Evile Style

by Gabriel Leopardi

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  • Hi GMC!

    Welcome to my new Thrash Metal lesson. In this one I’m covering the style of the English band Evile, formed in 2004. The current members are Matt Drake (Vocals, Rhythm Guitar), Joel Graham (Bass) and Ben Carter (Drums). They are considered one of the reasons why Thrash Metal is having an important revival in the last years. The first time I heard them I was impressed by their speed, tightness and sound. Their music is like the old Metallica and Slayer but with a very modern sound, honestly I loved what I heard. That’s why I decided to cover them in this lesson. I hope that you enjoy it!

    Music Style:
    Evile main style is Thrash Metal, and listening to their music we can find important influences by bands like Overkill, Metallica, Megadeth, Slayer, Exodus, Testament, Annihilator and Pantera (among many others). Some songs are close to Death Metal, while others have some Metalcore influences. In this lesson I composed a tune that shows their most classic and aggressive thrash metal sound. The use of the diminished 5th is also another characteristic of this music, it’s that demonic interval loved by extreme metal styles.

    Tonality, Chord Progression & Scales:
    When we say Thrash Metal, there are scales and tonalities that are a must. It can be compared to blues, someone says, let’s play some blues and you instantly play a dominant chord or a Pentatonic Minor scale. When I say let’s play some Thrash Metal there are two scales that are a must: Minor and Phrygian Mode. These are the main ones, then we have some others that can be added, but this two ones are present most of the times. This lesson is in the key of E minor and you will find both minor, Phrygian, diminished 5th and many other concepts that I will explain in the video parts.

    This lesson is very fast and demanding for the right hand.
    It is basically a rhythm metal lesson so the techniques used are palm muting and alternate picking.

    I used LePou plugins to create the guitar tone. These are free amp emulators that are extremely recommended. The cabinet used on for this guitar tone is Poulin Lecto which is a Mesa Boogie Dual Rectifier Emulation. I used Cubase to record audio and midi, SSD 3.5 for drums and Trillian for bass.

    Click HERE to download my Patch.

    Tuning: standard EADGBE tuning

    Tempo: 200 BPM

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