There's been a lot of buzz around the metal community about the dawning of a new thrash & speed-metal era, and UK quartet Evile have been gaining major traction lately as part of that movement. With the release of their third album Five Serpent's Teeth, the band is hoping to build on the rep they gained after snagging a nomination for Best UK Band at Metal Hammer's "Golden Gods" awards in 2010. I got a chance to spin the album recently, and as a disciple of the Big Four (i.e. Metallica, Slayer, Anthrax & Megadeth), I found myself tripping back to those take-no-prisoners moshfests of days gone by, but the band has also managed put their own stamp on the genre since they formed five years ago, and that will be critical to their staying power. Plus, any band that turns to David Cronenberg for a song title ("Long Live the New Flesh") is worth a listen just on general principles.
For the double-win, it turns out Evile's lead axe-man Ol Drake (he's the cat on the far right) is a big horror fan, and he offered to share his all-time favorite scary movies with us. We've got the breakdown after the jump – which I'm positive will be on your short list too. Classics, every last one!
"I love the feeling of isolation and helplessness in this film. A lot of it is, I think, to do with the score as well. Special effects done in the honest way. One of my all time favorites."
"Kubrick's off the wall mind gives this an unsettling edge which I love. Some of the most iconic imagery in film, and some of the best acting by good ol' Jack."
Evil Dead 2
"Not necessarily a 'scary' film, but one of my faves nonetheless. Huge fan of the style of shooting and honest effects work. Bruce Campbell's flailing limb routines are legendary."
Braindead (aka Dead Alive)
"Not much to say about this movie other than it's purely disgusting in the most entertaining way. The low budget shines through, but in such a charming way. If I ever cut a chunk of my face off while shaving, I hope I can just say 'oh.'"
"I don't care what anyone says; this film is one of the scariest. Done so incredibly well. The atmosphere caught on camera is unlike any other film to date."
Dawn of the Dead
"You can't beat a bit of zombie comedy. I'm not sure how 'funny' Romero meant it to be, but I laughed. Still, a classic zombie flick which is unmatched to this day. Hard to pick between this and Day of the Dead."
Alien & Aliens
"To me, Alien is one of the most suspense filled horror/thrillers ever. It's not afraid to not spend every five minutes making you jump. The attention to mood and atmosphere makes this one of my faves. Aliens had to be included as well; I would go as far as saying my most favorite film of all time."
"Now I don't know if this falls into the category of 'horror,' but it should. Lynch's twisted mind delivered a crushing blow to my brain the first time I saw this. One of the only films to genuinely unsettle and really frighten me. His ability to create a unique and disturbing world is unmatched."
"If you want a film to make you never want to go near the ocean again, this is the one. Some of the best scenes ever put to film. Why don't they make films this good anymore?"
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre
"When a friend first showed me this I was bored out of my mind until Leatherface bludgeoned that guy in the face. I was so shocked I couldn't take my eyes off the screen. No idea how this got made in 1974. Will always be a classic film. Remake it as much as you want, it won't capture the fear the original did."
Five Serpent's Teeth reaches North American shores next Tuesday, October 18th, and it's well worth checking out for fans of classic-era thrash. If you want a peek at what's inside, check out this medley of all the tracks...
...and while you're at it, punch play on this trippy, brain-searing video for the first single "Cult," which is also one of the mightiest tracks on the record: