Caleb Smith of "The Sick Room" radio in New Zealand recently conducted an interview with drummer Marc Jackson of MPIRE OF EVIL (formerly PRIMEVIL) — the band formed in 2010 by ex-VENOM members Jeff "Mantas" Dunn (guitar) and Tony "The Demolition Man" Dolan (bass, vocals). You can now listen to the chat in the YouTube clip below.
On May 7, Deadline Music (a subsidiary of Cleopatra Records) will release "Crucified" by MPIRE OF EVIL. The booklet includes art by Mantas, lyrics and band pics.
"Crucified" bulldozes through eleven tracks — including nine re-recorded versions of VENOM tracks from Dolan's time with the group — opening with the driving "Temples of Ice" and not taking its foot off the gas through the closing beast, "Taking It All" (which includes the perfect anti-chant). The riffs are dense and mighty, rhythms propulsive, and the vocals relentlessly intense. The record takes on dystopian themes of destruction, evil, and corruption and in the case of pointed tracks like "Blackened Are The Priests", all three.
"Crucified" track listing:
01. Temples Of Ice
03. Kissing The Beast
04. Blackened Are The Priests
06. Black Legions
07. Need To Kill
11. Taking It All
The song "Taking It All" can be streamed at this location.
After completing a successful U.S. tour with Jackson (who replaced Antony "Antton" Lant last year), MPIRE OF EVIL in May 2012 announced that Marc had joined the group on a permanent basis.
MPIRE OF EVIL released its full-length debut, "Hell To The Holy", on March 26, 2012 via Scarlet Records. The CD was produced by Mantas and features cover artwork by Gyula Havancsák (ANNIHILATOR, DESTRUCTION, GRAVE DIGGER).
MPIRE OF EVIL last year completed a North American tour with fellow British thrashers ONSLAUGHT.