Thrash Metal has changed little since it emerged onto the Metal radar in the early 1980s, and fans of the genre wouldn’t have it any other way. Thrash isn’t about political change or “inner struggles,” it’s about bullet belts, alcohol, chainsaws, explosions, and doing deviant things to females. EVILE takes this philosophy to the fullest on its album “Enter The Grave,” a well-produced collection of flat-out Metal songs that any fan of the genre should appreciate.
“Killer From The Deep” features an absolutely sickening solo from lead guitarist Ol Drake, who makes himself known on other standout tracks such as “Schizophrenia.” Such guitar exploits can make or break a Thrash album, depending on their quality, and in the case of EVILE, the band certainly has a capable axeman among their ranks. The band is equally effective when it decelerates (by only a bit) and concentrates on deliberate riffage rather than breakneck speed. The two longest songs on “Enter The Grave,” “We Who Are About To Die” and “Bathe In Blood,” are such examples, eliciting fist pumps and curled lips as easily as the faster tracks bring forth headbanging. The album closes with what is perhaps the most ear-blistering song on the album, “Armoured Assault,” capping off a truly satisfying Thrash experience.
Perhaps it’s nothing revolutionary, but “Enter The Grave” fires on all cylinders from start to finish. Even with a running time of almost 53 minutes, rather long for an album of this type, the music rarely drags or gets old. It’s not genius, but it sure is Metal.
(Online November 12, 2007)