The Shadow Archetype

The Shadow Archetype

Release:March 10, 2017
Label: Metal Blade Records

Track title Length
01. Into Ruins  01:09
02. Condemned to the Grave  03:14
03. Modus Operandi  04:31
04. Children of Stone  04:35
05. The Coroner  03:54
06. The Shadow Archetype  04:06
07. Blind Obedience  01:48
08. Survival of the Sickest  02:57
09. Sulphur and Blood  03:46
10. Imperium Fall  03:11
11. Dark Day Sunrise  04:44
Formats: Digipak CD, 12″ Vinyl LP (in different colors), digital

Digipak CD (includes beer coaster!)
180g black vinyl (EU exclusive)
grey-marbled vinyl (limited to 300 copies – EU exclusive)
salmon clear vinyl (limited to 200 copies – EU exclusive)
clear/black-marbled vinyl (limited to 100 copies – USA exclusive)
* exclusive bundles with a shirt, plus digital options are also available!

The Shadow Archetype

“A monster it is! Big and muscular, with seething eyes. The Shadow Archetype’s not at all the kind of thing to meet head on. Tracks like “Condemned to the Grave“, “The Coroner“, “Survival of the Sickest“, and “The Shadow Archetype” (check out the chilling Stanley Milgram sample) embody death metal’s heartiest and heaviest of traits. Like if Bolt Thrower war machined over Entombed‘s “Bitter Loss”. Or if Asphyx strangled Paradise Lost‘s “Dead Emotion”.

Musically, The Shadow Archetype is first-rate Evocation. But it’s the production that brings out the best in the band. Whether it’s session drummer Per Møller Jensen’s (ex-The Haunted, ex-Invocator) veteran pounding swing and Palmén and Exner’s colossal riffs or Jorde’s hammering bass and Josefsson’s unreal growls, the production preserves the Swedes’ past (the opening to “Dark Day Sunrise” is a must-hear!) while also being entirely contemporary. Few bands of recent memory have made a record that’s as crushingly heavy as The Shadow Archetype.

Really, after four dormant years, Evocation has come back with a new lineup, a new album in The Shadow Archetype, and the mighty Metal Blade as their death metal benefactor. If there’s anywhere left for the Swedes to go – after 12 years back on the steed of Conquest – it’s up.

All hail Evocation!
/Chris Dick

Recording details & more

Recorded at Dugout Productions, Crehate Studios & Acacia Avenue Recordings, June 2015 – June 2016 by Daniel Bergstrand, Oscar Nilsson & Evocation.
Engineered by Daniel Bergstrand, Oscar Nilsson, Simon Exner & Vesa Kenttäkumpu.
Produced & Mixed by Daniel Bergstrand at Dugout Productions.
Mastered by George Nerantzis
All Music, Lyrics & Arrangements by Evocation
Session Drums on the Album by Per Møller Jensen
Lead Guitars on “Survival of the Sickest” by Vesa Kenttäkumpu

Artwork & Layout by Xaay
Logo by Kristian “Necrolord” Wåhlin
Photo by Daniel Falk at
Webmaster Fredrik Kreem at
Simon Exner – Guitars
Gustaf Jorde – Bass
Thomas Josefsson – Vocals
Marko Palmén – Guitars

The Shadow Archetype – album versions

The Shadow Archetype
Digipak CD
(comes w/free beer underlay)
The Shadow Archetype
Vinyl LP with poster and printed inner sleeve
Black Vinyl and limited grey marbled  & salmon Vinyl


The Shadow Archetype photos

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On March 10th, Evocation will celebrate their return to death metal with the stunning new full-length, The Shadow Archetype! While honoring their Swedish death metal roots, The Shadow Archetype also adds thrash metal elements to their addictive, heavy sound. For a preview of the album, a new video for the track “Condemned To The Grave” can be viewed to the the right or at the videos page.

Evocation‘s Marko Palmen (guitar) comments: “The video for ‘Condemned To The Grave’ was shot with Greenworks Television on the 4th of February at a deserted house in the small village of Golingstorp, Sweden. The deserted house was actually something that we found through a friend who specialized in photographing deserted buildings. According to villagers the house has been deserted for at least 30 years. It’s a beautiful house and the ageing has perhaps added even more character to the house. The day of the video shoot was freezing… But it added a special eerie feeling since there is a small layer of snow in the landscape, and on many of the shots with the actors you can see their breaths in the air. The end result became quite spectacular (not for the weak hearted I might add…), and we all hope you enjoy the video for ‘Condemned To The Grave’!

Huge thanx to Greenworks Television and all involved in the making of the video for ‘Condemned To The Grave’; Rene U Valdes (Director), Johan Falklind (Camera), Ida Johansson (Actor), Anders Olsson (Actor), Gustaf Jorde (Screenplay & Actor), Thomas Josefsson (Actor), Simon Exner (Actor), Marko Palmen (Actor), Farideh Javanbakht (Make-Up) & Maria Bexdal (Make-Up)!”
For another preview of The Shadow Archetype, the first single, “Children of Stone”, can be heard at the: videos page.

The Shadow Archetype, featuring a cover and layout by Xaay (Behemoth, Nile, etc.), The Shadow Archetype was recorded at three different studios. Backing vocals, mixing and mastering were done at Dugout Productions. Daniel Bergstrand handled the recording of backing vocals and mixing. George Nerantzis handled the mastering. Drums were recorded at Crehate Studios together with studio engineer Oscar Nilsson. The Shadow Archetype also features veteran drummer Per Moller Jensen (ex-The Haunted, ex-Invocator) on session drums. Per sets a new death metal standard on the new Evocation album with his complex, yet groovy drumming, which we know well from his time in The Haunted. Guitars, bass, and lead vocals were recorded by the band in their own studio, Acacia Avenue Recordings. “We started recording the drums in late June 2015 and did the last recordings with vocals in June 2016. So, we spent roughly a year in the studio with ‘The Shadow Archetype‘,” explains Palmen. “In my opinion, the production is our strongest so far. It has all the elements I want in a production; raw brutality with a distinctive punch!”