Introducing The Evil Dead

The Evil Dead

We like introducing you to bands that may have slipped under your radar here at Soundscape, and not wanting to do things by halves, we caught up with the band’s guitarist Michel for a chat, and also reviewed their debut album Pronounced (The Evil) Dead – check it all out below!

Can you introduce yourself and tell me a little about the band?
My name is Michel Regueiro; I’m 28 years old, I play guitar and write the music for the band. The band was hellbent from the very beginning to break every rule and boundary and to convert listeners to our devilish cause. We take no prisoners.

How did you get started?
We started in 2006 like most bands just playing covers and having fun, after a few months with our first full lineup original material started popping up and we began gigging and recording. It was a slow process but after 1 demo, 1 EP and 1 full length we can now say that we have arrived.

You released your debut album Pronounced (The Evil) Dead in 2012, can you tell me about the writing and recording process?
The writing began in 2008-2009 when the first songs were taking shape, we incorporated them into our live set to see how they would be received and made changes from then on. The recording started in February 2010 if I remember correctly and it was hellish to say the least!

In the middle of recording it, 2 members and the management left the band, leaving us to make the most of the situation (which we did). We had a very small budget and we had to use 3 studios to make it work but somehow we managed. The sound might not be the best but the raw and energetic feel of the album cannot be denied.

If you could go back and do anything different, would you?
Sure. Sound issues, equipment and other recording approaches, and we would most definitely try to sign with a good label who actually gave a fuck about promoting the album properly and getting it out there for the people.

You’ve recently been working on your second album – how does that compare to your debut?
Musically and lyrically its darker and heavier, more “metal” if you will – the first one had a more rocking vibe. Sound-wise we are very satisfied, we achieved a good well rounded sound with a great production, tones and nuances everywhere.

Which track are you most proud of?
On Pronounced, probably Graverobbin’, What If You Die? and Bootleggers. I like all of the new album, very proud of it.

Any interesting tales from the studio?
Our vocalist Alejandro got so drunk on the first day of his vocal duties that he puked all the entrance to the studio, passed out in the couch and was done for the day…but his vocals for that track were so good that we kept them and are the ones featured in the song…of course he has no recollection of this little incident. Other than that, my amp blew up when starting to record solos and I still don’t have the money to fix it! Compared to the first album this was a very pleasant recording session.

What has been your best experience in the business?
When all the stars align and the band is having a perfect gig with the audience following your every move and getting praised by your peers.

What’s the hardest thing about being in the business?
In our particular case it probably is being from Argentina cause it hinders everything for us, we are far away from the big touring circuits and labels don’t want to take big risks nowadays so we’ve got that against us.

What inspires you?
We are inspired by books, movies, soundtracks, our lives and travels as well as our favourite bands
We are not a narrow minded band at all.

And what does 2015 have in store for The Evil Dead?
Probably not much since its already the middle of October but once the album is released there will be a subsequent tour and we are looking into making a video. Stay tuned!

Pronounced (The Evil) Dead Review

The Evil Dead PronouncedPronounced (The Evil) Dead is the debut album from The Evil Dead, and it’s a good listen that is worth more than just a passing glance.

There are some great inclusions on the album, such as the hard-hitting Dead By Dawn that has a wonderfully furious energy to it and the guitar solo in it is absolutely fantastic, nice and complex yet not detracting your attention from the main body of the song. Another great track is closer Bootleggers, which brings the album to a satisfying close and leaves you wanting to hit the replay button as soon as the track comes to an end!

Of course, there’s always room for improvement and there are a couple of tracks that do feel like they need a little more work. For instance, Electric Evil Revival almost feels a little unfinished, like the band rushed to get it finished in time, and it results in the flow of the album being a little disjointed.

However for a debut offering, there’s a lot of promise within the eight tracks of Pronounced (The Evil) Dead and it sets the scene well for future releases from the band – now bring on album number two!

7/10

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About Natalie Humphries 1780 Articles
Soundscape's editor, who is particularly fond of doom, black metal and folk (but will give anything a chance). Likes to travel to see bands abroad when she can. Contact: nathumphries@soundscapemagazine.com or @acidnat on twitter.

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