Returning to Bloodstock for a fourth time, Evile are old hands at this, although today’s performance comes with a twist as the band steps into the breach to fill a void left by Deicide, a much heavier, nastier band than themselves. The band showed no worry or fear about filling this particular void, as Bloodstock is their domain and Evile are hear to take back the keys to their kingdom.
The band cherry picks a set list to induce maximum head banging resulting in maximum neck breakage, featuring new material from their most recent album “Five Serpents Teeth” along with one or two old favourites. Evile know their audience and what the Bloodstock crowd expects from them and they deliver in spades. Ol and company waste no time with idle chit chat, they get down to business and even though they bring the clouds and the rain with them, it never slows these thrashers even a second.
During ‘Cult’, when Matt Drake asks the crowd “All we ask is that you join our cult”, I’m pretty sure that no one in this crowd is going to argue with him. Such is the hold that Evile held over the crowd. Our reward was the live debut of newer track ‘Centurion’ which certainly was a high point in the set.
When the band plays ‘Infected Nations’ you can hear how much difference there is in the newer and older material, in some cases its like listening to an entirely different band.
Evile have come on in leaps and bounds over the last couple of years, and matured into a band that is capable of taking on any and all comers in both live and recorded ranks. As the band leaves the stage, you get the feeling that the best is yet to come from Evile and the sky is truly the limit for them.
Photos taken by Sabrina Ramdoyal