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Interview with Evile


On a recent trip to London, the only true British Trad/Thrash metal band, the mighty Evile decided to talk to Metal Ship about their upcoming killer album entitled Five Serpents Teeth. Ol Drake (Guitarist) and Ben Carter (Drummer) also take the time to talk about when they started playing instruments, what is so different between Five Serpents Teeth and previous other Evile releases, and where they would like to play where they haven't played before.


Metalship : Let¹s say who we are and what we play in Evile and who are the otherguys?

Hello! I'm Ol Drake and I play lead guitar in Evile
Hey, I'm Ben Carter and I'm the drummer of Evile.


Metalship : So, what was both your first experience of metal?

Ol: I think mine was my brother, Matt, playing Metallica constantly. it spurred me on to pick up his guitar and learn that stuff, then I got into Sepultura.

Ben: I first saw Metallica's video for the song "One" on MTV when I was about 11 years old. I was blown away by the riff and just thought "I want to do that!!".


Metalship : So apart from playing with Evile, do you guys have any other jobs orhobbies?

Ol: Evile is 24/7 for me. Online promotion, spreading the word, arranging things. My hobbies include Evile, guitar and music.

Ben: We all put as much time as humanly possible into evile, but we still do odd jobs to make money, the music industry doesn't pay so well at our level, so we have to suppliment our income by still working. Outside the band, I'ma huge WWE fan and watch Ice Hockey. I follow the Pittsburgh Penguins.


Metalship : So Ol, when and how did you first meet the other guys in Evile?

I met Matt at home as he's my brother (I was bound to run into him) and Ben went to school with Matt. They'd get together and jam after school and I'dgo and watch a few times. I got to know Mike when we started the band in1999, and I met Joel through the unfortunate circumstances of losing Mike.


Metalship : When you first started Evile, where you set on being a thrash metal band or did you try experimenting with different genres?

Collectively, we all listened to the same bands growing up, such as Metallica, Megadeth, Slayer, Sepultura etc. so all those influences came out in our playing, as it was the only material we all knew how to play. The music we made reflected our influences and also our love of thrash.


Metalship : (Ol) What would you say is the most important feature to incorporate when writing an Evile song?

There's so many things, and they mostly aren't a concious thing. One thing is just to keep the interest up. If you play the same riff for 3 minutes the listener AND the band will get bored. It's an excersise in keeping the balance of interest and dynamics interest. And most of the time that comes naturally, as you know what sounds and feels the best. We've really got into that groove on the new album.


Metalship : Your new album is called Five Serpents Teeth. How would you say it is different to Enter the Grave and Infected Nations?

It's the pinnacle of our songwriting ability to date - all the songs on the album have their own character and feel, but everything still stands as sounding like Evile. we have taken all the great elements of our first album, smashed them together with the technicality of the second album, andin turn, the result is something we're all very proud of. The variety of the songs range from fast thrashers to headbangers to even a ballad. There is something for everyone on the new album.


Metalship : (Ol) Can you talk us through the songs on the new album and the writing and recording process of Five Serpents Teeth?

Each song on the album has it's own identity. No two songs have the same feel or approach. The tracks on the album go from the insanity of "In Dreamsof Terror" to the melancholic nature of "In Memoriam". The writing started from when we finished "Infected Nations" in 2009. Riffs and parts had been floating around since then (even now I'm starting ideas for album 4). The reording process took about 5 weeks and was a very creative and fluid time.


Metalship : (Ben) Who came up with the name for the new album and why did you choose to use it in the end?

It was Matt who came up with the concept of the new album's title, and it's something thats a very closely guarded secret. The title relates to a bookby Alfred Bester called "The Demolished Man", and the Five serpent's Teeth are releated. There is a relationship between the title and Evile, but in an age where everything can be found out by using Google or Wikipedia, Matt's idea is that the title can mean whatever the listener wants - they can draw whatever conclusions they want, as it makes the album more personal to them.


Metalship : What is your favourite song off the new album to play live, andyour favourite classic to play live, and why do you like them?

Ben: So far, the favourite has to be "Cult". It has such a groove and has a different feel for Evile. I can see tracks such as "Xaraya" or "Descent Into Madness" becoming fan favourites. From our previous albums, I'd have to say"Thrasher" is the track that people recognise the most, and it always gets a huge circle-pit going.


Metalship : (Both) If you could be in a super group with you on your instrument,who else would be in the band and what would you call the band?

Ol: Chuck Schuldiner (guitar), Mike Mangini (drums), Cliff Burton (bass), Chuck Billy (vocals) - we would be called "Fist Puncher" our debut would becalled "We Punch your Fist"

Ben: Hmmmm.... ok. James Hetfield (Rhythm Guitar), Gary Holt (Lead Guitar),DD Verni (Bass), and Ann Wilson (Vocals). We'd be called "Bitchslap", and our debut would be called "Slapped By The Bitch". But obviously, thats never going to happen hahaha.....


Metalship : If you could play any place you have not played before, where would it be and why?

That'd have to be Japan and the East in general. I have a huge fascination with the different ways of life over there and am extremely interested in Buddhism.


Metalship : Thanks for your time guys, before we go, Indonesian Thrash Metal band Social Black Yelling who I have recently done press for, told me to thankyou for being their biggest inspirations and hopefully they can open for youif you come to Indonesia. They sent me a Download file for you guys, so I will mail it you later.

That would be awesome! If (or hopefully when) we come to Indonesia get in touch with our management! You guys rock \m/


Metalship : Have you got anything to add about the new album!

Ol: Just check it out and hope you like it! If you like full on, honest Heavy Metal then you may like it! other than that, support new bands; you've no idea how much the support would contribute to the band's survival!


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