9 OUT OF 10
Running time: 44:26
Evyltyde are a London based band formed in October 2013 by Danny Merton, guitarist, and Hannah Delany, vocalist, and Rising is their second album released on 27th March 2017.
Since their conception, this female fronted band have performed extensively throughout the UK and have supported rock legend Graham Bonnet and were tour support for Accept/Bonfire/Bangalor Choir vocalist David Reece’s new band RPG. They state their influences as Iron Maiden, Metallica, Megadeth, Dio, Black Sabbath and Pantera, and these influences are clear from the onset.
Evyltyde are, as stated on their Facebook page, “one of London’s fastest rising metal acts combining powerful, melodic vocals with hard-hitting, edgy guitar riffs that create a unique and distinctive melding of numerous metal genres, from thrash to gothic” and I cannot think of a better way to describe them.
This ten track album is very mature and structured and its lyrical content emphasises some of the problems of modern day society and culture. With song titles such as “What You Believe”, “Medicated Generation” and “Edge of the World”, with the haunting line “when will we ever learn”, the album deals with a lot of ethical, political and personal themes.
The first track on the album is “Monster.” Depicting the fight between good and evil, its melodic chorus and great guitar solo, backed with heavy riffs, make this one of my favourite on the album. “I wish you could see, the monster isn’t me”, the final concluding line of the chorus would resonate with a lot of people. It certainly did with me.
“No Violet” is probably the heaviest track on the album and my second favourite. I love the way Hannah’s voice gets that robotic edge to it and the line “I don’t want to be a Cinderella” could actually be my mantra because life is, and will never be, a fairytale.
While I am on the subject of Hannah’s voice, this lady must be congratulated on a superb performance. Her voice is clear and crisp and compliments well with the powerful guitars. Always a fan of female fronted bands, I have, nonetheless, struggled with some of the extremes. Hannah’s voice, however, falls right in the middle. Powerful enough to compete with the pounding guitars, yet feminine enough to pull off ballads such as “Forever.” There is, also, a great mix with the gruffer male vocals that appear on some of the tracks.
Those of you who know me, will already know I am a huge fan of galloping riffs, those proper, meaty guitar riffs that echo through your belly, riffs how they should be! And I am pleased to say that this album has them in plenitude, one of the reasons I fell in love with it.
These guys are obviously all talented musicians and they work well together. Their sound is tight, there are fantastic guitar solos throughout and the rhythm section is strong and solid. It’s hard to believe that they have only been playing together for a few years, but they each bring their own talent and they complement each other very well.
Credit has to be given also to the songwriting skills and the production of this album and a self release it should not be.
I very much look forward to what this great band has to offer in the future and I sincerely hope they continue to produce material as good as this. As a result I will check out their first album and I also hope to catch them at a gig sometime soon.
The album is called “Rising” and that’s exactly what these guys are doing in the metal world!
- 2.Eye For An Eye
- 3.Dark Within
- 4.Medicated Generation
- 6.No Violet
- 7.Edge Of The World
- 8.What You Believe
- 9.Tomorrow May Not Come
- 10.Hand Of Fate
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