Thrash Hits

October 3rd, 2011

Live: Evile @ London Highbury Garage – 29 September 2011

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As you can probably tell from our review, we think the Evile boys are onto something big with their third album Five Serpent’s Teeth. Most bands end their tour in London – knowing they’ll be more rehearsed for a show with potentially more people, but not Evile. They decided they’d be kicking things off in the capital.

Six things we found out when we went to see Evile in London:

1) If this is how tight they are at the beginning of the tour, god knows what they’ll be like at the other end. There might be a few younger bands doing well at the moment in the thrash scene, but none come close to Evile in being dependably watertight as a unit, without a note out of place.

2) It comes as no surprise that the new songs sound spectacularly massive live. Not only do they sit well next to the likes of ‘Thrasher’ and ‘Infected Nation’ but they actually bring something new to the table – the sound of Evile exploring their own identity more than ever before.

3) You can’t help but think this band have more energy than the bands they are influenced by, at least as they are today. There’s a hunger here that you just don’t get from the Big Four types. We’ve heard it’s hard to be angry when you’re a multi-millionaire and collaborating with the likes of Lou Reed. SRSLY.

4) Ol Drake manages to make mind-boggling riffs and finger-twisting solos look effortless. He’s not just good, he’s Megadeth good – which could just about make him the fiercest shredder on the UK thrash scene.

5) What really separates Evile out from their contemporaries is their sheer mastery of pace and that ability to keep you headbanging for hours on end. This band wouldn’t just settle with any old generic thrash riff, and actually write ideas that evolve and phrases that compliment each other. So just when you think you’re neck is about to snap off, they drop into a half time riff that will guarantee one hell of a bangover.

6) If they carry on playing like this it’s only a matter of time before they become main stage material for the bigger rock/metal festivals. If Sylosis were able to open the Apollo Stage at Sonisphere this year, Evile are certainly proving that they would be a great choice for 2012.

5/6

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