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Evile - All Hallows Eve - 94%

Plodman, August 23rd, 2006

Ok – just a foreword before I explain in detail a little more about this EP; Why are these guys not signed?! I think from that you can gather that perhaps, it’s more than slightly above average in quality.

I’d better get to the songs in hand. The EP is just over half an hour long, pretty generous considering it’s only an EP, that’s longer than quite a few albums, so in terms of listening time they’re hardly ripping us off. But is it all filler? Or is it immense? The latter. The album kicks off with killer from the deep, an epic track in itself, beginning with the razor-blade sharp guitar tones slamming you in the face like a sledgehammer, before cranking up a few gears into a riff, well and what a fucking riff. Get banging your head, but be ready to check in for whiplash by the end of the album!

Next track is another highlight, takes no prisoners, and there’s a speedy little solo to introduce you to the song before the main riff kicks in. In this song Evile certainly show us how having 2 guitarists is a distinct advantage, using the second to add more depth and melody to the music. An interlude greets us about half way through, calming down a little before the gain comes back in slowly, topped with an ultra-melodic solo of the highest order. The song closes with a soft acoustic outro before the next thrash behemoth.

Third track, Prophecy, I’d have to put down as the weakest track on the album. Not to say it’s crap, oh no, it’s still far better than the vast majority of crap labelled as music in the industry. Catchy chorus too, can’t complain there, and the soloing is top-fucking-notch, hell this is the worst song on here and it still annihilates! Bang that fucking head!

Now here we have The Living Dead, the way this one begins, hinting at the riff to follow, is bloody ace. What thrash album is complete without a song about zombies?! Especially when it’s as good as this! A little pause, then the vocalist begins. Oh yeah thought I might add that the vocals are yet another highlight, his style fits the music perfectly, rough yet not quite shouting, and all are perfectly audible. “A life of death broke and decayed, They walk again to bleed the day” gotta love it. Song speeds up, and there is some beeeyuuuuwtiful soloing that really shows off Ol Drake’s guitar talents. The staple riff comes back, and the eerie haunting moans of the living dead can be heard, this is how samples should be used. Followed by some more melodic leads, over Matt Drake’s screams of ‘the living dead!’.

Final full song on here, the title track, begins with a decent riff and a little solo. Hell these riffs are infectious as hell, if you’re not banging your head I ask why?! Also, amazing gang-vocals are used in this song, besides from the crystal clear production, there’s nothing to separate this from the thrash greats of the 80s. After the second verse, up goes the tempo, and it’s really time to make the neck ache. In comes an epic solo that is carried effortlessly by the sublime riffing. You would have thought by 2003 that this stuff wasn’t original any more? But somehow these guys prove us very wrong.

Finally, to finish off the album, torment, an acoustic instrumental that fades in, the calm after the storm so to speak, a nice way to finish off the album. Not one flaw with this, expertly done. I’m giving this EP such a high score because it really does deserve it, considering it was self-produced it manages to shine so well and all of the member’s abilities are on show. Well done to the guys in Evile, and they’re even better live. The energy! One of the best thrash albums (Ok so it’s an EP, but I’m going to class it as an album since it’s long enough) to come out in a good few years, oh, and their ‘Hell demo’ is even better!