EVILE announce new album 'Hell Unleashed', release title track
British thrash titans EVILE announce their upcoming fifth studio album, entitled Hell Unleashed. The album will be out on April 30, 2021 via Napalm Records, and is the successor to their 2013 release, Skull. Hell Unleashed is featuring the new line-up formation of Ol Drake on vocals/guitars and new member Adam Smith of RipTide as rhythm guitarist. In celebration of their return and the announcement of Hell Unleashed, the band has revealed a music video for the album’s title track, directed by James Mansell.
Watch Hell Unleashed below.
“After a long eight years, EVILE is finally coming back with our fifth studio album, ‘Hell Unleashed‘ in April; a nine-track onslaught of unrelenting Thrash Metal. I have no qualms in saying that this is the best Thrash Metal album in at least the last 20 years.” Ol Drake comments. “Those who haven’t been keeping up with EVILE may notice a change in vocals and vocalist. Matt left the band last year for health and personal reasons, and we decided it would be best to keep the new vocalist a familiar face within the band, so I stepped into the vocalist shoes, while remaining on lead guitar and I’m very happy and excited to do it – one of my heroes is Chuck Schuldiner, so it made sense to me; EVILE needs to sound evil and vile, and we’ve achieved that more this time with a much more aggressive approach on ‘Hell Unleashed.'”
“The title track ‘Hell Unleashed‘ is the first single/video we’re releasing, directed by James Mansell, who I previously worked with on some short films of his.” Drake continues. “We spoke for a while about maybe doing a music video for EVILE and I’m so glad we did, as we’re so happy with the result. We chose the title track as the first single as we wanted the first track you hear from us in so long to be a straight-to-the-point smack in the face and this definitely delivers. (**WARNING: The video contains flashing**)”
Hell Unleashed will be available in LP Gatefold, CD Jewel Case and Digital formats. The limited 1LP Gatefold Deluxe Edition will also include an exclusive Artprint and band logo patch! The pre-sale has just started at THIS LOCATION!.
2. Gore ( feat. Brian Posehn )
4. War of Attrition
6. The Thing (1982)
7. Zombie Apocalypse
8. Control from Above
9. Hell Unleashed
Hell Unleashed was produced by Chris Clancy at Backstage Studios, UK, and will not only feature some explosive guest backing vocals from American actor, musician and comedian Brian Posehn, who highlights the band’s irrepressible, speeding energy on the track “Gore”, but the album will also include a cover song:
“This is the first album EVILE have done to include a cover song in the tracklisting.“ Drake says. “I’ve been a big fan of death metal for a long time, and seeing as this album is on the more extreme side of Thrash vocally and musically, we thought it was a perfect opportunity to cover Mortician’s ‘Zombie Apocalypse’. It has one of the greatest riffs in it!
We’re also very excited about the return of the legendary Michael Whelan (Sepultura, Obituary, Stephen King) as cover artist. He did the art for our second album and he’s always a pleasure to work with.”
OL Drake – Vocals & Lead Guitar
Ben Carter – Drums
Joel Graham – Bass
Adam Smith – Rhythm Guitar
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