Gig Review And Gallery: Evile – Gibson Guitar Studio, 23rd June 2011

Evile? “Carrying [thrash’s] whole ‘revival’ on their shoulders” – Kerrang!. “They have the metal mettle to be on the main stage [at Download] this time next year” – Terrorizer. “They [rock] bloody well and with an air of easy confidence, while sounding like they want to flatten everything in sight” – Metal Hammer. Yep, they’ve got the big guns backing them to the hilt. And their allegiance to good ol’ 80s chugging is set to rip the roof off the Gibson Guitar Studio this eve. Hold onto your perms, boys and girls…

Lead guitarist Ol Drake might have been modest concerning Kerrang!’s comments about Evile earlier today, but there’s no getting around it: the ingredients are all there. Your cymbal-choke-heavy drums, pedal-point bass and stair-climbing chromatic notes just scream ‘Big 4’. And why the hell not? The Huddersfield gents are pulling the best elements from technically and culturally-revered bad boys, and keeping them quietly blazing with pride in an era of ‘Bieber-fever’ and Rebecca Black’s YouTube embarrassments. A little generic? Possibly. Done before? Perhaps. But a set-list steeped in cuts from 2011’s ‘Five Serpent’s Teeth’ – polished song-writing, stellar performance tonight – reminds London’s Rathbone Street why Flying Vs, dodgy barnets, and all the other staple idioms of thrash metal took the world by the Short and Curlies 30 years ago. Even streamed through the Apple Store’s electrical lovechildren and promoted through this “Facebook” palaver three decades later, the talent’s still as strong – and it’s still just as fuckin’ metal. An ass-kicking, ball-busting and eye-crossing-with-velocity show.

Evile’s noisy jack-in-a-box is out in just over 3 months’ time. And the press, competition winners and other guests in attendance tonight can testify: the world of rock n’ roll’s anticipation won’t go unrewarded. One thing’s for sure: our eardrum teacups are going to have a hell of a storm hurling their way – one with potential staying power, too. September 26th? Rally your horns: it all begins…

Evile set-list:

  • Eternal Empire
  • Cult
  • Xaraya
  • Long Live New Flesh
  • Killer From The Deep



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