Carrying on with our lead-up to this weekend’s Bloodstock Festival is this interview with Ol, lead guitarist from British thrash metal band Evile. The band open the Main Stage on Sunday and will be certain to wake up any metal fans still reeling from the night before. Here, Ol talks about some new bands he’s digging and a couple of oldies that inspired him to pick up a guitar in the first place.
“They’re a thrash band from America. They’ve been going for practically the same amount of time as us. There’s been a few lineup changes but yeah, we toured with them through Europe and America and they’re really nice guys as well as being really tight live. It’s just full on thrash metal and you can’t not enjoy it if you’re into thrash and metal.”
2. Savage Messiah (playing the Last.fm Stage at Bloodstock on Saturday)
“They’re label mates of ours on Earache. It’s a bit like Judas Priest meets thrash with lots of high vocals and technical guitar work. Definitely them.”
“This band, from London, aren’t very active or well known. It’s just typical weird 80′s thrash. This thing about flying through space or zombies or the toxic avenger. I love that stuff – really great band.”
4. Sepultura (playing the Main Stage at Bloodstock on Friday)
“I remember when I was younger, twelve or thirteen or so, I first got Beneath The Remains and my Dad said “Why are you listening to that shit, it’s just screaming”, and I said “No you don’t get it, it’s not just about his screaming, it’s about the riffs, the feel and the agression.” I’ve been listening to that again because we’ve been writing our album for next year and it’s been giving me good inspiration. At the same token I don’t want to listen to it too much ‘cos then it might start sounding like that!”
“Since I’ve been younger than twelve they’ve been an inspiration. I saw them last at Download Festival and they were so inspiring. They’re nearly sixty or whatever and they’re still enjoying it. You can really tell when someone on stage isn’t enjoying it and that isn’t the case with them. So yeah, definitely Metallica.”