By Jason Jordan
Who is Evile and why should we care?
are an ‘80’s-styled thrash metal band from the UK. We have influences from Testament
(to name a few) and how we incorporate our influences into the music should really interest fans of the old school! We write what we love, and that’s THRASH! So thrash fans should enjoy.
are me, Matt Drake on rhythm guitar and vocals, Ol Drake on lead guitar, Mike Alexander on bass, and Ben Carter on drums. We’re writing music that you won’t have heard for a while, think ‘80’s Metallica
and there’s your reason to care. Luckily I avoided Steve Souzas’s vocals as an influence though.
are the next big metal to come from the UK, following a similar line of the ‘80’s NWOBHM, but with blistering speed and guitar virtuosity.
Mike: What Ol said. Ha ha ha.
Isn’t there a pair of brothers in the four-piece?
Ol: Yup, me and Matt. He’s 24 and I’m 21.
Matt: Yup, me and Ol. I’m 3 years older than him, yet he looks 10 years older than me.
Where is the band located?
Ol: We’re all located in Huddersfield, West Yorkshire in the UK, except for Mike who’s a bit farther out from Huddersfield.
In what city have you played the most, and where is your favorite place to play (city and/or venue)?
Ol: Probably Wakefield at the Snooty Fox. It’s an excellent venue with a great atmosphere, and the crowd gets right in your face and thrashes out. We got a good reaction from the guys over there.
Matt: Snooty Fox, Wakefield. We always go down well there even though we haven’t been going that long, and it’s home to Malcolm, the coolest and keenest sound guy in the world.
Ben: The Gas Club in Huddersfield. We always have a big crowd of people wanting to listen to decent music, and it’s a cool stage to play on.
Mike: Wakefield at the Snooty Fox.
Evile began as a Metallica cover band. What do you think about the current state of them?
Ol: I’ve always loved Metallica
, even Load
. But St. Anger
is just abysmal to me, but that’s not to say I think any less of them. I’ve always looked up to Lars, and I thought a lot more of them after seeing the SKoM
[Some Kind of Monster
] movie (although the part with Mustaine is the best).
Matt: They’re my favourite band of all time! James is probably my god. If I were forced to worship someone at gunpoint, it would be James. I had high hopes for Metallica
after hearing the 2 new songs on S&M
, then I heard St. Anger
, and Lars’s biscuit-tin, two-piece tom drum kit and I was ashamed. They’re just not Metallica
anymore, but watching the SKoM
film makes you appreciate the effort they put into it, but they’re still just not Metallica
Ben: They’ve gone downhill for me. I think in the past 3 or 4 years they’ve lost their sense of direction.
Mike: Rubbish. They’re not the band that I grew up listening to.
Slayer’s Reign in Blood or Metallica’s Master of Puppets?
Ol: Master of Puppets
all the god damn way. One of the greatest albums ever recorded.
Matt: You’ve made me choose between my two favourite bands! Cheers! I’d say Puppets
though I love the all-out thrash of Reign
. But Puppets
just has more variety to it, and I love that more. Who can argue with songs like “Battery” and “Orion”?
Ben: A while ago I’d have said Master
, but now it has to be Reign in Blood
. Just for the fact it was a GREAT album. Reign
was good, but it wasn't GREAT.
If you all had to agree upon the greatest metal album of all time, which record would you select?
Ol: We actually had this convo a while ago, and we just couldn’t agree. I’d always say Sepultura’s Beneath the Remains
, but then I’d probably change my mind to Neverland
, or Arise
Matt: You'd never get us to agree on that, ever. Personally I’d say …And Justice for All
, and I reckon Ben will agree with me! Mike will probably strike me though.
Ben: As Ol said, we couldn’t agree. …And Justice for All
Mike: For me, it’s Impact is Imminent
Don’t you guys have an EP out, or something?
Ol: Yes, yes we do. It’s called All Hallows Eve
and it has 6 tracks: “Killer from the Deep,” “Dawn of Destruction,” “Prophecy,” “The Living Dead,” “All Hallows Eve,” and “Torment.”
Matt: It was recorded over a period of 3 days (minus mixing and mastering) by a guy called Alan Smith, who does the recording for the band Prophecy
. He knows his stuff as you’d never tell the EP was recorded in 3 days. I think we helped Alan rediscover the ‘80’s thrash child inside himself. The artwork was done by an artist from New Jersey, US called Lee Gaskins, and it rocks!
How’s the press been for All Hallows Eve EP?
Ol: It’s been very cool. We’ve had good feedback from quite a few sites like metalreview.com
to name two. Jeff Waters of Annihilator
even rates the CD!
Matt: We’ve had good things and bad things said about the EP, but the bad things people say help you to keep doing stuff better, and it’s good to have that firing you up.
Ben: It’s been very good, what we’ve had. Very few criticisms and lots of thumbs up.
Mike: It’s been both good and bad. The bad ones we have got, we can see the things they’re getting at, and we can learn from it.
Does the remainder of the album kick as much ass as “Killer from the Deep”?
Ol: It’s varied really. “KftD” is just, heads-down thrash. “Dawn of Destruction” is an ‘80’s-styled thrasher with a bit of Testament
-influenced melody. “Prophecy” is a mid-paced headbanging beast. “Living Dead” is a chugging motherfucker. “All Hallows Eve” is just…metal. “Torment” is a guitar instrumental I did as a, kind of, tribute to Alex Skolnick. Worth a check out if you’re into the old school!
Matt: I kinda had a plan for the EP, which was to hit ‘em hard, hit ‘em fast straight away, and people are still thinking how cool that was. Hit ‘em with something fast but with new parts thrown in, and a bit of melody here and there. Keep it interesting. I wanted to keep the pace going yet seriously make peoples’ heads bang! Which “The Living Dead” takes care of, and then finish it off by dazzling people with Ol’s solo in “All Hallows Eve.” Whether that plan has worked yet, I’m not sure.
Ben: It kicks MORE ass, and it’s faster!
Mike: No. Our newer stuff is 10 times better than the stuff on the EP.
Where can people get a hold of the release?
Ol: Either at gigs, or online at www.evile.co.uk
in the Media section. For international orders, contact me (Ol) through the site for shipping rates.
Which song, of the material you’ve recorded thus far, do you think is your best?
Ol: Off of the EP, I’d say “Killer from the Deep,” but a song we’ve written and haven’t recorded is my favorite of all. It’s called “Enter the Grave.” In “EtG” I threw in some thrash and injected it with a bit of death metal (i.e. Obituary
). I love some brutality in thrash, and not just speed.
Matt: I hope I don’t sound bigheaded here because I wrote it, but my favourite is “The Living Dead.” It’s a massive headbanger! And it’s about zombies!
Ben: “All Hallows Eve,” cause Ol’s solo kicks ass and the drumming really drives it to the end. Love playing it!
Mike: What Ol said again. Ha ha ha.
Have you ever heard the band Lethal? If so, what do you think of their music?
Ol: I haven’t heard of them. Did I do wrong? I get spanked now don’t I?
Matt: They don’t ring a bell, but I can imagine Mel Gibson and Danny Glover on stage in spandex. Am I close?
Ben: I’ve never heard of them. Sorry.
Mike: Never heard of them.
You get to resurrect one metal persona. Who would it be?
Ol: Dime Fucking Bag, RIP. Or Chuck Schuldiner, RIP.
Matt: I’m going to have to be a complete Metallifan here and say Cliff Burton. From what I’ve read, he lived for music, which rocks, and who else could mix bellbottom pants and metal?
Ben: Cliff Burton.
I suspect you’ll be setting up an official forum with us here at UltimateMetal?
Ol: Ha ha, well we have a forum on our site, but who knows what the future holds! UM kicks ASS!
Matt: Sure, but we’re not ultimate enough yet.
You love us long time?
Ol: Ohhhhhhhhhhhh me so horrrrrrrrrrny.
Ben: Saki saki 10 dolla!
Mike: Eat the peanuts outta my shit!
Matt: Why’s everyone quoting Top Gun
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