ROCKIN’ ENGINE – Altered By Evil

ROCKIN' ENGINE - Altered By Evil album cover
  • 6.9/10
    ROCKIN' ENGINE - Altered By Evil - 6.9/10


Label: Self-Release
Release date: July 7, 2023

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8/10 (1 vote)

Rockin’ Engine’s latest album, Altered by Evil, is a fast paced journey into the realms of Heavy Metal. From the moment the first riff hits, it’s clear that this band is ready to unleash an assault on the listeners’ ears. With their raw energy and powerful musicianship, Rockin’ Engine delivers an album that will satisfy any metalhead, especially fans of Slipknot and Avenged Sevenfold.

One of the standout features of Altered by Evil is the band’s tight and precise instrumentation. The guitar work is blistering, with lightning-fast solos and crushing riffs that will make your head bang uncontrollably. The rhythm section provides a solid foundation, driving the songs forward with thunderous bass lines and thundering drums. It’s evident that Rockin’ Engine has spent countless hours honing their craft, as their musical prowess is on full display throughout the album.

The songwriting on this album is pretty good as well. Each track is meticulously crafted, offering a mix of catchy hooks, memorable choruses, and powerful melodies. The band’s ability to seamlessly blend aggression and melody is impressive, creating songs that are both heavy and highly memorable. From the anthemic “Carnival Of Evil” to the relentless assault of “Psycho Path,” every track on Altered by Evil has its own unique flavor while maintaining a cohesive sound that keeps the album flowing smoothly.

Another aspect that sets Rockin’ Engine apart is their commanding vocals. The lead singer’s gritty and powerful voice perfectly complements the band’s aggressive sound. Whether delivering guttural screams or soaring clean vocals, their range and control are commendable, adding an extra layer of intensity to the music.

The production quality on Altered by Evil is superb. The album has a crisp and polished sound that allows every instrument to shine without sacrificing the raw energy of the band’s performance. The mix strikes a perfect balance, creating a wall of sound that engulfs the listener and enhances the impact of each instrument.

While Altered by Evil is undoubtedly a strong album, it does fall into some familiar tropes of the genre. The lyrical themes of darkness, evil, and serial murder are not necessarily groundbreaking in the world of Heavy Metal. However, Rockin’ Engine manages to inject their own passion and authenticity into the songs, making them feel genuine and heartfelt.


In conclusion, Altered by Evil is a powerful and adrenaline-fueled ride through the realms of Heavy Metal. With their impressive musicianship, strong songwriting, and commanding vocals, Rockin’ Engine delivers an album that will leave fans of the genre craving more. While it may not break new ground in terms of originality, the sheer energy and intensity of the music make it a must-listen for any Metal enthusiast.

Band Members

Steve O Leff – Vocals/Rhythm Guitar
Ste Vy Leff – Lead Guitar
JP Buzzard – Bass
Joel Bilodeau – Drums/Vocals


  1. Carnival Of Evil
  2. Day Of Wrath
  3. Liber Ex-Mortis
  4. Monsters Under Your Bed
  5. Psycho Path
  6. Room 185 – ft. guest vocals Steph Jomphe


  • Jon Harvey

    Jon is a reviewer at Metal Express Radio and is currently living in Wisconsin, USA. The first thing that made Jon fall in love with Metal goes all the way back to the glory days of MTV actually playing music. Alice in Chains, "Man in the Box" came on and the channel was automatically banned by family. It sparked a curiosity for the music instead of turning him away from it. Things only progressed from there. Suicidal Tendencies, Slayer, Metallica, Megadeth, all the heavier stuff from the late '80s and early '90s were always in rotation. Aside from loving all things Metal, Jon also runs a skateshop in his hometown and is trying to get the scene stronger than ever.

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