Thursday, February 18, 2010

Evile Album Review

Evile – Infected Nations
Earache, 2009

4/10

Evile is another derivative retro-thrash band that’s been plaguing the scene over the last three or four years. Judging from all the hype and press about Infected Nations you’d think that this is the best album to come down the pike since Master Of Puppets. It simply isn’t so. I just can’t get behind bands that rehash a sound without contributing anything new (see: Gama Bomb, Warbringer, etc.). Sure, there’s some decent riffs and quality guitar work here, but the flat, uninspired vocal delivery just leaves me cold. In an age when the thrash masters such as Testament, Exodus, Death Angel, Machine Head, and many others are writing some of the best albums of their careers, there’s little room for second-rate imitations. The passing of bassist Mike Alexander last year from a pulmonary embolism is truly sad and I admire the band for forging ahead under such difficult circumstances. Taken on its merits, though, Infected Nations is a derivative album that leaves me shaking my head at all the attention this album has been receiving.

Evile will be appearing at Station 4 in St. Paul on Sunday, March 14 as support to Kreator. Additional support will come from Voivod, Nachtmystium, and Lazarus A.D.

Evile will also again be performing at Station 4 in St. Paul on Sunday, April 11 as support to Overkill. Additional support will come from Vader, God Dethroned, Warbringer, and Woe Of Tyrants.

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