che si ascolta nel corso dei quattro lunghi brani che compongono il lavoro è un mix inaudito di classici riffoni stoner-doom (l’opener “Routine of Life”), parentesi bucoliche e quasi trance, dominate dall’effetto straniante del flauto (“Dirty Game”), e digressioni post rock lente e circolari (“Dregs”). A complicare le cose ci si mette una cantato growl ultratombale, tenuto però ben sepolto nel missaggio, tanto che l’impressione finale è quella di avere a che fare con un disco strumentale. Detto così mi rendo conto che potrebbe sembrare un pasticciaccio, ma ben presto vi sorprenderete ad abbandonarvi al flusso ipnotico che sgorga dai vostri speaker, trasportati da una corrente lisergica e multiforme. Rimane da dire di una bonus track (“Cause Follows Effect”), anch’essa molto lunga, che si distacca dall’atmosfera del resto del disco (e risulta anche meno interessante, almeno per i miei gusti) rimanendo ancorata a stilemi doom/death più classici, nella quale il cantato cavernoso è affiancato da suggestive voci femminili e tappeti tastieristici. In definitiva, quindi, un lavoro molto originale, nel quale forse è insito il pericolo che l’effetto sorpresa si esaurisca in fretta, costringendo la band russa ad aggiustare nuovamente il tiro in futuro. Ma per il momento va bene così.

    Author: Mauro Catena

  22. Review
    Pavillon 666
    8/10
    07.06.2013

    Lorsqu’on parle de doom, on parle tout de suite d’une ambiance pesante, sombre, souvent déprimée. Chez EVOKE THY LORDS l’ambiance y est et ce dès la jaquette représentant un cosmonaute ivre qui, sans doute, nous compte ses histoires sordides d’homme de l’espace : le titre de l’album étant « Drunken Tales ». Je dis bien cosmonaute car c’est le terme approprié pour parler des voyageurs stellaires russes et comme EVOKE THY LORDS est un groupe russe… Bref, après un premier essai en 2008 avec « Escape to the Dreamlands » orienté plus doom/gothique, la bande sibérienne revient après un retournement à 180°. Et voici que ce « Drunken Tales » à la typographie typée stoner nous apparaît comme un stoner/doom/sludge à flûte. Alors est-ce que EVOKE THY LORDS retourne sa veste en ayant enfin trouvé sa voie ou bien est-ce juste purement commercial (le stoner se vend bien ces dernières années). Débat stérile que je laisserai à d’autres puisque, de toute manière, le contenu est plutôt sympathique.

    Points intéressants, les guitares sont vraiment utilisées en nappes, point trop de rythmiques lourdes et, s’il y en a, elles sont justement mesurées pour plutôt créer un ambiance héritée du doom. Je dirais que les compositions sont stoner/sludge tandis que la façon de jouer est plutôt doom. On sent même parfois des influences jazzy pointer le bout de son nez du côté du jeu d’Alexandr Mironov aux fûts ou du côté de la flûte traversière. La voix, peu présente, très très peu même n’est en rien intrusive et se retrouve plantée dans le fond sonore en tant que nappe quand la flûte prend la place du chant lead. Cette flûte est toujours présente et se mélange parfaitement au reste rappelant forcément un JETHRO TULL en moins technique bien sûr. Les lead de guitare se rapprochent de la flûte en timbre ce qui nous noie dans une ambiance où le groupe ne forme qu’un. Une vraie réussite. On a même le droit en prime à quelques riffs ben rock n’roll comme sur « Dirty Game ».
    On rentre vraiment dans l’univers du groupe même si le côté cosmique ou « je-te-raconte-une-histoire » n’apparaissent vraiment pas à l’écoute contrairement à ce qu’annonçait la pochette. Le trop de réverbération s’il peut avoir tendance à agacer l’oreille n’en est pas moins une marque de fabrique du genre et correspond à l’ambiance de l’album.

    Il n’y a que peu de choses à dire sur cet album si ce n’est que c’est une transformation réussie pour EVOKE THY LORDS qui aura évolué et créé sa propre identité sonore. Un album sans gros soucis, pas génial, vraiment pas mauvais, juste bon. Quelques morceaux sont quand même à souligner comme « Dirty Game » et la piste bonus « Cause Follow Effects » accompagnée d’une chanteuse en invitée. Un album à conseiller aux fans d’ambiances, de doom et de sludge qui y trouveront un minimum d’intérêt.

    Author: Goldatarte

  23. Review
    Metal Temple
    6/10
    23.05.2013

    The great thing about Doom Metal is its tendency to bring out and highlight Metal’s Rock and Blues background. With a lot of other subgenres, the Rock and Blues sound is almost obliterated, making Doom Metal much more listenable to rockers of all genre affiliations. A prime example of such a Doom Metal record would be EVOKE THY LORDS’ “Drunken Tales”, their second full-length release off Solitude Productions. Veering off the traditional path set by Doom Metal pioneers CROWBAR, which included less interludes and more agonized screaming, EVOKE THY LORDS has produced an album that sits more on the atmospheric fence than the normally neck-snapping heaviness of other Doom Metal records.

    This is in line with their description of themselves as Psychedelic Doom Metal, as they have incorporated atmospheric effects to change-up the genre. Progressing from their last two releases, this can be seen as a revamp of the band’s identity in the Doom Metal scene. As they said: “The renovated EVOKE THY LORDS include solid guitar sound, powerful groove base and meditative trance dressed with hypnotic flute sounds”. The flute does a lot to accentuate and highlight melodies that the crunching guitars cannot, bring out the melodic side of Doom Metal, which is most of the time lost in other records, buried beneath the heavy buzz of instruments.

    The vocals have a distinct relation to MARILYN MANSON’s style, evident in the whispered verses and low tone. “Drunken Tales” also eludes the normal Doom Metal musical themes that serve to conceptualise the recurring themes of “agony, suffering, and pain”, floating into a more Zen vibe that blends nicely with the genre’s typical slower and heavier sound. Track number 2 “Dirty Game” even had a little (to my ear) “Freezing Moon” a la MAYHEM vibe with all the background descending arpeggio-ic tinkling.

    That being said, I am not of the opinion that Psychedelic Doom Metal is exactly a great idea. It’s not bad, but it isn’t great either. It would be like having Punk / Thrash Metal or classic Symphonic Metal – it just isn’t very necessary or current. In fact, it is a bit of a repetition. Doom Metal already has a very sludgy sound. Psychedelic Rock on the other, is all about stoning and zoning out. Couple the two together and it is like trying to get a fit between like-charged particles. I’m not trying to say the two styles repel each other. However, the Psychedelic influences do get too easily absorbed into the vibe of Doom Metal, making it an overtly subtle and not very effective stylistic choice, especially when the songs are rather long.

    For a Doom Metal record, the band definitely took a risk and experimented. Kudos to them for being standouts in the scene in terms of style, but they have become less listenable with that experimentation. This is not a bad album, it is rather good, and this is probably one of those “to each his own” situations. I would give the album a 6/10 review because I acknowledge that it is a commendable effort, I just didn’t enjoy it fully from beginning to end.

    Author: Dorothy Cheng

  24. Reivew
    Iye Zine
    7.6/10
    20.05.2013

    Quel ristretto manipoli di sventurati che abitualmente legge le mie recensioni su Iyezine credo abbiano intuito che, quando parlo di doom, tendo a diventare più integralista del peggiore dei talebani.

    Partendo dal presupposto che questo genere musicale deve semplicemente fluire dal cuore di chi lo suona per approdare direttamente a quello di chi lo ascolta, rigetto l’idea che possa diventare oggetto di contaminazioni pseudo avanguardistiche, utili solo a compiacere chi il doom lo snobba a prescindere.
    Nonostante questa mia premessa, i siberiani Evoke Thy Lords sono riusciti a fare breccia in questa spessa corazza protettiva proprio perché gli elementi innovativi inseriti nel loro sound, sono tutt’altro che futuristici ma provengono, di fatto, da molto lontano, attingendo in gran parte alla tradizione del prog più psichedelico.
    Di per sé, questo, potrebbe non sembrare una novità così dirompente se non fosse che la conduzione dei brani, invece d’essere affidata, come sempre accade, alla chitarra, lascia ergersi a protagonista il flauto di Irina Mirzaeva.
    Chiunque ricordi l’utilizzo di questo strumento fatto dai Cathedral nel loro inegugliato capolavoro “Forest Of Equlibrium” può farsi in maniera più esaustiva un’idea di ciò che lo attenderà ascoltando Drunken Tales: chiaramente il tessuto sonoro dell’album non possiede i tratti catacombali proposti all’epoca dalla band di Lee Dorrian dato che qui il genere proposto è, a grandi linee, uno stoner doom quasi del tutto strumentale.
    Gli Evoke Thy Lords, dopo il gothic doom dell’esordio datato 2008, hanno decisamente mutato pelle trasformandosi in questa creatura dai tratti cangianti e in grado di evocare, grazie all’uso intensivo ma appropriato del flauto, sensazioni dall’alto tasso lisergico.
    I primi quattro brani sono quelli da prendere realmente in considerazione per verificare la bontà dell’operato della band di Novosibirsk, visto che la quinta traccia è una bonus track che, riportandoci indietro di qualche anno, è utile solo a farci capire quale sia stata l’evoluzione stilistica degli Evoke Thy Lords, nonché a mostrarci quanto questa svolta abbia fornito peculiarità ad una band che, altrimenti, avrebbe rischiato di restare confusa tra la miriade di altre proposte provenienti negli ultimi tempi dalla fredde lande sovietiche.
    Drunken Tales è davvero una ventata d’aria fresca (pure troppo, considerando la provenienza geografica dei nostri …)

    Author: Stefano Cavanna

  25. Review
    Spirit of Metal
    17/20
    04.05.2013

    Étrange cheminement que celui des russes d’Evoke Thy Lords.. créé en 2002 à Novosibirsk, ville la plus importante de la Sibérie, le groupe sort un premier album en 2008, officiant alors dans un Metal gothique d’assez bonne facture. Cinq ans plus tard la formation nous propose donc ce second album, marqué par un important changement de cap, le groupe jouant désormais du Doom Stoner ! Une métamorphose assez étonnante, le rapport entre le gothique et le stoner ne sautant pas vraiment aux yeux, à l’exception de leurs liens respectifs avec la scène Doom. Une métamorphose potentiellement sujette à polémique aussi, l’aspect opportuniste de la chose pouvant être débattue (disons le franchement, le psychédélique marche plutôt bien ces derniers temps). Une question sur laquelle je laisserai chacun se faire son avis, la qualité du résultat compensant à mes yeux tout questionnement à ce sujet.

    La particularité de ce Drunken Tales, c’est que le groupe inclue dans son Doom Stoner certains éléments venus des débuts du groupe. Le chant d’abord: le growl d’Alexey Koslov, bien que relativement peu mis en avant au sein des morceaux de manière à privilégier l’aspect instrumental, est un témoin intéressant des influences Doom Death de la formation. On remarquera tout particulièrement le morceau final, Cause Follow Effect (légèrement plus vieux que les autres compositions de l’album puisque présent sur la compilation Doom-Art.ru 2009 et d’ailleurs considéré comme un morceau bonus dans l’album), où le growleur officie dans un registre plus guttural et moins éraillé, proposant au passage un gain d’agressivité toujours bienvenue.

    De même la présence d’une flûtiste, point important du premier album, est ici aussi une particularité très mise en avant. Son instrument (une flûte traversière pour être précis) “adoucie” fortement la musique d’Evoke Thy Lords, qui de fait ne plaira sans doute pas aux personnes recherchant avant tout dans le genre la crasse et le stupre mais ravira les amateurs de mélodies efficaces et enchanteresses.. de même, cette flûte a un rôle non négligeable dans la dimension progressive de l’album, réellement très marquée. Ce coté rock progressif, travaillé et bien foutu, est d’ailleurs un des attraits de l’album, qui ne lasse à aucun moment malgré la longueur des morceaux. Une musique riche donc, mais qui n’oublie ni la lourdeur ni le groove, et conserve une efficacité appréciable en la matière.

    On remarquera enfin sur le morceau bonus précité la présence d’une chanteuse, techniquement loin des envolées lyriques de la demoiselle présente sur le premier album mais s’intégrant bien au genre pratiqué ainsi que de quelques nappes de claviers, accompagnant la montée en puissance du growl et donnant un coté étonnement épique plutôt bien vu, tout en restant nuancées.

    Au final, pas vraiment de réel défaut à signaler. Le groupe sibérien parvient à se créer une certaine personnalité dans un genre très fréquenté, bien que sans innover sur le fond. Certains regretterons sans doute le coté très mélodique et progressif, mais il s’agit alors d’une question de goût et non de qualité. Evoke Thy Lords nous offre un album composé avec talent, quelque part entre Blood Ceremony et Ramesses, une transformation réussie donc…

    Author: Peacewalker

  26. Review
    Funeral Wedding
    5/5

    Num passado não muito distante, foi formado na Russia mais uma entre muitas bandas de Gothic/Doom Metal. Anos se passaram e eles debutaram com o bom Escape to the Dreamlands e na sequência lançaram um split intitulado Twofaced com a banda Riders on the Bones.

    Esse split ainda mantinha em sua sonoridade aquele Gothic/Doom mas apresentava um algo a mais.

    Eis que chegamos a esse novo material intitulado Drunken Tales, e o que ouvimos aqui, segundo rótulo do selo trata-se um “Psychodelic Doom Metal”, o que nada mais é do que um Sludge/Doom.

    Talvez a parte psicodélica fique a cargo das passagens de flauta de Irina Drebushchak que dão um toque viajante para as músicas.

    A música de abertura Routine of Life, serve como uma amostra do que nos espera esse álbum, pois além das já citadas passagens de flauta, encontramos andamentos arrastados, ora intrincados (vide a bateria swingada de Alexandr Mironov), ora pesados, onde podemos sentir o peso do baixo do também vocalista Alexey Kozlov.

    Dirty Game começa com um belo trampo das guitarras de Yury e Sergey, onde novamente a linha de flauta se faz presente, levado o ouvinte para longe. Uma coisa que podemos notar no trabalho deles, pelo menos nesse álbum, que as letras não são muito extensas, o que dá uma ênfase muito maior no instrumental.

    Down the Drain é a faixa mais curta com pouco mais de 7 minutos, e seu início traz consigo uma certa influência stoner. Apesar de manter o peso das guitarras, próximo ao meio da faixa, temos um riff numa linha Sabbathica que poderíamos imaginá-lo em qualquer álbum que o mr. Iommy teria composto.

    Dregs segue numa linha jazzistica, sendo carregada pela linha de flauta deixando totalmente chapado o ouvinte, e lá pelo final que a pessoa se toca que essa faixa não possui vocal e devido a massa sonora que ela produz, nem fez falta.

    E para finalizar essa caminhada pelo psicodelia, Cause Follows Effect. A única faixa que traz um vocal feminino, lembrando de longe sua antiga sonoridade. E na metade dela temos aquele clima característico do Type O Negative, guitarra pesadíssima, linha de teclado dando o clima e bateria extremamente lenta.

    Para quem procura algo diferente para escutar, eis a banda que procuravam. Evoke thy Lords: guardem bem esse nome.

  27. Review
    Darkview
    8/10
    30.04.2013

    Geen dronkemansliederen of de Marie Louise hier te bespeuren!

    Integendeel dit Russische combo brengt een heel interessante mix tussen psychedelisch groovende doom in de stijl van Yob en Sleep en vintage retro folkrock. De nummers zijn grotendeel instrumentaal waar een grote rol is weggelegd vor zweveige dwarsfluiten die het folky aspect benadrukken. Net als je denkt per ongeluk een plaat van Fairport Convention of Pentangle te hebben opgelegd, smijten ze er een loodzware rif tussen met zo’n lekkere stonergroove. Af en toe moet ik ,vreemd genoeg, zelfs denken aan Alice in Chains. Zeer origineel en een leuke afwisselling voor al die mensen die denken dat je met folkinvloeden in de metal automatisch uitkomt bij halfzacht, pseudoromantisch gezwijmel.

    Author: Samoht

  28. Review
    Ave Noctum
    8/10
    16.04.2013

    The first time I listened to this album I thought “what the fuck is going on with my computer?” The vocals were lost in the mix, so it must have been a problem with the equaliser (fans of Edward Woodward need not despair, he is still the man!). Play two, same problem; despite much fiddling of electronic knobs, and still, the vocals are indecipherable. It was only at play three I got the whole point! This is an instrumental album where the vocals are just another layer, not a deliverer of stories that needs to be followed! It was within seconds of that realisation that the whole album made sense and I could settle back and let the excellence of the music just drift over me. For me, this is an instrumental album in which the vocals were just another layer, not the driving force.

    When I tell you that this is a full length album with only four tracks you’ll know you are in for a laid back stoner trip. The fact it has an extra fifth track as a bonus to pad it out to 43 minutes is in no way a criticism; this is not a CD for flailing elbows and mad moshing; this is an album to loll back to and left it drift over you like a THC flavoured London Smog.

    Opener ‘Routine of Life’ sets the pace, drawn out deep bass lines interplaying with a beat that sounds like every few seconds the drummer was awoken by his spliff burning his lips, growled vocals being interchanged with stoned guitar riffs, the whole marijuana influenced dirge bound together by a hypnotic combination of sustained guitar chords and warbling flute. Did I say “flute”? You are damn right I did! Eschewing guitar solos, the only vague urgency of the track is brought about by the flute, an instrument that sounds as urgent as Ian Anderson wandering into a dope den whilst high on ‘shrooms!

    ‘Dirty Game’ positively staggers out, riffs like swirling smoke fumes intertwining with the strident call of the flute as short, growled vocals interject. Think Tool, but without the pretence and unpleasant ego (and yes, I was at Download 2006 when Keenan went out of his way to abuse the audience). ‘Down the Drain’ equally suffocates the vocals in a sludge of bass, guitar, flute, and drums, with ‘Dregs’ being the perfect accompaniment to stoners young and old just to lean back into the wall and absorb. Back in the 80’s the saying “Pink Floyd Phase of the Party” was coined by me and friends; it represented that time at a metal party just after the Old Bill knocked on the door to make a complaint and the thrash was turned off to be replaced by ‘The Dark Side of the Moon’ and frantic moshing was replaced by chemically enhanced huddles and giggles in assorted corners; this album perfectly encapsulates that chill out state. Listening to this album makes denim, long hair, and the floating stench of patchouli positively mandatory.

    What Evoke Thy Lords is aiming for, who knows? What they hope to achieve, I just don’t care! What I do know is that they make this 43 year old so called reactionary pillar of the community want to get into a time machine, fly back twenty years, drop some acid, and just chill!

    Author: Spenny

  29. Review
    Metalstorm
    8.2/10
    14.04.2013

    More reviews from Solitude means more “Same Shit Different Dudes” Post-it notes, extreme doom bands of varying quality, and My Dying Bride disciples of varying quality. But hey, Drunken Tales by Evoke Thy Lords sports a cosmonaut in barfly mode at Moe’s Tavern on the cover, so who knows?

    Three beers into a lazy Saturday afternoon I popped it in, tuned in, and spaced out.

    Yeah, these guys abandoned their copies of Turn Loose The Swans and The Angel And The Dark River for some Down, Corrosion Of Conformity, and a bong.

    The net result is five eight-minute plus tracks of doom that sounds like these lads are from NOLA rather than Novosibirsk. Their doom comes not only with some definite rumbly-bass groove, that is reminiscent of (insert Southern Rawk meets Metal band here) at times, Shrinebuilder at others.

    Oh, and it also comes complete with Ron Burgundy* laying down jazz flute over the top of the whole thing giving it a pretty unique and enjoyable vibe, particularly when they drop out and go Mellow Moment ™ mode.

    Vocals are decidedly gruff, but sparsely used and pushed back in the mix so as not to fuck with the groove.

    The whole thing definitely has a spaced out floating through the cosmos vibe, the result of cross pollinating doom with southern vibe and maybe some 70’s rock.

    Drunken Tales on repeat was a great way to spend a lazy afternoon, one I will definitely do again. Don’t let the flute freak you out, this was the wildcard of the recent “From Russia With Love Doom” pack (see also Stangala from last year), but was cool enough to immediately leapfrog to the top of my queue of infinite review. Pick a nice spring afternoon, grab some of your favorite firewater and just chill.

    *OK, so it’s not Ron Burgundy, but Irina Drebushchak has chops and probably melted a copy or two of Cathedral’s Forest Of Equilibrium.

    Author: BitterCOld

  30. Review
    Kaosguards

    Pas facile d’être un groupe de Metal quand on est installé en Sibérie.

    C’est du moins ce qu’on peut en déduire du délai entre le premier album de EVOKE THY LORD, « Escape To The Dreamlands », paru en 2008 (et même 2007 en autoproduction) et son successeur « Drunken Tales » qui nous parvient cinq ans après.

    Ce hiatus a permis au groupe d’évoluer nettement, de terminer sa mue (sans parler de l’imagerie et des textes, passés de Lovecraft au psychédélisme). Initialement, EVOKE THY LORDS pratiquait un Doom Metal parsemé d’éléments gothiques mais également marqué par des particularités moins répandues, comme l’usage d’une flûte. Dorénavant, ces éléments sont fondus dans un épais substrat Stoner. Avec de surcroît des touches relevant du Rock progressif des années 70 (toujours cette flûte), voire du Space Rock cher à HAWKWIND.

    Il faut imaginer des rythmiques épaisses, sous tendues par un groove pachydermique Les riffs ne sont pas moins lourds ni arasants, parfois porteurs d’un héritage Rock 70’s ; les guitares se permettent cependant des incartades mélodiques fréquentes. Le chant est demeuré caverneux et inamical. La flûte parcourt cet océan électrique comme une Dame blanche viendrait hanter les couloirs d’un château médiéval. Tout ce beau monde s’ébat au rythme implacable de tempos lents, de structures tortueuses, d’ambiances contrastées (partagées entre séquences oppressantes et passages plus bucoliques).

    Là où d’innombrables formations actuelles se contentent trop souvent de tenter de ressusciter le Hard Rock des années 70, EVOKE THY LORDS plonge l’héritage Hard et Prog dans un bain Stoner et Doom (avec un âpre fumet Sludge), pour au final obtenir une mixture assez singulière, totalement charmeuse et persuasive, délicieusement lourde et lysergique.

    Author: Alain Lavanne

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