Convulse
Evil Prevails

Convulse return from the grave with their long over due 3rd album, Evil Prevails.  I had never heard the band before until recently until a friend recommended I get up off my rear and get the reissue of their 1991 debut, World Without God and I love the album.  I heard their second album, Reflections was more death’ n’ roll sounding, so I have stayed away from that.

Anyway Evil Prevails reunites original members, Rami Jämsä on vocals/guitars and bassist, Juha Telenius.  To say this should have been the successor to World Without God is an understatement since the style and production are virtually identical.  ‘We Kill Our Kind’ opens this 8 song album and the bass guitar has a prominent role on this as it offers great depth throughout the cd.  Excellent groove with double bass soon follows with a a signature Convulse styled blast at the 2.30 part, also containing guitar solos.  Rami still sounds like he did back in ’91.  Really nice dirty guitar sound.  ‘Unholy War’ has quite the killer part with the guitar riff and than the drum roll creeping forward before going into a blast.  This is a really creative part and nice atmospheric ending to the tune. ‘God is Delusion’ has a cool beat, after its acoustic intro.  But whatever you are doing, sitting on the crapper or eating your cheerios, be sure to throw up your horns at the 1.25 part.  This is a signature classic death/thrash beat that is very well done.  The bass guitar pummeling on this track.

The production is organic and at times there is a bit of muddiness to the mix, but overall the riffs come through clear.  The booklet contains lyrics and pictures.  The album cover has, what appears to be, 4 corn stalkish stick figures wandering around near a graveyard about to cause some trouble.  I was puzzled that the band logo was nowhere on the front cover, if this was in one of the few record stores out there, you would have to look at the back of the cd for the logo. Well my forthcoming interview with Convulse will shed some light on this.  In the meantime, if you like classic Finnish old school death metal, pick this up, it’s really good.

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Written by Frank Rini
May 12th, 2014

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