This album is very impressive and for a debut album it really shows a lot of promise. The band are incredibly established sounded and don’t seem to have any real first album issues to be found. Its tight, heavy, fast and melodic and shows that the band are ready to step up and make a much larger impact on not just the local scene but nationally as well. This album is a must for all thrash metal fans and classic metal fans.
The final verdict? Really positive. The disc is a great concentration of power and melody, metaphorically what we might call a "sound punch with a velvet glove." At their first Lp Envenomed not betray the expectations, giving us almost fifty minutes of great music, not too brutal but not "pimp". A music capable of fusing in a particular alchemy elements catchy (the voice, some riffs) with an incredible force.
After the opening 54 second intro, it’s obvious this quartet have a militant, together as one spirit when it comes to their style. A sonic assault hits on “Will of Man” – triplets abound, back and forth vocals travel during the verses as the rhythm section shifts between speed overdrive and a comfortable, groove-oriented mid-tempo. As guitarists Anthony Mavrikis and Brendan Farrugia trade off shredding lead breaks and then join together for some memorable melodic harmonies.
Sonically, Evil Unseen is very crisp and clean which is fairly common for this kind of more modern fare. It helps to accentuate the strong guitar melodies used throughout the album but also allows the band to get down to business when a bit of extra muscle is needed, like on the blistering Will of Man that has riffs easily capable of being on an Overkill record.
The shredding is a crafted beast with the chunky guitars blasting consistently from the speakers. Suffice to say, Envenomed have laid a foundation in the world of melodic thrash that hopefully people will adhere to, masterfully produced and begging to be played at maximum velocity. Australia take note, this band is destined for big things.
Envenomed’s debut “Evil Unseen” represents none of the things that everyone thinks they know about music from Australia. Truly, this is a group of young thrashers who were weaned on the heady days of metal’s reign in the mid-eighties. The structural foundation of their aural assault is clearly Iron Maiden, but once the listener forages on past the first blush, there is a rewarding bouquet of influences that gives Envenomed the acidic taste of something new.
The roaring pace is matched by guitarists who can find spaces to explore drama and for this Envenomed deserve immense credit and I hope this is now a formulation that will find them in a happier and longer lasting space.
'Evil Unseen' proves to be a knock out debut release. With a press release promising 'huge riffs, killer shred and massive vocals,' the output matches the assertions. The inclusion of thrash, melodic and heavy metal creates something a little fresh and equally enjoyable.
This is a thrash album, it's not aboust being the fastest most brutal music ever, there is musicality, melody and intelligence in this music, all the while giving you more than enough neck snapping riffs to make me really miss my hair. The mix is powerful, punchy, and distinct, another album enhanced by the ears and knowledge of Chris Themelco (Monolith Studios, Orpheus Omega).
The best way to summarise ‘Evil Unseen’ is that this album is earnest. Envenomed don’t have anything to hide here. The cards are out on the table and they’ve dealt out a royal flush. The album is both dynamic and universal. And when I say ‘universal’, by that I mean there is enough variety and interest across this album that it should appeal to wide array of listeners. There is honestly very little to fault with this record. The nine years it took for ‘Evil Unseen’ to finally be released have been in no way wasted.