Review – Evil Invaders: Pulses of Pleasure

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Evil Invaders: Pulses of Pleasure
Speed Metal
Napalm Records
February 27th, 2015
Release length: 42:09
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Belgium Speed Metallers Evil Invaders formed in 2007, though only one third of the initial line-up remains. Originally a three-piece, drummer Speedfreak Frey and guitarist Stavrös Koekeloeres departed the group in 2011 and 2010 respectively, leaving only lead vocalist/guitarist Johannes Van Audenhove (Joe Anus) the only remaining founder. As the years went on, members came and went before settling on the four-piece that included drummer Senne Jacobs, ex-Fallout guitarist Sam Lemmens, and finally Constant Vulse bassist Max Mayhem, who joined the group in 2014. Up to this point, the band issued the D-emokill demo in 2009, and a self-titled EP in 2013 through Empire Records. For 2015, they present their debut album, Pulses of Pleasure, which is being handled by Napalm Records. But is this a recording well worth taking note of?

Like many bands lately, Evil Invaders plays up the eighties Metal role not just in the compositions, but in the analog audio quality. Pulses of Pleasure is a top notch recording in that respect, but there’s just enough of a gritty eighties touch to the final product that sounds fantastic without losing the crisp output of the instruments and vocals, the latter of which benefiting greatly thanks to the mid-range and falsettos utilized, not to mention the oft growl. The material also spans beyond the Speed Metal foundations, taking in some Thrash Metal and even NWOBHM elements from time to time. Interestingly enough, everything about Pulses of Pleasure actually sounds more like something Hells Headbangers would put out instead of Napalm Records, which is a nice little surprise in and of itself.

A lot of that becomes apparent right from the opening tight riffs that kick off “Fast, Loud ‘n’ Rude”. The grit and grime of the back alleys can be felt in the bleak sound of the release, especially in the intimidating introduction that announces the furious aggression worthy of an Exciter or Hirax album that makes up the rest of the release. While the hostile main verses and mixture of harsher vocals and falsettos really drive the enthusiastic technicality home, it’s the insanely addicting melodic chorus that tightens the grip around your throat before the furious guitars and drums kick back in, banging your head for you, but into a brick wall. “Shot to Paradise” isn’t quite as intense overall, but the steady two-step drums and deep bass pulse really help enrich the experience, leaving you with the same general involuntary impact.

Of course, there are the songs that break free from the largely Speed Metal formula, such as “Stairway to Insanity”. This one is an interesting mixture of Heavy Metal along the lines of Enforcer or Katana, but the material is handled with the aforementioned genre’s signature speed, presenting a balls to the wall infectious slab of vintage Metal melody that is just irresistible to the human ears. “Venom” shares these sort of traits as well, presenting more of an epic overtone to the music that really pulls the bass guitar presence forward compared to the others.

But then there’s “Pulses of Pleasure”, which stands out in more of an eccentric way than anything else. This one can abuse the falsettos a bit at times, though the overall performance can remind listeners of Sweet‘s hit “Ballroom Blitz” laced with early Motorhead. The only gripe here, however, is the lack of gang chants, which is something vacant from much of the album. Instead we are given additional layers of the falsetto approach, which works, but having that deeper contrast at key times easily would have put it over with the listener easily. Of course you can’t forget about the solid guitar solo that sounds more like a video game or anime theme, a bit upbeat with a catchy sensation of action that wraps up an otherwise stunning track. Of course, it in no way holds a candle to the solo of “Eclipse of the Mind”, which is just well executed over-the-top genius guaranteed to make any crowd in attendance blow the roof off with howls of approval if played live.

Evil Invaders proves to be a very tight knit four-piece despite all the line-up changes, as Pulses of Pleasure is just an addictive and well executed find, period. There’s only a few songs present that don’t grab the listener the same way by being a bit too tame or typical for the genre, but even they are far from anything you’d consider filler material. If the band’s live presence is even half of the calibre that this debut full-length album is, which live videos have shown it can be, then there’s no denying this is a band you need to keep a close eye on, especially when enveloping the traditional Heavy Metal values to their Speed Metal roots. If you haven’t heard Evil Invaders yet, then you need to familiar yourself with Pulses of Pleasure as soon as possible.


01. Fast, Loud ‘n’ Rude – 5:28
02. Pulses of Pleasure – 5:18
03. Eclipse of the Mind – 5:33
04. Siren – 5:18
05. Stairway to Insanity – 5:26
06. Shot to Paradise – 3:46
07. Venom – 3:38
08. Blinded (intro) – 202
09. Master of Illusion – 5:39
Initial Pressing Score: 8/10

Evil Invaders
Evil Invaders

Digital review copy of this release provided by Napalm Records
via Freeman Promotions.