Evoke - _Dreaming the Reality_
(Pavement Music, 1999)
by: Adrian Bromley (6 out of 10)
This is quite a heavy record, chock-full of detonating riffs and a solid grind metal groove that kicks and punches 'till the bitter end. "Then why does it not get a better rating than a lousy 6", you may be asking? Why?! 'Cause the record goes nowhere. Sure it dips and grinds its way through twelve tracks, but we've heard all of this before. Though as a positive angle to this review, I have not heard guitar playing (superb stuff here) like this in a long time. Rarely in this genre of meaty grind death metal music can you get to hear stuff like this. Okay... maybe Morbid Angel. Anyway, take a bow, guitarist John Parkin, as you provide some light of hope in a rather lacklustre, "it's-all-been-done-before" record. That, unfortunately, is the "reality" of _Dreaming the Reality_.

(article published 14/3/1999)


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