In Rear-View: #2 by Evil Engine

Evil Engine is a Chicago based “Skate Thrash” band consisting of Kryssie Crisis, Mike Skull, and Jamie Booth. Their original drummer, Colin Holmes, has since stepped away to focus on being a new dad and

Evil Engine is a Chicago based “Skate Thrash” band consisting of Kryssie Crisis, Mike Skull, and Jamie Booth. Their original drummer, Colin Holmes, has since stepped away to focus on being a new dad and has been recently replaced with the equally talented, Tim Parker. At its core, Evil Engine is politically fueled punk rock whose lyrics are a warning about the injustices in our system. I recently spoke with Kryssie on our Punkcast and she said while she feels like her band’s message is so important right now, it didn’t feel right to self promote during these times. That’s where we step in. We gotchu, sis.

The soul comforting sound of 90’s skate punk immediately starts this album right with “Upstanding Citizen.” For far too long have our noses have been pinched as we are force fed blatant lies and expected to do as we are told. Being complacent right now isn’t an option or the change that we so desperately need will never happen. SO STAND UP AND BE HEARD! And blare this song while you put on your game face. #MannersAreForPussies

“Degeneration” is hard and Skull’s bass line is in your face. Booth’s skills really shine in this one and pairs perfectly with the monster drumming laid down by Holmes. During all that, Kryssie Crisis roars lyrics so fast and powerful that I had to go back a few times to fully appreciate the message. Check it out for yourself.

I kept going back to “Sink & Drown” again and again. This song has a slightly different sound than the others and that sucked me in immediately. Kryssie’s voice is almost sweet in this one…almost. “Humanity left us without a trace.” I think that’s how we all feel right now. This bridge is my favorite on the album and has a 90’s grunge kinda feel to it.

The metal edge influence really shines in “Get the Gun.” Their song about the horrors of police brutality is the unfortunate reality in which we are currently living. “Routine stop to the side of the road, keep your hands on the wheel and do what you’re told.” Evil Engine has been warning us for years of what was happening. Now the world is finally ready to listen and understand.

“Prisoner of War” rounds out this album and it ends strong. The guitar riffs in this are awesome and the back up vocals really add to this song. Once again, Evil Engine teaches us as they highlight real life issues. I have caught my daughter rocking out to this song a few times while she plays video games so there is hope for the future.

Evil Engine’s #2 is a soundtrack for the time and this band is truly a punk rock party with a message. Head over to Bandcamp to buy this album, then follow them on their Facebook and IG. And remember…”Don’t be a part of it; stand up and always question. And if you don’t, then you’re becoming the fuel for the evil engine…”

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