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Also known asFunereus (1992)
Asmodeus (1993)
OriginLyndhurst, New Jersey, United States
GenresFuneral doom
Years active1992–present
LabelsElegy Records, Avantgarde Music, I Hate, Profound Lore
Associated actsFunebrarum
MembersJohn Paradiso
Chris Molinari
Dave Wagner
Don Zaros
Vince Verkay
Past membersNick Orlando
Phil Wilson
Rob Robichaud
Bill Manley
Steve Moran
Dario Derna
Denny Hahn

Evoken is an American funeral doom metal band from Lyndhurst, New Jersey, whose main influences include Australian band Disembowelment, England's Paradise Lost,[1] the American band Winter, and the Finnish band Thergothon.[2][3] The band name Evoken was taken from the Thergothon song found on the Fhtagn nagh Yog-Sothoth demo. The band was founded by guitarist Nick Orlando under the name Funereus in April 1992. It was with the original line-up of Rob (Bass/Vocals); Nick (Guitar); Phil (Guitar) & Vince (Drums) that they recorded what would be the only Funereus release, which was a rehearsal demo released in 1992. After briefly changing their name to Asmodeus the following year, the band eventually decided upon the name Evoken in 1994 after several line up changes. They headlined the Dutch Doomsday Festival in 2003 during a brief European tour of Holland, Belgium & the UK.[citation needed]

Evoken is one of the earliest U.S. doom/death metal bands that are still active today along with Novembers Doom and Rigor Sardonicous.

Evoken left Avantgarde Music of Italy after releasing two albums with the label and signed to I Hate Records of Sweden in January 2007.

Evoken returned to tour Europe in 2009, and again in 2011 for Holland's Roadburn Festival. The following year they signed to Canada's Profound Lore Records and performed on the inaugural Decibel Magazine tour in Baltimore, Philadelphia, and New York City. 2012 saw the release of their fifth full-length album Atra Mors, which was Profound Lore's 100th release.


  • Vince Verkay – drums (1992–present)
  • John Paradiso – guitar, vocals (1994–present), keyboards (1994, 2007), bass (2004-2007)
  • Don Zaros – keyboards (2007–present)
  • Dave Wagner – bass (2008–present)
  • Chris Molinari – guitar (2009–present)
  • Randy Cavanaugh - guitar (2018-present)
  • Nick Orlando – guitar (1992–2008), keyboards (2007)
  • Phil Wilson – guitar (1992)
  • Rob Robichaud – bass, vocals (1992–1993)
  • Bill Manley – bass (1994–1996)
  • Dario Derna – keyboards (1995–2002)
  • Steve Moran – bass (1996–2004)
  • Denny Hahn – keyboards (2003–2007)
  • Craig Pillard - Bass, Keyboards (2007)
  • Charles Lamb – cello (1998)
  • Suzanne Bass – cello (1999)
  • Chris Kuffner – cello (2005)
  • Craig Pillard – bass (2007)
  • Brian Sanders - cello (2012)



Studio albums[edit]


  • Rehearsal/Demo 1992 (1992, as Funereus)
  • Shades of Night Descending (1994)
  • Promo 1996 (1996)
  • Promo 1997 (1997)
  • Promo 2002 (2002)

Split album[edit]

  • Evoken/Beneath The Frozen Soil (2010)


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