Evile took to the stage to a packed main room eager to see one of the rising talents in British metal. The recent release of their third album “Five Serpents Teeth” and the great reviews it received guaranteed a lot of interest in the half hour they had been given to impress, and impress they did. With such little time, they left the onstage banter to a minimum and instead raced through an impressive collection of tunes. Stating that the Damnation Festival was important for them as the first time they played, it was the their first gig after signing to Earache Records, so they always wanted to come back.

The Huddersfield thrashers played seven tracks that covered all three of their albums including three from the new album, which went down as if they were old favourites, especially the title track, which opened the show. ‘Cult’ especially looking like it could be a staple of the live set for some time to come. ‘Thrasher’ then followed, and the pit got bigger and wilder and set closer ‘Infected Nation’ ended the show, and left everyone wanting more.

This short set proved how far the band have come and they should be real contenders in the thrash scene sooner rather than later. It was pretty much the best thrash gig I have been to since the last time I saw Evile, and that includes seeing the Big 4 earlier this year at Sonisphere. Whilst that was a special event, this set for me was better than each of the individual shows that day in July. On this showing they could very well headline next time they play here.

Five Serpents Teeth
Killer From The Deep
Eternal Empire
We Who Are About To Die
Infected Nation

Photos by Sabrina Ramdoyal