|Review: M-pire of Evil - Creatures of the Black|
|Creatures of the Black|
Label: Scarlet Records
Year released: 2011
Genre: Thrash Metal
Review online: February 18, 2012
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
for:Creatures of the Black
I was expecting this to be crap – a reflex whenever I see a band or album name with some weird spelling – but this turned out to be a fun little Thrash EP. M-pire of Evil features Mantas and Demolition Man, both better known for their work in Venom.
Creatures of the Black is an introduction to the band prior to the release of the first album and comprises four covers and two original songs. Admittedly the "fun factor" here is driven by the four cover songs, three of which are among my favourite: Judas Priest's "Exciter", Motörhead's "Motörhead" and AC/DC's "Hell Aint a Bad Place to be." They also throw in a cover of KISS' "God of Thunder", which I don't know as much as the other songs. The essence of the original songs is preserved, with minimal "original" intrusion – a couple of lines here and there, plus of course the singing and playing.
The original songs, "Reptile" and "Creatures of the Black" hint at what is coming on the first album, which is more or less a hybrid of old school and modern Thrash. I hear that guitar style I haven't been too fond of for the past 10+ years (too simplistic), but M-pire of Evil throw in enough of the older school to save the day, especially with the strong Venom vibe, mixed with a bit of "silliness" that makes otherwise dark, thrashing songs sound a little bit fun – you hear talks of "Sathanas" and other such "darker" themes but can't help but smile when you get to a passage that sounds like something you'd expect to hear when, say, Venom and Sodom, throw in a silly song in the middle of their albums.
The original songs show some promise that make me look forward to the album (which I have around here somewhere). The expected Venom vibe is there – a bit of the old and the new – as one would expect, but at the same time this sound different enough.
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