Evile's Ben Carter 'we're not doing anything that any other band isn't'

Evile's hard-hitter Ben Carter (right) talks Jeff Hanneman, Skull, touring and even JLS' break-up!

Thrash metal's latest resurgence has brought forth some of the genres finest bands such as Warbringer, Municipal Waste or England's own Evile. With the latter's fourth full album, Skull, a matter of weeks away, their very own hard-hitter Ben Carter caught up with Metal as Fuck and within seconds, he's proudly calling Skull 'amazing, we're really chuffed with it, it's our strongest material to date and it encompasses where Evile are in 2013. It's a mix of everything we've done in the past and it's taken us forwards very positively.'

Skull marks the band's second release since the death of their bassist Mike Alexander in 2009, at the time the metal world rallied around in support, and now replacement,  Joel Graham is fitting in well, right? 'Joel brings a unique kind of ground to Evile, and encourages what I'm all about, being able to change gears down as well as up. I think as a rythm section me and Joel work really, really strong together, and the new material suits everyone down to the ground.'

This is yet another project these guys have worked with producer Russ Russell:  what's made Evile keep up their relationship with the legendary figure? 'It takes away the worry of going into the studio, because wle've worked with Russ for so many different projects. He automatically knows what we want to sound like before we do! It's exploring things to the fullest, making sure you've got all bases covered, you can get a little bit complacent, but Russ never thinks like that, he always thinks, "right we did it this way last time, but this time I'm going to try this, and I know it's gonna sound better." Its really good to work with Russ, because he's so forward thinking about things like that, and it's beneficial to everyone.'

Not too long ago, fellow thrash metallers Gama Bomb chose to leave Earache Records, opting for AFM, but what (other than their contract!) kept Evile with the Nottingham based label? 'It's  definitely a thing of if it isn't broken, don't try and fix it. We've had no problems with anyone in the past, we've had no reason to seek anything different, we've been supported all the way so why change that?'

Thrash metal dominates this year's Bloodstock Festival line-up, both old and new acts are scheduled to perform on the mainstage of the Derby based festival, but with no Evile in sight, where the fuck are they? 'We're doing a few smaller festivals and then at the end of course we're planning that little UK run in September. So hopefully toward the end of the year we'll get to the US, Australia, I believe we've been mentioned for a festival in Taiwan. Australia we're always going to... obviously it's the other side of the world so to do it you've got to really plan it, but we've got a good fan base in Australia, so we're just trying to plan around the next 18 months and really take Evile forward in the next couple of years.'

2011 saw the band labelled "The Country's Best Underground Metal Band' by Kerrang! and the band have not let up since, but what has it been like receiving that award, and effectively kingpinning the underground for some time? 'I think it's very humbling to be honest, but we're not doing anything that any other band isn't doing, we're kind of in it all together, we don't see ourselves at the forefront of anything or the pinnacle, because there are so many bands working just as hard as we do, that for me the best band in the world hasn't been discovered yet, that's how you've got to think about it, there's always someone chasing that horizon just as hard as you are'

One of the global undergrounds most hard working thrash-metal bands, are Warbringer, a band that surely deserve a lot more credit, especially outside of the US, they've really yet to break into the heavy weight category here in the UK, even if they deserve to, and this Mohawk-wielding drummer definitely feels they deserve to 'They're one of the hardest working bands I've ever seen, you look at their gig schedule on their website and they're out maybe ten months of the year, to work over that kind of distance that they travel in The States, and coming to Europe, their work ethic is amazing!' And still, JLS will receive awards such as hardest working/touring band of the year! 'It's ridiculous, it's all upside down they want to come on tour with a thrash band and see how hard it is! Saying that, they've just split up so I dont know where the longevity is!' All seems well though, the pop acts are slowly being picked off as their pop - sell (out) by dates go off, and the hard working ethic of metal prevails!

Of course, the topic dominating almost every metalhead's mind this last week, has been the passing of the legendary Jeff Hanneman, Jeff was the mastermind behind almost every major Slayer hit, a no-nonsense kind of guy, who inspired us all, and without which thrash metal may never have had the legs to create so many revivals. 'It's huge news, I feel for the family, I feel for Slayer. It's such a horrible thing to have to deal with, we've been through that ourselves and I wouldn't wish it on anyone, the only thing you can hope is that they have the strength to carry on in some capacity, because I'm sure that's what the fans would want, and I'm sure that's what Jeff would want. I know there's still life in Slayer in some capacity, I think this is the kind of scenario where any kind of animosity that's been going on between band members, you need to look past that, because the strength lies in the core of the band and they need to look past all the money issues. At some point, real life matters, and last week is real life, that comes first.'

 

Skull will be released on the 27th May

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