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Enter The Grave - Evile

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Genre: Hard Rock & Metal - Speed Metal & Thrash / Artist: Evile / Audio CD released 2007-08-27 at Earache

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      22.09.2011 12:23
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      A brutal armoured assault

      If someone said the word 'thrash', you'd instantly think Metallica, Megadeth, Slayer and Anthrax. But in the day and age of the 21st century, Huddersfield's Evile, formed in 2004, attempt to carry the flag for the new generation of thrash, and with 2007's debut album "Enter the Grave" produced by the legendary Fleming Rasmussen, the band are more than capable of doing just that.

      On this album, Matt Drake (vocals/guitar), Ol Drake (guitar), Mike Alexander (bass), and Ben Carter (drums) dish out a brutal assault of thrash reminiscent of the early days of Slayer, Exodus, Metallica and Testament, which makes the listener wonder what would have happened if this band had formed 30 years ago in the Bay Area of California.

      "Thrasher", "Armoured Assault" and "First Blood" are just three tracks of the 10 which are crushing thrash anthems, and with "Burned Alive", Evile show that they can slow the tempo down a little but still produce a fist-pumping thrash song.

      If you've never listened to Evile before, where have you been since 2004? This album will leave you with a hunger for more 'retro thrash', and while there are plenty of bands popping up that can contain that hunger, none can do it better than Evile.

      1. Enter the Grave
      2. Thrasher
      3. First Blood
      4. Man Against Machine
      5. Burned Alive
      6. Killer From the Deep
      7. We Who Are About to Die
      8. Schizophrenia
      9. Bathe in Blood
      10. Armoured Assault

      My rating: 8/10

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      30.10.2009 13:36
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      I'd rather just listen to Slayer!

      Let's not beat around the bush here. This band want to be Slayer. I guess, if you're gonna copy someone, I'd rather it was Slayer and not for example Poison, or Stereophonics.

      But for someone like me who grew up with Slayer's "Reign in Blood" in the 80s, this is not "easy" listening by any means. Yes Evile are pretty good musicians, the production is excellent, and I'm sure they put on a good show when they play. However, I can't help thinking this is just a tribute band in disguise! Being inspired by a band is one thing, but directly copying bits from various Slayer songs is just wrong. Even their song titles hint at other songs / albums / band names... Maybe it wasn't intentional?

      Regardless, I won't be buying this CD for myself. Having said that, I'm sure it will appeal to a lot of people who like old fashioned thrash metal, maybe a younger generation not quite as sensitive as me ha ha... The music is pretty brutal and unrelenting, and guaranteed to annoy your parents or neighbours!

      1. "Enter the Grave" 4:31
      2. "Thrasher" 3:08
      3. "First Blood" 4:18
      4. "Man Against Machine" 6:22
      5. "Burned Alive" 5:52
      6. "Killer From the Deep" 4:41
      7. "We Who Are About to Die" 7:40
      8. "Schizophrenia" 4:17
      9. "Bathe in Blood" 6:22
      10. "Armoured Assault" 5:39

      On a final note, Evile's bass player passed away recently on tour, my heart goes to his family and friends. And best wishes to Evile with their career.

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        30.09.2009 16:19
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        A solid homage to 80s Bay Area Thrash

        The cover to UK metal band Evile's album 'Enter the Grave' just screams '80s Bay Area Thrash', and that's precisely what the album delivers. Released in 2007 by Earache, the album is tight and well-executed with plenty of sharp, pummelling riffs and catchy grooves throughout, with the songstructure, sound and vocal style all borrowing heavily from thrash legends Exodus and Testament, as well as 'Ride The Lightning'-era Metallica. The production job is excellent- clear but not overpolished- and a quick look in the sleeve confirms that the album was produced by Flemming Rasmussen, also responsible for producing both 'Ride the Lightning' and 'Master of Puppets', which, in retrospect, comes as no suprise.

        The cartoonish lyrics deal with the traditional subject matter of apocalyptic war, and on the whole 'Enter The Grave' makes for a very energetic and entertaining listen, although its an album with no ambitions beyond paying homage to the thrash scene of old, with nothing present in the way of originality throughout.

        It hardly seems fair to criticise a retrothrash album for being unoriginal however, but whilst there is certainly no shortage of killer riffs and solos on offer the album does suffer from sounding a little samey on occasion. As an excercise in heads-down drinking-metal it remains by and large difficult to fault however, and remains well worth a look despite its being less than original.

        Tracklisting-

        1. Enter the Grave 04:30
        2. Thrasher 03:09
        3. First Blood 04:20
        4. Man Against Machine 06:21
        5. Burned Alive 05:54
        6. Killer from the Deep 04:40
        7. We Who Are About to Die 07:43
        8. Schizophrenia 04:18
        9. Bathe in Blood 06:22
        10. Armoured Assault 05:38

        Total playing time 52:55

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          03.08.2009 21:41
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          Overall, a great album that is worth checking out and won't regret it at all!

          Evile- Enter the Grave

          Matt Drake
          Ol Drake
          Mike Alexander
          Ben Carter

          There's been a massive decline in thrash metal, ever since Nu-metal came onto the scene; losing its creativity and credibility; it died a sudden death. Until in the last 2-3 years, there's been a massive revival in thrash metal. This band has been riding the new wave of thrash metal that has been occurring in the last few years; many bands which focusses on being retro and bringing back the glory of the old thrash metal days. Most bands who attempt to do this are fairly generic and nothing to set them apart; is there something that Evile has the rest don't have?

          Evile is a promising British band; hailing from Huddersfield, England. They had a band ' Metal Militia' before the creation of Evile; where they got together to play covers; mainly Metallica, Testament and other Bay Area thrash bands; as a tribute band of sorts. So it is no surprise that they have a massive influence from these bands circa 1986 era.

          Their songs are totally honest and exactly like their idols: 10 songs of fast, furious and catchy songs with pummelling riffs. The riffs- there area lot of heavy fast riffs that doesn't sound the same littered throughout. The band doesn't pull any surprise punches as they open up with the riff-heavy 'Enter the Grave'; some might find themselves being reminded of Bay Area thrash bands which is not surprising but it is still a pretty good listen nonetheless. 'Thrasher'; it is what it is! A definitely thrashing song with so many riffs piled on each other, so catchy that I can't help singing along with the chorus 'Bow down to the Thrasher!'. It does feel a bit familiar when compared to Testament's 'Into the Pit' song. It's definitely a song that will be used in their gigs. The riff-fest carries in the next few songs ' First Blood' ' Man Against Machine'. For some reason when I spin this album, I find my attention waning as it approaches the fourth/fifth song. This is not to say that the songs get rubbish or anything; they just don't do anything to grab my attention. The songs increasingly gets longer towards the end; setting up mid-fast tempo songs; where they build up slowly to become rather thrashy and riff heavy in the middle. This is done pretty well in ' Bathe in Blood' and 'We Who Are About to Die'. The former is 6 minute song that doesn't drag on for too long; the latter is a 8 minute song that is pretty cool; it has some remnants of Slayer in it; but I think it is a tad too long however. It could do with some chopping up.

          1. Enter the Grave
          2. The Thrasher
          3. First Blood
          4. Man Against Machine
          5. Burned alive
          6. Killer from the Deep
          7. We who are about to Die
          8. Schizophrenia
          9. Bathe in Blood
          10. Armoured Assault


          One thing I have to definitely comment on is the vocals; Drake has the best modern thrash vocalist I've heard for a while. He possesses an aggressive voice that shows the attitude of the 80s very well; however some people might feel it is an imitation of Tom Araya- vocalist of Slayer. I honestly think Drake pulls it off well with his own tinge of unique-ness on the vocals nonetheless. His lyrics wouldn't look out of place alongside the 80's thrash; glorifying war and death.

          The production in this is absolutely fantastic; having been mixed by Flemming Rasmussen; who mixed Metallica's classic 'Masters of Puppets' and 'Justice..For All' albums. The sound is very crisp and does showcast the band's effort efficiently.

          The 10 songs are uniformly aggressive and incredibly tight; with very good production; and it is a lot of fun checking this out. Overall; there is nothing new here that they bring to the genre; they are re-hashing the same ideas that many bands have done before. A lot of people seem not to like this band precisely for this reason. My opinion, I don't particularly care if it's the same rehashed ideas as along it's been done well and it's fun to listen to! This album is a pretty decent thrash offering, but not a classic however. There are far better bands out there that's at the forefront of the newly-revived thrash metal genre: Merciless Death and SkeletonWitch. Evile may overtake them with their new album; time will tell. I expect their new album that's released this year will be a lot better. I would rate this 70%.

          Standouts from the CD: Enter the Grave, The Thrasher, Bathe in Blood, Schizophrenia, We who are about to Die and perhaps Armoured Assault.

          I purchased this CD from off Amazon for around £8. Definitely a worthy purchase and a worthy CD to have a place in any metaller's collection.
          More information at

          Band's website: www.evile.co.uk

          Their label
          Earache
          Website: www.earache.com

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          Disc #1 Tracklisting
          1 Enter The Grave
          2 Thrasher
          3 First Blood
          4 Man Against Machine
          5 Burned Alive
          6 Killer From The Deep
          7 We Who Are About To Die
          8 Schizophrenia
          9 Bathe In Blood
          10 Armoured Assault