1 November 2013
Finnish death metal quartet CONVULSE are commonly known as one of the most classic bands from the first wave of Finnish death metal, with the debut album World Without God being one of the most collectible items of the era. But this past January's comeback EP Inner Evil, recorded after an 18-year break, proved that the group can still cut it.
Led by guitarist/growler Rami Jämsä with original bass player Juha Telenius and newer recruits Kristian Kangasniemi (guitar) and Rolle Markos (drums), CONVULSE spent the whole of August locked away in an old-fashioned analog studio, recording what was to become Evil Prevails. Rami Jämsä describes the album as a "fascinating combination of old-school death metal, lightning-fast thrashing parts, some blastbeats here and there, and even ultra-slow doom elements. The CONVULSE of the year 2013 is heavier and meaner than ever before. This album is a rebirth as much as it is continuation of the old-school spirit. "
The eight tracks on Evil Prevails are awash in the kind of musicianship and technical prowess age and maturity can bring, but Adult-Oriented Death Metal this is not. Lyrical subject matter dealing with war, genocide, religion, and other human misfortunes pours out of Jämsä's burning throat while heavy twin guitars rip holes in your speakers without a slightest hint of sophistication. Evil Prevails is unashamedly raw, organic, and old-fashioned, but behind the pummeling noise lurks a very forward-thinking death metal band.
Svart Records will release the album on November 1st on CD, gatefold LP, and digitally, as well. The album cover is a striking new painting by Luxi Lahtinen, the man responsible for many a memorable piece of art in the early '90s death metal scene. Having just played large genre festivals such as Maryland Deathfest and Killtown Deathfest, CONVULSE are gearing up for more live appearances, featuring several European dates with US death metalers Disma.