As most know by now Evile have not really been around that long, but long enough to make a small but good impact on the metal community. With the release of their first album Enter The Grave they had the fast and furious metal mosh pit song Thrasher which shot them up to one of the number one new Thrash acts of 2007. Unfortunately after the second album, Infected Nations which came around to some stellar reviews they lost their long time bass player (Mike Alexander), who died from a clot on his lung. Now with the release of Five Serpents Teeth Evile are back and more fierce than ever. With the first song, and title track you know your in for a treat with it's Blackened type guitar intro, which then goes off into a brutal thrash assault of super speed double picking and technical drumming. And the album rarely lets up. Most thrash albums today you really couldn't call thrash but with Evile, they define the meaning of the word. In Dreams Of Terror shows off the speed picking ability of the Drake brothers, and also just how great of a singer Matt Drake has become sing the first release. More so than James Hetfield he really sounds a lot like a low toned Devin Townsend(without the screaming). And compliments him well. Cult is an instant classic that fans of "The Black Album" will surely love because of it's very groove laden rhythm section, and growling vocals. So not to "spoil" the album i won't really get into details of all the songs on the album but let you listen for yourself. There is not a bad track on the album and about 90% of it is fast, a sure fire seller to each and every thrash fan young and old. In Memoriam is a great tribute to Mike Alexander, and has a lot of feel and emotion to it. That would be about the only song where Matt Drake sounds like Hetfield, at all. But when you listen to this album you'll probably forget all about Metallica, because there day is done.
Does this album sound like Puppets, Lightning, and Justice? No, it sounds better, and far more technical. So don't listen to the folks or reviewers who call Evile a Metallica clone, for its just not true. Elements of them? Yes, but keep in mind they started off as a Metallica cover band. Also the first album was actually produced by Flemming Rasmussen, the man behind the mix of 3 of Metallica's masterpiece 80's albums. What band can say they had that opportunity? Evile, and they definitely deserve it. Listen and start a most pit in your living room, after hearing this you'll be tossed around like it's 1986! With bludgeoning riffs, in your face drumming and vocals, this album will be your favorite of the year, if not more. Enjoy.