Evile Bassist Dies At 32

During Evile's European tour, bassist Mike Alexander was suddenly taken ill and rushed to hospital, but tragically passed away in Sweden on Monday.

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Just a few days into the band's European tour with Amon Amarth, bassist Mike Alexander of British thrashers Evile was suddenly taken ill and rushed to hospital, but tragically passed away in Lulea, Sweden [on Monday, October 5]. He was 32 years old.

Evile members Matt Drake, Ol Drake and Ben Carter have released the following statement:

"This is so hard to find the words to express fully how we feel. We can't believe or accept what's happened. One minute we're talking to our buddy, Mike, the next minute we can never speak to him again.

"There's so many things rushing through our heads that we want to say, do and feel. We half expect him to come round the corner and call us 'dickheads'. We can't get our heads around it.

"It upsets us so much that he was away from his family when this happened, although knowing Mike, we're at least glad he was on tour doing what he loves.

"We're lost for words. We all miss him so much already. He was such a headstrong, genuinely nice guy who loved music and his family. We've got so many brilliant memories with him.

"Our hearts go out to his daughter, family and friends at this tragic, difficult time.

"Mike is much loved and is sorely missed.

"Rest in peace, brother."

Ultimate-Guitar.com columnist / interviewer Robert Gray wanted to share the following words on Mike Alexander's passing:

"I'd like to express my condolences to the friends / band members and family of the late Evile bassist Mike Alexander, who tragically passed away recently. I never personally spoke to the man, but he happened to be nearby when I interviewed Matt Drake at Cardiff's Barfly back in late 2007 when the band supported Sanctity on a UK tour. They all came across as great, fun loving guys, and the same can be said for Mike. With the release of 'Infected Nations' back in September, for me, it affirmed that Evile aren't a one-trick pony, and are destined to be future thrash metal legends - and I don't say that lightly at all. I really feel that that Evile's music, especially debut 'Enter the Grave', is some of the best of the last twenty years. Death is always a tragic thing, but is especially tragic at the age of 32 - nobody should die that young, and especially on the cusp of great things to come. Let's hope Evile regroup, and soldier on in Mike's memory.

"The next time you have a pint readers, please have a toast to the late Mike Alexander (1977-2009)."

Evile's sophomore album, "Infected Nations", was released on September 21 in Europe and September 22 in the U.S. via Earache Records.

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    Ali-b912
    When I first saw a picture of Evile, and saw Mike to be a black man, I wondered if maybe his presence would help kick the white dominance out of heavy metal. Unfortunately he's passed before anything like that happened. To me, he could have been as influential as Cliff Burton, and his early death after only 2 albums paralells it. Hopefully Evile will be able to come back stronger then before, just like Metallica, who they idolise. Rust In Peace Mike.
    Negativeone666
    i just started getting in to em, but that's terrible. as mentioned before, i hope they pull a metallica and come back stronger than ever. R.I.P. Mike
    TheEchomaker
    BrainScan wrote: jbridge90 wrote: Am I the only one to notice that when Michael Jackson dies, or pretty much anyone else dies, everyone is all like 'Oh well thousands of people die every day but you don't see articles about them', but when someone in the metal genre dies everyone is all like,'OMG rip'. I think its sad that hes dead, and I for his family, I just think its interesting how hypocritical people on here can be. Rip Mike good point
    i actually disagree because there was an article on here about michael jackson and it had a sh**load of comments and Michael Jackson's death started one of the biggest hypes over a death since Kurt Cobain. Anyways Rest in peace Mike
    Kear Bear
    RIP dude. My heart goes out to the family and his daughter. May he rock on forever. I haven't listened to Evile yet, but I'm going to.
    wolfeman85
    Kinda reminds me of Metallica and Cliff Burton...could Evile be the next Metallica???
    tai1221
    Just to clear some things up, metallica was three albums in when cliff died. Kill 'em all, ride the lightning, and master of puppets. They were touring in support of M.O.P.. R.I.P. 2009 is the year of death.
    bladesx
    Two Thrash bassists lost in Sweden. For the sake of the bassist of my band we will never go to Sweden.
    bladesx
    Man, I heard crazy headbanging could mess you up. I thought they were shitting me.
    mynamesbetter
    Poor guy, I've heard of the band but never their music and now if you just listen to it it's trippy. It's like "wow he's dead?". Poor guy and he was a family man. May he R.I.P.
    eetfuk01
    wolfeman85 wrote: Kinda reminds me of Metallica and Cliff Burton...could Evile be the next Metallica???
    only time will tell, i sure how they keep going and making amazing music
    worldwideatroph
    Evile rules, and this is such a tragedy. Right after the release of their second album too, which is an excellent album. RIP Mike Alexander.
    StilletoBoy
    Rest in Peace Mike You're my inspiration, thanks to you I play bass, you will be missed.
    Shreddaboi12
    this is so sad i heard on of their songs on TV somewhere and it sounded amazing..then all of the sudden, this. RIP mike
    Vypor
    Poor guy. This is terrible. Like the band members said though - at least he died doing somthing he loved. Thats the most positive way to look at this.
    krisis99
    RIP Mike Alexander, you were a member of legends to come. The music you helped to create influenced me back into thrash, both listening and playing. My jaw dropped when I saw this. Surely unexpected and very tragic, thank you for all you have done with Evile, may your memory live on in metal!
    dobby240
    We half expect him to come round the corner and call us 'dickheads'. haha awesome, i felt like that when my best freinds sister died. but ya know, without the dickheads part lol
    aradine
    RIP, another splendid musician taken from us to young. does anyone know what he died of?
    szekelymihai
    Wow so young and he's dead. I never listened to them, but you have to feel sorry for his family and friends. RIP musicman
    shelovemyguitar
    Is it me or there is like an overdoes smell? I mean I'm not the one to know I didn't even know that guy be man his death is kind of sketchy... Anyway, RIP man...
    jbridge90
    Am I the only one to notice that when Michael Jackson dies, or pretty much anyone else dies, everyone is all like 'Oh well thousands of people die every day but you don't see articles about them', but when someone in the metal genre dies everyone is all like,'OMG rip'. I think its sad that hes dead, and I for his family, I just think its interesting how hypocritical people on here can be. Rip Mike
    espChris93
    wow... how come amazing bass players just happen to suddenly die while on tour in Sweden? but thats so sad, just as his band was really taking off what a shame.
    Andragon
    Wait. Sweden?! WTF! Cliff died in Sweden too! It's a conspiracy, man. Tin foil hats!
    j-mac71
    RIP, does this mean that evile has 2 good albums left before burning out?
    DIMEBAGLIVEDON
    The good die young! That pisses me off. Out of all the bands, it's Evile. I wonder who's going to replace him? RIP Mike.
    Ali-b912
    Cafas wrote: Are you kidding me? Just because your ignorant of them doesn't mean other black musicians haven't already made 100x the impact he would have. No offense to him, as this definitely is a tragedy for his family/friends/fans, but playing derivative thrash for a few years doesn't come close to the impact that guys like Terrance Hobbs and Mike Smith have already made in the metal world. Do some homework on the genre plz.
    I said he'd help. I didn't say he'd do it all himself. I didn't say he was the only one either. While I don't know of those guys, I'm not a big fan of death metal. And the fact remains, there's very few black people in metal, simply because rap is considered 'Black' music, and metal, punk and rock are considered 'White', Because famous black musicians in those genres are few and far between.
    Rocker924
    Wow this is the first thing i see when i went here today Was never expecting it. Rest In Peace Mike, you were such an awesome bassist. I hope Evile and get over this hard time and continue to make more great music.
    winnipegbassist
    Firebreather01 wrote: I've never heard of this band, but this is very sad news RIP
    never heard of evile you say
    crazy8rgood
    Never listened to Evile before, but, when a musician from a musically respected band passes away, it is always sad news. RIP
    Dio10101
    This is so horrible I wasn't expecting this, and I really wanted to see them next time they come to the USA. I hope they don't break up, they have some great music.