Released: 2013, Indie
Alberta Assault! In early 2014 Calgary, Alberta will be hosting the WACKEN METAL BATTLE. This contest has regional acts perform to audiences and judges who then decide who gets to go further in the contest, with the winner getting a trip to perform at Wacken. Check out http://www.metalbattle.ca
for more details. This is a good a time as any to do my bi-annual, quick, regional round-up of releases from Alberta Metal bands. Even though not all of these bands may be competing in WMB, I’d like to thank the bands who provided review copies for me for my radio show and Metal-Rules.com. The bands are Armifera, Black Pestilence, Bloated Pig, Enemyus, Exit Strategy, Ides Of Winter, Kataplexis, Misanthropy, Scythia, Throne Of Vengeance, Trollband, Vile Insignia and Villainizer. Please feel free to check out the other reviews in this feature.
Likely the most accessible of the bands in this feature Throne Of Vengeance. The band delivers a very solid blend of Hard Rock and Heavy Metal. In a town where Extreme Metal is the most widespread (in terms of what bands play) Throne Of Vengeance is a refreshing change in a scene crowded with growling vocalists. LIVE EVIL is the bands second full-length album and the seven cuts run for 32 minutes. It is a decent package; a digi-pak with a few notes and so on. A comment on the title. To clarify the title is live (as in live your life, or live free) not live as in a live album such as Live in Japan or even Live Evil. Makes sense? The title is a suggestion to the listener to ‘exist on a daily basis in an evil manner’.
Now that we have cleared that up, this piece is rock solid release with excellent production and a good mix and balance of the instruments. The band tapped Paul Sabu (Only Child, ex-Malice) and countless production credits of big name artists like Alice Cooper. The songs range from mid-tempo to quite a bit faster, songs like ‘Hands Tied’ almost creeping almost in that power metal speed zone. The quartet use some gang-vocals a bit to back up vocalist Tommy. The band also will throw in a hint of acoustic guitar once in a while as well adding to the rock end of the spectrum.
LIVE EVIL is a diverse album with a good mix of styles but none so very different that it sounds schizophrenic. The band have hot the sweet spot of heaviness and melody that is hard to find. They have had a considerable amount of local success and LIVE EVIL will help them continue to build on that.