Evile is a British Thrash Metal
band credited with kick-starting the second wave of thrash metal
alongside Municipal Waste
. They recorded their first album, Enter the Grave
, in 2007 with Flemming Rasmussen, the Record Producer
who produced Metallica
's second, third and fourth albums. With a well-received first album and a song released on Rock Band
, they hit a surge of popularity and released a more progressive second album, Infected Nations
, in 2009. Tragedy struck
when bassist Mike Alexander died on tour, leaving a girlfriend and kids alone. They've continued touring with a new bassist, and released a third album, Five Serpent's Teeth
, in 2011.
Their fourth album Skull
dropped in late May of 2013. In August, Ol Drake left the band and the band moved on with a replacement.
- Vocals and rhythm guitar: Matt Drake (2004-present)
- Lead guitar: Piers Donno-Fuller (2014-present)
- Bass: Joel Graham (2009-present)
- Drums: Ben Carter (2004-present)
- Lead guitar: Ol Drake (2004-2014)
- Bass: Mike Alexander (2004-2009)
- Enter the Grave (2007)
- Infected Nations (2009)
- Five Serpent's Teeth (2011)
- Skull (2013)
Evile presents examples of the following tropes:
- Adorkable: Both of the Drake brothers, especially Matt.
- Album Title Drop: In all albums.
- Answer Song: "Five Serpent's Teeth" is this to "Now Demolition", both making reference to The Demolished Man.
- Berserk Button: The general consensus for the fans of Evile is that they DO NOT like it when the band is being compared to either Metallica or Slayer. With that being said, it's an aversion with the band, more specifically with Matt Drake: they don't mind being compared to Metallica or Slayer, they're proud people make the comparison.
- Black Dude Dies First: Poor Mike...
- Blood Bath: "Bathe in Blood", natch. More specifically, the song is referring to Elizabeth Bathory's baths in blood in order to restore youth and the vanity such an act entails.
- Common Music Video Concepts: The garage rock version of the trope for "Thrasher"
- Continuity Nod:
- There is a riff played halfway into "Long Live New Flesh" that actually comes from "Russian Roulette", which appears in Hell Demo (2006).
- Downplayed with the bass intro to "In Memoriam"; it was used during sound check by Mike Alexander.
- Cover Version:
- Dual Meaning Chorus: "In Memoriam" but it's more of a dual meaning song; justified that half of the band says that it was written in memory of Mike Alexander, the other half say its more a song about missing your loved ones.
- Epic Rocking.
- "We Who Are About to Die", "Metamorphosis", "Genocide" are all over 7:40.
- "Hundred Wrathful Deities" runs at a staggering 11:41.
- "Tomb" is 07:26.
- There is an extended version of "New Truths, Old Lies" in the Amazon edition of Skull running at 7:21.
- Everything's Even Worse with Sharks: "Killer from the Deep".
- Fade Out: "Hundred Wrathful Deities", "Cult", and "New Truths Old Lies".
- Fading into the Next Song: "Metamorphosis" into "Hundred Wrathful Deities".
- Fan Nickname: Due to a typo, Old Rake. Now on a shirt!
- Filk Song/Shout-Out: "First Blood".
- Genre Relaunch: They had a large hand in the resurgence of Thrash Metal in the mid 00's, though they were by no means alone.
- Genre Shift: "What You Become" is a straight Groove Metal song.
- Irony: The last song Evile recorded before Mike Alexander died? A cover of "Cemetery Gates".
- Gladiator Games: "We Who Are About to Die" and "Centurion".
- Gorn: "Enter the Grave".
- Guttural Growler: Their cover of Emtombed's "Drowned", considering how Matt Drake sings, it's a bit of a change. Considered Narm by the older Drake when first tracking vocals.
- Harsh Vocals: Primarily Enter the Grave.
- Heavy Meta: "Thrasher".
- Kneel Before Zod: In the chorus of "Thrasher".
- Mad Lib Metal Lyrics: A bunch, but the majority come from Enter the Grave.
- Man on Fire: "Burned Alive".
- Metal Scream: "Origin Of Oblivion", "Skull", and "Words of the Dead" as Type 4. "Outsider" as a mix between Types 1 and 4.
- Mohs Scale of Rock and Metal Hardness: Like most Thrash Metal, about an 8.
- Songs on Infected Nations reach 7 or maybe 6, with "In Memoriam" and "Tomb" at about a 3.
- Parts of "Words of the Dead" may be the closest things the band has done to getting a rating of 9, besides their song "Parasite" and the "Drowned" cover.
- Non-Appearing Title: "Xaraya", "In Memoriam", "Nosophoros", and "Metamorphosis"
- One-Man Army: "First Blood." Justified in that its a song about Rambo.
- One of Us: Most of the band, but mainly Matt and Ol Drake.
- As an example, the two have briefly argued on which is better, the SNES or the Megadrive.
- Admitted by Matt Drake in an interview, Ben Carter (drummer) is a fan of wrestling/WWE, Joel Graham (bassist) is a fan of Star Wars, Matt is a fan of science fiction in general and computer games, and Ol (lead guitarist) is a music nerd and an avid fan of South Park.
- The Plague: "Infected Nation".
- Pun-Based Title: Evile is a portmanteau of Evil and Vile.
- Punctuated! For! Emphasis!: "I AM THE OUTSIDER!!"
- Put on a Bus: Joel Graham. Admitted by Matt Drake in an interview, Evile had played a gig with his old band Ninedenine, and Graham himself used to be a drinking buddy with Mike Alexander. Come 2009, when Evile needed a bassist...
- Religion Rant Song: "Cult", Type 2, sung from the perspective of someone recruiting the listener.
- Robot War: "Man Against Machine".
- Rock Band:
- "Thrasher" was released for DLC. It is quite a difficult song on guitar and bass.
- Ol Drake tracked ALL instruments for ALL the songs in Infected Nations, which was then released on the Rock Band Network.
- Sibling Team: Matt Drake and Ol Drake are brothers. Both were on guitar until the latter left.
- Singing Voice Dissonance: Usually the case with British vocalists.
- Tank Goodness: "Armoured Assault".
- Title Only Chorus: "Long Live New Flesh", "Now Demolition", "Plague to End All Plagues", "Devoid of Thought", "Burned Alive", and "Bathe in Blood".
- Uncommon Time: Since the second album was more progressive, the songs on Infected Nations do this sometimes. This could also be applied to select songs on Skull.
- Unplugged Version:` An acoustic version of "In Memoriam" is included on the "Cult" single.
- X Meets Y:
- Enter the Grave is seen as Metallica meets Slayer meets Sepultura and a bunch of others.
- Infected Nations has a similar comparison (Metallica meets Sepultura) but now with a much more darker and slower feel to it.
- Five Serpent's Teeth = Enter the Grave + Infected Nations + melody and catchiness.
- Skull is Five Serpent's Teeth, if it were faster and had the same atmosphere as Infected Nations.