The Hooter Band (no, not the famous one) splintered sometime in the Summer of 1982 and from that band, Ron Dehart and Stephen Scheff formed Necronom - after watching a film adaptation of Lovecraft's Dunwich Horror - but shortened the infamous book title after we realised that the book truly was bad luck. But misfortune did not stop with the shortened name: as we performed through an Altamont-styled stabbing; overflowing septic tanks; equipment accidents; dog and cat fights (the latter attributed to girlfriends); missed record label deals; and, an assortment of bizarre occurrences we attributed to the supernatural. Such events cause Ron and I to change our recording name to Evermore in 1986.
Drummer/vocalist, John Mihay left in the Autumn of '82 and was replaced by drummer, Dave 'Necronom' Williams, and vocalist, Jon Traynor. The converted pillbox basement of my parent's condo was far too small for our increasingly heavy sound (not to mention neighbour complaints) and the band relocated to Waterford, MI, in January 1983 where, next to the railroad tracks, no one complained about our sound. Joined by Tim Ball on bass, we interwove the five originals contained in The Shadow Walk into sets of Pink Floyd, Black Sabbath, Genesis, Yes, Rush and Deep Purple: our pot supplier, however, only "experienced God" during our originals!
The band moved to a ten acre spread in Auburn Hills, MI, in the summer of '83 and with the pressing urgency to record a demo, Tim was replaced with a 16 year old bass prodigy, Keith Oliver, and the five song demo contained in The Shadow Walk was recorded in Doug Delaney's basement studio, Rochester, MI in the summer of 83: stamping us as one of the heaviest bands around at the time. Atlantic Records became interested in us in November 1983 - but we could not accommodate their personnel - change requests; and, by the summer of '84 - with a change in the group's musical direction - I headed for Los Angeles. Ron followed me in November 1984 and we formed Seventh Star (1985) and Balance (1986). Ron brought in British singer "Chip" (I'm sorry I don't remember his surname) for some of the 1986 Balance vocals and then had Chip sing on our now, Evermore, 8-track recording - with new lyrics supplied by me. "Destiny" was turned into an instrumental.
In the last "I don't know how many years", with contemporary radio featuring a decidedly "wimpy" and "canned" style of music (contemporary musicians leave "music magic" up to the engineers and producers rather than getting the most out of their instruments and voices), people have been prodding me to get The Shadow Walk out to the remastering session after 26 years of incommunicado!
Now, with the 30th anniversary of the original recording coming up, I have written new lyrics for "destiny" renaming it "Ladders and Chutes" (without Ron's blessing because no one can find him) and "touched up" some rough spots. So here's Evermore: The Shadow Walk - for your sampling and enjoyment...from a group that simply wanted to become the best live band on the planet. WARNING: this selection is meant to be played ear-splitting loud, and, with copious libation...just don't party and drive!