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Happy Halloween bitches!!! - 84%

hells_unicorn, March 25th, 2012

England has definitely been making the rounds on the thrash metal scene of late, but they found a real winner in Evile. Spawned from bowels of Huddersfield, this band lays down the riffs like Metallica used to when they were actually worth a damn. Picture a somewhat groovier yet twice as effective answer to “…And Justice For All” and you’ll be on the right track for how their first little EP “All Hallows Eve” comes out. Granted, Matt Drake plays his part a little too well and comes off as damn near an outright Hetfield clone, but the band at least has the gusto and chops to back it up.

While the likes of Violator and Fueled By Fire are busy trying to break the sound barrier while somewhat resembling the spirit of early 80s Metallica, this band grabs on to the latter 80s model, with maybe a slight helping of early Slayer to go along with it, and the results are nothing short of brilliant. Guitarist Ol Drake ups the ante and actually outclasses Kirk Hammett at damned near every turn, offering a more varied alternative to the one-trick pony with a love for pentatonic scales that has been cutting heads with Metallica for near 30 years now.

For the most part, this is a band that has a tendency to keep things in more of a moderate pace, mixing a healthy amount of fast and slow to give the would be head banger a break from the all out assault on his vertebrae he’d normally be getting. The likes of “The Living Dead” and “All Hallows Eve” resemble latter day Kreator circa 1992 than they do much else, or maybe even “Seasons In The Abyss” era Slayer, resulting in a pair of songs that bring more of a chunky feel to the occasion. The former sounds dangerously close to “Harvester Of Sorrow”, minus the quirky clean sections, which are actually made up for in a haunting acoustic outro in “Torment”.

Perhaps the biggest surprise to be found on this independently put together masterpiece is the nod to Metallica’s “Of Wolf And Man” that occurs at the onset of “Killer From The Deep”, a song which is otherwise cut from the faster side of the coin and resembles a full out thrasher from “Master Of Puppets” once it gets going. In actuality, the only song on here that really attempt to outright thrash the jeans square off the listener is “Dawn Of Destruction”, which takes several cues from Motorhead and speeds from start to finish, adding in a little bit of a Nuclear Assault flavor to the riff assault just for good measure.

All in all, this is a solid first offering from a band that definitely has an eye for realizing their ambitions. While many of the younger thrash outfits seem hell bent not only for leather, but also for the outer reaches of the metronome, Evile has decided to make their mark in a much more subtle way. It’s definitely a winner for those who took more to the moderated approach of the early 90s with albums as “Horrorscope” and “Persistence Of Time”, a time when the crossover tendencies of the genre became a bit more pronounced yet hadn’t degenerated quite to the point of Pantera territory yet.