Heavy riffs, melodic acoustic pieces, and catchy hooks are abundant throughout, creating a sound that shatters the boundaries between genres while weaving thought provoking, poetic lyrics throughout.
Formed in late 2016, EVANS AND STOKES is a multi-genre Metal collaboration between Jenny Stokes (NZ) and John Evans (US). Despite having never met face to face, their very similar interests in a wide range of musical styles, have ensured Evans and Stokes were on the same page right from their first collaboration (a song called “Kingdom”). Their debut album “Beyond the Gates” was released a mere 10 months later and, like all of their music, was created remotely through email and file transfer. The album, which tells a story of addiction to redemption, was well received, with reviews stating “one of the finer independent releases of the year,” “stunningly composed,” and “poetic” (Angelic Warlord). In 2018, Evans and Stokes released their follow up, “Valley of the Kings,” which tells the story of the rise, reign and fall of the great Pharaoh Hatshepsut, including quotes from the ancient Book of the Dead (which Jenny describes as the weirdest read of her life). By 2019 and the release of their third album, “Children of God,” the duo was achieving a more mature and developed sound. “Children of God” is a strong collection of songs, covering historical events like The Crusades and the creation of the atomic bomb, but also delves into more personal topics like depression, addiction, temptation, and Christian faith. The album was very well received by reviewers, ranking number 10 in the Angelic Warlord’s Top Christian Metal Albums of 2019 with one reviewer describing the music as a “well-crafted collection of songs” “that is refreshingly free of genre labeling” with “a diversity of styles,” “gifted” songwriting, “great sounding guitar tones,” and “poetic, witty and concise” lyrics (Heaven’s Metal Magazine).
Now Evans and Stokes is back, releasing their fourth and strongest album yet, “Diary of the Damned.” Returning to a loose concept, the album takes the listener on a journey through the peaks and valleys of human existence from a Christian perspective, starting in the post-apocalyptic wastelands found in songs like the Doomish, Thrash, Rock sounds of “Into the Badlands” and “Eternal Punishment” and ending with the more uplifting and hopeful Thrash/Symphonic Rock mix of “A Child of Light” and the rockin’ “Dawn Ascending.” This album sees a more varied vocal style from Stokes ranging from aggressive and gritty to clean and sweet while Evans demonstrates his talent for writing original and engaging riffs.
“Diary of the Damned” delivers crushing riffs, big hooks, and meaningful lyrics, created by a band that has its own unique songwriting style that seamlessly crosses metal sub-genres as diverse as Thrash, Progressive Metal, and Doom.
Released on 12/24/2020, “Diary of the Damned” is the 4th full length album by Heavy Metal songwriters, EVANS AND STOKES. Heavy riffs, melodic acoustic pieces, and catchy hooks are abundant throughout, creating a sound that shatters the boundaries between genres while weaving thought provoking, poetic lyrics throughout.
Metallica, Megadeth, Virgin Black, Dream Theater, Doro, Iron Maiden
Into The Badlands
Demon Of The Wood
Man, Beast, And Creeping Things
Army Of The Dead
Breath Of Life
A Child Of Light
Deep Calls To Deep
A Child of Light
"It's quite an epic album", "Biblical and thought provoking", Children of God gets an overall rating 9 out of 10 .
"Children of God is an excellent collection of well-crafted songs with beautiful melodies, engaging guitars and exceptional lyrics"
"this album is anything but monolithic with Evans and Stokes bouncing around Metal styles freely and shamelessly"
GUITARS, BASS, DRUM TRACKS, KEYBOARDS, BACKING VOCALS
VOCALS, LYRICS, PIANO, KEYBOARDS