Sound — 9
Enter The Grave was an "old-school 80s thrash" album, despite the fact it came out 2 years ago. Now though, Evile has gone in a (slightly) new direction. It's still thrash but it's newer, maturer and more progressive thrash. And it's bloody good! The whole tone of the album is darker, in a kind of Lovecraftian way. All the songs are longer and contain quite a few tempo changes. A notable change is that Mike Alexander's bass is more audible and can be heard quite clearly on some parts of songs (notably in Nosophoros). More evidence that the band has matured in song-writing is the 11-minute instrumental Hundred Wrathful Deities. It also must be said, the band are extremely talented musicians and have got even better since Enter The Grave.
Lyrics — 8
The biggest change in the albums is Matt Drake's vocals. His voice is alot darker and sounds evilly strained at times. As with the music, the lyrics have also matured and aren't just about Rambo or draining virgin's blood (even though I thoroughly enjoyed those songs). The lyrics are quite political but disguised as supernatural (Lovecraftian) ramblings.
Overall Impression — 10
Overall, I love this album. Evile seem to have followed Metallica in respects to Ride The Lightning, but at times the new songs remind me of Kreator, which is no problem as the German kings are my favourite band. So BUY this album, or download it if really strapped for cash, but get this album. You won't regret it!