Sound — 8
Evile are marking their return to the music world this year with their new studio album, titled "Skull." Now in case you could not infer, Evile are a thrash metal band, who were first introduced to the scene back in 2004. After some rough beginnings (which involved one of their members having a brick thrown on their face during the band's first concert), Evile landed a spot as a supporting act for Exodus, and later signed onto Earache Records to create their debut album, "Enter the Grave." Since their debut, Evile have registered themselves as one of thrash metal's leading new bands on the scene, earning praising acclaim from both critics and fans alike worldwide. And with "Skull," it's not that hard to see why. This new album is a bold collection of metal anthems built upon racing foundations and angst-soaked vocals. Wherever you place the needle on this record, you'll be able to get lost into the rhythm of the pick-grinding guitar riffs and thunderous percussion beats. Whether it's the Metallica-esque "Head of the Demon," the heart racing "Underworld," or the roller coaster-style pace changes of "Words of the Dead," you cannot go wrong with "Skull." I admittedly wasn't familiar with this band before I gave this album a listen, but after listening to this album I have to say, I have become a fan.
Lyrics — 7
Lead vocalist Matt Drake gives a standout performance throughout "Skull." Now, I may take some heat from Metallica fans, but when he dedicates himself to his lower register Matt does have some noticeable similarities to James Hetfield. They are in no way the same vocalist, or even on the same caliber of one another, but Matt does provide such aforementioned tracks as "Head of the Demon" a strengthy Metallica vibe and feel.
Overall Impression — 7
For the most part Evile do a strikingly great job with "Skull," that is filled to the brim with instant head banging classics. For any fan of the band's earlier outings, this should be a no brainer to pick up for yourselves. And any fan of the thrash metal genre in general should at least give some of the above mentioned tracks a listen.