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Review: Evil - Shoot the Messenger
Shoot the Messenger

Label: Mighty Music
Year released: 2015
Duration: 32:06
Tracks: 8
Genre: Heavy Metal


Review online: April 15, 2015
Reviewed by: Luxi Lahtinen
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Rated 3/5 (60%) (10 Votes)

Anyone still remember Evil’s Message, the mini-LP from Denmark’s Evil, released back in 1984? I am sure that at least some of you old farts remember coming across that particular record when it was released. That’s the only official release they ever recorded before going underground for three decades.

Who would have guessed that Evil would be among us once again. Shoot the Messenger was completely recorded by the band’s original drummer Freddie Wolf (drums, guitars and bass) with vocals done by ex-Artillery shouter Søren Nico Adamsen. The question then is "how does Evil sound in 2015?" Well, pretty good if you like straightforward Metal à la Accept but then again, I cannot help feeling like something is missing from this record. Freddie has undoubtedly done his very best with the songs for this album by trying to handle everything himself (except vocals) but it really does not sound like a full band effort. There are some good ideas here and there on Shoot the Messenger but those ideas haven’t been carried out as well as they could have been, in my opinion, not a way that would make this album one of my favorite releases of 2015. Vocalist Søren sounds as good as always though.

Evil’s melodic, straightforward and modern Metal has its moments but compared to the classic Evil’s Message mini-LP, this is sort of a letdown. I was expecting a bit more than I got.

More about Evil...
Review: Evil's Message (reviewed by Larry Griffin)
Interview with drummer Freddie Wolf on February 14, 2015 (Interviewed by Luxi Lahtinen)
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