So without further pissing around, here is my review for Evile and Wolf's co-headlining gig in Norwich. Enjoy...
Evile are a band that makes me proud to be an English metalhead, because for a country that is the birthplace of heavy metal, we have remarkably few good younger bands to show it nowadays, in comparison to our neighbours in Europe and our cousins across the pond anyway. But these guys have taken America's oldest original metal sub-genre, Thrash and made it their own very successfully. After seeing them give a spectacular performance at the main stage on Sunday at this year's Bloodstock, I knew I should go catch them at the year own show, and I was definitely not disappointed.
After stepping into the venue, which was scarcely more than a slightly large basement with a bar and a stage, I was bemused as to how good a show Evile would be able to give considering the venue size.
I can very happily say I was proven wrong. Unfortunately I missed local opening act Rammerator (great name right?) But both Evile and co-headliners WOLF, one of Sweden's leading NWOBHM revival bands, performed spectacularly and showed that venue size doesn't matter if the bands are good enough.
Before this gig I only had knowledge of a handful of WOLF's (8) songs, having caught 15 minutes or so of their early morning set at last year's Bloodstock, but after seeing a full set from them I can definitely declare myself an avid fan. With their classic galloping riffs, sing-along choruses and wailing duel guitar leads, WOLF take us straight back to the height of NWOBHM and it sounds so damn good you can't help but headbang, the crowd is filled with hairy men in patch jackets tonight keeping the spirit of classic metal alive and it's a site that instills me with pride for being a metalhead.
After a hurried set change over Evile (10) take to the stage. And within the first minute or so of fan favourite "Enter The Grave", they prove why they are one of England's premier young metal bands. Apart from the odd bit of audience banter from frontman Matt Drake, Evile are relentless in their performance, thrashing away with tune after tune, until everything comes to a stop and bassist Joel begins the slow intro to "In Memoriam", their tribute to former bassist Mike Alexander, who was tragically lost to a Pulmonary Embolism in 2009. "In Memoriam" is definitely a favourite of mine and the entire audience goes quiet with this song, save for singing along to the chorus. You can see that this song is very near and dear to the guys in Evile, and they pour their heart and souls into performing it flawlessly. I'm not afraid to admit I did tear up slightly at the emotion shown in the song.
On the way out my friends and I had the chance to chat to the guys in WOLF, and I must say, they're some of the nicest guys I've met at a gig, they seem genuinely happy to have the chance to play anywhere and really enjoy performing. I even managed to get a picture with them, and a guitar pick which really did make this an excellent gig for me, I can recommend both of these bands without hesitation.
- Make Friends With Your Nightmares
- Hail Caesar
- Full Moon Possession
- Steelwinger Savage Reaper
- Skull Crusher
- Evil Star
- The Bite
- K-141 Kursk
- Speed On
- Enter The Grave
- In Dreams Of Terror
- Man Against Machine
- In Memoriam
- Eternal Empire
- Origin Of Oblivion
- Five Serpents Teeth
- Infected Nation
- Schizophrenia (Encore)
|Me with the guys from WOLF :D|
Evile's Five Serpents Teeth is out now on Earache Records
WOLF's Legions of Bastards is out now on Century Media Records
All photographs courtesy of Umor Haque