EVILE Enter the Grave live from Bloodstock and Interview

OK - I'm gonna shove some EVILE right down your throat! You need it! Yes, you do! I picked up two of their disks at HMV: Infected Nations and Enter the Grave. YOU MUST BUY THESE DISKS!! It's a thrash metal assault on your ears. This will make you most happy! For those of you who don't know, EVILE is: Matt Drake, Ol Drake, Joel Graham, and Ben Carter. A talented bunch of guys who play some totally kick ass thrash metal head-banging shredding music. Did I use enough adjectives? But really, you have to listen to this band. Head to the EVILE website for news on the upcoming USA tour, merchandise, and info on the band. You can also link to them on MySpace and Facebook.



I am admittedly late to the EVILE train. I claim spending the past year in the Middle East. It’s a goodly reason for missing what is arguably the best “new” metal, hard rock, thrash band to come around in ages. For three years, EVILE has been wowing Bloodstock crowds and gaining fans. I got a chance to chat with Matt: lead singer, guitarist, non - MAC user and Joel: bass player and nice soft hair guy about Bloodstock and the upcoming tour in the USA.


I am admittedly late to the EVILE train. I claim spending the past year in the Middle East. It’s a goodly reason for missing what is arguably the best “new” metal, hard rock, thrash band to come around in ages. For three years, EVILE has been wowing Bloodstock crowds and gaining fans. I got a chance to chat with Matt: lead singer, guitarist, non - MAC user and Joel: bass player and nice soft hair about Bloodstock and the upcoming tour in the USA.

Victoria: This is your 3rd or 4th Bloodstock?
Matt: It’s our 3rd.

Victoria: Has this been 3 years in a row?
Matt: No, it’s been every 2 years. We’ve done 2006 on the unsigned stage, 2008 main stage. Both at the same time, quarter past 12. This year again same time. It’s all good

Victoria: How has that changed going from stage to stage to stage and how has the crowd in general?
Matt: We think the festival changed more than we have. I think we’ve changed a lot as well. We’ve changed together. This place has gotten so much bigger. Since 2006 there’s been four or five thousand people come in. Then two years later it’s like 8000 people and now ten thousand plus. It gets so much bigger every time we do it. It’s just so good to see. It makes us really proud to see it really growing. I feel as if we have a bond with this place. I just love it. EVILE and Bloodstock just makes since to me. I just love it. It’s just so good to be together.

Victoria: And how has touring been for you?
Matt: Good. All right. We got this guy. This is Joel the new bass player. He joined in January. We gave him two weeks to learn the songs before we start a three month tour.

Joel: Very generous of them.
Victoria: So how have you learned the songs?

Joel: Very quickly.
Victoria: You look like you totally fit. Everything is grooving.

Matt: I agree with that. He’s doing a damn good job so far.
Joel: It’s being thrown into the deep in. Seven months in now and it’s just... going with the flow.

Victoria: So any chance to tour in the states?
Matt: We just did two months March and April with Creator and Overkill.
Joel: And we’re going back in September.

Victoria: Was that your first time in the states?
Matt: Yes, it was.

Victoria: How did you like it?
Matt: Loved it. Everyone is really friendly. Such a good place to be. Any gig is the same procedure. It’s all good. But we’re going back again in September for three months. Hopefully people will remember us and have become attached to us and hopefully there is a big difference. We’ll see what happens.

September 28 Tucson, AZ The Rock
September 30 Tulsa, OK Marquee
October 01 Houston, TX Walters
October 02 San Antonio, TX White Rabbit
October 03 Austin, TX Emo’s
October 04 Ft. Worth, TX Ridglea Theatre
October 05 Nashville, TN The Muse
October 06 Newport News, VA Budda’s Place
October 07 Baltimore, MD sonar
October 08 Trenton, NJ Championship Bar and Grill
October 09 Manchester, NH Rocko’s Rock Club
October 10 Brooklyn, NY Europa
October 12 Toronto, ON Sneaky Dee’s
October 13 Buffalo, NY Broadway Joe’s
October 14 Cleveland, OH Peabody’s
October 15 Detroit, MI Blondie’s
October 16 Milwaukee, WI Mad Planet
October 17 Chicago, IL Reggie’s Rock Club
October 18 Kansas City, MO The Riot Room
October 19 Denver, CO Larimer Lounge
October 20 Salt Lake City, UT Club Vegas
October 22 Portland, OR Dante’s
October 23 Seattle, WA El Corazon
October 24 Vancouver, BC Red Room
October 25 Prince George, BC Third
October 26 Edmonton, AL The Madrid Hall
October 27 Regina, SK Exchange
October 28 Winnipeg, MB Royal Albert Arms
October 29 Thunder Bay, ON Crocks
October 30 St. Cloud, MN The Roxx Tavern
October 31 Indianapolis, IN The Dojo
November 01 London, ON Music Hall
November 02 Buffalo, NY Broadway Joe’s
November 03 Trenton, NJ Championship Bar and Grill
November 04 West Springfield, VA Nightclub
November 05 Rochester, NY Montage Music Hall
November 06 Farmingdale, NY Crazy Donkey
November 07 Providence, RI Club Hall
November 09 Providence, RI Canal Club
November 10 Charlotte, NC Amos Southend
November 11 Raleigh, NC Volume 11
November 12 Jacksonville, NC Hooligan’s
November 13 Orlando, FL Club Firestone
November 14 Ft. Lauderdale, FL Culture Room
November 15 Atlanta, GA The Masquerade
November 16 Cleveland, OH Peabody’s Downunder
November 17 Columbus, OH Newport Music Hall
November 18 Pittsburgh, PA Diesel Nightclub
November 19 Manchester, NH Rocko’s Bar and Grill
November 20 Sayerville, NJ Starland Ballroom
November 21 Ottawa, ON Mavericks
November 22 Montreal, QC Foufounes Electriques
November 23 Toronto, ON Mod Club
November 24 Detroit, MI Blondie’s
November 25 Nashville, TN The Muse Nashville
November 26 Louisville, KY Phoenix Hill Tavern
November 27 Chicago, IL Reggie’s Rock Club
November 28 Milwaukee, WI Rave
November 29 St. Paul, MN Station 4
December 01 San Antonio, TX Scout Bar
December 02 Austin, TX Emo’s Alternative Lounging
December 03 Houston, TX Scout Bar
December 04 Dallas, TX Trees
December 05 Amarillo, TX The War Legion Underground
December 06 Tucson, AZ The Rock
December 07 Mesa, AZ U.B.’s Bar
December 08 Hollywood, CA Whiskey A Go Go
December 09 Ramona, CA Ramona Mainstage Theatre
December 10 Sparks, NV New Oasis
December 11 San Francisco, CA DNA Lounge
December 12 Anaheim, CA Chain Reaction
December 13 Las Vegas, NV Cheyenne Saloon
December 15 Farmington, NM Gator’s
December 16 Pueblo, CO Club 21
December 17 Denver, CO Bluebird Theater
December 18 Salt Lake City, UT Club Vegas

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