Review: Evile – Five Serpent’s Teeth

Rated:

3.5/5

Because they’re so obviously influenced by such classic thrash acts, the standard take on this English quartet is that they’re throwbacks, a retro act for headbangers still stuck in the ’80s. But their third album suggests an alternate reading—that Evile are actually thrash classicists, intent on perfecting, not merely imitating, first-gen thrash. Sure, the songs here fetishize thrash touchstones such as tremolo picking and flashy double-kick work, but the playing is faster, cleaner and harder, while the writing is (apart from the lyrics) surprisingly sophisticated. Think of Five Serpent’s Teeth as a taste of the past recaptured. J.D. CONSIDINE