Thrash Hits

September 22nd, 2009

Album: Evile – Infected Nations

Evile promo photo 2009 Thrash Hits

Evile
Infected Nations
Earache Records
21 September 2009

by Mark Eglinton

If this was a popularity contest I’d gleefully slap a “maximum rating” on this sucker and swagger off to The Crobar or somewhere proclaiming it to be the Neo-thrash equivalent of wheel reinvention. That would be lying though, and lying ‘aint my game, no sir.

Evile’s debut Enter the Grave, for all its scratchy treble fury and late ’80s posturing was undoubtedly an interesting signal of some kind of UK thrash rebirth. It even had Flemming Rasmussen at the desk for fuck’s sake (if you’re unaware of his pedigree in this sphere, you’re barred from this website with immediate effect) so all the boxes were appropriately ticked.

evile infected nations earache thrash hits album cover

Consequently, you’d hope that this follow-up, under the knobsmanship of Russ Russell, would elevate Evile into the revered upper reaches of UK thrash revivalism alongside… umm… themselves. And therein lies the problem: nobody really wants a thrash revival given that the genre was as much about a time and a place as it was about a style of music, and if we’re honest, attempts to musically revisit 1986 result in misery and despair.

Having said that, Infected Nations definitely sounds more mature than its predecessor ,and the brothers Drake have both upped their respective games massively, but the overall impression is of something very forced, very manufactured even.

Take the title track for example; all sinister acoustic intro( something of a cliche) before spiralling off into a riff so complex and smartass that it effectively caricatures every thrash riff ever written, while also promising to be a real bitch to nail on Guitar Hero. ‘Nosphorous’ is similarly affected too; offering little more than regurgitated bolt-on speed riffs and monotone vocal delivery somewhere between Messrs Hetfield and Heafy. Starting to get the picture yet? .

Watch the video to ‘Infected Nations’ by Evile

‘Genocide’ does provide a bit of respite though and as such represents one of the album’s better moments mixing crunchy riffery with harmonised guitar section – but even it sounds like it has been assembled from a selection of thrash body parts found lying around, rather than something truly newborn. Also included is an instrumental; ‘Hundred Wrathful Deities’ which, apart from clocking in at a fleshy eleven plus minutes, goes precisely nowhere despite some excellent musicianship which simply isn’t enough to save it.

Evile are undoubtedly a very able band technically and tracks like ‘Devoid Of Thought’ (rather appropriately) and ‘Plague To End All Plagues’ illustrate that they probably do have a killer record in there somewhere, but that will only come when they focus on being themselves rather than a pastiche of several others.

It would be very easy to holler from the rooftops that real thrash is back and that Infected Nations is the flag-bearer, but on this evidence thrash as we know it belongs in a bygone era and should be left exactly there.

2/6

Sounds like: too many to list moulded into one.
Top tracks: Plague To End All Plagues, Genocide, Devoid Of Thought

Evile – Infected Nations tracklisting
Infected Nation
Now Demolition
Nosophoros
Genocide
Plague To End All Plagues
Devoid Of Thought
Time No More
Metamorphosis
Hundred Wrathful Deities

Bands

Comments

  • Ugh

    What a horrid review

  • Ugh

    What a horrid review

  • Anonymous

    Rubbish. Well written, but this was blatently reviewed by someone who has no idea about thrash. Piss poor.

  • Anonymous

    Rubbish. Well written, but this was blatently reviewed by someone who has no idea about thrash. Piss poor.

  • omgwtfbbq

    Sounds like someone who has no clue about thrash music. You sir are the perfect example of someone living in the past. This album IS the flag bearer of a new thrash revolution. You clearly won’t be part of it and frankly I’m glad.

  • omgwtfbbq

    Sounds like someone who has no clue about thrash music. You sir are the perfect example of someone living in the past. This album IS the flag bearer of a new thrash revolution. You clearly won’t be part of it and frankly I’m glad.

  • -

    Wow, where to start.

    I don’t know how you can feel that Infected Nations has a ‘forced’ or manufactured feel to the music. You talk about ‘smart-ass’ riffs, when it is simply a display of skill which is fucking great to listen to, so I think a lot of people will disagree with that statement. Even if it was a display of skills in order to show off, it’s a lot better than most people can do so good on the guys for showing what they have, although I don’t believe it is in a show off attempt at all.

    Right, your little statement that it is “offering little more than regurgitated bolt-on speed riffs and monotone vocal delivery somewhere between Messrs Hetfield and Heafy” is just completely insane haha, Matt’s vocals have developed a hell of a lot in the space between Enter The Grave and Infected Nations giving a better range and it sounds a lot better, the previous vocals could have been in a way, linked to that ‘typical thrash’ vocal, where as Matt has almost created his own style in the new album. And the riffs are complex and individual, unlike certain thrash bands who simply repeat the similar sounding riffs that every band who have made it big are throwing out.

    Oh and your opinion that ‘nobody really wants a thrash revival’ and that thrash ‘belongs in a bygone era and should be left exactly there’ is easily challenged, why would bands like Evile, Bonded By Blood, Municipal Waste and Cauldron be gaining popularity in a scene which is clearly heavily coming back into the music industry if there wasn’t an appeal for it? Also, who are you to voice an opinion for the collective music following? Haha.

    Infected Nations deserves a lot better than that review and I’d like to think that other people believe the same.

  • -

    Wow, where to start.

    I don’t know how you can feel that Infected Nations has a ‘forced’ or manufactured feel to the music. You talk about ‘smart-ass’ riffs, when it is simply a display of skill which is fucking great to listen to, so I think a lot of people will disagree with that statement. Even if it was a display of skills in order to show off, it’s a lot better than most people can do so good on the guys for showing what they have, although I don’t believe it is in a show off attempt at all.

    Right, your little statement that it is “offering little more than regurgitated bolt-on speed riffs and monotone vocal delivery somewhere between Messrs Hetfield and Heafy” is just completely insane haha, Matt’s vocals have developed a hell of a lot in the space between Enter The Grave and Infected Nations giving a better range and it sounds a lot better, the previous vocals could have been in a way, linked to that ‘typical thrash’ vocal, where as Matt has almost created his own style in the new album. And the riffs are complex and individual, unlike certain thrash bands who simply repeat the similar sounding riffs that every band who have made it big are throwing out.

    Oh and your opinion that ‘nobody really wants a thrash revival’ and that thrash ‘belongs in a bygone era and should be left exactly there’ is easily challenged, why would bands like Evile, Bonded By Blood, Municipal Waste and Cauldron be gaining popularity in a scene which is clearly heavily coming back into the music industry if there wasn’t an appeal for it? Also, who are you to voice an opinion for the collective music following? Haha.

    Infected Nations deserves a lot better than that review and I’d like to think that other people believe the same.

  • Dragonlord

    Hold on a minute , this website is called THRASH HITS. EVILE is prime thrash, yet you give it a 2/10?

    If you don’t like the very best thrash band currently doing the rounds, then I suggest you change the name of this site.

    A lot of people don’t appreciate Gallows or You Me At Six, or whatever garbage Kerrang! throws at us, we appreciate SLAYER, Old METALLICA. MEGADETH- this band is young but is, in my opinion, already on a par with the thrash classics of the past.

    EVILE RULES, THRASH HITS are FOOLS.

  • Dragonlord

    Hold on a minute , this website is called THRASH HITS. EVILE is prime thrash, yet you give it a 2/10?

    If you don’t like the very best thrash band currently doing the rounds, then I suggest you change the name of this site.

    A lot of people don’t appreciate Gallows or You Me At Six, or whatever garbage Kerrang! throws at us, we appreciate SLAYER, Old METALLICA. MEGADETH- this band is young but is, in my opinion, already on a par with the thrash classics of the past.

    EVILE RULES, THRASH HITS are FOOLS.

  • Anonymous

    pft, go get a job at burger king, music is clearly not your area of expertise

  • Anonymous

    pft, go get a job at burger king, music is clearly not your area of expertise

  • http://www.thrashhits.com/ Hugh

    CONTROVERSIAL, ETC.

  • http://www.thrashhits.com Hugh

    CONTROVERSIAL, ETC.

  • Anonymous

    Referring to the opening paragraph, how would supporting an Earache release like this win you the hearts of thrash fans? As if Earache is the harbinger of quality thrash music.

    No it doesn’t surprise me that Thrash Hits doesnt like a thrash album, considering that thrash makes up about 1% of this website.

    An embarrasingly ill-educated reviewer expressing the kind of school-boy level opinions this site is reknowned for.

  • Anonymous

    Referring to the opening paragraph, how would supporting an Earache release like this win you the hearts of thrash fans? As if Earache is the harbinger of quality thrash music.

    No it doesn’t surprise me that Thrash Hits doesnt like a thrash album, considering that thrash makes up about 1% of this website.

    An embarrasingly ill-educated reviewer expressing the kind of school-boy level opinions this site is reknowned for.

  • Siobhan

    Nothing is controversial about it really, just stupid. A Thrash band are slated by a website dedicated to thrash? hmmm me thinks there has been a fuck up. You state that no one wants a Thrash Revival, then why do you have thrash in your name? Why not Hardcore Hits or Accapella Hits, get a grip on the times.

  • Siobhan

    Nothing is controversial about it really, just stupid. A Thrash band are slated by a website dedicated to thrash? hmmm me thinks there has been a fuck up. You state that no one wants a Thrash Revival, then why do you have thrash in your name? Why not Hardcore Hits or Accapella Hits, get a grip on the times.

  • http://www.thrashhits.com/ Raz

    Why is everyone anonymous? Lame…

  • http://www.thrashhits.com Raz

    Why is everyone anonymous? Lame…

  • Siobhan

    You can have my e-mail address and links if you want, I really couldn’t care less. You seem to be hiding behind the “Thrash Hits” name and not answering anything that has been put your way.

  • Siobhan

    You can have my e-mail address and links if you want, I really couldn’t care less. You seem to be hiding behind the “Thrash Hits” name and not answering anything that has been put your way.

  • http://www.musiconthemind.co.uk/ Luke

    I like metal.

  • NTS

    First you slag off the new wave of thrash and then you slag off Infected Nations which is like new wave of thrash +1 due to just different sounding riffs and melodies (still thrash though). Dude. ;o

  • http://www.musiconthemind.co.uk Luke

    I like metal.

  • NTS

    First you slag off the new wave of thrash and then you slag off Infected Nations which is like new wave of thrash +1 due to just different sounding riffs and melodies (still thrash though). Dude. ;o

  • anonymous.com

    what a fuss. All this guy has done is do what 99% of people reviewing music WON’T do ie. state an honest case. I haven’t heard all the album but what I have heard is pretty generic and dated.Not just that, the songs are weaker than on ‘Enter the Grave’.

    ‘Thrash’ WAS an era and if you want to genuinely push it forward you’ve got to use new ideas and not simply re-hash old ones. The truth sure hurts…

  • anonymous.com

    what a fuss. All this guy has done is do what 99% of people reviewing music WON’T do ie. state an honest case. I haven’t heard all the album but what I have heard is pretty generic and dated.Not just that, the songs are weaker than on ‘Enter the Grave’.

    ‘Thrash’ WAS an era and if you want to genuinely push it forward you’ve got to use new ideas and not simply re-hash old ones. The truth sure hurts…

  • pissed off

    unbelievable how people can get annoyed about a straight review. How often do you see reviews like 7 out of ten ? It’s so boring to see people kissing ass and not committing to what they believe. This is a breath of fresh air and not directed at the people in the band. Music is about opinions and this guy seems to have a strong one. Fair play.

  • pissed off

    unbelievable how people can get annoyed about a straight review. How often do you see reviews like 7 out of ten ? It’s so boring to see people kissing ass and not committing to what they believe. This is a breath of fresh air and not directed at the people in the band. Music is about opinions and this guy seems to have a strong one. Fair play.

  • Dale

    “nobody really wants a thrash revival”
    how much of a retard is the person that wrote this
    Thrash is in the middle of a revival and has thousands of people they have wanted it and are loving it, if u dont like thrash why the f*ck are you called thrashhits.com
    Infected nations is an excellent album and shows how the newer thrash bands are maturing into their own styles

  • Dale

    “nobody really wants a thrash revival”
    how much of a retard is the person that wrote this
    Thrash is in the middle of a revival and has thousands of people they have wanted it and are loving it, if u dont like thrash why the f*ck are you called thrashhits.com
    Infected nations is an excellent album and shows how the newer thrash bands are maturing into their own styles

  • slayerrrrrrrrrrrrrr

    what the guy is saying is that to revive thrash has to mean not just doing what bands did back in the day and to do new things. This all sounds too much like Justice era Metallica and albums like that and thats why its getting criticised. All you people calling for a thrash revival probly thought Death Magnetic was thrash..!!

  • slayerrrrrrrrrrrrrr

    what the guy is saying is that to revive thrash has to mean not just doing what bands did back in the day and to do new things. This all sounds too much like Justice era Metallica and albums like that and thats why its getting criticised. All you people calling for a thrash revival probly thought Death Magnetic was thrash..!!

  • Olivia

    Stop being such emos about one review, go start your own music website and you can write what you like about a thrash revivial.

  • Olivia

    Stop being such emos about one review, go start your own music website and you can write what you like about a thrash revivial.

  • Zehm

    no one wants a thrash revival? uh, have you had your head up your arse for the last two years? Warbringer, Gama Bomb, Mutant, Havok, Pitiful Reign, Warpath, Doctor Death,
    Early Man, Elimination, Savage Messiah, Violator, Nihilist…. (breathe) Municipal Waste, Exmortus, Rattlehead, Witchaven, Insurrect, Revocation, Hexen, Warmachine, the late DeadFall, Mantic Ritual, Mass Extinction. and on and on. these bands are puting out records and on tour. obviously enough people want to see a thrash revival to support these bands.

    Piss off

  • Zehm

    no one wants a thrash revival? uh, have you had your head up your arse for the last two years? Warbringer, Gama Bomb, Mutant, Havok, Pitiful Reign, Warpath, Doctor Death,
    Early Man, Elimination, Savage Messiah, Violator, Nihilist…. (breathe) Municipal Waste, Exmortus, Rattlehead, Witchaven, Insurrect, Revocation, Hexen, Warmachine, the late DeadFall, Mantic Ritual, Mass Extinction. and on and on. these bands are puting out records and on tour. obviously enough people want to see a thrash revival to support these bands.

    Piss off

  • http://www.planetmosh.com/ Saxon

    It’s his review.
    whilst you may not agree with his opinions, it is still a review.

    However, should any of the commenters have their own review, please feel free to post it as I for one would like to read more reviews about this particular album.

  • http://www.planetmosh.com Saxon

    It’s his review.
    whilst you may not agree with his opinions, it is still a review.

    However, should any of the commenters have their own review, please feel free to post it as I for one would like to read more reviews about this particular album.

  • BillyThePiper

    Guys, this seems too immature. Its one guys review and one guys opinion. I think asking for reviews from people who are on the bands forum will give a one sided review no matter what is said. but nobody can do anything but respect everybodies opinion on the album, but this didnt call for a march in here to cry about it.

  • BillyThePiper

    Guys, this seems too immature. Its one guys review and one guys opinion. I think asking for reviews from people who are on the bands forum will give a one sided review no matter what is said. but nobody can do anything but respect everybodies opinion on the album, but this didnt call for a march in here to cry about it.

  • viollatorcity

    to the guy reeling off lists of bands.– Hardly a list of household names you’ve got there. Try judging this thrash revival on album sales and you’ll see there isnt one.–put your head back up your own arse now

  • viollatorcity

    to the guy reeling off lists of bands.– Hardly a list of household names you’ve got there. Try judging this thrash revival on album sales and you’ll see there isnt one.–put your head back up your own arse now

  • BillyThePiper

    Okay, on that one, theres a rather good UK following. Not household names but there was a nice underground scene. It is fading a lot now and satying around the London area. The London bands dont tend to be that great apart from Mutant. the borther has less offerings but they are stronger bands.

  • BillyThePiper

    Okay, on that one, theres a rather good UK following. Not household names but there was a nice underground scene. It is fading a lot now and satying around the London area. The London bands dont tend to be that great apart from Mutant. the borther has less offerings but they are stronger bands.

  • Jamie

    I am an 18 year old Thrasher and massive Evile fan, who was not even born when Thrash started….

    I think this reviewer has revealed himself as an imposter, he is not a real metalhead at all.

    How can you say Evile are manufactured and unoriginal when screamo shite like Evergreen Terrace which sounds exactly like a thousand other bands, receives a rave review on the site?

    The same reviewer even compares Rusty Eye to Maiden and NWOBHM? Ha ha come on, this dude is on crack.

    Evile is a genuinely heavy and proper thrash metal band.What you call smart ass riffs are actually complex metallic riffs, designed for headbanging not posing at the back of the club with your hipster friends.

    You say Thrash is dead, yet just in London, Mutant and Savage Messiah and Sylosis are ripping clubs apart to thrashers on a regular basis.

    Evile are real thrash for real metalheads.

  • Jamie

    I am an 18 year old Thrasher and massive Evile fan, who was not even born when Thrash started….

    I think this reviewer has revealed himself as an imposter, he is not a real metalhead at all.

    How can you say Evile are manufactured and unoriginal when screamo shite like Evergreen Terrace which sounds exactly like a thousand other bands, receives a rave review on the site?

    The same reviewer even compares Rusty Eye to Maiden and NWOBHM? Ha ha come on, this dude is on crack.

    Evile is a genuinely heavy and proper thrash metal band.What you call smart ass riffs are actually complex metallic riffs, designed for headbanging not posing at the back of the club with your hipster friends.

    You say Thrash is dead, yet just in London, Mutant and Savage Messiah and Sylosis are ripping clubs apart to thrashers on a regular basis.

    Evile are real thrash for real metalheads.

  • Siobhan

    Everyone is entitled to their own opinions, which is why some people are disagreeing, it’s not in order to seem annoyed or immature. I just think if they are called Thrash hits they shouldn’t really be against the revival of thrash?

    And if anyone thinks Death Magnetic is a step in reviving thrash, oh lord…

  • Siobhan

    Everyone is entitled to their own opinions, which is why some people are disagreeing, it’s not in order to seem annoyed or immature. I just think if they are called Thrash hits they shouldn’t really be against the revival of thrash?

    And if anyone thinks Death Magnetic is a step in reviving thrash, oh lord…

  • BillyThePiper

    Death Magnetic is a solid album.

  • BillyThePiper

    Death Magnetic is a solid album.

  • Tom

    Even the video for ‘Infected Nations’ is unimaginative.

    Battle’s ‘Atlas’ does the space-cube thing, AND their song is original.

  • Tom

    Even the video for ‘Infected Nations’ is unimaginative.

    Battle’s ‘Atlas’ does the space-cube thing, AND their song is original.

  • slayerrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr

    Death Magnetic is indeed a solid album, but a world away from Metallica’s true thrash records up to and including Justice. Most people posting are missing the point. Evile’s album isn’t particularly groundbreaking. End of

  • slayerrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr

    Death Magnetic is indeed a solid album, but a world away from Metallica’s true thrash records up to and including Justice. Most people posting are missing the point. Evile’s album isn’t particularly groundbreaking. End of

  • R.D.M.

    it does seem a bit odd that one of the few actual thrash albums to get reviewed on Thrash Hits gets slated. Haven’t heard this album myself yet, but I’d say there’s definitely a big thrash revival going on at the moment, and it sure as fuck beats the big ‘I’ve just heard some Every Time I Die and Botch, lets start a band!’ movement.

  • R.D.M.

    it does seem a bit odd that one of the few actual thrash albums to get reviewed on Thrash Hits gets slated. Haven’t heard this album myself yet, but I’d say there’s definitely a big thrash revival going on at the moment, and it sure as fuck beats the big ‘I’ve just heard some Every Time I Die and Botch, lets start a band!’ movement.

  • slayerrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr

    Did it not occurr to anyone that Thrash Hits may be just a name, and not necessarily the sole kind of music the site covers???? if it was solely a ‘Thrash Hits’ site, it would only discuss ‘Enter Sandman’…. which would get a bit boring…

  • slayerrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr

    Did it not occurr to anyone that Thrash Hits may be just a name, and not necessarily the sole kind of music the site covers???? if it was solely a ‘Thrash Hits’ site, it would only discuss ‘Enter Sandman’…. which would get a bit boring…

  • Dan

    You just manage to deconstruct the band completely for no good reason, you make out as if they’re some sort of sell-out act on a major label rather than honest musicians.

    How can they be both ‘smartarses’ and ‘devoid of thought?

    You also insinuate that they only write tracks for the complexity on a computer game and that they intentionally work together a pastiche of former artists. You clearly have never met this band because if you had, or had seen them live, you would know they are the most genuine down-to-Earth hardworking band who really appreciate their fans and really deserve better than a cynical take on the thrash genre.

    If they don’t get your respect now, i’m sure they will at some point in the future.

  • Dan

    You just manage to deconstruct the band completely for no good reason, you make out as if they’re some sort of sell-out act on a major label rather than honest musicians.

    How can they be both ‘smartarses’ and ‘devoid of thought?

    You also insinuate that they only write tracks for the complexity on a computer game and that they intentionally work together a pastiche of former artists. You clearly have never met this band because if you had, or had seen them live, you would know they are the most genuine down-to-Earth hardworking band who really appreciate their fans and really deserve better than a cynical take on the thrash genre.

    If they don’t get your respect now, i’m sure they will at some point in the future.

  • Jack

    Are metallers, sorry, thrashers so stupid and insular that they’ve never heard of Smash Hits?!?

    Wow.

  • Jack

    Are metallers, sorry, thrashers so stupid and insular that they’ve never heard of Smash Hits?!?

    Wow.

  • Jack

    If this was a positive or mediocre review, nobody would’ve bothered commenting. Why is that? Thou doth protest too much?

  • Jack

    If this was a positive or mediocre review, nobody would’ve bothered commenting. Why is that? Thou doth protest too much?

  • Zehm

    viollatorcity: none of the original thrash bands were household names at this stage in the game. were’ about were the first thrash movement was in 84-85. no one had really heard of testament, megadeth, kreator, exodus etc. yet. give it three or four years, then get back to me.

  • Zehm

    viollatorcity: none of the original thrash bands were household names at this stage in the game. were’ about were the first thrash movement was in 84-85. no one had really heard of testament, megadeth, kreator, exodus etc. yet. give it three or four years, then get back to me.

  • casper

    Chill out guys… but for the record I loved this album :D

  • casper

    Chill out guys… but for the record I loved this album :D

  • Mikl9

    this is unbelievable!!! Talk about getting things out of line. The guy is right anyhow. Thrash in its original form was a Bay Area movement which spread from there and crossed over into mainstream led by Metallica, but ONLY after they made their music more accessible. That was 25 + years ago now. Also, i heard that album you mentioned that the reviewer said sounded like NWOBHM etc and he’s right on, so whatever crack you say he’s on is working.

  • Mikl9

    this is unbelievable!!! Talk about getting things out of line. The guy is right anyhow. Thrash in its original form was a Bay Area movement which spread from there and crossed over into mainstream led by Metallica, but ONLY after they made their music more accessible. That was 25 + years ago now. Also, i heard that album you mentioned that the reviewer said sounded like NWOBHM etc and he’s right on, so whatever crack you say he’s on is working.

  • Toby

    Pretty piss poor review to be honest and its obviouslly not only me that thinks this way when you read all the other comments. Evile are a great live band, awesome infact, Infected Nations is still a solid album, i prefer Enter The Grave but this is a solid album nether the less.

  • Toby

    Pretty piss poor review to be honest and its obviouslly not only me that thinks this way when you read all the other comments. Evile are a great live band, awesome infact, Infected Nations is still a solid album, i prefer Enter The Grave but this is a solid album nether the less.

  • Ol – Evile

    Everyone’s entitled to their opinion. Like said before, this is a review.

    I appreciate Mark actually taking the time to listen to the album and give his thoughts on it (I met him for an interview and found him to be a nice guy). After all he’s being honest, although being honest myself, I find some of the review to be more of an ‘attack’ on the band/genre, and almost an insult at times, rather than solely a review of the music. But those are his thoughts and he’s free to say so.

    People have a right to not like our band, as we have the same right to not care if someone doesn’t.

    We never claim to “re-invent Thrash” or be some kind of flag bearers. I think that’s a common misconception people have about us. We just play music we love to play, and the people we play to, love it. It’s as simple as that for me.

    It’s like saying you can’t play/write classical music because it’s not the 1700s, or “it’s all unoriginal, Mozart did it better” – wrong; people love playing classical music and still write it because it’s a passion they have, just like we have a passion for playing Thrash and Metal. We just happen to have been signed and are releasing albums.

    Thankyou to Mark for voicing an honest opinion (if at times I find to be harsh), and Thankyou to our fans for enjoying what we enjoy doing.

  • Ol – Evile

    Everyone’s entitled to their opinion. Like said before, this is a review.

    I appreciate Mark actually taking the time to listen to the album and give his thoughts on it (I met him for an interview and found him to be a nice guy). After all he’s being honest, although being honest myself, I find some of the review to be more of an ‘attack’ on the band/genre, and almost an insult at times, rather than solely a review of the music. But those are his thoughts and he’s free to say so.

    People have a right to not like our band, as we have the same right to not care if someone doesn’t.

    We never claim to “re-invent Thrash” or be some kind of flag bearers. I think that’s a common misconception people have about us. We just play music we love to play, and the people we play to, love it. It’s as simple as that for me.

    It’s like saying you can’t play/write classical music because it’s not the 1700s, or “it’s all unoriginal, Mozart did it better” – wrong; people love playing classical music and still write it because it’s a passion they have, just like we have a passion for playing Thrash and Metal. We just happen to have been signed and are releasing albums.

    Thankyou to Mark for voicing an honest opinion (if at times I find to be harsh), and Thankyou to our fans for enjoying what we enjoy doing.

  • http://www.segadriven.com/ Hairyman

    I have never seen such a mad response to a Thrash Hits article.

    Personally, as someone who likes thrash but is generally ‘on the fence’ in regards to Evile, I thought this was a very well constructed and thoughtful review.

    I also agree that a serious thrash revival is something that isn’t going to happen because like punk, it was a product of a certain time and place. That is why most new thrash bands are ironic and satirical in their approach (Cauldron, Hospital of Death, anything on the Heavy Metal Killers compilation from Earache).

    Also, this site has never admitted to being “pro-Thrash” and if you look at the stuff they’ve reviewed previously then you’ll realise that Thrash Hits is very open to cover anything in the world of rock music.

    As far as I understood, I thought Thrash Hits is a play on Smash Hits; the popular magazine from the 90s except with the obvious lean towards heavy metal.

    How un-educated you Evile fans are! Your obsession with the band has clouded your vision. I’m not slagging all Evile fans off as it is great that you have a sense of community and are supportive of UK rock music but you should know better than to collectively flame someone because you don’t agree with their opinion. The reviewer certainly didn’t insult any of you personally. In fact, he didn’t insult of attempt to belittle anyone!

  • http://www.segadriven.com Hairyman

    I have never seen such a mad response to a Thrash Hits article.

    Personally, as someone who likes thrash but is generally ‘on the fence’ in regards to Evile, I thought this was a very well constructed and thoughtful review.

    I also agree that a serious thrash revival is something that isn’t going to happen because like punk, it was a product of a certain time and place. That is why most new thrash bands are ironic and satirical in their approach (Cauldron, Hospital of Death, anything on the Heavy Metal Killers compilation from Earache).

    Also, this site has never admitted to being “pro-Thrash” and if you look at the stuff they’ve reviewed previously then you’ll realise that Thrash Hits is very open to cover anything in the world of rock music.

    As far as I understood, I thought Thrash Hits is a play on Smash Hits; the popular magazine from the 90s except with the obvious lean towards heavy metal.

    How un-educated you Evile fans are! Your obsession with the band has clouded your vision. I’m not slagging all Evile fans off as it is great that you have a sense of community and are supportive of UK rock music but you should know better than to collectively flame someone because you don’t agree with their opinion. The reviewer certainly didn’t insult any of you personally. In fact, he didn’t insult of attempt to belittle anyone!

  • viollatorcity

    finally!!!!! it’s only taken 24 hours for someone to see some sense…

  • viollatorcity

    finally!!!!! it’s only taken 24 hours for someone to see some sense…

  • thrasherdave

    i am thoroughly annoyed… this review is so unfair and retarded. i dont know what i hate more not having battletoads or this review…

  • thrasherdave

    i am thoroughly annoyed… this review is so unfair and retarded. i dont know what i hate more not having battletoads or this review…

  • Zehm

    I agree that thrash was a product of its context. It was a movement forged in backlash to a shalow, effeminate, apearence based music in which men were dressing like women and wearing makeup. but in the 2000’s we have a dominance of the same sort of thing that discription fits Emo as much as it does Glam. Emo is the Glam of our generation. In hightschool, everything that Emo was, I wanted to be the oposite, and that’s how i found thrash.

  • Zehm

    I agree that thrash was a product of its context. It was a movement forged in backlash to a shalow, effeminate, apearence based music in which men were dressing like women and wearing makeup. but in the 2000’s we have a dominance of the same sort of thing that discription fits Emo as much as it does Glam. Emo is the Glam of our generation. In hightschool, everything that Emo was, I wanted to be the oposite, and that’s how i found thrash.

  • Peter

    The reaction to this review is not dissimilar to the one for Youmeatsix’s ‘Take Off Your Colours’. I actually agreed with that review, and subsequently my reasoned criticism of people going overboard let to numerous insults aimed at my tastes, and then started getting personal. Hmmmm….

    Anyways, as a mega-thrash fan, and an Evile fan at that, I’m a little disappointed by this review, but I’ll wait to hear the album before casting my own judgement. I did find the review somewhat condescending to the thrash genre though, using ‘Devoid of Thought’ as if it was an apt term, whether appropriate or not, is a shitty way to dismiss any album. Be a little more constructive! Ian Winwood has been doing this stuff for years, and in a more entertaining and provoking way too.

    Somebody made a comment about the lack of album sales – thrash has never truly been about record sales, and is only seen as such off the back of the Big Four. Thrash will never reach those heights again.

    Just because, however, it hasn’t progressed much since the 80’s, doesn’t mean it hasn’t thrown up some cracking albums. In 2009 we’ve had excellent releases by Mantic Ritual, Municipal Waste and Blood Tsunami to name but a few, and as far as live shows go, there are none more intense.

    Thrash never really died, it just went underground, and it’ll remain with the same spirit and intensity as the 80’s.

  • Peter

    The reaction to this review is not dissimilar to the one for Youmeatsix’s ‘Take Off Your Colours’. I actually agreed with that review, and subsequently my reasoned criticism of people going overboard let to numerous insults aimed at my tastes, and then started getting personal. Hmmmm….

    Anyways, as a mega-thrash fan, and an Evile fan at that, I’m a little disappointed by this review, but I’ll wait to hear the album before casting my own judgement. I did find the review somewhat condescending to the thrash genre though, using ‘Devoid of Thought’ as if it was an apt term, whether appropriate or not, is a shitty way to dismiss any album. Be a little more constructive! Ian Winwood has been doing this stuff for years, and in a more entertaining and provoking way too.

    Somebody made a comment about the lack of album sales – thrash has never truly been about record sales, and is only seen as such off the back of the Big Four. Thrash will never reach those heights again.

    Just because, however, it hasn’t progressed much since the 80’s, doesn’t mean it hasn’t thrown up some cracking albums. In 2009 we’ve had excellent releases by Mantic Ritual, Municipal Waste and Blood Tsunami to name but a few, and as far as live shows go, there are none more intense.

    Thrash never really died, it just went underground, and it’ll remain with the same spirit and intensity as the 80’s.

  • Anonymous

    well ive just heard infected nations and it fucking rules…. theyve matured into a quality band ticking every box.

  • Anonymous

    well ive just heard infected nations and it fucking rules…. theyve matured into a quality band ticking every box.

  • viollatorcity

    …if box ticking is what you’re after…

  • viollatorcity

    …if box ticking is what you’re after…

  • ???

    why do people listen to stuff that has already been made,this stuff has been made a million times before.Just listen to 80’s thrash if you want REAL THRASH not some boring gay shit like this

  • ???

    why do people listen to stuff that has already been made,this stuff has been made a million times before.Just listen to 80’s thrash if you want REAL THRASH not some boring gay shit like this

  • ???

    after 25+ years listening to thrash I’d say that the ONLY new thrash band that IMHO is worth checking out is Dekapitator now that really is a great Thrash band check them out you won’t be dissapointed

  • ???

    after 25+ years listening to thrash I’d say that the ONLY new thrash band that IMHO is worth checking out is Dekapitator now that really is a great Thrash band check them out you won’t be dissapointed

  • Calvinios

    Of course they sound like old school thrash, but because it’s been made today, it’s actually quite original, going against the screamo/deathcore scene that I dislike sometimes. so who gives a damn if they’re a bit of a cliche? if it sounds good it doesn’t matter

  • Calvinios

    Of course they sound like old school thrash, but because it’s been made today, it’s actually quite original, going against the screamo/deathcore scene that I dislike sometimes. so who gives a damn if they’re a bit of a cliche? if it sounds good it doesn’t matter

  • Calvinios

    Of course they sound like old school thrash, but because it’s been made today, it’s actually quite original, going against the screamo/deathcore scene that I dislike sometimes. so who gives a damn if they’re a bit of a cliche? if it sounds good it doesn’t matter

  • V8Thrasher

    ive had enough with these “Thrash Revival” bands. EVERYTHING thats been done by these new bands has already been done in the 80’s. just leave it alone goddamn. personally, yes….some of the new bands are indeed good, but they are not great. and thats the way it will probably stay.

  • V8Thrasher

    ive had enough with these “Thrash Revival” bands. EVERYTHING thats been done by these new bands has already been done in the 80’s. just leave it alone goddamn. personally, yes….some of the new bands are indeed good, but they are not great. and thats the way it will probably stay.

  • V8Thrasher

    ive had enough with these “Thrash Revival” bands. EVERYTHING thats been done by these new bands has already been done in the 80’s. just leave it alone goddamn. personally, yes….some of the new bands are indeed good, but they are not great. and thats the way it will probably stay.

  • metalmike

    you people don’t have a clue. This review is incredibly honest and actually very well written. I’ve seen this guys stuff popping up other places and he always tells it like it is, unlike all the ass-kissing tossers who normally write reviews. If you don’t like it, tough. It’s the truth

  • metalmike

    you people don’t have a clue. This review is incredibly honest and actually very well written. I’ve seen this guys stuff popping up other places and he always tells it like it is, unlike all the ass-kissing tossers who normally write reviews. If you don’t like it, tough. It’s the truth

  • metalmike

    you people don’t have a clue. This review is incredibly honest and actually very well written. I’ve seen this guys stuff popping up other places and he always tells it like it is, unlike all the ass-kissing tossers who normally write reviews. If you don’t like it, tough. It’s the truth

  • Roberto

    RIP Mike

  • Roberto

    RIP Mike

  • Roberto

    RIP Mike

  • Guest

    This is a great album. It is full of  good riffs and excellent solos. The drumming is great as well. The production is a major upgrade from Enter The Grave. There is also more creativity and a variety of speeds on this album. The only problem is that many people do not have the attention span for albums with songs as long and intricate as these.  I don’t understand how the author of the review could complain about the blend of influences on this album but seemed okay with Enter The Grave, which sounded way too much like Slayer.

    • SpicyDragoon .

      Hardly, I love metal inside and out, but Evile have to be one of the most boring bands out right now

  • Fear

    This album kicked me in the teeth! I’m going to give it another spin right now.

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