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Evile Covers Pantera's "Cemetary Gate" as Last Recording with Bassist Mike Alexander

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British thrashers EVILE recently recorded a PANTERA track for the upcoming Dimebag Darrell tribute album, which will be released on the cover of the 200th issue of the UK's Metal Hammer magazine.

The special CD and magazine are being released to coincide with the five-year anniversary of Dimebag's passing, and will be available in shops on December 16th.

Alongside various other well-known bands such as MACHINE HEAD, EVILE were asked to record a song as a tribute to the late guitarist. EVILE recorded a cover of the track "Cemetary Gates," and this tragically turned out to be the band's last recording before the untimely death of their own bassist, Mike Alexander, who passed away on October 5th while on tour in Sweden.

A behind-the-scenes video - the last video filmed with Mike - of EVILE recording the track at Parlour Studios with producer Russ Russell can be viewed below.

EVILE lead guitarist Ol Drake comments:

"The day we got the call from our manager, Julie Weir, saying Metal Hammer have asked us to pay tribute to Dimebag Darrell by covering a Pantera song, we couldn't have been more excited and honoured. I mean, how many more bands are there more worthy of paying tribute to the man? With us all being fans of Pantera, we swiftly said yes. Mike though was the biggest Pantera fan. He'd seen them years ago and absolutely worshipped Dimebag.

"After Dime got killed, Mike couldn't listen to 'Cemetary Gates' anymore. He'd always ask us to skip the track in the car/van/bus because it was too much for him. So when we chose to do the track it was tough for Mike, but I'm glad he did it. It turned out to be the last song he recorded, which to me is a strangely 'appropriate' tribute to him and Dimebag. I remember him nearing the verge of tears whilst I was doing the tremolo bends at the end of the track.

"We hope Pantera/Dimebag fans find this a fitting tribute from us, as we're simply fans ourselves who've been given this rare honour."

Metal Hammer editor Alexander Milas comments:

"I was genuinely over the moon when Evile volunteered to produce a track for our upcoming Dimebag tribute, a stunningly rendered cover of Pantera's classic 'Cemetary Gates'. So when the truly tragic news of Mike Alexander's all-too-premature departure from this world hit the office, the tragic irony wasn't lost on me or anyone here that Mike Alexander's tribute to the immortal legacy of Dimebag would also be a final testament to his own impeccable musicianship and commitment to the music we love.

"To understate the case slightly, it's a very special track indeed, and we're honoured that it's a part of our upcoming tribute collection. Rest in peace Dimebag, and rest in peace Mike Alexander."

The Dimebag Darrell tribute album contains the following tracks:

01. ZAKK WYLDE - "Suicide Note Pt. 1"
02. MACHINE HEAD - "Fucking Hostile"
03. MALEFICE - "I'm Broken"
04. AVENGED SEVENFOLD - "Walk"
05. EVILE - "Cemetery Gates"
06. FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH - "A New Level"
07. BIOHAZARD - "Mouth For War"
08. SYLOSIS - "Strength Beyond Strength"
09. CHIMAIRA - "Slaughtered"
10. UNEARTH - "Sandblasted Skin"
11. THROWDOWN - "Becoming"
12. KIUAS - "This Love"
13. THIS IS HELL - "Rise"

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1. jonrocker writes:

can u came to rockdale tx in usa and play at rockdale high school plz because the high school band with the jurr high band in a big consert at the high school and to me it going to be boring with at rock or metal rock or death metal rock.that way ia'm ash u if u can came this is my email jonbright47@yahoo.com if u what to get in tash.but plz came.

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2. jakewilliams writes:

take A7X the f*** off the CD

# Dec 3, 2009 @ 11:34 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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3. METAL213 writes:

Agreed totally. A7X's version of "Walk" is a total disgrace. The guy plays the solo lazy with no emotion of feel at all and Matt Shadows is a p***y compared to Phil Anselmo (then again, most people are). It's so f***ed up about the whole Evile bassist Cemetery Gates thing but I'm sure it will be a good cover as will MH doing f***ing Hostile. STAY METAL MY FRIENDS!
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# Dec 4, 2009 @ 1:16 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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4. Dimeoflage writes:

hmm......trying too cover pantera is a gamble.

ive never herd a good pantera cover in my life.

# Dec 5, 2009 @ 7:42 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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5. Dimeoflage writes:

In saying that....there's a 1st for everything.

i cant wait too hear this album.

# Dec 5, 2009 @ 7:49 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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6. MetalBro4Life writes:

Shouldn't it be considered more of a Pantera covers album rather than a Dimebag tribute album? I mean, three other guys did help make these songs happen. Also, I agree about A7X on this album being lame. They haven't been metal since.... EVER!

# Dec 6, 2009 @ 1:41 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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7. MetalBro4Life writes:

Also I forgot to comment on how appropriate to have a bunch of Phil Anslemo clones like Flynn, Peters, Hunter and that dude from 5FDP to be a part of this album. All that's missing is Jasta!

# Dec 6, 2009 @ 1:44 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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8. Peter Parker writes:

Man, I try not to rip on many bands cause to each his or her own, but Avenged Sevenfold make it so easy. What a bunch of absolute tools.

# Dec 6, 2009 @ 8:39 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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9. cudos to paul, fuck you bruce writes:

thats sick that unearth is covering sandblasted skin from my favorite pantera album

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10. bananaterracottapie1 writes:

@MetalBro4Life : Flynn? Phil clone? Seriously? If anything, Phil tries to emulate Burton Bell (he has acknowledged it in interviews) and adds his own aggressive flavor. And I'm not even gonna bother with the Hunter comparison because that is just WRONG, man. Judging by your post, the only Pantera song you've probably listened to is 'I'm Broken'.

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11. bananaterracottapie1 writes:

"If anything, Phil tries to emulate Burton Bell"
Whoops, I meant Flynn.

# Dec 6, 2009 @ 10:32 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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12. guest writes:

For all those that are saying A7X shouldn't be on here-
Pantera is one of their biggest influences. The cover of walk, was very good. The vocals were just as good if not better than Phil's, (by better i mean pitch wise, I mean Phil was NOT the best singer in the world (: ) the solo was tasty, and the drums were good. however nothing beats the original...

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13. Jsin666 writes:

guest: Please go fist yourself in front of an oncomming train.

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