PROJECT EVIL – Project Evil

PROJECT EVIL - Project Evil
  • 5/10
    PROJECT EVIL - Project Evil - 5/10


Mighty Music
Release date: August 24, 2018

User Review
9/10 (2 votes)

Italy’s Project Evil drops their seven song self-titled debut album in late August. Opening with “Fire At Will”, a Manowar-ish sounding rumination on war, Project Evil sets a tone that indicates that they will follow very well-trodden pathways laid down by the masters without really blazing and new ones on their own. The title cut plods along in an undistinguished fashion; An encouragement for fledging bands: if you are going to take your name from one of your own tunes, make certain it is as epic as “Black Sabbath”, as memorable as “Motorhead”, or as hard-hitting as “Iron Maiden”. Despite the boldly stated lyric of “Project Evil is born!”, the song fails to truly ignite—cigars would be unlikely to be passed around after such a birth.

“Fading To The Sun” fares a bit better, riding a promising NWOBHM riff skyward. “Pulsanda Tellus” sounds like an outtake from a late-period Thor album, and the promisingly named “Poker Of Skulls” suffers from a second-act downshift that threatens to drop the entire transmission before the solo cuts manages to keep the engine alive—barely—in a song burdened with lyrics as terrible as any you will hear this year, coming off like bad Running Wild fanfiction. “Bal Sagoth”, more plodding, and then mercifully the last song “Red Dawn”, which rewards anyone who stuck around until the end with Project Evil’s best performance. Italy has produced some of the best Metal in the world over the last few years; sadly, Project Evil fails to burnish that gleaming legacy.



  • Daniel Waters

    Daniel was a reviewer here at Metal Express Radio. Iron Maiden’s Piece Of Mind wasn’t the first Metal album he owned, but it was the one that lifted the lid off his soul when he received the record as a gift on his 15th birthday. He's been a Metal fan ever since. He's probably best known as the author of various Young Adult novels such as the Generation Dead series and the ghost story Break My Heart 1,000 Times, now also a major motion picture entitled I Still See You, starring Bella Thorne. Writing and music, especially Heavy Metal music, has always been inextricably linked in his mind and career. His first paid gig doing any type of writing was for Cemetery Dance, where he wrote a horror-themed music column called Dead Beats, and when he was writing the first Generation Dead novel he had a ritual where he started his writing day with a Metal playlist that kicked off with “Crushing Belial” by Shadows Fall.

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