Evile
Five Serpent's Teeth


4.0
excellent

Review

by machineknot97 USER (5 Reviews)
October 16th, 2011 | 30 replies


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: The torch-bearers of the new wave of thrash metal step their game up.

Now I'm sure you're very aware of the new wave of thrash metal that has engulfed metal in recent years, and if you have then the chances are that you have heard of Evile. Perhaps considered to be at the forefront of this new wave, Evile's third release is definitely on par and if not better than their debut, 'Enter The Grave', and certainly a step up from their sophomore album 'Infected Nations'.

We can see this straight away with the first two tracks. The album kicks off with 'Five Serpent's Teeth', starting with a slightly eerie guitar interlude before smacking you in the face with some pounding drums and a great duo riff from brothers Matt and Ol Drake. Just by listening to this track, it is clear to see that Matt's vocals have progressed massively from their first two albums, emphasizing more on melody rather than aggression. Some people dislike his new vocal style, but in my opinion it works brilliantly.
Their next track, 'In Dreams Of Terror', is my favourite song in all of Evile's discography. The guitars and drums are particularly brilliant, opening with a lightning fast riff and incredibly quick drumming from drummer Ben Carter. This song is an all-out thrash assault.

The next two songs are a little more relaxed in terms of tempo, particularly track number three, 'Cult'. This is the album's first weak point in my opinion. The riffs and drumming are slightly boring and the song in general does little to keep me interested.
'Eternal Empire' is a better track, opening up with Matt's melodic vocals, singing "What can you say of limited life?/Are you never satisfied?/With no uncertainty to tread, but me..." before shouting "I'd rather be dead!" Then the song erupts into a typically fast riff and speedy drums. One thing that stood out for me in this song is that recently-joined bassist Joel Graham's basslines are actually audible during the verses, something which unfortunately could not be said about previous bassist Mike Alexander, who sadly passed away in October 2009.

When comparing this album to their previous two albums, one thing that pleases me is the short(ish) song lengths. Before even listening to this album, I was delighted to see that the only song which passed the 6 minute mark is 'Xaraya', and then only by 4 seconds. These tracks are long enough to show that Evile are generally good song-writers, but short enough to stop me from getting bored easily, which I could not say about the previous two albums.
One thing I didn't expect to see on an Evile album was a ballady-type song, but they have included one here. 'In Memoriam' shows a melodic, gentle and generally different side to Evile. Starting off with a simple bassline and then introducing clean guitars and nice vocals from Matt Drake, this song is just beautiful. The only negative about this song is how shockingly reminiscent it is of Metallica's 'Nothing Else Matters'. The sad thing is, it's not just this song, it's the whole album and Evile in general too. Although still an excellent album, it's not very original, and Evile seem to nearly be a Metallica rip-off, something that people who dislike the band will always have against them. After all, Ben Carter and Matt Drake did start this band (previously known as Metal Militia) as a Metallica cover band.
The album's last two tracks, 'Descent Into Madness' and 'Long Live New Flesh' return to the sheer speed and aggression displayed at the beginning of the album to close off what is possibly Evile's finest album.

Five Serpent's Teeth is all in all an excellent album, topping their previous album Infected Nations and their debut Enter The Grave. What sets it above these two albums is that is has managed to take the positive elements of both of these albums and combine them to make this one. Not only is this Evile's best record, it is one of the finest releases of 2011, and certainly one of the best album's within the new wave of thrash. I'd say the only album that comes close to this within this new wave is Warbringer's Worlds Torn Asunder. To summarise, this album shows that Evile are head and shoulders above most other recent thrash bands and are a forced to be reckoned with.

Pros:
* Nicely balanced song lengths
* Brilliant rhythm and solo sections on the guitars
* Ben Carter's best drumming display for the band
* Great melodic vocals

Cons:
* Sound shockingly like Metallica, and while maybe not necessarily a bad thing, it shows a lack of originality
* Bass is inaudible on most songs

Recommended Tracks:
* Five Serpent's Teeth
* In Dreams of Terror
* Eternal Empire
* In Memoriam


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machineknot97
October 16th 2011


46 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Tried a different layout to my first review, hope it's better

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
October 16th 2011


7127 Comments


This is the album's first weak point in my opinion. **The riffs and drumming are slightly** and the song in general does little to keep me interested.

Fix this.

Then the song erupts into a typically fast riff and drums.

Missing a word or two?

actually audible audible during

*audible*

Proof read please.

Better than your last one for sure but the same mistakes emerge.

KILL
October 16th 2011


72280 Comments


this band is bringing back thrash from the grave! all hail evile!!
















its neck day today btw

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LepreCon
October 16th 2011


4156 Comments


Try to make sure you include a tracklisting and release date the next time you add a new album to the database, otherwise, good work, keep up the good efforts!

machineknot97
October 16th 2011


46 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0


"This is the album's first weak point in my opinion. **The riffs and drumming are slightly** and the song in general does little to keep me interested.

Fix this.

Then the song erupts into a typically fast riff and drums.

Missing a word or two?

actually audible audible during

*audible*

Proof read please.

Better than your last one for sure but the same mistakes emerge."

Fixed


"Try to make sure you include a tracklisting and release date the next time you add a new album to the database, otherwise, good work, keep up the good efforts!"

Yeah I filled the tracklisting out and the release date but for some reason it didn't submit properly


ShinXetsu
October 16th 2011


605 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

This album started off good but turned into a snore fest.

AngelofDeath
Staff Reviewer
October 16th 2011


16137 Comments


Check out this giraffe.

Asiatic667
October 16th 2011


4648 Comments


"Machineknot97"




LOLOLOLOLOLOLOL



TriangularDuck
October 16th 2011


87 Comments


Your first con renders your second con redundant, by the way.

seedofnothing
October 17th 2011


3425 Comments


snore fest[2]

Madbutcher3
October 17th 2011


1170 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

The songs ARE too long here. Drags on forever on the same riffs too.

so yeah snore fest [3]

Decent review though.

Jotun35
October 18th 2011


57 Comments


Sounds like a useless Metallica ripoff (and I never liked Metallica... Thrash, for me, is Slayer, Sodom, Testament, the first 3 Megadeth or Forbidden, but not Metallica). Seriously, Havok and Essence have released better thrash albums this year (and there will be Vektor soon).

jamepic699
November 11th 2011


10 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

WTF? the songs are too long? thats like saying ..And Justice for All had long songs. What makes Evile good is their length. they progressive their power throughout the song. it's what makes Thrash great. this album harkens back to when Master of Puppets topped Kill Em All...and in my opinion, this is that: Five Serpent's Teeth topping Enter the Grave. this is a 10/10 and i wouldn't hesitate giving it album of the year. This album will be remembered forever. and this website's users totally have it underrated!


KILL
November 11th 2011


72280 Comments


metal on metal

its what i crave

dante1991
November 14th 2011


552 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Really liked the album. Can't decide whether it's better than their (underrated) debut though.

And sweet, In Dreams of Terror is also my favourite Evile track! I really liked Cult though, I find it to be one of the most catchy and memorable on the album. "All we ask if that you join our....................CULT!!" (awesome thrash riff)

DatsNotDaMetulz
December 22nd 2011


1918 Comments


Something I've just realised - This site has the album as "Five Serpents' Teeth" when it should be "Five Serpent's Teeth". Almost caused a problem with my list.

KILL
December 22nd 2011


72280 Comments


lol

Metamorphosis
December 23rd 2011


420 Comments


I totally forgot this came out! I was so hyped for it in the fall and just forgot. I've been listening to the first few tracks and they're pretty fantastic. If the whole album is on par, I'll probably give this a 4-4.5

KyokushinMaster
February 27th 2012


182 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

@ jamepic669 - Ride the Lightning was a million miles ahead of Kill Em All, and it was also better than Master of Puppets (IMO) and Justice was equal to RTL (dint get me wrong MOP is a fantastic classic record but MOP didnt do anything new on the RTL formula AJFA actually expanded on it with a proggresive twist) So your comparison to Metallica isn't a good one I think, just for the fact that RTL itself was the blue print for the classic Metallica sound. KEA might have been the debut but it was easily overshadowed by RTL, and I think most people will agree with me.

linguist2011
Contributing Reviewer
September 12th 2012


1922 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

I saw Evile at Bloodstock earlier this year and they were pretty damn awesome, and the songs they played from this album sounded really sweet. Problem is, I went into this album expecting some really good music, but what I discovered was really just very average and very mediocre Thrash Metal. I mean, despite how tight the guitar work is, Matt Drake sounds as if he's completely bored with himself and never really alters his voice to adapt to whatever melodic or brutal thrash comes his way, and unfortunately, it drags down a bit. Nonetheless, it's still decent in a genre where so many copycats rely on the 80's for their inspiration, and even if Evile are knocking off a bit of Metallica here and there, it sounds good on their part.

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