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Unorthodox approach - an unique result - 80%

ultimaestrela, June 2nd, 2017
Written based on this version: 2017, CD, Witches Brew (Limited edition)

The Evil Dead hails from the Argentinian capital Buenos Aires with their blackened heavy metal, a lethal cocktail that comes about from the South American blood boiling for hard ’n’ heavy music, deep devotion to the black arts and a honest vision of creating unique and original sounding metal.

I can say with a clear conscience that this album is nothing like I’ve ever head before and that is a definite positive. Too many bands nowadays lack of a real artistic vision and the brave mentality to create something new. While The Evil Dead’s influences are at times audible during the listening experience, the mix of diverse influences have been molded into a really unique sounding presentation that does not have an equal. To me, and hopefully for a lot of readers alike - this should be the very essence of creating music. Unless you play in a Maiden or Priest tribute band, what’s new? What are you bringing to the table? The Evil Dead has their own answer to this..

From the rocking beginning of the album with ”Earth Inferno” all the way through the album the momentum of excitement and to some extent, surprise is present throughout at the length of the album. The order of the songs have clearly been carefully selected and the record clearly has a a common thread. The album dwells into deeper waters after the more straightforward beginning, starting from the 4th track ”They Live” with some extremely tasty melodies which could be found from 90s Black Metal albums mixed with a little bit of Maiden on heavy drugs.

While the actual compositions show variety of different sounds, ranging from the the likes of 70s heroes BÖC and even Scorpions all the way to 2nd wave of Black Metal, the overall sound of the album definitely falls under the more classic approach of heavy metal & hard rock. The guitars are more overdriven than distorted and this gives a certain clearness to the sound. This accompanied with a the vocals of Alejandro definitely create a mix that some would say sounds like ”when two worlds collide”, but it definitely works in the case of The Evil Dead.

Of course, there’s always room for improvement and in this album’s case I’d have personally preferred a slightly shorter duration for the album - but then again, one of the absolute highlights of the album is the song ”Marañon” that clocks at 07:31 and in this case I definitely do think the song could not be any shorter without losing some of it’s essence.

As a final thought, I definitely recommend this album for anybody that excepts ”something more” from the new records they buy. If you are sick and tired of the re-hashed ”new wave of traditional blablabla” bands and want to listen to something actually sincere from people who know what they are doing - look no further!

Song highlights: ”They Live”, ”Marañon” & ”Chariots of the Gods”