Evil Invaders - Feed Me Violence - (9.5/10)
Published on December 4, 2017
Thrash brilliance … and a lead guitar fan’s dream come true.
Thrash absolutely overflowing with lead guitars all over the place – a good thing or a bad thing? Opinion will surely be divided, but based on the evidence of Evil Invaders’ second full-length album Feed Me Violence, I would say it’s a bloody marvellous one. While it’s not the riff-fest that many thrash albums are and Joe’s (aka Joe Anus!) vocals sometimes sound like a more exaggerated, sillier version of Exodus’ Steve Souza, the lead guitar courtesy of Max (aka Max Mayhem) is jaw dropping, and makes up for any minor – and very minor they are – deficiencies. It’s not excessively technical, look-how-clever-we-are widdling, so Vai and Satriani fans may wish to look away now, but it’s melodic and fits the rest of the music beautifully.
Evil Invaders play thrash with elements of Heavy Metal bands like Judas Priest (right from the off – the opening notes of the first track very briefly sound like the start of “Painkiller”) Artillery, Obsession, King Diamond, etc. The vocals take a bit of getting used to, but bar the occasional overblown squeal they are pretty effective. Every track here is a winner, including the great instrumental “Shades Of Solitude”, it’s purely a question of how magnificent they are.
Songs comfortably at the ‘sublime’ end of the scale include “As Life Slowly Fades”, with jaw-dropping lead guitar throughout and “Broken Dreams In Isolation”, a slower song that brings a welcome change of pace with particularly strong vocals. Then there’s “Oblivion” with its extended melodic lead guitar intro, which is stunning, but clearly not enough for Max as the songs also boasts an amazing solo and is a tremendous piece of music and “Anger Within”, which is simply Thrash / Speed / Heavy brilliance.
“Among The Depths Of Sanity” has a gentle guitar intro of the kind used by thrash greats such as Testament and Annihilator. Perhaps unsurprisingly it erupts into something much heavier, has a really catchy chorus with hints of the Heavy Metal bands mentioned earlier with perhaps a dash of rough, classic thrash a la Lääz Rockit and of course another phenomenal melodic solo. A glorious end to a glorious album.
There aren’t many things in music that can be described as perfect and that probably includes Feed Me Violence. However, the lead guitar work on Feed Me Violence is about as close to perfection as it’s possible to get and almost enough to earn the album top marks. It might not be up everyone’s street, though. For example, The Metal Observer’s very own Lord Of Thrash Matt Reifschneider was quite disappointed with it, which shows just how subjective this reviewing lark can be. Fortunately Feed Me Violence landed with the right reviewer. As a guitar solo addict, this album and my ears were made for each other and it’s my top thrash album for several years.