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Evil Invaders: Pulses Of Pleasure

Speed-crazed Belgians keep pace with the trad metal pack

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 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.