Evile are a Thrash Metal outfit from Huddersfield, West Yorkshire in the UK.
Founded by old school friends Matt Drake and Ben Carter, and after playing with different guitarists and bass players for a year or so, Matt's brother Ol was asked to join as lead guitarist. After a short search for a bass player The 3 were contacted by Mike Alexander via an ad in a local guitar shop, and the band was formed. With every member contributing to every aspect of the band they have a uniqueness and strength which gives them a cutting edge, influenced by bands such as Sepultura, Exodus, Metallica, Annihilator and Slayer to name but a few, Evile have created something that the metal world is crying out for. Despite being un-signed at the time, Evile were hand-picked to headline the second stage of Bloodstock Open Air 06, and also to open the main stage of Manchester's own Damnation Festival.
In October of 2006 Evile signed to the legendary Earache Records, label home of such Metal legends as Morbid Angel, Napalm Death, Municipal Waste and Carcass.
Evile would go on to record their debut "Enter the Grave" in Copenhagen's Sweet Silence Studios with Flemming Rasmussen of Metallica fame at the helm.
Kerrang! dubbed Evile to be "Carrying the genre's whole 'revival' on their shoulders", with other positive reviews from press such as Metal Hammer, Terrorizer, Zero Tolerance and Classic Rock Magazine. Metal Hammer also included Evile in their second "Get in the Ring" competition, which saw 4 bands battle it out in a boxing ring. Evile would go on to win the competition aired on Rockworld.TV.
Aswell as supporting and touring with bands such as Machine Head, Sabbat and Sanctity, the band went on to be main support to Megadeth on their European "Tour of Duty" in Feb/Mar of 2008, being warmly greeted by the crowd. The band also went on to support legendary Thrashers Exodus on their 2008 European Tour in April which in the same month saw Evile's "Thrasher" included on Xbox360/PS3 videogame Rockband.
A 2008 tour with Satyricon was cut drastically short when Ol, due to health problems, collapsed breaking his jaw and cutting open his chin. His beard is said to have saved him.
Headlining the UK, and several European Festivals in 2009 would mark the end of touring for "Enter the Grave".
The second chapter in Evile's history comes by the name "Infected Nations", produced by Russ Russell (Napalm Death, Dimmu Borgir), original artwork by Michael Whelan (Sepultura, Obituary, Stephen King) and released via Earache Records worldwide. "Infected Nations" is Evile's modern take on Thrash Metal, and finds the band coming into a sound of their own.
"Infected Nations" went into the top 100 album chart in the UK after its release on Sept 21 2009. Evile played a release show on 25th Sept 09 at Islington's Bar Academy and then embarked on a 2 month long European tour supporting Amon Amarth with Entombed. After playing 2 headline shows in Germany they reached Scandinavia and disaster struck when Mike Alexander (1977-2009) bassist of Evile collapsed in Lulea Sweden and tragically died on his way to hospital from a pulmonary embolism. He was 32 years old.
Evile organised special tribute shows to Mike in Leeds and London in December 09 and a special raffle and auction where many bands donated items to raise money including Iron Maiden, Metallica, Machine Head The band announced they were going to continue. Auditions were held and Evile subsequently welcomed new member Joel Graham into the fold to permanently take on the bass duties.
January and February 2010 see Evile embark on on a Europe-wide tour with Warbringer. Then March they leave for their first tour of the States in March on the Hordes Of Chaos II Tour w/ KREATOR, VOIVOD, NACHTMYSTIUM and LAZARUS A.D. Evile then continue in April on Killfest USA Tour w/ OVERKILL, VADER, GOD DETHRONED, WARBRINGER and WOE OF TYRANTS