EVIL-LYN is a Finnish heavy metal band that has finally released their debut album. Read what they have to say for themselves. Anders Ekdahl ©2018
You have one of these names that do not really tell what kind of metal you play. How hard was it to come up with the name?
-Well, not that hard. The name comes of course from the Masters of the Universe, Evil-lyn is Skeletors mistress, cool! We (the line up at the time) were huge fans of Masters of the Universe, so it seemed logical. We did have a conversation whether we can name a band after a female character (the band wasn’t fem-fronted at the time), but we figured that it’s ok since Alice Cooper and Lizzy Borden are as well all male bands with damn cool female
On the EP you had a female vocalist. On the album you have a male one. How has the dynamics of the songs changed with the change of vocalists?
-Not much, I write the songs in the same way anyway. The biggest change is that Lasse participates in song writing and that’s a huge change. A huge step up actually; writing songs is much more fluent nowadays.
We all carry baggage with us that affects us in one way or another but what would you say have been the single greatest influence on your sound?
-Iron Maiden for sure. I wrote most of the music and Maiden has always been my biggest influence.
You play the sort of heavy metal that is firmly based in the NWOBHM. Why have you decided to go for that era of heavy metal?
-I wouldn’t call it a decision; I love NWOBHM bands and listen to these bands a lot, so you can hear the influences quite easily in our music as well. But it’s all unconscious, not a decision or anything. I don’t sit down to write songs, I just fool around with my guitar and every now and then come up with something I can work with,
so, it’s completely intuitional.
Something I have often wondered about is if you feel that you are part of something bigger and greater when you play in a band, that you are part of a movement sort of?
-In a way, yes. NWOTHM, New Wave of traditional Heavy Metal. Some might consider the label goofy, but I think it’s quite apt! Plus it’s a reference to one of my favorite genres. It indeed gives you a great feeling of being part of something.
When you play the sort of music you play I guess you can have birds and bees, or everything really, on the cover of your album? What is a great album cover to you?
-Hand painted for sure, just a personal preference. I like it when a record cover has certain color scheme; like Piece of Mind is dominated by black and yellow, King Diamond’s Them has a blueish scheme. I also like details. Covers with details have a longer lasting impact; you can spend hours watching them, figuring out different details and what they could mean. I really like the work of Riggs (naturally), Andreas Marschall, Eric Larnoy, Ed Repka etc. I also need mention Ozzys Ultimate Sin; perfect ass painted perfectly!
What is your opinion on digital verses physical? Is digital killing music?
-Digital might be killing the sales, but not the music; heck, it’s easier than ever to spread your music around the globe with Youtube, Bandcamp and so on. Personally, I prefer physical albums. Same with movies, I’m afraid that something I absolutely love is taken offline, so you need to have it on your own shelf. I still remember the 90s and the rise of the CD-Rs, so to me vinyl is much more of physical format than CD as anyone can now put their music on CD. It takes much more effort to have your music on vinyl.
What kind live scene is there for bands like yours?
-I believe so, we don’t gig that often, but at least when we do, we still have an audience. That’s a great thing about traditional metal; people still buy albums and go to gigs. Also, there’s quite a many smaller festivals that book young and upcoming bands as well as classic bands form the 80s. It’s a pretty good situation.
When you play live is it a happening or do you see it more as a party?
-I’m not sure if I understand the question correctly, but maybe more of a happening; we take gigs seriously; try to play as tightly as we can, rehearse for real etc. But after the gig it’s definitely a party!
What would you like to see the future bring?
-Second album quite soon of course. I like the way bands used to put out a new album every year or year and a half in the 80s. Keeps you busy. Also, to see us touring, hopefully opening for some bigger band. That would be awesome.