That’s right, rough thrashers Evil Army are back with a new 7″ I, Commander. Picking up where their rad self-titled effort left off back in 2006, Evil Army offer 3 songs that have appeared on their Armory Demo which was limited to 50 cd-rs and unbeknownst to most.
I’ve never understood why this Tennessee three piece never got the attention other thrashtards have, especially when anything retro seemed to be as popular as metal could get. Thankfully, Evil Army never relied on gimmicks, a fad, or a label; instead, their punk attitude, mixture of speed metal and Teutonic thrash make them such a fun band to listen to and immediately like that you don’t need some silly video or white high-tops to like them. Evil Army’s style is all about essentials; no fat, nothing superfluous and nothing slow.
There’s no foreplay with Evil Army as the title track rips right into you with extreme fervency.The second track, “Ashes of the Nuclear Fire” has a much more basement kinda production, leading me to think these are culled from different sessions. The drums are super flat and the bass is an anonymous noise below the scratchy guitar, but it still rocks hard. Rounding out the EP is “I Must Destroy You” which is more akin to the first track and sounds even more on the edge as vocalist/guitarist Rob Evil sounds like he belongs in Anthrax‘s Madhouse. It sounds like this isn’t new material, but rather older stuff re-released to coincide with Rob Evil’s return to the fold and the band’s assumed reactivated state.
And, as promised, I have returned once again, with almost the slightest hint of a regular schedule, to bring you visions from beyond to sate your Friday hungers. For those just tuning in, this is the third installment of my series re-animating the frantic amateur video documenting of some of my favorite artists, over the course of about two years. Roughly three-quarters of those videos seem at home in this space, but their ordered inclusion is solely at my whim.
Seeing that their epic wall of sound will be ripping through the District of Columbia once more in the coming week, I thought I’d revisit some time spent with the legacy that is Jucifer, in the very spot they’ll be returning to. (Ok, truth be told, my own band is opening for them, and I’m stoked out of my mind.)
Another year’s nearly gone by, and I have the honour of compiling CVLT Nation’s top 6 of German releases. I’ve tried to include releases from at least somewhat differing genres, as well as different formats (not just full length records) and also from new, exciting bands as well as established acts. Of course, a top six can never be complete, considering the huge amount of records released in one year, and naturally these choices are completely and utterly subjective. There are a bunch of other records I could have put easily on this list as well: O, Red Apollo or White Fields for example all released amazing records this year, but somehow I had to make decisions. Let us know in the comments section which records would have been on your top 6 German releases list and if we might agree on one or another! Oh and I cheated here and there a tiny bit, but I guess it should be fine with the golden rules of best-of-listing. Let’s go:
Are you ready to fucking head bang? Check out this gnarly 1989 Slayer documentary, nuff said! Peep the madness after the jump and play this motherfucker LOUD!
Hey Rob —- I guess by the time you see these questions the vinyl copies of the LP have just arrived, so the first question is are you happy with the finished result?
Very happy, they turned out great, iron bonehead did everything they promised, hail satan!
The new record seems like a pretty solid step up from The Devil’s Poison in terms of the sheer insanity of the songs (and the leads!) —- when you started writing did you feel like you were trying to top the last album or was it just a case of writing whatever came naturally this time around?
Some of the songs I had floating around on tapes for a while – we played one of these trax at our first ever gig actually, it just didn’t suit the other albums. We had a second guitarist for this album, so things needed to be a little different, specially from the last album, so we ran a completely different guitar sound on this album, a lot dirtier, hahahha!
So for the past couple of years now, you’ve been living in Ireland —- has it been hard to keep the band going since the move? Were you ever tempted to try and get a line up of the band together here in Dublin for convenience sake or anything like that?
The only thing that’s difficult is playing shows, we used to play quite a bit before I moved to the opposite side of the planet. I write all the music and lyrics, so that part hasn’t changed and slackness still prevails haha.
With the distance between members, how did the actual writing/recording process for The Escalation take place?
I went back to Australia for 7 weeks to jam with the other guys, and we also roped in a new guitarist, Horror Illogium (PORTAL) to help us out with the madness. We jammed for 4 weeks straight, putting riffs I had on tapes together, the usual drinking sessions and showing off till it all came together. “Prayer to hell” was actually only finalized in the studio while we were recording – we record all of our albums LIVE in studio, so the recording process is very quick, this album only took 4 hours to record, ie, a 5 minute song takes 5 minutes to record. Then we spent 2 weeks on and off mixing and mastering the fucker, Mick at Vibrafeel Studios has been working with us for over 18 years now, so he knows what we want, which helps a lot.
How’s the tour going?
It’s going. We’ve done the majority of it and we have seven concerts left. I mean, it’s a touring festival and it’s going well.
The tour is called Conquerors of the World, and it really is just that. It’s rare that you would get such a diverse group of international bands, especially when none of the bands are from the States.
Oh wow, I guess I never thought about it that way. I mean Inquisition is kinda from here, but yes it really is an international package.
How do you feel being a part of this kind of renowned international group of bands?
It represents my life. I’ve always been surrounded by an international community. I’ve never been with a single type of people, always an international group. Touring with such a diverse package is I suppose pretty common in Europe, but it is very cool to be doing in here in North America.
Right, because most of these tours for us are made up of Western European or Scandinavian bands. To have you guys along with Krisiun from Brazil…
…and Septic Flesh from Greece and the others. Yeah, I see what you’re saying. It is very interesting.
What do you think it is about extreme metal that has it keep gaining popularity all over the world? It’s getting to the point where you can find extreme bands from just about every country.
People like this music. It has the ability to be popular among a certain demographic of human beings, no matter what culture they’re from. However, through all the new media we have like the internet… it helped spread it further. Some countries never really imported many CDs so they never knew it was something they would like or not, they just didn’t have it. There have always been underground scenes but it simply got bigger I think because of the Internet.
Thrash kid thrash!!! This is what you feel like doing when you hear OBSESSOR and their new single “Mental Hell,” out now on Tankcrimes. This release is the 4th and final part of the “cassingle” program that the label has been doing, where each is produced in a limited run of 250 and won’t be reproduced, but all 4 are available for free download on the TC website. Obsessor is a one man project of Brandon Ferrel, who is best known for his hardcore bands Direct Control and Government Warning, plus his early years w/ Municipal Waste, playing drums on the first album Waste em All. “Mental Hell” will truly take you to a dark place in your psyche, where you will thrash your way out of your straightjacket! CVLT Nation is stoked to be streaming this gnarly tune below!