Evil Army Comes Back To New Orleans
They may live in another state, but we New Orleanians love Evil Army as if they were our own. Hailing from Memphis, Tennessee, the extremely brutal thrash-threesome is back from the grave and ready for action. Their first show in New Orleans this year was packed with their soldiers. The extreme summer heat in the small un-air-conditioned bar couldn’t stop the sweat-drenched, stinking legions from packing in to see what they’ve been waiting anxiously to see for almost a year.
Local black metallers Machine Made Slave opened the show. Their female singer Amy Vial was M.I.A., but they still sounded great. The chugging guitars by brothers Kevin and Rene Roche were complimented by Jason Milbourn’s brutal growling vocals. Their sound is becoming more thrashy like Goatwhore than pure black metal, but it makes for a more intense and fun music. Their set consisted of “Ligual Decompaction,” a cover of Iron Maiden’s “The Trooper,” “Thanatological Enlightenment,” “The Declaration,” “Long Distance Serial Killers,” and Amon Amarth’s “The Pursuit of the Vikings.”
The Blessed from neighboring Lafayette have a mashup of different sounds; thrash, death, and black metal. The guitar by Johnathon Bourque had awesome classic death metal riffs and great solos. Drummer Brian Snelling is also pretty impressive with his double-bass set-up. Each song was exciting and highly-energetic. The Blessed definitely made some fans that night. They played “Godsmasher,” “Lyricae Satanas,” “Purified by Fire,” “Alchemy,” and “Bring the Hammer.”
Nemesis Destroyer from Hattiesberg, Mississippi, is also an amalgamation of genres, but lean a bit more towards black metal. The biggest fan of NOLA metal, in attendance at every single show, Hollise Murphy is the vocalist. He growled with all of the energy he usually moshes with while Randy Midnite (normally the guitarist for this band) beat the drums into oblivion. Fans and band blended together on the floor, and everyone moshed. Nemesis Destroyer played “Nemesis Destroyer,” “Enemy,” “No Sympathy,” “Serpent Bride,” “For Those In Alliance With Judas,” and “Seasons Of Wind.”
After months of being deprived of one of our favorite bands, Evil Army went straight into their vicious set. Standing toe-to-toe with their masters, the moshers were instantly frantic and knocked down Rob Evil’s mic stand a few times, but were always quick to pick it back up, not wanting to delay his grunts. Rob’s guitar, on a strap studded with two-inch long studs, wailed during the solo so loud that it could shatter glass. Michael Murder’s drums pounded along at a rapid pace. He’s truly a sigh to see in action. Evil Army’s set was “Evil Army,” “Friday the 13th,” “Wrong Approach,” “Severe Mental Disorder,” “Realm of Death,” “Satan Made M e Do It,” “Sgt. Says Kill,” and “Conquer Human Life.”
This show, although incredibly hot, was one of the best I’ve seen this year. The bands came from all different places; all played very well, and of course, one of the best thrash bands out there returned to their adoring fans. If you want to catch a show like this, just show Evil Army your support and beg them to come to your town to annihilate it.
Emily is an avid supporter of the New Orleans scene, often filming shows and conducting interviews with local bands to help promote their music. She also runs her own site dedicated to the New Orleans scene, Crescent City Chaos.
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