American Evil is a band that lives up to its ominous and intense title. In a world of sell-out bands, American Evil prides themselves on being a couple of “scumbags who refused to give up because they saw the bigger picture.” Their latest collection of manic tracks encompass everything life has to offer, whether that might be celebration, partying, excess or the simple ups and downs of any lifestyle. They were so determined to make a mark and a stand against mediocre mainstream music that they took to the road to spread their wild brand of metallic, brutal rock n’ roll.
Their latest six-track EP entitled Superautomatica opens with “As Real As It Gets.” Chugging, furious electric guitar pumps and propels the track onwards as the screeching, fractured vocals scream and preach about the realness of society and the worrying position in which many people find themselves in this crazy, modern world. It’s an aptly brutal tune for a brutal time in history. Still, it wasn’t relevant for the sake of relevance. American Evil’s opener possesses a melodically-infectious riff, both in terms of vocals and electric guitar, which is something that can often be lost in more brutal bands of the metal genre. I appreciated that. This, for me, is how true metal sounds.
“Evil Things” is a positively evil track, as promised. It summarizes everything for which American Evil stands. It’s packed full of screeching, belting, distorted power chords and whirring, insane solos. The vocals never falter for a second; they maintain a consistently powerful and fluctuating melody. There are never any tired, over-played or monotonous moments, and that, again, is a rare find in indie metal bands.
“Black Magic Sex Devil Woman” is pop metal, if such a thing could ever exist. I hope the members of American Evil don’t string me up for saying so, but I mean this in a complimentary way. It’s upbeat, powerful, catchy and yet, at the same time, raw and intimidating. It encompasses the best of both genres. There are melancholic moments in terms of the choruses, but, mainly, the track is driven by riffs packed full of raw emotion, energy and an uplifting sentiment. As the track progresses, it descends into the darker depths of American Evil’s sound, which proves, once again, that this is a band which cannot be pigeonholed into one genre or set of stylistic tendencies.”
“Get High” is an emotive track, honing in on the raw angst and hatred the band members feel when discussing the topic of jobs, life and the demands of our broken, dark, twisted world. They encapsulate that combination of angst and crippling sadness which lingers within each of us. It’s the summation of their sound, but only in a conceptual sense. Musically, these guys have so much more to offer than can be contained within the narrow confines of one track.
For a six-song EP, Superautomatica is really something else. I often end up sighing when I hear the same screamo bands circulating the same rehashed ideas, lyrically and musically, again and again. It was refreshing to hear tracks with a brutal, raw, real feel to them and lyrics which touched on topics that were a little tongue-in-cheek. American Evil can reflect on the world around them without getting too pretentious about it. They know it’s all about creating music and at the end of the day they do just that.
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