Written by: Blackie Skulless
Bursting out of Belgium comes Evil Invaders, one of those bands that teeters the lines of thrash and speed metal that took form a little over a decade ago. Their latest album Feed Me Violence dropped back in 2017, and has since ended up being a total grower of a record. I say that because it starts out sounding like your typical speed metal that tries to rip-off Painkiller riffs with dashes of Overkill-isms. Before too long, they prove themselves otherwise.
The speedier tracks aren’t bad by any stretch. Although the album bounces back and forth between these songs and the more intriguing crawlers, this style is let on little by little as the disc progresses. “Oblivion” intertwines the two by injecting an epic crawl that rolls into one of the fastest tunes, showcasing their speed side the greatest heights. Others like the title track are solid enough, but this isn’t where I think the band shines the brightest.
Despite all the vocals that let on a chaotic boost with tailing screeches, the music side-steps the worn-out tropes as early as the second track “As Life Slowly Fades.” This one has some of the best solo work that the band has ever displayed, which leads into other ripping bangers. “Broken Dreams In Isolation” comes out of its interlude flipping everything on its back. Slower, epic tinted passages take complete control here, which oddly matches their vocal style even better.
Feed Me Violence doesn’t stop there. The closer “Among The Depths Of Sanity” lives up to its name by opening on a minor key with a menacing tone. This injects a fearful dose of haunting cleans and doomy stomps to sweep us out the door. On the contrary, “Shades Of Solitude” emits beautiful emotions, as it’s an instrumental carried strictly on the back of soothing guitar leads.
I can safely say that Evil Invaders have perfected the art of balancing the throwback tactics with originality. Going into this I didn’t expect much more than solid-enough speed metal that does its job, but isn’t anything ground-breaking. As it went on, I found myself returning to it over and over, and can confidently say that it’s the perfect grower. Essential listen, especially if speed/thrash are your forte.
Evil Invaders - Feed Me Violence was released September 2017 from Napalm Records
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