Evil Invaders: Pulses Of Pleasure

Speed-crazed Belgians keep pace with the trad metal pack

You can trust Louder Our experienced team has worked for some of the biggest brands in music. From testing headphones to reviewing albums, our experts aim to create reviews you can trust. Find out more about how we review.

The band name is cribbed from a 1985 Razor LP and the album title sounds like Anvil on a health food kick, but these gurning Belgian rivetheads make a reasonably distinctive impact of their own in a subgenre crammed with identikit imitators.

Evil Invaders were releasing demos on cassette with hand-drawn inlays in the late 00s, and this heartening adolescent zeal and wide-eyed conviction is much in evidence on their full-length debut.

But there are also discreetly individual touches, with deft, tasteful solos over restless arrangements twisting and bubbling with neat tossed-off riffs and melodies.

The make-or-break element is the wild-and-crazy vocals, snarling in the best tradition of 80s metal nutjob singers like King Diamond, Baloff and Zetro from Exodus, Nasty Ronnie from Nasty Savage or Agent Steel’s Jon Cyriis: all good pointers to the band’s sound and style. It ain’t rocket science, but it sure hits the spot (with a sledgehammer)./o:p

Chris Chantler

Chris has been writing about heavy metal since 2000, specialising in true/cult/epic/power/trad/NWOBHM and doom metal at now-defunct extreme music magazine Terrorizer. Since joining the Metal Hammer famileh in 2010 he developed a parallel career in kids' TV, winning a Writer's Guild of Great Britain Award for BBC1 series Little Howard's Big Question as well as writing episodes of Danger Mouse, Horrible Histories, Dennis & Gnasher Unleashed and The Furchester Hotel. His hobbies include drumming (slowly), exploring ancient woodland and watching ancient sitcoms.