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

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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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Avatar To Support Megadeth In Sweden

Swedish metallers AVATAR have been confirmed as the main support for MEGADETH on February 6 at Arenan in Stockholm. Also appearing on the bill is EVILE.

In other news, AVATAR will perform at 2008's South by Southwest (SXSW) on March 14 in Austin, Texas.

AVATAR recently posted the third AvatarTV episode from the band's European tour with OBITUARY and HOLY MOSES on the group's YouTube channel. Watch it here. More...

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Evile In Writing Mode

Guitarist Ol Drake of the up-and-coming UK thrashers EVILE has issued the following update:

"So we've pretty much started writing material for the second album. As some of you might know, we like take a long time writing our stuff, so we might as well start as early as possible."

"Over the past month or so we've been playing around with some new riffs, thinking about re-working old riffs/parts (not neceserilly demo tracks) and using riffs that have been sat there waiting to pulverize people's families."

"Just last night we were jamming through a new song called 'dhgsaghkghsklgsdlhkgfngn' (this'll probably be re-named when we think of a good title) and we got to a part we weren't sure about. After about 30 minutes of talking crap to each other and trying to figure something out, Matt started playing a riff for a mess-around. My ears instantly... heard it. I love it when that happens. We're stuck and not sure which direction to go, and something just falls into place. After that we spent the next many hours fiddling with that original idea and building on it." More...

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Kataklysm Confirmed For Bloodstock Open Air

Canadian death metallers KATAKLYSM have been confirmed for this year's Bloodstock Open Air festival, set to take place August 15-17, 2008 at Catton Hall in Derbyshire, England. The festival billing is now shaping up as follows:


KATAKLYSM will perform at the Rebel Radio "Birthday Bash" alongside TROUBLE on January 27 at The House of Blues in Chicago, Illinois. More bands will be announced soon.

KATAKLYSM has recruited producer Jason Suecof (CHIMAIRA, TRIVIUM, THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER) to mix the band's new album beginning in early February. "Prevail" will feature several guest appearances to be announced at a later date. The album is scheduled for a late spring/early summer release via Nuclear Blast Records.

KATAKLYSM recently decided to "immortalize" the character that was featured on the cover of their most recent album, "In the Arms of Devastation", and have him re-appear as the main character — dubbed "The Heartbeast" — on their next offering, "Prevail".

Commented vocalist Maurizio Iacono: "We had so [much] killer feedback on the artwork but especially on the character that we decided to keep him as the band's fifth band member... kinda like IRON MAIDEN did with 'Eddie.' We have the perfect concept for the next album art... it will be bad-ass!"

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Evile To Open for Megadeth On UK Tour

MEGADETH's web site has been updated with the following message:

"The UK run of MEGADETH's tour this spring has been rebranded under the Gigantour banner. Gigantour UK will make its debut in Norwich on February 17th and finish up in London on February 24th. Scheduled for the main support is special guest JOB FOR A COWBOY, and thanks to the support of TheLiveLine.com, fans' votes helped to put UK's own EVILE into the opening spot on the tour."

The dates are as follows:

Feb. 17 - Norwich, UK - UEA
Feb. 18 - Nottingham, UK - Rock City
Feb. 19 - Glasgow, Scotland - Academy
Feb. 20 - Newcastle, UK - Academy
Feb. 22 - Birmingham, UK - Academy
Feb. 23 - Manchester, UK - Academy
Feb. 24 - London, UK - Brixton Academy More...

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Tyr Confirmed For Bloodstock Open Air

Faroe Islands based metallers TÝR have been announced as the latest act to perform at the Bloodstock Open Air 2008 which is scheduled for August 15th - 17th at Catton Hall in Derbyshire, England.


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Evile to Open For Dark Tranquillity During UK Tour

Dark Tranquillity issue the following announcement:
"We're pleased to announce the support acts for the upcoming UK trek. Brittish thrashers EVILE are confirmed for the main support slot, while Finnish melodeathsters OMNIUM GATHERUM will open up the mayhem."

Tour dates are as follows:
Feb. 2: Cardiff - Barfly
Feb. 3: Liverpool - Barfly
Feb. 4: Birmingham - Barfly
Feb. 5: Aberdeen - Barfly
Feb. 6: Glasgow - Barfly
Feb. 7: York - Fibbers
Feb. 9: London - Barfly

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Soilwork Confirmed For Bloodstock Open Air

Swedish melodic death metallers SOILWORK are the latest act confirmed for the Bloodstock Open Air 2008 which is scheduled for August 15th - 17th at Catton Hall in Derbyshire, England.


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Seregon Come 2nd In Terrorizer Unsigned Contest

Bristol, U.K. based thrashers Seregon have posted the following message on their website:

"Remember that Terrorizor 'Fear Candy' unsigned bands competition we entered back in August? Well, recently we received news from Terrorizor magazine saying that we....didn't win.

Though all is not lost, as we did come second overall, which out of twenty great bands worldwide is pretty awesome! A big thanks to EVERYONE who voted, be it once, twice, three times a lady or even eleventy times.

On a side note, we have recently passed the 10,000 plays milestone on our MySpace. We're also playing FULL THRASH ASSUALT this Saturday in Wakefield, with Earache Records' Evile and Gama Bomb and a whole host of other excellent Thrash bands, if you live in the area come and check everyone out, especially Andy our drummer as he'll get semi-naked while playing."

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Eluveitie Confirmed For Bloodstock Open Air 2008

Swiss folk metal band ELUVEITIE has been confirmed for next year's Bloodstock Open Air festival, set to take place August 15-17, 2008 at Catton Hall in Derbyshire, England. The festival billing is now shaping up as follows:


ELUVEITIE recently inked a deal with Nuclear Blast Records. The group's new full-length record, "Slania", is scheduled for release on February 15, 2008.

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Evile Guitarist Talks About Amp Deal

EVILE are proud to announce their new partnership with Randall Amps. Randall currently endorses bands/musicians such as ANTHRAX (Scott Ian), METALLICA (Kirk Hammett), Andy Sneap, ARCH ENEMY, OVERKILL, George Lynch and many more.

Ol Drake had the following to say about the partnership with Randall:

"The second I plugged into the Randall V2 and tweaked the settings a bit, I was in love. You can literally get any sound you want out of it. Crunchy low ends to screaming high ends to....anything! The built-in graphic EQ is a god send too. I stress that every metal guitarist try out some Randall gear. They'll kick your fucking arse!"

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Evile Guitarist Comments On Sanctity Tour

Fresh from taking the UK by storm on a recent tour with US metallers SANCTITY and ROMEO MUST DIE, EVILE guitarist Ol Drake has spoken out about how the fast-rising Huddersfield thrashers found the tour:

"It's been awesome touring with two great bands who just happened to be awesome people too. In Sanctity's case we were un-sure what to expect, as our past experiences with American bands hasn't been too good, but they're such awesome guys. This tour's just been 100% fun and pleasure."

The brutality of the thrashers coming out to see them was definitely in full force, as Ol recounts an instance at a show in Scotland. He explains:

"Some guy got knocked out and taken to Hospital in Glasgow. He's ok now though. BRUTAL. you can't keep a Thrasher down.

It's just been an all around blast. Cheers to all who came out and took the time to watch Evile, and Cheers to our new mates Sanctity and RMD. Thrash you all again soon."

Catch Evile playing at the following dates this year:

18 - Dublin, Ireland - The Ambassador Theatre (with MACHINE HEAD)

6 - Hastings, UK - Crypt
7- Brighton, UK - The Engine Rooms
8 - Wakefield, UK - Snooty Fox - Full Thrash Assault 08
13 - Nottingham, UK - Rock City
15 - Bradford, UK - Black Winter Day III Festival
21 - Hartlepool, UK - The Studio
23 - Arbroath, UK - The Waterfront

Evile's debut release Enter The Grave is out now.

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Evile Confirmed For Bloodstock Open AIr 2008

British thrashers EVILE are the latest act confirmed for Bloodstock Open Air 2008 which is scheduled for August 15th - 17th at Catton Hall in Derbyshire, England. Acts on the bill now include: DIMMU BORGIR, AT THE GATES, PRIMAL FEAR, MOONSORROW, SWALLOW THE SUN, COMMUNIC, EVILE.

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Evile To Appear In Metal Hammers "Get In The Ring"

EVILE have been confirmed as one of the bands battling it out for world domination via your TV set at this year's Metal Hammer "Get In The Ring", which will be aired on Rockworld TV over the Christmas period.

"Get In The Ring" will take place on December 11th at the London Kentish town Forum. Evile will battle it out in a boxing ring stage by playing their thrashtastic tunes against 3 other bands.

Matt Drake singer and guitarist of Evile states:

"Evile are about to set off to tibet to train with fighting heavy metal monks and upon our return to the UK for "Get In The Ring" we will be ready to unleash our skills and a whirlwind of thrash metal violence upon the other bands and the judges, we will be more evil than skeletor, wiser than splinter, faster than cheetara and harder than inspector gadget!! so prepare yourselves for a multitude of speed metal figure fours, F-5's and tombstones but without spandex and body wax. The countdown starts now, and we WILL be the last band standing, so all evile fans make sure you vote for us and give us the best christmas presents possible - get in the ring winners and the humiliation of other bands!!!! GET IN THE FUCKING RING!!"

There will be 125 tickets to this event available to hardcore Evile fans through the Evile myspace page at www.myspace.com/evileuk (Tickets only available to people 16 years plus).

The "Get In The Ring" programme will be screened on RockWorld TV on Sky over the Christmas period and fans can vote for Evile by texting in. Screening dates for the show are yet to be confirmed. The winning band will be announced early 2008.

Go to www.rockworld.tv or www.metalhammer.co.uk for the chance to win more tickets.

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Evile And Gama Bomb Comment On Machine Head Show

After being chosen by MACHINE HED to support them on a Black Crusade warm-up gig at the Ambassador Theatre in Dublin, Ireland on November 18th, EVILE and GAMA BOMB have both revealed how excited they are about playing the large-scale

Speaking in the midst of a current UK tour with SANCTITY, Evile guitarist Ol Drake has spoken out about landing the opportunity to support such a legendary band: "We are extremely excited to be playing with Machine Head as Rob Flynn is a legend. Violence were fucking cool so we are really looking forward to playing this show and meeting all the guys. I hope they play some of the old fast shit - watch out Dublin and Prepare to be Thrashed!"

Hailing from Ireland, new Earache thrash signings Gama Bomb have also commented upon playing their high-energy thrash sound to more than 1000 people.

Speaking exclusively, vocalist Phil Byrne has stated: "We are totally stoked to be playing with such a legendary band as Machine Head, and especially to do it here in one of Dublin's greatest venues! This starts our new gigging schedule as we mean to carry on, so hopefully we will be playing a lot more shows like this one. This will be the biggest audience we've ever played to, and that just makes us all the more willing to paint the place with their brains - metaphorically, of course."

Gama Bomb are set to release their debut album Citizen Brain in 2008, to find out more about them visit http://www.myspace.com/gamabomb.

Fans can check out an exclusive interview with Gama Bomb at http://www.earache.com/bands/gama_bomb/navigation/biography.html

Evile are currently out on the road on a full-scale UK tour with Sanctity. For the full dates head over to http://www.myspace.com/evileuk.

Their debut release Enter The Grave is out now.

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Evile And Sanctity To Do U.K. Tour

Fresh off the back of their debut release Enter The Grave, Yorkshire thrashers EVILE are to team up with North Carolina's SANCTITY and ROMEO MUST DIE for an ear-splitting tour, aptly titled Bonded By Bloodshed. The tour begins in Southampton on October 21st and looks set to spread the sound of thrash up and down the UK.

Evile guitarist Ol Drake has spoken out about the upcoming dates: "We're looking forward to ripping UK venues up with Sanctity. We hear they're really good live so it'll be a great experience to tour with them. It'll be the first American band we've been on tour with, so it'll be a learning curve haha. See you all on the road with Sanctity and Romeo Must Die!"

Catch Evile with Sanctity on the following dates:

21 - Southampton, England at Joiners
22 - Cardiff, England at Barfly
23 - London, England at Barfly
24 - Wolverhampton, England at Little Civic
25 - Glasgow, Scotland at Barfly
26 - Leeds, England at Josephs Well
27 - Stoke, England at Sugar Mill
28 - Sheffield, England at Corporation
29 - Oxford, England at Zodiac
30 - Northampton, England at Soundhaus
31 - Colchester, England at Arts Centre

Evile will be taking part in an exclusive signing session at Nottingham store Pandora's Box on Saturday, September 22nd from 2- 4 PM.

Enter The Grave is out now in UK/Europe and released in the US on September 25th.

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Evile Japanese Release To Have Bonus Tracks

Up-and-coming U.K. thrashers EVILE will have their Flemming Rassmusen-produced (METALLICA, MORBID ANGEL) debut album, "Enter the Grave", released in Japan on September 25 via Howling Bull Records. The Japanese edition of the CD will include two bonus tracks: demo versions of the songs "Darkness Shall Bring Death" and "Sacrifical".

"Enter the Grave" was released in Europe on August 27 via Earache Records. The CD will be issued in North America on September 25.

The band showcased its metallic thrash sound at an in-store show at Manchester's Virgin Megastore on the day of the CD's U.K. release.

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Evile Post New Video Interview Online

Earache Records reports:

With their debut album Enter The Grave released in the UK/Europe this week and their status as leaders of the new UK thrash wave firmly in place, it's no surprise that Huddersfield's EVILE had a lot to talk about when interviewed earlier this month.

In this exclusive interview you can watch Evile discuss everything from their early days of getting together and working with Flemming Rasmussen on their debut album, to 80s movies and their love of retro computer games.

Watch the interview below.

Enter The Grave is out now in the UK/Europe and released in the USA on September 25th.

For more information about Evile visit www.myspace.com/evileuk

Catch Evile on tour at the following dates:

1 - The Tavern - Wigan, England
2 - The Attic - Manchester, England
8 - Bar Monsta - London, England
15 - All Day Thrash @ The Irish Club - Birmingham, England
16 - The Junction - York, England
20 - Joseph's Well - Leeds, England
27 - Junktion 7 - Nottingham, England
28 - The Rigger - Newcastle Under Lyme, England

3 - The Twist - Colchester, England
21 - Joiners - Southampton, England
22 - Barfly - Cardiff, Wales
23 - Barfly - London, England
24 - Little Civic - Wolverhampton, England
25 - Barfly - Glasgow, Scotland
26 - Joseph's Well - Leeds, England
27 - Sugar Mill - Stoke, England
28 - Corporation - Sheffield, England
29 - Zodiac - Oxford, England
30 - Soundhaus - Northampton, England
31- Arts Centre - Colchester, England

1 - Roadhouse - Manchester, England

8 - Full Thrash Assault '08 - Snooty Fox - Wakefield, England
13 - Rock City - Nottingham, England
21 - The Studio - Hartlepool, England
23 - The Waterfront - Arbroath, Scotland More...

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Evile Guitarist Slams Illegal Downloading

Guitarist Ol Drake of up-and-coming U.K. thrashers EVILE — whose Flemming Rassmusen-produced (METALLICA, MORBID ANGEL) debut album, "Enter the Grave", will be released on August 27 via Earache Records — has posted the following statement regarding illegally distributed copies of the CD, which is currently making the rounds on torrent sites and via various file-sharing networks:

"If someone downloads an album I think it makes the album sound alot fucking worse.

"Growing up when I bought CDs, I loved having the whole package to it. Vinyl or CD, I'd leaf through everything while listening to it. In a way, getting a feel for the album. I don't understand people who would still have a file on their computer over a fucking old-school CD. It's beyond me why someone could be so disrespectful towards a band by downloading an album, liking it, and not buying it. They're not supporting that band, it's plain stealing. Illegal? Duh?

"I remember at a meeting with the label, we were told about a signing with MORBID ANGEL where a kid brought a CD-R burn of an album up and asked for them to sign it. He just got told to fuck right off regardless of his 'I love MORBID ANGEL' comments. That's how I see it, good for them.

"For me, an album's packaging has alway affected how good an album is. If it's a great album with great packaging/artwork, there's nothing better (METALLICA '…And Justice for All', SEPULTURA 'Beneath the Remains'/'Arise'). If it's got shite artwork, it somehow doesnt come across as good as it should to me (MEGADETH 'Risk', ANNIHILATOR 'Remains'). So when someone downloads something and they don't even have any packaging to go by, they just have the songs on a computer with a shitty little jpeg of the cover, I think it ultimately makes the songs sound not as good. When I hear [METALLICA's] 'Master of Puppets' I (somehow) kind of hear/see that awesome cover, the pictures of the band in the booklet and get a feel for the band at that point in time in their career. The packaging is a landmark in the band's progression and career, why wouldn't someone want that? We put a fuckload of work into the actual packaging and layout/feel of the whole CD, not just the writing and recording. People don't realise that. They're paying for more than just the music. We sat down and spent alot of time thinking and working on how we could make a CD package that would appeal to the people we wrote the music for. Just like we did for the music. Just like all other bands who made packaging for their CDs.

"For a band like EVILE, we're just starting out. Downloading will affect us more than people think. We aren't METALLICA, They've no huge worry about their product not selling. If we sell hardly anything people don't realise how much that can contribute to us not making another CD. It's really that simple."

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Evile Guitarist Speaks About Producer

UltimateMetal.com's Jason Jordan recently conducted an interview with EVILE guitarist Ol Drake. The following is an excerpt from the chat:

Q: It’s no secret that acclaimed producer Flemming Rasmussen, who produced METALLICA's finest albums, turned the knobs on Enter The Grave. Did Rasmussen exercise any creative control over your arrangements like Steven Wilson did with OPETH? If not, what was he like as a producer? Did he tell you anything interesting about Metallica that the average metalhead may not know?

A: "Flemming flew over to go through pre-production with us a few weeks before recording. He first came to one of our shows at glamorous Bradford. The next day he visited our rehearsal space (rundown warehouse with carpet) and we sat down and played through our 10 proposed songs. He sat and watched/listened. After each song he’d go through the good and bad parts of the songs. Funnily enough he liked pretty much all of it. I think there were only three or four things in all the 10 songs he made changes to for the better. As a producer he’s brilliant. I’ve said it before but he’s such a laidback, cool guy. It’s hard to not get on with him. His vision for the album was 95% exactly the same as ours. Things about Metallica the average metalhead may not know? Yes. Lars actually played ‘Dyers Eve’ so shut the fuck up already!"

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Evile Give Free 7" With Pre-Orders Of New Album

August 27 sees the long-awaited release of "Enter the Grave" from up-and-coming U.K. thrashers EVILE. To mark the release of its debut, the band is giving away an exclusive red seven-inch single with all pre-orders from the Earache webstore, along with a free EVILE poster. Click here to see a picture of the red seven-inch vinyl. The vinyl is limited edition, with only 1,000 copies available and features two unreleased demo tracks entitled "Darkness Shall Bring Death" and "Sacrificial". The seven-inch will also be available with "Enter the Grave" from selected independent retailers. To see a list of these stores, click here.

Mixed by the legendary Flemming Rassmusen (METALLICA) at the Sweet Silence studios, "Enter the Grave" is enveloped with intrigue and looks set to put no-nonsense thrash metal back on the map. Hear three advance tracks from the album at www.myspace.com/evileuk.

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