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About Evile

Hailing from Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, Evile set out to generate a sound that would fill a void within the metal world. Railing against the dominance of morose emo bands and no-fun shoegazers currently populating the metal scene, the band looked instead to the classics of the thrash genre for their influence. Comprising of brothers Matt and Ol Drake, and augmented by Ben Carter and Mike Alexander, Evile threw together their old-school thrash influences of Metallica, Anthrax, Testament and Annihilator and mixed in their own energy and enthusiasm to create a fast paced sound dosed with unrelenting speed and aggression. The band described their aim as trying to give thrash a "new" sound while staying in the classic thrash vein.

In the summer of 2006, as an unsigned band, Evile was handpicked to play two prestigious UK festivals, including Bloodstock Open Air and Damnation festival, both to great acclaim. Evile was also voted as Terrorizer magazine's number 1 unsigned act in 2006 and were soon signed to Earache Records before beginning work on their debut album with famed Metallica producer Flemming Rassmussen. The album was recorded in Copehnagen's Sweet Silence studios, where Rasumssen produced Metallica's legendary albums 'Master Of Puppets' and 'Ride The Lightning', delivering Evile a sound undoubtedly modern but steeped in thrash tradition.

The debut, ‘Enter the Grave', made a vital statement for the band - not only that they mean business but also that they are a true force to be reckoned with on the thrash scene.  The album reached number 33 in the UK Metal charts, with the band's trademark anthem 'Thrasher' also featured on the Rock Band video game for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. 'Thrasher' is regarded as one of the most difficult songs to play on both guitar and bass on the game due to the exceptionally fast open note strumming that signifies the band so well.

As a result of the success brought on by their remarkable first offering, Evile were voted Best Newcomers in Terrorizer magazine's 2007 Readers Poll, and 'Enter the Grave' came 19th in their top 40 albums of the year. They were also voted Metal Hammers' Best New Band by the readership and featured in Classic Rock magazine's top 50 albums of 2007 at the impressive position of 38, ahead of prog-rockers Dream Theater.

Metal Hammer's "Get in the Ring II" saw Evile wrestle against Viking Skull, Engel and Goat The Head to take the 2008 title, broadcast on UL television. They won the support of fans with a thrashing set that encouraged the only stage divers of the night - the perfect build up to what was to come next.

Evile continued to cement themselves as serious contenders with a headline support slot on Megadeth's European Tour of Duty, which included the UK leg of Gigantour, alongside death metallers Job for a Cowboy. The warm reception from the crowd defined Evile as a force to be reckoned with, and led to the band playing shows with such other legends such as Exodus, as well as some big shows with Machine Head.

Now in 2009, Evile are back with a brand new album, 'Infected Nations', marking a genuine milestone in thrash as the band effortlessly ups the ante, propelling the young thrashers into the big leagues.  With 'Infected Nations', Evile takes the 80's thrash metal blueprints laid out in the debut offering and refines them into a wholly more ferocious and modern beast. The band have emerged from the studio with a new-found sense of dynamics, maturity and bag-fulls of catchy-but-pounding songs.  Still proud to call themselves thrash metal, Evile has just raised the bar for their fellow new-schoolers to strive to reach.