Thrash metal from the U.K.
Evile - Enter the Grave (Earache Records) 2007
1. Enter the Grave
2. Thrasher (3:09)
3. First Blood (4:20)
4. Man Against Machine (6:21)
5. Burned Alive (5:54)
6. Killer from the Deep (4:40)
7. We Who Are About to Die (7:43)
8. Schizophrenia (4:18)
9. Bathe in Blood (6:22)
10. Armoured Assault (5:38)
2007 seems to be they Year
of Thrash. Tons of new bands with quality, traditional thrash metal releases
this year. Particularly, the UK thrash scene seems to be experiencing a revival
with bands like Gama Bomb and Evile.
Releasing their first full length release, "Enter the Grave" is top quality thrash
metal produced by Flemming Rasmussen (Metallica, Artillery, Morbid Angel)
at Sweet Silence Studios in Copenhagen, Denmark. What we have here is ten songs
of pummeling metal with a big nod to the Bay Area thrashers. At times I heard
a heavy Forbidden vibe going on in the music, although there is no doubt that
"Kill 'Em All" and "Ride the Lightning" are big influences on the Evile guys
as well. While many bands are putting out overly long albums with 14-16 tracks,
that tend to get boring, Evile have kept their album to ten tracks. This is
good because while the album features some choice thrash riffs and some good
musicianship, the songs overall tend to sound very similar to one another. Of
course the production is quite good, as one would expect from Rasmussen. He
manages to capture the bands raw aggression without over or under producing.
However, thrash in not necessarily about production. It's about attitude, aggression,
and pure heavy metal. Evile achieve these goals, so grab your denim and leather,
and crank it up. Long live thrash metal!
Evile - Infected Nations (Earache Records) 2009
1. Infected Nation (5:33)
2. Now Demolition (5:46)
3. Nosophoros (5:29)
4. Genocide (7:42)
5. Plague To End All Plagues (5:55)
6. Devoid Of Thought (5:37)
7. Time No More (4:00)
8. Metamorphosis (7:40)
9. Hundred Wrathful Deities [instrumental] (11:41)
With Evile’s sophomore release, it seems as though the band are trying to shake off the "retro-thrash" tag that has been pinned on. While there is no doubt that the band remain squarely in the thrash metal camp, they have tried to find a sound of their own. The songs and riffs are a great deal more complex and the overall feel is a bit more melodic than the debut. I certainly applaud the band’s attempt to step out and forge a path of their own. On my first listen, on the very first song I was already impressed by the guitar work. The downpicked riff, together with some fast double bass work on the title track is quite impressive. As well, Ol Drake's solos throughout the CD are very well done. One change that I found disappointing at first was Matt Drake’s vocals, which are stylistically different than the debut. Where he had a raw Tom Araya sound on the debut, on "Infected Nation" he goes for an atonal hardcore yell. I must confess that at first I was a bit put off, but within a few listens began not only growing accustomed to the new vocal style, but actually enjoying it. Hundred Wrathful Deities is the most obvious attempt to break free from the "retro-thrash" tag. While many may prefer the faster, more straight forward thrash songs, I thought this epic length instrumental was the highlight of the CD. While it's a lengthy number I never found myself bored or wanting to turn the CD off. It features, a slower, more melodic side to the band, yet the song is still heavy. Overall, "Infected Nation" is a big step up from "Enter the Grave". Thrash on!
Following the release of "Infected Nation" Evile bassist Mike Alexander tragically passed away.