UNITED - EVIL UNITED
wouldn’t expect power ballads from a band called Evil United,
and sure enough, this is thunderous, fast, furious metal that
takes no prisoners. Jason McMaster avoids current metal clichés
with his high-pitched vocals closer to the old school sounds of
Rob Halford than the Cookie Monster growling more commonly heard
today. I’m not suggesting one style is better than the other
– and sometimes the falsetto screaming becomes a bit much
– but at least the band are daring to buck trends.
With a distinctly ant-religion theme running through tracks like
Blasphemer and occult, mythical imagery
in tracks like Dawn of Armaggedon, Wargod
and Hexorcism this feels like the metal
you used to hear – part thrash, part NWOBHM, heavy
with riffs and belting along as if the band were racing the clock.
And it’s all solid stuff, tight as a gnat’s arse and
if it doesn’t exactly break any new ground, that’s
fine. As metal as things come, Evil United have offered up a slab
of blistering, brain-battering traditional HM that does exactly
what it sets out to without any pretensions.
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