I can still remember when I was listening to the radio at 11 o’clock; the time was ticking slowly towards midnight when my ears were mangle by this avalanche of shredding and riffing. I was listening through the whole thing and then the radio guy finally said: ''And that was Evile performing their song called Thrasher''. This was an album that I wanted so badly but with time I forgot to check it out, but now I finally have it. Evile is a thrash metal band from England that has joined the thrash legions of 21st century. Thrash metal is one of those genres that will never rise up from the ashes to conquer the world a second time, but, if done right, thrash metal can still pack a punch. And that’s what Evile does. Evile's type of thrash is very similar to Slayer's type of thrash metal, very intense and highly aggressive, but they also manage to incorporate the catchiness and technical traits from Bay-Area veterans like Testament and Exodus. The result is an incredibly energetic, highly aggressive and forceful thrash assault named Evile.
Enter The Grave was released in 2007 and it is the band's first album. People who are outside the thrash genre will most likely find this album repetitive and outdated, but to thrash metal fanatics this album is pure headbanging enjoyment. I can agree with the fact that thrash metal is more or less outdated but Evile has managed to breathe new life in the genre with this album. All songs here are intense and there is at least some variety after all. There is no point to mention any particular standout tracks because every song has moments that sounds similar to other parts in the songs. Tracks like ''Thrasher'', ''Armoured Assault'' and ''First Blood'' still manages to thrash a bit harder than the rest. The only song or songs that could possibly be considered as lesser tracks would be ''Man Against Machine'' or ''We Who Are About To Die''.
Thrash metal has delivered us many talented musicians but when it comes to lyrics... Of all thrash bands that I have encountered over the years I can't find any band that has made any reasonable lyrics. Like other extreme metal genres thrash bands often focus their lyrics on loads of violence, death and chaos. Some bands like to use harmless lyrics about politics and social issues but that usually removes the cutting edge from thrash. Evile follows the classic trend with violent lyrics but they have also taken influences from various films as well. ''First Blood'' is definitely inspired from the Rambo movies and ''We Who Are About To Die'' just has to come from the Gladiator movie. The rest of the lyrics are just about various ways of dying, like ’’Burned Alive’’ is pretty self-explaining. ’’Killer From The Deep’’ is what you think it is, a shark attack.
Evile doesn't possess any mind-blowing instrumental techniques or abilities, they have a very limited formula of guitar playing and drumming but they know how to use it. The guitars are blazing like machine guns and the drumming could be compared to artillery. All riff lines are dead-accurate, precise, and fast! Sometimes I wonder if Slayer played this fast...and so often on top of that. Like most thrash band, the vocals are not power metal so to say. The ''vocals'' are more or less like hollering, somewhat similar to Tom Araya’s vocal style, but the singer Matt Drake still has a powerful voice that gives the music a bit more strength and attitude. Like the guitars, the drums are pretty damn intense as well. Everything is fast mid-paced pounding or so-called Slayer drumming, nothing mind-blowing or innovative, just good old-fashion thrash drumming. And at last the bass, nothing spectacular here either. The bass remains in the rhythm section to provide the crunchy guitars a good backup sound.
I guess that was all I had to say about this album. I think that Evile is a great retro-thrash band that has the potential of becoming one of the finest thrash bands of the 21st century. Enter The Grave might get a bit stiff with time but you will have to listen to it many times before you get bored by it. The album has aggressiveness, energy, a bad attitude, a flawless sound production and loads of riffs. This album is basically a must-have for all thrash nuts out there, but people who are not into thrash will probably stay away from it. Thank you for taking your time to read this, I hope it was an informative and enjoying reading and if you find any bigger flaws or bugs in this review please let me know so I can fix it.
+ An album of shredding mayhem
+ Very catchy and aggressive thrash
+ The music feels fresh compared to other retro-thrash albums
+ Flawless sound production
+ Perfect thrash vocals
- Can (or will) become a bit stiff and repetitive with time
-- First Blood
-- Armoured Assault
-- Burned Alive
Final rating will be a 4/5