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) — is currently touring North American tour with fellow British thrashers ONSLAUGHT.
Fan-filmed video footage of MPIRE OF EVIL performing the classic VENOM song “Black Metal” on March 22 at the Echoplex in Los Angeles, California can be seen below.
MPIRE OF EVIL will release its full-length debut, “Hell To The Holy”, on March 26 via Scarlet Records. The CD boasts 10 brand-new tracks displaying the band’s infectious and groovy heavy metal assault, conveying Mantas‘ thunderous riffs, a huge rhythm section and Dolan‘s abrasive vocals into a monstrous musical holocaust which will appeal to both old-school and modern metal fans.
Produced by Mantas himself and featuring stunning cover artwork by Gyula Havancsák (ANNIHILATOR, DESTRUCTION, GRAVE DIGGER), “Hell To The Holy” is without any doubts a “must have” album for 2012.
Despite having played on the MPIRE OF EVIL album, drummer Antony “Antton” Lant (ex-VENOM) has since left the band for personal reasons.
“Hell To The Holy” track listing:
02. Metal Messiah
03. Waking Up Dead
04. Hell To The Holy
05. Snake Pit
06. All Hail
09. The 8th Gate
10. M-pire (Prelude)
The song “Hellspawn” can be streamed using the SoundCloud player below.
MPIRE OF EVIL released its debut mini-album, “Creatures Of The Black”, on October 21, 2011 via Scarlet Records. The CD featured cover versions of four songs that influenced the members of M-PIRE OF EVIL (“Exciter” by JUDAS PRIEST, “God Of Thunder” by KISS, “Hell Ain’t A Bad Place To Be” by AC/DC and “Motörhead” by MOTÖRHEAD), plus two new songs, “Hellspawn” and “Reptile”.
In a 2010 interview with Metality, Dolan stated about the formation of M-PIRE OF EVIL,”Well, I think it came about as Mantas and Antton who were both doing separate music projects (DRYLL and DEF-CON-ONE) came together in DRYLL. Mantas needed a drummer and Antton offered his services. People kept wondering what it would be like if Mantas and Antton played with me and it was kind of, ‘Oh, yeah that would be fun perhaps,’ but then DRYLL played a show and performed the VENOM track ‘Black Metal’ [with Antton] and that was kind of it. People started saying I had to come in and play, too. So I got a phone call and had a few chats with Mantas and that was that; we decided we’d see if it worked. It does, very well, but then again myself and Mantas have always been friends and played well together. The addition of a drummer as good as Antton was something too cool to pass up! [M-PIRE OF EVIL] is old school, I guess, melodic, heavy, powerful. [As to how MPIRE OF EVIL is] different from VENOM, [I’m] not sure. We will inevitably be compared, as we are all ex-VENOM [members] and, of course, Mantas was the main songwriter for VENOM, so… But I feel we are more like classic metal. MOTÖRHEAD, BLACK SABBATH…. PRIEST and VENOM.”