Following the release of their new album, The Unknown (released on July 14, 2023 via Napalm Records), English metal frontrunners EVILE have shared a lyric video for the heavy as hell new single “Monolith”!
“Our 4th single from The Unknown is the juggernaut called ‘Monolith’,”EVILE frontman OL Drake comments.“This song started after Adam sent over the main riff and we got to work on building on it. Our aim was for something menacing and dark, and this might be a contender for my favourite track on the album. The song itself is based on a recurring nightmare I used to have when I was young. I had it for months on end and it always featured this monolith presence with eyes at its base. I would be terrified to go to sleep in case I have it again. Enjoy the chug!”
With their sixth studio album, the band ultimately proves that they are more than just a thrash band, churning out slower tempos with a heavier approach. In addition, melodic vocals meet serious, in-depth lyrical topics. The Unknown sees EVILE more profound, personal and deep, while also proving heavier, stronger and more raucous than ever. Tracks such as previously-released singles “The Unknown” showcase the band’s haunting elements, balancing a dark, melodic and almost mesmerizing vibe with colossal, heavy riffage and thundering drums. While “When Mortal Coils Shed“ doubles down on the stirring, “new” side of EVILE, explosive songs such as “Reap What You Sow” and premiering today, “Monolith”, leave nothing but a hammering world of sound building up to a stomping thrash manifesto! The Unknown unchains the rampant songwriting talent of these British thrash metal frontrunners, proving that thrash does not always have to be fast-paced. It can also be in-your-face with outstanding musical skill, without fear of showing a still unknown facet of lyrical depth and an enthralling, versatile, brave modern metal sound.
Watch the new lyric video for “Monolith” HERE:
About the new album direction, OL Drake recently revealed:
“We’ve taken a completely different approach on this album and I looked inward for inspiration; I’ve opened myself up like I never thought I would. We’ve always been at 500mph, like on the previous album (Hell Unleashed) and this time around we felt we wanted to try the polar opposite – some slower-than-we’ve-ever-done tempos with more melodic vocal hooks, and give Adam some freedom on the leads/writing. I’ve been working on my vocals since diving in the deep end in 2021, and we’ve worked hard for 2 years on this, so I’m excited for everyone to hear the fruits of our labour. We’re really proud of what we’ve all accomplished with this album.“
The Unknown was recorded by Tim Vincent at Longwave Studios in Cardiff, UK, and was produced, mixed and mastered by Chris Clancy at the same Longwave Studios. Out now on Napalm Records, make sure to grab your album copy HERE!
The Unknown track listing:
1. The Unknown
2. The Mask We Wear
4. When Mortal Coils Shed
5. Sleepless Eyes
6. Out of Sight
7. At Mirror’s Speech
8. Reap What You Sow
9. Beginning of the End
10. Balance of Time
The Unknown is available in the following formats:
– 1CD Digipak
– 1-LP Gatefold Black Vinyl
– Digipak + Shirt
– 1-LP Gatefold Crystal Clear
– 1-LP Gatefold Solid Red (UK only)
– Digital Album