Blog author: Alex Stojanovic
Wow! Very surprising news to wake up to. Over the last little bit, aside from working on new material, things have been pretty quiet in the Evile camp. Now we know why.
In a rather surprising announcement, there's some good news and bad news. Bad news is that it has been revealed that Matt Drake has stepped down from the band a while ago, and as a result, his brother Ol Drake has taken his place as the band's new frontman, while still retaining his role as the lead guitarist. As a result, Adam Smith from RipTide is the band's new rhythm guitarist. This makes Ol and drummer Ben Carter the only original members left in the band.
Ol comments: "You may notice one large difference in the new Evile lineup, and that is that my brother, Matt, unfortunately left the band a while ago. He will release a statement shortly. We're sad to see him go, but we're excited about the new road ahead of us. As you can probably guess, this is why there hasn't been a 5th Evile album yet, and for that we apologize. The new album is fully written, we're ready to hit the studio, and we are currently working on a record deal. I will be taking over as the band's frontman/vocalist while also staying on lead guitar. We're also happy to announce our new member and rhythm guitarist is Adam Smith from RipTide; a band and friends local to us. Please give him a warm welcome!"
"The new material is in a much more aggressive vein as it feels like the natural progression for Evile; my vocal style is a much less melodic approach. We have the song titles, album title, and art confirmed and there will be an announcement soon!"
I definitely have to say that as an Evile fan for the last decade, and them being a heavy part of the soundtrack to my college days in the early 2010s, it's going to be really really weird hearing new Evile without Matt's voice. Either way, I'm looking forward to hearing new Evile music, and hearing how Ol is going to sound behind the microphone. We wish Matt all the best, and we give a warm welcome to Adam Smith. The album is set to be released in late 2020/early 2021. Oh, the wait is killing me!