Evildead
Annihilation of Civilization


4.0
excellent

Review

by Will IV USER (5 Reviews)
November 21st, 2008 | 75 replies | 10,411 views


Release Date: 1989 | Tracklist

Review Summary: "Old-school" thrash that you've never heard of!

2 of 3 thought this review was well written

The late 1980s to early 1990s was an odd time for thrash metal. It was a time of transitioning, and for thrash, this meant stepping out of the limelight to make way for grunge. It was hard times for any up-and-coming thrash metal band, and this was no different for Evildead.

Forming from the members of speed/thrash band Agent Steel and members of Abbatoir, Evildead got their start from German record label Steamhammer Records in 1988 and subsequently released a three-track EP entitled RiseAbove. The following year they release this beauty, Annihilation of Civilization.

At just under 40 minutes, Annihilation of Civilization is "headbangingly" fun, if you will. It features one of the greatest thrash metal songs of all time in the title track "Annihilation of Civilization." The lyrics throughout the album include themes of anti-religion and nuclear apocalypse. Not entirely unique, but they serve their purpose here. The songs are all similarly arranged with an average of 2 guitar solos thrown in somewhere after the late bridge and usually one right before the last chorus kicks in. Trust me when i say this, the guitar solos absolutely slay. Evildead branch away from a lot of other thrash bands in the late 80s by excluding some of the punk and hardcore influenced verses that were so prominent in bands like Overkill. Instead, Evildead had a more melodic approach with their thrash when it came to the verses, generally small touches such as some lead guitar picking over top of the songs main riff, or just a neat little guitar lick after the chorus; small touches that make a big difference in their sound and setting Evildead apart from a lot of other thrash bands around this time.

Annihilation of Civilization suffers in being very top-heavy. It's not so much that the second half is bad as much as the fact that the first two tracks are just that much better. MTV's Headbangers Ball even played the video for the title track for a short period of time. You know, back when Headbangers Ball was GOOD. Unfortunately, as mentioned, the era of grunge was beginning to take foothold in houses across America, consequently killing off a large majority of the final wave of thrash bands being formed in the late 80s. Annihilation of Civilization also suffers in the vocal department. Chris Malaki is certainly a capable vocalist, especially for thrash, unfortunately, "capable" is as good as it gets vocally.

Evildead, along with Sacred Reich, clearly have an influence over thrash metal bands like Nuclear Assault, from the infusion of hardcore influences down to the sweeping guitar solos; granted, bands like Anthrax probably have the bigger influence. This isn't to say that Nuclear Assault didn't influence Evildead in much the same manner. As a matter of fact, they all influenced each other a great deal. As far as the history of thrash metal has come, nothing will surpass the classics like Anthrax's Among the Living or Megadeth's Rust in Peace. However, if you are a fan of thrash, you MUST hear this album, and if you are just an occasional admirer of great thrash songs, you need to hear the title track "Annihilation of Civilization."


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BallsToTheWall
November 21st 2008



44164 Comments


This is only your 4th? I thought you wrote more than that. Nice job nonetheless. I like some thrash so i'll check this out. Evildead in general ftw.

foreverendeared
November 21st 2008



14678 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

i'm a short reviewer i know. i don't really describe the sound as much as compare to bands with similar sounds, but i think if you heard these guys, you'd realize that's all this album needs. title track slays fyi

foreverendeared
November 21st 2008



14678 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This is only your 4th? I thought you wrote more than that.
no, i've been on this site forever, but generally i don't ever feel the urge to write. in other words, i'm too lazy

foreverendeared
November 21st 2008



14678 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

triple postThis Message Edited On 11.21.08

jrowa001
November 21st 2008



8750 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

this is a killer thrash album. ive yet to find a thrash album that has a similar art work that i havent liked. also youll like the new Pitiful Reign and Guillotine albumsThis Message Edited On 11.21.08

TNY
November 22nd 2008



571 Comments


Band name rules.

Lunarfall
November 22nd 2008



3179 Comments


album art is lol

foreverendeared
November 22nd 2008



14678 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yeah band name does rule. And i kinda like the album artwork

robin
Emeritus
November 22nd 2008



4241 Comments


you should review more, i like reading stuff this short.

Spamue1G
November 22nd 2008



1292 Comments


Well, the problem with the review is, you say what's good and what isn't, but you don't always say why. I didn't really get much of an idea of the overall sound of the album, but it was well written, so I won't neg.

bastard
November 22nd 2008



3435 Comments


Well Classic Thrash is hard to describe because it's so gosh darn repetitive yet fun.

good review, I like thrash so I will check this out.

Okay I heard the title track, it's good but it sorta steals from Slayer in the way of riffing.This Message Edited On 11.22.08

foreverendeared
November 22nd 2008



14678 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

you should review more, i like reading stuff this short.
thanks, i'll try to get around to it more often

Well, the problem with the review is, you say what's good and what isn't, but you don't always say why. I didn't really get much of an idea of the overall sound of the album, but it was well written, so I won't neg.
i addressed my lack of sound description in the comments. Basically, i described their sound by comparing with other bands. This is thrash from 1989. That really is plenty of description if you are familiar with thrash at all, but i will take your suggestion into my next review, so thanksThis Message Edited On 11.23.08

SnackaryBinx
November 22nd 2008



2309 Comments


yes, that is a good description, but for those that aren't familiar with thrash, you should really expand upon that.

foreverendeared
November 22nd 2008



14678 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

i'm going to work in a couple minutes, but when i get back i'll expand a bit, thanks for the tips!

south_of_heaven 11
November 22nd 2008



5433 Comments


This is thrash from 1989 that influenced bands like Nuclear Assault alongside Sacred Reich.

lol wut. Nuclear Assault and Sacred Reich were thrashing one to two years before this even came out.
and no "classic" thrash isn't hard to describe since there is no "classic" thrash genre or classification; it's just thrash, and even that is like the easiest thing to review.
I listened to this once awhile back and found it fun but nothing to write home about.

TNY
November 23rd 2008



571 Comments


South of Heaven with thrash history 101.

Awesome.

foreverendeared
November 23rd 2008



14678 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Nuclear Assault and Sacred Reich were thrashing one to two years before this even came out
doesn't mean that they didn't influence each other. All three of these guys started around the same time. I am well aware of this, it doesn't change anything i've said.
there is no "classic" thrash genre or classification
It's like saying "old school punk." Sure there is no exact classification, but i'm sure just by saying the words "old-school punk" your mind conjures up a very clear idea of the sound that the phrase implies. Much is the same with saying "classic thrash." And this, in fact, is the sound of classic thrash.
I listened to this once awhile back and found it fun but nothing to write home about
are you sure you are remembering this album? i mean, seriously, the title track is honestly one of the greatest thrash songs ever written.
South of Heaven with thrash history 101.
debatable

foreverendeared
November 23rd 2008



14678 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

oh, added a couple small touches of description and clarified the "influence" problem a bit.

south_of_heaven 11
November 23rd 2008



5433 Comments


title track was good but it wasn't "one of the greatest thrash songs ever written" good.
I'm pretty sure that Nuclear Assault had already placed themselves as a premeire thrash band and by the time 1989 rolled around, they didn't need to define themselves anymore. Why would they draw influence from a decent thrash act such as Evildead? I mean, in 1989, they already released "Survive". If anyone was to take notes, it would've been Evildead, not the other way around dude. Sacred Reich only had one good album anyway, and that was in 1987 with "Ignorance". After that they turned to shit. At the end of the day, Evildead was just a middle-tier thrash act that never broke open because they offered nothing exciting.
I mean if you want to call Evildead "old-school thrash" then alright fine go right ahead. Calling it "classic thrash" just makes me lol and is just a newfound pet-peeve of mine because of all of these new wave UK thrash bands dropping that line to draw attention to themselves.

Satana
November 23rd 2008



204 Comments


Dare we say..Evildead>>Slayer??



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