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Evil Army have really earned my respect and gratitude. You ask for reasons? I’ll give you plenty. First thing, they are a three-piece thrash band. I have written in other reviews that three-piece rock and metal bands allow more space when it comes to the contributions of every band member. The music is never overloaded and there’s room for something we often forget: the music, the feeling we get, and maybe even the expectations we have towards it. Only if you get it right, of course. If you don’t, there is a lot left to be desired, but Evil Army show perfectly that you don’t have to overproduce and stretch out an album if you know what you’re doing. It’s how they write their songs. They’re simple and aggressive with lots of energy. You might think that they had an easy time writing these songs since they are quite catchy, but actually it’s pretty hard writing something that nobody else came up with already, especially in this genre. Maybe it’s just talent or knowledge, but Evil Army is never unoriginal or repetitive. Considering this whole wave of new thrash bands, it rather seems that they don't care about any thrash revival and neither do I. You can hear their influences, but they don’t want to copy them. I’ll get to that later. I like the latest developments of thrash being strong again, but there are only a few bands that really stick out of the crowd, so when it comes to personal thrashing I always stick with the groundbreaking originals such as Kill ’Em All, Show No Mercy, Bonded By Blood and Killing Is My Business.... Evil Army’s debut sounds like it could have existed among those classics.
Lead singer and guitarist Rob Evil is yet another strong part of the band's charisma. Take his vocals, for example. They’re not evil, but pissed off and are a perfect example of what “aggressive” can sound like, plus his chopped off lyrics are what makes the vocals even more unique. What instantly comes to my mind is the raspy voice of Pat Lind from Morbid Saint, though that guy really sounds evil in comparison! Right now Rob Evil is behind bars. Seriously, he should stop whatever crap he did and continue being a musician rather than sticking in some jail. His guitar work is amazing, jumping from simple but good and solid riffs to very melodic guitar solos which make the individual songs even more memorable. Drummer and brother of Rob Evil, Michael Murder, does exactly what one expects him to do considering the aggressive style of the band. I'm not really familiar with the art of drumming, but I can see he went for a straight forward approach, plus I think he sometimes goes faster than the guitars, but I could be wrong. The bass of Bones (R.I.P.) is seldom audible, but you can hear it sometimes having a more supportive role. Check out “Watch Me Fall” where the bass has its moments.
You’re still not impressed? They have got a number of very good influences. There’s a cover of Bathory’s “Reaper” on their single, Under Attack. Anyone remember horror punk band The Misfits? There are photos of Evil Army posing in front of the Misfits single, Bullet. In my humble opinion, Evil Army is for thrash what Misfits was for punk. They’re refreshing, hardcore, and have a certain coolness vibe, but are always enough thrash to consider this album thrash metal. The band is raw and fast as thrash should be. What's not to like about this band regarding such influences? For further study, just listen to the tracks; some have a great rock ’n’ roll feeling to them like “Wrong Approach”, while others are just brutally fast. Hear “Sgt. Says Kill” and “Satan Made Me Do It” for proof. You can sense some punk in “Conquer Human Life”. Another plus are lyrics that are never juvenile or stereotypical. They build a great aggressive atmosphere, sometimes even leaning into a blend of horror and sci-fi (see “Scum of the Earth” or “Friday The 13th”). It’s a real shame that this album is so unknown even after five years. This is really good thrash and sticks out among its modern revivalist brethren due to its originality, refreshing simplicity, and lots of attitude. Do yourself a favour and buy this album. It’s worth it and after decades will be seen as an essential effort.