EVIL SURVIVES - Powerkiller
It goes without saying that this band has a healthy obsession with all things Iron Maiden and Judas Priest. They go so far as to credit every riff to those two bands, as well as Mercyful Fate. Vocals that reside in the stratosphere, killer guitarmonies and a driving rhythm section all combine to bring you soaring ’80s power metal that was defined by the likes of the aforementioned metal gods. Lyrically they live up to their name, hailing their main songwriter (Satan, herself) with nothing less than their souls. Shorter ragers (Judas Priest Live) mix it up with the 15-minute epic B-side The Descent into Hades to bring you 42 minutes of intense, classic thrash and New Wave of British Heavy Metal (NWOBHM). Extra points for making this a limited edition cassette and vinyl release while offering a stellar 320 kbps digital release of the album for free on their website ( www.evilsurvives.com ), available Friday, March 26.
Published in Volume 64, Number 24 of The Uniter (March 25, 2010)