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EVILE WORKING ON NEW STUDIO ALBUM

September 3rd, 2010
Evile 2010

Evile 2010

British thrashers EVILE have revealed that they are currently hard at work writing for a brand new studio album.

EVILE, who recently won a coveted Metal Hammer Golden Gods award, are writing the follow-up to their critically acclaimed 2009 album, INFECTED NATIONS.  The band announce that they will once again be working with producer RUSS RUSSELL.

EVILE lead guitarist OL DRAKE comments:

“We’re well on our way into writing the material for Evile’s third album now.  We’ve been playing around with the odd part and riffs since ‘Infected Nations’ came out in 2009.  I have about ten song ideas which are being built on daily, but not going to stop there.  We’re not going to limit ourselves this time to a certain number of songs.  We’re just going to write until it’s time to give up and go into pre-production.  We’ve been sending tracks/recordings/ideas back and forth between ourselves, Russ Russell and our management (Wiseblood) and there’s an excellent vibe going.

“I don’t want this to be a typical ‘new album’ update using the same descriptions and words most bands use to big up an album, so I’ll just say the new stuff is really getting my blood boiling and my heart racing.  We’ve been through a lot over the past year, and it’s being naturally reflected in the music which is coming out.  I’ve never been as passionate as I am now about writing the best material we can.  With Joel in the mix, and him being a die-hard thrash fan since the ’80s, I’m looking forward to see how this will turn out.  Keep an eye on our website for more details, and come catch us on one of the 77 shows in September-December in North America!  (If you don’t see me I’ll be busy riffing for the benefit of your ears.)”
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EVILE POSTS TOUR UPDATE AHEAD OF BLOODSTOCK FESTIVAL

August 13th, 2010

British thrashers EVILE are currently doing the summer festival rounds in Europe ahead of a huge three-month North American trek.

EVILE has just a few shows left this month, including an appearance on the Ronnie James Dio main stage at the UK’s Bloodstock festival this weekend, before the massive tour that will see the band team up with the likes of OVERKILL, FORBIDDEN, DRI, BONDED BY BLOOD, GAMA BOMB and EARLY MAN.

EVILE lead guitarist OL DRAKE updates:

“We just got back from playing two festivals in Europe which both kicked arse.  Up first was Wacken.  We’d been waiting to play this for years, and we finally got there.  What a place!  We played to a packed tent of great metalheads (thank you again for watching our set).  It was a tough as hell set to play; every time a pit broke out, the dust and dirt would come onto the stage.  We all had black teeth, couldn’t breathe and all our gear is now brown.  Metal!  First shower I’ve had where the water going down the drain is pure black.  Thank you Wacken!

“Then we ventured to good old Belgium to play Alcatraz Metal Fest.  We headlined the second stage and had a blast.  The crew and crowd were great and friendly.  Other than Kreator having to lend us their airport shuttle from a big mix-up, everything was awesome!

“Up next we have what I’d call our ‘home festival’, Bloodstock Open Air.  Without Bloodstock I don’t think we’d be where we are today, so we’ll always have a special place for it.  Can’t wait to get there and pound some Bloodstock metal yet again!  See you all there!”
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EVILE GUITARIST AND METAL HAMMER EDITOR TO BUNGEE JUMP FOR CHARITY

August 12th, 2010

In March 2010, EVILE’s OL DRAKE issued the following statement upon realising his band had been nominated for a Metal Hammer Golden God award:

“If we win, I promise we will do a bungee jump, dressed as cowboys.  I’m writing that without checking if anyone else will do it, but that’s how I roll.  But I definitely will.”

Four months later, Metal Hammer Golden God award in hand, OL and EVILE are facing up to the consequences of that statement.  OL DRAKE, lead guitarist of EVILE and recipient of Metal Hammer Golden Gods “Metal As Fuck” award, will bungee jump for charity dressed as a cowboy.  Accompanying him will be ALEXANDER MILAS, editor of Metal Hammer magazine and winner of 2009 “PPA Editor of the Year” award.

To get an idea of the 170ft jump, go to http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L8Gk3emWTm4

OL DRAKE will be jumping in aid of the British Lung Foundation, in memory of late EVILE bassist MIKE ALEXANDER.  The British Lung Foundation are the only UK charity that helps people with any lung condition.  There are 8 million people in this country with lung disease – whether it’s pneumonia, asthma, COPD, or lung cancer, the charity strives to be there for them and their loved ones.  The British Lung Foundation provides information and support for people with pulmonary embolisms and their families via the help line, publications and recent scientific research into the condition.  For more information, go to http://www.lunguk.org

ALEXANDER MILAS will be jumping in aid of the Ronnie James Dio Stand Up and Shout cancer charity, in memory of DIO.  Stand Up and Shout is primarily to provide free cancer screening programs and testing to the public regardless of any individual’s ability to pay for it, and to provide financial assistance to cancer patients who are burdened with the cost of healthcare.  For more information, go to http://www.ronniejamesdio.com

The bungee jump will take place in September 2010.  Join the Facebook group for more details:
http://www.earache.com/jump4metal
http://www.earache.com/bungee

To sponsor OL DRAKE, go to http://www.justgiving.com/ol-jump4metal

To sponsor ALEXANDER MILAS, go to http://www.ronniejamesdio.com and donate, making sure to put JUMP4METAL in the subject or comments line.

OL DRAKE recalls how he nonchalantly suggested a bungee jump dressed as a cowboy:

“I remember when we were nominated for Best UK Band at the Metal Hammer awards. We were up against Judas Priest, so naturally I thought there’s no competition there. I thought, why not make a ridiculous statement that won’t happen, because we can’t, and shouldn’t, beat Judas Priest. I said I would bungee jump dressed as a cowboy if we won an award at the Golden Gods.

“Little did I know we would win the ‘Metal as Fuck’ award. I’m a man of my word, so I’m going to do it along with Metal Guru and MH Editor, Alexander Milas.  Instead of it just being some silly joke, I thought it would be great to make this a jump for charity, and that’s why I want to help raise awareness for the British Lung Foundation in memory of our late bassist, Mike Alexander, who passed away from a pulmonary embolism last year.”

ALEXANDER MILAS comments on why he is standing by OL DRAKE and joining in this jump for charity:

“When Ol first told me he wanted to jump off a bridge in a cowboy outfit, I thought: ‘wow, that sounds fucking idiotic – can I come?’ So imagine my dismay when he later replied that he was actually serious. Why the cowboy outfits? I have no idea, but I figure if you’re going into battle with gravity, you might as well do it in style, and generate some cash for a charity in honour of one of the greatest heavy metal singers of all time, Ronnie James Dio. It’s my hope that with this act of sheer metallic tomfoolery, we can help raise some cash for a truly worth causes, the Stand Up And Shout Foundation for my part, and the British Lung Foundation in honour of the late, great Mike Alexander for Ol.”

EVILE and Metal Hammer thank you for your support.

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EVILE: VIDEOS OF MIKE ALEXANDER MEMORIAL SHOW NOW ONLINE

July 21st, 2010
Mike Alexander (R.I.P.)

Mike Alexander (R.I.P.)

In October 2009 Evile’s bassist, Mike Alexander, passed away whilst on tour in Sweden. He died of a pulmonary embolism, he was 32. Two months after the tragedy, in December 2009, Evile arranged two memorial shows (Leeds & London) to honour the memory of Mike and to raise money for his family. While Mutant and Seregon played the show by request, Matt, Ol and Ben got together with members of the other bands and Nick Barker to play some covers by some of Mike’s favourite bands including Sepultura, Testament, Metallica, Pantera and Slayer. Below are videos of the entire covers set, including messages read out from Mike’s family and Earache Records, at the Mike Alexander Memorial Show in London on December 8th, 2009.

Evile lead guitarist, Ol Drake, had the following to say: “The two nights we did in December meant so much to us all. It was our own way of saying goodbye to our friend, Mike. We attended his funeral with his family and friends, and it was a good ceremony, but we wanted something we know Mike would have loved; two nights of Metal. It was tough to get back on stage again without looking over and seeing him there, as that’s what we’d all seen on stage for the past 10/11 years. I don’t think people realise how long we all played together. We still miss Mike dearly and can’t believe he’s gone. Thank you to everyone involved in helping us make these nights happen, and thanky ou to everyone for coming and paying your respects. I hope you enjoy these videos!”

R.I.P. Mike Alexander 1977 – 2009
http://www.mikealexander.co.uk

MIKE ALEXANDER MEMORIAL SHOW – Videos:

Messages & Thanks


Sepultura – Mass Hypnosis

Testament – Disciples of the Watch

Sepultura – Troops of Doom

Slayer – Postmortem / Raining Blood (Impromptu)

Pantera – Domination

Metallica – Creeping Death

Metallica – Four Horsemen

Metallica – Seek & Destroy

Metallica – Master of Puppets (Impromptu)

The End of The Memorial Show

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EVILE: ‘INFECTED NATION’ LIVE ON ROCK BAND NETWORK

June 17th, 2010

British thrashers EVILE, who are known in gamer circles as the band with the most complex and hard-to-beat song on popular video game Rock Band, now have another new song available for fans to try to master.

EVILE’s song, “Infected Nation”, which comes from the band’s latest album, is now live and available on the Rock Band Network store.  The band’s headbanging anthem “Thrasher” was previously released on Rock Band and became an instant hit with fans and gamers who wanted one of the fastest, most challenging and complex tracks available.

Now, EVILE returns to Rock Band 2 with “Infected Nation”, which proves to be equally as hard – if not harder – to master.  “Infected Nation” is available to download now from the Rock Band Network store (not the main Rock Band store) for Xbox 360.

For more information and to buy the track from the Rock Band Network, head to http://www.rockband.com/songs/UGC_5002844

EVILE recently marked another triumphant milestone in the band’s short history, as they were honoured with the “Metal As Fuck” award at the 2010 Metal Hammer Golden Gods.  View a photo of the band with their award at http://earacherecords.com/myspace/evile_goldengod.jpg

Catch EVILE live on tour this Summer at the following festivals:

18.06.10 – Clisson, France – Hellfest
31.07.10 – Knebworth, UK – Sonisphere
06.08.10 – Wacken, Germany – Wacken Open Air
07.08.10 – Deinze, Belgium – Alcatraz Metal Festival
14.08.10 – Derby, UK – Bloodstock Open Air
26.08.10 – Bergen, Norway – Hole In The Sky Festival

EVILE’s latest album, INFECTED NATIONS, is available now worldwide.  Get your copy in Europe at http://earache.com/webstore/index.php/cPath/667_669_41 or in North America at http://earache.com/uswebstore/index.php/cPath/667_669_41

For more EVILE news and info, head to http://www.myspace.com/evileuk

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EVILE – Honoured with the “Metal As Fuck” award at the 2010 Metal Hammer Golden Gods

June 16th, 2010
EVILE WINS 'METAL AS FUCK' AWARD AT METAL HAMMER GOLDEN GODS

EVILE WINS 'METAL AS FUCK' AWARD AT METAL HAMMER GOLDEN GODS

British thrashers EVILE have been honoured with the “Metal As Fuck” award at the 2010 Metal Hammer Golden Gods.

EVILE have been making tracks since their 2007 debut album, ENTER THE GRAVE.  Since then, the band has been through a lot, including the release of their critically acclaimed second album, INFECTED NATIONS, tours with the likes of MEGADETH, EXODUS, KREATOR and OVERKILL, and the tragic death of the band’s late bassist, MIKE ALEXANDER.

Through all of the ups and downs, EVILE continue to impress with their dedication and sheer passion for what they do.  Winning the “Metal As Fuck” Golden God award marks another triumphant milestone in the band’s short history, and they show no sign of slowing down.

EVILE lead guitarist OL DRAKE comments:

“The other night we took a trip down to London to take part in Metal Hammer’s Kawasaki Golden Gods awards show.  They’d been kind enough to ask us to play the show, which we were chuffed about.  We’d also been nominated for ‘Best UK Band’.  We played our set and had a great time.

“Whilst in our dressing room our manager, Julie Weir (Wiseblood Management), and a few Earache guys came in to tell us we’d won an award.  We were honoured with the prestigious ‘Metal as Fuck’ award.  We couldn’t feel more privileged and honoured to receive such an award, and as far as I remember it’s the only thing we’ve won (other than me winning £50 from Walkers Crisps when I was a child).

“Like Matt said, we’d like to thank everyone for this, everyone at Metal Hammer, Dig and Earache, all our fans.  We’d also like to dedicate it to our late bassist, Mike Alexander, because he’s more metal than all of us put together… in a scrap yard, listening to Judas Priest, eating metal.”

Catch EVILE live on tour this Summer at the following festivals:

18.06.10 – Clisson, France – Hellfest
31.07.10 – Knebworth, UK – Sonisphere
06.08.10 – Wacken, Germany – Wacken Open Air
07.08.10 – Deinze, Belgium – Alcatraz Metal Festival
14.08.10 – Derby, UK – Bloodstock Open Air
26.08.10 – Bergen, Norway – Hole In The Sky Festival

EVILE’s latest album, INFECTED NATIONS, is available now worldwide.  Get your copy in Europe at http://earache.com/webstore/index.php/cPath/667_669_41 or in North America at http://earache.com/uswebstore/index.php/cPath/667_669_41

For more EVILE news and info, head to http://www.myspace.com/evileuk

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Megadeth / Job For A Cowboy / Evile – Brixton Academy, London

February 28th, 2008

MEGADETH

Gigantour UK 2008

with Job For A Cowboy and Evile

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Brixton Academy

24th February 2008

All live pics and review by HannTu

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Evile – Lead Guitarist Ol Drake

November 24th, 2006

Lead guitarist Ol Drake from Evile

Interview by Luxi Lahtinen

 

The British thrashers Evile signed to a legendary metal label Earache Records just in the mid of October´06. In a way it could be said they deserved to get signed by them even if there has been a lot of talking about Evile as another Exodus rip off band. On the other hand, one needs to ask ‘do you like old school Thrash?'; I mean, the way it was churned out in the ´80s ála Slayer, Death Angel, Heathen and of course Exodus? If that´s something that makes your heart pound, body sweat, and blood run faster, then be all hailed and welcomed Evile! The band surely knows how to thrash – how to thrash the way through every thrasher´s heart by all that sheer strong potential they share inside the band, to become even the next big thing from England that might well take the whole world by a firestorm. 

Ol, the lead guitarist of Evile talked to Metal-Rules.com about the band, signing to Earache, as well as of course their forthcoming debut album – not forgetting completely to throw a handful of praising words toward his main influences either who have influenced him as a guitarist. Read on…


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