One of the biggest draws to Evile, for me, was the similar style to many of the early Bay Area Thrash metal bands. Evile is raw, gritty, uncompromising, and uncomplicated. Five Serpent’s Teeth, their third studio album, saw a level of maturation that I thought was going to lead the band in a very different direction; one I didn’t want to hear. The album charted well in the U.S. which typically means…it’s not that heavy and your Mom might like it. For Example, I thought Evile would go the same direction that robbed Five Finger Death Punch of their aggression in favor of bright lights and bikini bimbos. Evile, instead, pulled from the lessons learned on Five Serpent’s Teeth, and meshed those fine-tuned riffs with the more unrefined edge of Infected Nations and Enter the Grave. What we are left with is a solid Evile album that I do want to hear. But is album #4, Skull, perfect?
Back in the day, going to a show was priority and when we got there it was all about good friendly violent fun. The mosh pit; the epicenter of all that is angst was the place to be to let off a little steam. I remember one of my first pit experiences fondly. It was (almost positive) on August 19th 1990, at a dive club called “The Channel” in Boston, MA. I think this may have actually been my first club show. Death Angel was the headliner supporting their album Act III and opening for them was another bay area band, Forbidden. We also saw a couple of local bands – Cardinal Sin and Atomicaust. The pit was an intimidating sight to see – all that hair, sweat, and movement. People were diving off the railings; it was complete chaos…the kind I wanted to be a part of…and so I jumped in with both feet and off I went. Needless to say it was a marvelous, exciting, and bruising time, but damn I felt good…so good that I remember that show to this day down to the six other people I went with…we all crammed into a small Hyundai I think – one dude in the trunk for the hour-long trip to Boston and then back. That’s the shit we did to get to the show and get into the pit.
Evile has released another new video in the last couple weeks for their song In Memoriam from their album Five Serpent’s Teeth. This time, the Thrashers tone things down a bit with a somber metal song, powerful to say the least. For those of us living in or near London, Evile will be playing a FREE show on 3rd July in London at The Old Blue Last in Shoreditch. There is more information at this link.
Other than that, I am keeping it short this week’s video. If you can’t catch Evile at the free show, you can catch them on a headlining tour in October throughout the UK. Have a great weekend.
Last week, Alestorm proved to be more seaworthy than their American pirate metal rivals, Swashbuckle. Congrats to the Scots for taking 80% of the votes in last week’s Monday Metal Madness.
This week, you do not need to appreciate these bands to appreciate the covers they recorded. In my opinion, they are both awesome renditions of classic metal songs although one is much older than the other. Our battle is between Machine Head covering Hallowed Be Thy Name by Iron Maiden and UK newcomers Evile covering Pantera’s Cemetery Gates. Both songs are outstanding; one covered by a veteran act and one a (relative) newcomer. Only one can win. What say you?