Let's set this off. You should know Age of Evil. The band is comprised of two sets of brothers and the guys in the band are young. This is not a Glam band - think modern Iron Maiden. Still, Age of Evil seems to have the goods - and they do give props to their 80s heroes. The band's name is both a nod to the member's ages...and the world around us.
"The band name Age of Evil, yes, obviously comes from us being young and we’ll always be young at heart," says singer Jeremy Goldberg. "Age of Evil represents that rebellious attitude and we’re playing heavy metal, so it fits. It’s also our world view I guess you could say. When people stop fighting and stuff like that -- when that stops we’ll change our name -- but realistically I don’t think that will happen. We’re not pessimistic, just realistic."
It seems all the members of Age of Evil are realistic about the music industry, too. Jeremy is the elder Goldberg and he's also the singer/guitarist for the band - and a college student studying graphic design. His younger brother Jacob plays bass and is finishing high school at a rapid pace. Jordan Ziff handles lead guitar and Garrett Ziff plays drums. Both Ziff brothers are trained musicians.
So why am I writing about Age of Evil on a Glam site? Because the band did an amazing cover of Skid Row's "Slave to the Grind" for starters. Age of Evil has also covered Whitesnake's "Still Of the Night" and the Judas Priest song "Electric Eye."
Age of Evil just released the Get Dead EP featuring six songs - including the Skid Row and Priest covers. There's also two originals and two live tracks on the EP. Awhile back the band recorded Living a Sick Dream and former Megadeth guitarist Marty Friedman played on the album's title track. See? I told you there was 80s metal cred here.
Enough of this. Go to the band's Myspace right now and listen to the Skid Row cover. I couldn't find it on YouTube. After you've listened come back and watch the clip below of the band performing "Still of the Night." I've included an original song as a bonus.
Here's the original, "Living a Sick Dream." I think the members were around 14-17 when this was made.
Age of Evil plans to tour in 2010. I hope they play Rock on the Range. I'll be watching.