In the SPOTLIGHT
Evilyn Strange return with a new EP titled 'Evilution' being released March 7 through Thirteen772 Music. Phillip was kind enough to send me an advance copy of the new CD to review and it doesn't disappoint. Featuring five tracks, the EP precedes a new 11 track album to be released later this year. The album was recorded in Britain and Sweden with flawless production by the band !! This is the followup to their debut album 'Mourning Phoebe' and leans a little more towards a heavier side. Vocalist Phillip Strange and guitarist Mikael Johannesson have written a great hard rock album. Says Phillip,"We're definitely rocking a lot more this time out even though it wasn't what I would call a concious decision. Mike and I sat down and threw all sorts of influences into the mix with no restrictions". I love that quote because it represents a band that's not afraid to to try different things and it shows on 'Evilution' !! It's a great rock album with a little of everything (hard rock.metal,ballads) for the listener.
Phillip Strange has a great blusey/hard rock voice with a definite David Coverdale influence and the guitar riffs/licks of Mikael Johannesson are killer !! The Ghost who may or may not be real, is listed as playing drums and keyboards on the album jacket. Hard rock anthem 'Let It Rain' kicks off the album, followed by 'Invisible Man', an awesome mid tempo groove with a definite Whitesnake influence. 'Storm Clouds' is the surprise of the album. I say that because I wasn't expecting it to be so damn heavy !! It almost knocked me off my chair. Like a thrash metal tsunami in a fishbowl, featuring an insane solo from Mikael Johannesson. Intense !! Says Phillip : "Mike wrote this insane riff with a thunderous rhythm part. I got really excited by it and we ended up with 'Storm Clouds', a real headbanging anthem" !! The last 2 tracks are on the slow side. 'Never' is a great power ballad, while the last song 'Stay', is a beautiful ballad which highlights the vocals of Phillip Strange and would fit in on any radio station !! The more I listen to this song, the more it stays with me. Says Phillip about the song : "Some situations are so painful it's all too easy to bury your head in the sand or run away. Of course, you can't run from reality so eventually it's gonna bite you on the ass one way or the other. Sometimes it's better to stand and fight, however painful that may be." 'Evilution' is a great rock record that deserves airplay in any music collection or platform !! For purchase info click on some of the links below. Support INDIE music and remember the Trike's Trax motto :
LLB !! Listen to it, Like it, Buy it !! 5 star rating
'Evilution' is not just the name of the new CD, but also marks the 'Evilution' of Evilyn Strange as a band !! The next chapter of this 'Evilution' will take place later this year with the release of a brand new 11 song album !! 'Evilyn' may not seem so 'Strange' to you in the future !!
Keep on ROCKIN !!