One could easily confirm that Evile
was off to a fresh and good start with their first release, Enter the Grave
. Having gone to #33 on the UK Rock chart and receiving positive reviews, the band even had their single, Thrasher
, put into Rock Band as a downloadable track. A good start for a thrash band.
years later comes Evile
's second album, Infected Nations
. From the title track, it is easy to notice that Evile
has not only changed their vocal style but matured a bit from Enter the Grave
. The music has evolved in many ways and the tracks have grown longer, where they range from 5 to 7 minute, bordering 8. Included in the album is a mighty 11 minute instrumental, which serves as an excellent ending to the album.
The title track starts off with a clean intro, which is common for most thrash bands. Once
the distortion kicks in, the song takes off from there. What is noticeable is that the song writing is much more complex than it seemed to be on Enter the Grave
It should also be noticed that Matt Drake's vocals have changed. While the change is bearable for the album, it often causes the album to dull down and drag on at times. I enjoyed Matt's vocals on Enter the Grave
and found it odd for the first track or two with how he used his voice on this album.
Ol Drake is still churning out excellent thrash solos left and right on Infected Nations
. His influences in thrash guitarists such as Kirk
Hammet, Alex Scholnik, and Jeff Waters come out perfectly in each track. Matt Drake's rhythm playing is as tight as it was on Enter the Grave
and holds out through each track. Ben Carter keeps up to speed on the drums, pounding away track after track. Bassist Mike Alexander stays quiet most of the album, keeping up with the guitars and drums, but gets his little break during the album. When he does, it's not anything stellar but it fits the song perfectly.
All in all, Infected Nations
is a good follow up to Enter the Grave
, but becomes dull at times. While the long tracks on the album are impressive, some seem to drag on either because they are longer than they should be or Matt Drake's vocals make the parts of the song dull. The solos, on the other hand, are good and don't disappoint.
Maybe it's just me, but I feel the step Evile
took for this album could be too big of a step. The change from the first to second album usually isn't that tremendous, but in Evile
's case they matured from Metallica
'Em All to ...And Justice
For All in a two year gap. While it is impressive, maybe the band should have been a little closer in sound to Enter the Grave
. Nevertheless, Infected Nations
does satisfy and prove to show that Evile
are capable of taking giant steps as musicians.