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Formed: 2004
From: Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, United Kingdom
Last Known Status: Active

Latest Evile News

Below is our complete Evile news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

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Evile Begins Work On New Album

Sheffield, England based young thrash metal band Evile are currently working on the follow up to their 2007 debut album, "Enter The Grave." Evile guitarist Ol Drake has checked in with the following update:

"We're very glad to announce we'll be working with the brilliant Russ Russell on the next release at Parlour Studios, UK. Russ has produced excellent work with bands such as NAPALM DEATH, DIMMU BORGIR, THE EXPLOITED and many more. We've known Russ for a few years now. We first met him in London at one of our shows where he expressed how much he'd like to work with us sometime, and that time has come. I believe Russ can bring us a very interesting sound and approach to the new material which we're writing. Expect a very crushing and interesting album! The cover art will also be very crushing and interesting! Definitely one for vinyl!

"We've been working non-stop on the new Evile material since before the MEGADETH tour last February. We're even into the demo process of the new album. Just last weekend we recorded the first 3 demo tracks we completed first. Looking back on what we've been writing, it's surprising how diverse and different the material has got since starting on the first "album 2" song. Don't worry, it's thrash, we're just trying to use our brains more than our 'ripped jeans'."

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Evile Announces More Headlining UK Tour Dates

UK thrashers, EVILE, are preparing themselves for a full-scale headlining UK tour.

Following lead guitarist OL DRAKE's recent jaw injury which caused the band to drop off their European tour with SATYRICON, EVILE are now more ready than ever to get back out there and play some shows.

OL DRAKE comments on the tour, "Really looking forward to our first full-on headliner tour in the UK. We chose Warpath and Mutant as supports for the tour. Both are friends of the band but are also excellent bands. You have to check them out." More...

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Evile Seeks "No Noise Control" Petition Support

Earache Records has issued the following statement:

"British metallers Evile know a thing or two about thrashing, and they know that the music has to be loud. The band were therefore slightly worried to hear something which could affect fans of live music all across the UK.

EVILE lead guitarist OL DRAKE explains: "I was browsing the Downing Street website to see what exactly our Prime Minister is doing, and I came across the 'Petitions' section. One that stood out to me was a petition for 'No Noise Control'. Now, I remember playing a show in a venue where they were strict on the level of noise, as they had one of these Noise Control devices. It was so quiet, it felt like a crime headbanging whilst playing the music. I'd hate to go and see my favourite band live and have the music being at that level.

I urge all UK live music fans to sign this petition to make it be known that we love live music, and for it to be that ridiculously quiet would be a travesty. The kind of music we play is aggressive. You can't have aggressive music at low volumes. It defeats the purpose. I want to have my
head blasted off by a riff, not my genitals slightly tickled. Please take a look, sign and pass on!"

To view and sign the petition, click here.

Evile are currently working on material for a new album, tentatively due to be released later this year on Earache Records."

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Evile Guitarist Ol Drake Has Jaw Wired Shut

EVILE guitarist Ol Drake has written an update on his condition after suffering a blackout which caused a serious jaw injury late last month:

"a few weeks on now and I'm slowly recovering. Lost some weight from the difficulty in eating, trying to get energy back as much as possible. The wound on my chin turned out to be infected, so got anti biotics on that. Went to the maxillofacial.......thing at the hospital today (eventually got an appointment) and they've wired my jaw shut for two weeks. I was told this should have been done straight away (at A&E in Rotterdam) but it wasn't. It's apparently slightly too late for the wiring to work to full effect (?) but they've done it anyway. I look forward to more inability to consume food stuffs.

please send all 2 week silence jokes to my myspace page. I allow everyone to laugh and/or call me Jaws"

With a wired jaw and a canceled tour (with SATYRICON, due to the deliberating injury), Ol has found other ways to channel his thoughts in some of the most metal ways possible. Here's a couple of lyrics he wrote to the tune of the JUDAS PRIEST classic, "Breaking The Law":

"Breaking My Jaw

There I was completely normal, Rotterdam, 4 down
Ol outside the evile transport as we tour from town to town
Felt as though my body died, blurry vision now
So I might as well begin to put some concrete in my mouth


.....I Won't do the rest of the song..."

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Evile Guitarist Ol Drake Posts Death Cover Online

Guitarist Ol Drake of UK thrashers, Evile, has recorded a cover of Death's "Voice of the Soul" to commemorate the anniversary of Chuck Schuldiner's passing. The cover can be heard here. Chuck Schuldiner died on December 13, 2001. More...

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Evile Announces April Headlining UK Tour

UK thrashers, Evile, have announced a UK tour in April 2009. Support has yet to be confirmed. The dates are as follows:

4/15 - Birmingham UK, Academy
4/16 - Newcastle UK, Academy 2
4/17 - Manchester UK, Academy 3
4/18 - Dublin IRE, Fibber Magees
4/19 - Cork IRE, An Cruiscin Lan
4/20 - Glasgow UK, Barfly
4/23 - London UK, Underworld
4/24 - Hammerfest UK, Prestatyn
4/26 - Leeds UK, tbc
4/27 - Nottingham UK, tbc

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Opeth Added To The UK's Hammerfest

Opeth has been announced as the headlining act for the first day of Hammerfest which takes place in Pontins, Prestatyn Sands, Wales on April 24th and 25th. The headliner on the second day will be Bullet For My Valentine. The festival promises a treat for fans of every genre of metal with the following bands confirmed:

Annotations Of An Autopsy
Bullet For My Valentine
Dream Evil
Exit Ten
Grand Magus
Trigger The Bloodshed

Plus 35 more bands to be announced.

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Evile's Ol Drake Issues Update on Injury

Ol Drake of UK thrashers, Evile, has issued a message to fans regarding his current condition after breaking his jaw on stage:

"hello from my bed."

"Thank you for all the get well messages (even the guy who said we suck, you rule)."

"Want to start by saying a HUGE sorry to all the people wanting to see us play on the Satyricon tour, I couldn't be more pissed off. I'm the first person to oppose cancelling any gig or tour, unless it's completely necessary. My first worry wasn't even for my health, it was for the tour... And that my beard would be ok." More...

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Evile Guitarist Breaks Jaw, Band Cancels Tour

Evile guitarist Ol Drake has apparantly broken his jaw and as such the band has cancelled all their forthcoming tour dates. A posting from Evile frontman Matt Drake reads as follows:

"Ol collapsed last night and fractured his jaw and split his chin on the ground. Luckily his beard absorbed some of the blow. He's been in hospital and had X-rays and been stitched up, but he's unable to play - he can't really move - he's a mess. Ol doesn't drink, it seems to be some medical problem that's being investigated. They did an ECG and we're awaiting results. Unfortunately we're having to pull out of the tour to get home to the UK where Ol can recuperate and have some follow-up tests.

"We apologise to all our fans and to anyone planning to see us at the shows. As you can imagine we're devastated we can't play, but Ol's health comes first and that's currently our priority. We will update our fans through the MySpace with news when we're back home. We won't be on any of the Satyricon tour from today."

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Earache Records To Release Box Set

Earache Records has posted the following message online:

"In recognition of a music genre that has spawned some of the most original and talented bands hailing from every corner of the globe, Earache Records is proud to announce the release of Worldwide Metal.

"Celebrating the diversity of metal in all of its forms, Worldwide Metal is the ultimate collection of the fastest, heaviest and most brutal metal tracks to rock this planet. Offering 5 CDs of pure metal mayhem plus a fully playable PC game - all for the price of one CD - this collection consists of over 80 tracks from some of the most legendary and inspirational bands of all time. More...

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Evile Issues Report from Canadian Tour with 3IOB

UK thrashers EVILE, who are currently wrapping up a West coast tour of Canada with Canadian metallers 3 INCHES OF BLOOD, have posted a tour report from the last leg of the tour.

EVILE lead guitarist OL DRAKE reports from the road:

"So we're pretty far into the 3 Inches of Blood tour, and it's been awesome so far. On top of 3IoB being great guys and a great band, the scenery on this tour is mind blowing. We definitely have to come back to Canada. The Canadian fans are mental (in a good way), everyone's going crazy. The first show had one guy's face being bust open, there was blood everywhere (I wonder how many inches of it there were)." More...

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Evile To Tour With 3 Inches Of Blood In Canada

UK thrashers, Evile will embark on their first ever trip to the western hemisphere as they tour Canada this October with 3 Inches Of Blood.

This tour is a big moment in the history of Evile as it marks the first time the band will play shows in the great white north and the first time the band has ever toured outside of their half of the world. Evile is extremely excited to see all of their crazy Canadian fans for the first time and is just as excited to play with longtime favorites of theirs, 3 Inches Of Blood.

Evile guitarist, Ol Drake gave a few words on how he and his band first discovered the music of tourmates-to-be 3 Inches Of Blood: "I remember hearing 3 Inches Of Blood when we started Evile back in 03/04 (in the rehearsal room whilst writing) and was surprised to hear someone doing that style of metal at that time. It was a relief to
hear, even though I was heavily into just death and thrash metal only then."

"I can't wait to drown in 3 Inches Of Blood!" says Drake, who jests "...Too cheesy? Fuck you!"

Catch Evile on their first ever Canadian tour with 3 Inches Of Blood: More...

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Evile To Re-Issue Debut Album "Enter The Grave"

A new video interview with Northern English thrashers Evile has been posted online. The interview was filmed at this years Bloodstock open air. You can check it out below.

Evile will also be re-issuing their debut album "Enter The Grave" which will come with a DVD, a guitar pick, an Evile woven patch and bonus tracks. The re-issue will be released October 13th in Europe and October 28th in North America. More...

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Satyricon Completes New Album, Sets Release Date

Norwegian black metal pioneers Satyricon have posted the following message online:

"We have completed the new album The Age Of Nero in its entirety and we are very very proud of it! The release date is November 3rd and will be followed by a full European headlining tour opening in Stavanger, Norway on November 12th and ending in Hamburg, Germany on December 20th. Check out all the dates here. A few more shows will be added soon. Opening act on the tour is EVILE and the direct support act will be added soon.

"Expect updates with tons of information on the new album and the tour, competitions, interviews and music in the next few weeks!"

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Evile Drops Off Hellfest

Matt Drake, frontman of Uk thrashers Evile, has issued the following update about dropping off of Hellfest:

"I am really sorry to announce that EVILE will no longer be appearing at HELLFEST this afternoon."

"This is entirely due to circumstances beyond our control and we are gutted to not be playing such an awesome festival, we hope that everyone who is going has a good time!"

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Gama Bomb Issues Tour Report

Irish thrashers GAMA BOMB have posted a tour report regarding their recent UK tour with thrash legends EXODUS and fast-rising UK thrashers EVILE.

This is what GAMA BOMB had to say about playing up and down the UK to riotous reception night after night, with two of the greatest thrash bands around today:

"The G-Bizzers have just returned from our UK tour with Exodus and Evile, and what a week it's been...kicking off in London, we had one of the best receptions we've ever had and were thrilled to play the Underworld, which has always been something of an ambition of ours. Leeds the next night was an even better set, and those who assembled really made us feel welcome, which was cool. Dublin was possibly the most surprising night by a mile: expecting a decent reception and some friendly back-slapping, we were astonished by how well we went down. We managed to sell more tees than we even had in London, which was great. We definitely owe them Dublin thrashers more gigs like that one."

Read GAMA BOMB's full tour report here. More...

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Evile Issues Tour End Update

UK thrashers, Evile, issue the following end of tour update:

"Hey all, just thought I'd post an update on the Exodus tour, even though there's only one more show to go :("

"This is one awesome tour and we're having a great time. All of the Exodus guys are great. They and their crew treat us really well. The Crowds have all been very welcoming to us, and the responses we've been getting on this tour are overwhelming. I want to thank everyone who's been coming out and taking the time to check Evile out!"

"It's been an eventful tour to say the least. One day/night (can't remember) I was asleep in my bunk on the bus, when all of a sudden there's a huge bang and we're hurled forward about 15 feet. We got hit while being parked by a Truck driver who probably had a bit more than he should have. Our driver, Bjorn, jumped out of bed, running down the road in his boxer shorts to steal the keys out of the guys ignition, while Lee Altus got his drink spilt. He wasn't happy. On a side note, as soon as the truck hit us, I just went back to sleep, I thought Mike had just fallen down the stairs, so this whole story is second hand from when i appeared in the morning and said 'What was that bang?.'" More...

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14 Year-Old Evile Fan Performs Onstage With Band

A 14-year-old EVILE fan had his dream come true on Saturday night (April 12th) when he was given the chance to perform onstage with the fast-rising UK thrashers.

The band were approached by 14-year-old Jake Priestley, who had sent the band clips of himself playing EVILE songs online. The band were highly impressed and gave Jake the chance to show his skills at the Corporation in Sheffield, UK, on their current tour with EXODUS. Jake took over guitar duties from singer/rhythm guitarist MATT DRAKE to play the entirety of the track "Enter the Grave" to rapturous applause.

Footage of the performance can be watched here. More...

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Gama Bomb Unleash 4 New Songs Online

Irish thrashers Gama Bomb have unleashed four brand new songs on their MySpace page. The songs come off their upcoming Earache full-length debut, 'Citizen Brain', due out on May 19th worldwide. Recorded at Grindstone Studios with producer Scott Atkins, 'Citizen Brain' features 15 blistering tracks of classic, frantic thrash metal. The album will be available on CD, limited edition CD with bonus DVD, and limited edition vinyl. The four new tracks are: "Zombie Blood Nightmare," "Hammer Slammer," "Evil Voices," and "Final Fight."

The full track listing for "Citizen Brain" is:
01) Zombie Blood Nightmare
02) Evil Voices
03) Final Fight
04) Time Crime
05) Global Warming
06) OCP
07) Hammer Slammer
08) Sentenced to Thrash
09) Zombi Brew
10) Hell Trucker
11) Return of the Technodrome
12) Thrashaholic
13) In the Court of General Zod
14) Space Invaders
15) Bullet Belt Catch Gama Bomb More...

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Earache Thrash Pack Kicks Rock Band Players' Asses

Earache Records has issued the following statement on their recently released "Earache Thrash Pack" for the game "Rock Band:"

"It was warned that the newly-released EARACHE Thrash Pack for ROCK BAND would be the hardest tracks that the game had to offer and that was no lie.

"The ROCK BAND rockers community (http://www.rockband.com/rockers_home)has been absolutely THRASHED and SHREDDED to the bone in their many attempts to play the AT THE GATES classic, "Blinded By Fear" and THE HAUNTED's "D.O.A." Judging by the comments on the official ROCK BAND forums, however, out of all of the songs in the pack, EVILE's "Thrasher" seems to have given players their greatest challenge yet. Here's what some of the most hardcore ROCK BAND players in the world have to say about it:

"This satisfies my extreme metal wants for a long, long, long time. That time will be spent putting ointment on my blistered fingers due to Thrasher, no doubt." - Chief Stubbs

"Got my butt kicked in solo 2 of Thrasher." - JoshuaNeff

"Thrasher: DEAR FREAKING LORD! This song is so frikkin insane it's not even funny...When I saw the first solo I nearly crapped my pants." - Xerosnake90

"Thrasher's quick changes between beats are seriously challenging" - Contrapulator

"If you're the type who says that talk is cheap, then let these killer videos of all 3 songs show you what's got the ROCK BAND community buzzing: More...

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