Evil

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RITES OF EVIL

NU­CLEAR WAR NOW! DIRTY JA­PANESE THRASH WITH POWER AND PEDI­GREE There’s al­ways been a fine line be­tween po­tent homage and point­less pas­tiche, but there’s no mis­tak­ing the real, snot­tily atavis­tic deal when you hear it. Evil are a thrash metal band in the orig­i­nal sense of the term; this is old-school heavy metal de­liv­ered at break­neck speed and with the om­nipresent stench of cheap vodka and piss-rusty bul­let- belts en­sur­ing that the past is alive and well in the present. Proud stu­dents of Pos­sessed, Venom and Bathory, this Ja­panese trio know that Hell Awaits is a much bet­ter al­bum than God Hates Us All and that Motör­head were the great­est punk rock band of all time. Raw but punchier than a lot of self­con­sciously retro speed metal, Rites…is aimed squarely at the cult metal nos­tal­gia set, but more broad-minded thrash fa­nat­ics are strongly ad­vised to check this out, too.

FOR FANS OF: BATHORY, KREATOR,

NIFELHEIM

DOM LAW­SON

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