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Age Of Evil: Get Dead

Having seen just what the youth of Metal offers up by experiencing a number of events held by the Paul Green School Of Rock, I was hardly surprised at the level of quality music that was put forth by the lads in Age Of Evil. The band ranges in the age of 18 through 20 and is comprised of two sets of brothers (the Goldbergs and the Ziffs). Together they display a great level of powerful Metal acumen that is a clear sign in how the lessons taught by the masters of the past had been successfully absorbed by the youth and worked with to its benefit. The six song EP Get Dead is a treat for a number of reasons because we get some new material, some live stuff and a couple of covers that I think everyone will enjoy. Starting it off is a bombastic track called "Cruel Intentions" and the stellar drumming of Garrett Ziff takes no prisoners and allows the guitars to paint vast musical colors with their technical riffs. I detected some Iron Maiden and Priest influences in the lead breaks with these boys and that is never a bad thing when it comes down to it. Sometimes the vocals of Jeremy seem like he is straining himself, but at this age he is probably still coming into his own voice. I loved the snarl ala Mustaine that he offers up every now and again across the tracks and think when he finds his main voice that he will be very good at it. Two covers are delivered with a rocking Skid Row track and a Judas Priest one, and while the musical adventuring kicks up the original versions a notch or two, they do keep the main premise in place so the tune remains recognizable. Vocally, Jeremy does his own thing and does not make an attempt to sound like Bach or Halford which was probably for the best because had he failed at the mimicking, it would have been something consistently referred to about the release as opposed to the guys having fun doing music that they know appeals to the larger demographic of Metal heads.

The two live tracks are a nice closer to the EP and show that the guys know how to deliver the goods in the live sense as well and are not loaded with studio trickery. The self-released EP comes in a fold out digipak and gives you a photo of the band, the lyrics for the two new songs and some acknowledgements. We have seen the youth go wild in bands like Warbringer, Black Tide and Mantic Ritual over the most recent years and it looks like the next wave is beginning to manifest itself to us. If this kind of talent keeps popping up and staying true to the Metal way then I think that the genre is in excellent hands. Congratulations young squires, you did good with this one.

Track Listing:
1. Cruel Intentions
2. Get Dead
3. Slave To The Grind
4. The Hellion/Electric Eye
5. Eye For An Eye live
6. Glimpse Of Light - live

Added: February 23rd 2010
Reviewer: Ken Pierce
Related Link: Band Website
Hits: 2027
Language: english

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Age Of Evil: Get Dead
Posted by Michael Popke, SoT Staff Writer on 2010-02-23 12:13:20
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When this thing first landed on my desk, I momentarily confused Age of Evil (a new old-school metal band from Arizona) with Force of Evil (a Mercyful Fate side project sans King Diamond that I saw perform in 2003 at the inaugural Brave Words and Bloody Knuckles Six-Pack Weekend in Cleveland). The young headbangers in Age of Evil are a far cry from Mercyful Fate, but they show promise on their six-song EP, the charmingly titled Get Dead. Borrowing riffs, lyrical ideas and even complete songs from the likes of Skid Row ("Slave to the Grind"), Judas Priest ("The Hellion/Electric Eye"), Megadeth, Iron Maiden and Pantera, this fierce foursome two pairs of brothers, actually, between the ages of 18 and 20 demonstrates a muscular command of its gear and a marketing proficiency inherent in teenagers of the digital era. Age of Evil's two new songs ("Cruel Intentions" and "Get Dead") show marked improvement over tracks from 2007's Living A Sick Dream, represented here by two live cuts ("Eye for An Eye" and "Glimpse of Light"). Plus, Age of Evil recently launched a free app for the iPhone and iPod Touch that allows users to watch videos, browse photos, sample new tunes, access news updates and blog posts, and engage with other fans.

Age Of Evil: Get Dead
Posted by Pete Pardo, SoT Staff Writer on 2010-02-16 17:55:48
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Age of Evil are a young band who obviously have some talent. Get Dead is a short EP that showcases just what they have to offer, which is a mix of ballsy cock rock, hardcore, & thrash metal. Plenty of crunchy riff-o-rama abounds here courtesy of lead guitarist Jordan Ziff & rhythm player Jeremy Goldberg, most noteworthy on the blazers "Cruel Intentions" and "Get Dead", and the band even get down & dirty on covers of Skid Row's "Slave to the Grind" and Judas Priest's "The Hellion/Electric Eye". The main problem with this band are the vocals of Goldberg, whose squealing whine sounds totally out of place next to all this muscular riffing and driving rhythms. Too many passages find him straining to keep up, and it's pretty clear that if Age of Evil want to make a name for themselves in the world of heavy metal, they will need to put a proper frontman in place who can sing this type of material.

Otherwise, this is a band who seem like they have solid foundation to work on. Let's see what they can do next time around, hopefully with a new vocalist and a full length so we can hear how their songwriting has evolved.

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