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.

Evile Bassist Dies At 32
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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.
    BrainScan
    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
    el-shredder
    Man, that's terrible. "We who are about to die" was playing when I read this. RIP, man.
    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.
    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...
    crushingmetal
    this sucks so much, RIP man. I hope Evile carries on they rule! Weird parallels with Cliff Burton...
    oakn
    I heard a very tasteless "joke" yesterday, "Mike fell of a Cliff" Things like this prolly happens cuz God wants some good company up there. Keep on thrashin' Mike!
    fm20000
    WOW. R.I.P Mike Alexander. This is so shocking. I was just starting to love this band and then I read this horrible news. He was a great bass player.
    heinrick
    Damn i really like Evile, this is terrible news, may you rock in the heavens above bud
    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
    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.
    bladesx
    Two Thrash bassists lost in Sweden. For the sake of the bassist of my band we will never go to Sweden.
    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.
    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
    crazy8rgood
    Never listened to Evile before, but, when a musician from a musically respected band passes away, it is always sad news. RIP
    Unispex
    I can't even imagine how his band mates and family feel... Rest in peace, Mikey.
    ozzynator
    As a big Evile fan this really shocks me, wasnt expecting it at all !!!! Rest in Peace Mike. Hope Evile will be able to recover and kick ass again. would be intrested to know how he died though, they dont give us much info about that.
    Theeman0000
    Rest in peace, Mike. Maybe in heaven your bass tracks will finally be audible. Okay, that was mean. Yeah, this sucks. All love to his family and friends and such.
    Setabominae336
    I've only been an Evile fan for a few weeks now, but this truly saddens my heart. Evile are one of the only hopes for true thrash nowadays. My condolences to the Alexander and the Evile family. Rest in dear peace, brother of metal. :'(
    !BEN!
    Saw em live with Sanctity a while back Brilliant band, great guy and bassist =( RIP Mike
    PcaKes
    I don't know what to say. Makes me wish they had written a slower song. Tonight I play fade to black for you 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.