Well, I think this is the first band from Paraguay that I’ve ever reviewed, but I feel like I know how this is going to. South American? Named Evil Force? Album title is ‘Banging on the Pentagram’? The only thing missing from South American thrash stereotype 101 is the black and white cover art. Witches Brew dropped this thrash gem on Christmas Eve last year, and what a hidden gem it is!
Opening strongly with the title track, all galloping Teutonic riffs and punkish energy. There’s dashes of vintage speed metal in there too, and it feels like someone injected early Slayer with a bt more melody. The infectious ‘Command of Pain’ worms its way under your skin like some malignant disease and refuses to leave, inspiring rabid headbanging with its razor sharp riffing. The good thing about Evil Force is they are considerable less raw than some of the Sarcofago worshipping stuff to come from South America, and therefore have uniqueness points immediately.
The thudding groove of ‘Devastation Time’ and the manic ‘Nocturnal Witchery’ are two personal highlights, but you’ll struggle to find a poor song on ‘Banging on the Pentagram’. Full of infectious, old school speedy thrash anthems, Evil Force rock like it’s 1983, and there’s no such thing as ‘Fade to Black’ yet. The garden of riffs is full and ripe, and Evil Force have plucked many classics for this piece of thrash beauty!