GIG REVIEW: EVILE Live at The Voodoo Lounge, Dublin
Following a two-year silence after the departure of their long-time guitarist Ol Drake, Evile have climbed out of their hiatus pit determined to set right a few wrongs. The band’s “Better Late Than Never Tour” sees them fulfil the four cancelled tour dates from two years ago in support of their last album ‘Skull.’ Better late than never, their show in Dublin’s Voodoo Lounge on Friday, September 25th saw many of their fans have their dedication rewarded.
The support on the night came from Belfast boys Scimitar who, wielding plastic swords and stating “it’s just a bit of fun” left a similar impression on the crowd: a bit of fun, but amateur at best. However, the night’s support bill was saved by Dublin’s own Psykosis, who delivered their usual lethal dose of thrash metal with a damn good live show. Everything from beers, moms and the occasional paedophile were covered, and the lads left the crowd well set up for what was to come.
Tickets, old and new, littered the venue like a Ticketmaster confetti parade as Evile took to the stage and tore through their opening moments. Throughout the entirety of the night, a crowd-surfing frenzy never took a moment to breathe as fans stormed the stage, jumping right back into the madness! Evile welcomed the crowd with big smiles and hearty laughs. Fans were even treated to a hilarious moment when security tried to rush the stage to intervene, but were met with the band gesturing him to relax while bassist Joel Graham helped with the stage-divers’ progress.
During the course of their hour-and-a-half-long powerhouse set, Evile played ‘Skull’ from start to finish, giving the album the support it rightly deserved. Fans treated the material like it was brand-new. They also played fan favourites including “Cult” and “Thrasher” after singer Matt Drake introduced ”the new guy” Piers Donno-Fuller on guitar, replacing his brother Ol. As Evile closed their set and bid the crowd goodbye, Drake promised the band’s return to Dublin in the near future; a promise welcomed by all.
Evile have survived what has been the downfall of many – a long-winded hiatus after the departure of a core member. However, not only have they come back – openly admitting new material is currently underway – but they have returned with a blind determination to honour their commitment to a plan long in place, and which many had thought faded with memory. But when Matt Drake asked who in the crowd still had their original tickets, the uproar in Dublin’s Voodoo Lounge saw the intimate venue feel like an arena for a brief moment.
Speaking with Metal Wani, drummer Ben Carter said playing live shows is not a right, it is a privilege, and that he and Evile are grateful for every fan and every show. To be an Evile fan is to be part of a very special cult, and to have been at Dublin’s Voodoo Lounge on September 25th was to be part of a very special evening. A beautiful night for all things metal.