This Friday, July 14, 2023, English thrash metal frontrunners EVILE will celebrate the release of their brand new, sixth studio album and second Napalm Records release, The Unknown!
With The Unknown, the four-piece proves that they are more than just a thrash band, churning out slower tempos with a heavier approach. In addition, melodic vocals meet serious, in-depth lyrical topics – ranging from depression, overcoming loss and recurring nightmares, self-esteem and image, to more personal themes like living with dementia, struggling through the music industry and even the concerns of becoming a new parent.
Their new single, “When Mortal Coils Shed”, doubles down on that stirring new side of EVILE while showcasing exceptional songwriting with haunting, deep and personal aspects.
EVILE frontman OL Drake says:
“The third single from ‘The Unknown’ is ‘When Mortal Coils Shed’. We haven’t done a ballad since ‘Tomb’ on the 2013 album ‘Skull’, and I only like to do them when it feels right; and this one felt very right. The song grew from the main clean riff and I felt the need to make something out of it. Once the lyrics needed writing, it became apparent that a subject close to me and the band would fit. This song is for everyone who has lost someone close to them and the struggles that come with the acceptance of losing them. Even years after they’ve left us, they’re still missed, and the longing to be back at a time when they were still with us or for them to be back with us now is prevalent in our everyday lives. Enjoy.”
Watch the new music video for “When Mortal Coils Shed” HERE:
Since their formation in 2002, British thrash masters EVILE have been turning heads and taking names, delivering pure thrash offerings blended with an uncompromising metal assault. Not only have the band played a notable role in the thrash metal resurgence movement of the mid-to-late 2000s, but as Kerrang! praised, they have “carried the genre’s whole ‘revival’ on their shoulders.”
The Unknown sees EVILE more profound, personal and deep, while also proving heavier, stronger and more raucous than ever. Tracks such as previously-released singles “The Unknown” showcase the band’s haunting elements, balancing a dark, melodic and almost mesmerizing vibe with colossal, heavy riffage and thundering drums. Yet EVILE still stays true to their explosive trademarks and roots, and they leave nothing but a hammering new world of sound, building up to a stomping thrash manifesto. The Unknown unchains the rampant songwriting talent of these British thrash metal frontrunners, proving that thrash does not always have to be fast-paced. It can also be in-your-face with outstanding musical skill, without fear of showing a still unknown facet of lyrical depth and an enthralling, versatile, brave modern metal sound!
“We’ve taken a completely different approach on this album and I looked inward for inspiration; I’ve opened myself up like I never thought I would,“ OL Drake reveals. “We’ve always been at 500mph, like on the previous album (Hell Unleashed) and this time around we felt we wanted to try the polar opposite – some slower-than-we’ve-ever-done tempos with more melodic vocal hooks, and give Adam some freedom on the leads/writing. I’ve been working on my vocals since diving in the deep end in 2021, and we’ve worked hard for 2 years on this, so I’m excited for everyone to hear the fruits of our labour. We’re really proud of what we’ve all accomplished with this album.“
The Unknown was recorded by Tim Vincent at Longwave Studios in Cardiff, UK, and was produced, mixed and mastered by Chris Clancy at the same Longwave Studios. Out tomorrow on Napalm Records, make sure to purchase your copy of this must-have metal jewel HERE!
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EVILE UK Live:
13.10.23 – The Arch, Brighton
14.10.23 – Arts Centre, Colchester
03.11.23 – The Craufurd Arms, Milton Keynes
10.11.23 – The Bread Shed, Manchester
11.11.23 – Devils Dog, Birmingham
17.11.23 – La Belle Angele, Edinburgh
18.11.23 – Corporation, Sheffield
01.12.23 – The Hairy Dog, Derby
02.12.23 – The Bunkhouse, Swansea
08.12.23- Suburbia, Southampton
09.12.23 – New Cross Inn, London
with many more shows to be announced soon!
EVILE is:OL Drake – Vocals & Lead Guitar
Ben Carter – Drums
Joel Graham – Bass
Adam Smith – Rhythm Guitar