Released: 2013, Self Released
Reviewer: Aaron Yurkiewicz
Hailing from the Novaro province of Italy, Evideon has barely been in existence for two years. But listening to their debut EP EVIDENCE LIES, you’d never guess that the quartet was still in their infancy. Wearing influences like Obscura, Death, and Necrophagist, on their sleeves out for all to see, the band puts on a display of impressive technical death metal that would make their heroes proud.
With only four tracks on the EP, Evideon wastes no time getting down to business. Opening track “Tyrants” kicks in without any pretense or fanfare, just some ripping licks and scathing vocals. The Obscura influence is almost immediately apparent in the arrangements and phrasing (somebody’s spent a LOT of time listening to COSMOGENSIS), but it doesn’t detour the power of the track itself. “MC5K” follows in similar fashion, but pushes the band’s melodic sensibilities more to the forefront. “Symphony of a Black Star” was my personal fav of the lot, and is the arguably the most guitar-nerdiest track; lots of heavy crunch and dizzying runs, balanced out by a more straightforward and aggressive conclusion. “Dimensional Illusion” closes out the EP on a more progressive note; saddled with some discordant and atonal riffing, the track exits on a decidedly subdued and jazzy coda.
Having no clue who these guys were or what they were peddling, I was both surprised and impressed with EVIDENCE LIES. Given that the EP is a bare bones self-released product, the production quality and overall presentation holds up remarkably well particularly given how important those dynamics can be within this genre (maybe a little more bottom end next time fellas). And as if artistic merit wasn’t enough to get you to check out EVIDENCE LIES, Evideon is offering up the EP for free via a link on their Facebook page. Said otherwise, quality tech death tunes + free = quit reading this and go check out Evideon for yourself.