Neil Stevens, thick-string twanger and screamer for thrash metal maniacs Elimination tells us a bit about the band, and reminds us that they have a new EP out this week. This last bit is very important…
We are all based in East Anglia. Ipswich mainly but Dave is originally from Norwich, but we can’t really blame him for that!
How did you meet?
I reformed the band, after a nearly 4-year hiatus, back in 2017 and I had started to look for new members as the original members were not interested.
I had known Dave from a few bands in Norwich and after I had put up a few adverts up on Facebook he got in contact. Leigh had seen us play before we originally went on hiatus and when I told him I was looking for another guitarist he was interested.
How long have you been playing as a band?
The current line-up has been together for over two years now, but originally the band started in 2007.
Before you get sick of being asked… where does the band name come from?
We do get this question a lot! The name is based on the Overkill song “Elimination” because Overkill is such an awesome band.
What are your influences?
We love old school thrash metal bands like Kreator, Testament, Slayer and Megadeth but there is also hints of Judas Priest and Death in our music.
Describe your music. What makes you unique?
I would not say we are your typical thrash metal band. Yes, we like to play fast and heavy but there is also melody in our music, this is where the Judas Priest influence comes in. Any band can write fast songs but what makes a song good or even great is how memorable it is, and I would say our music achieves this.
Do you have any particular lyrical themes?
There are not any particular themes to the lyrics, but I tend to get inspiration from mental and external struggles and whatever is happening in the world at that time. There is a song off the new EP which is inspired from Bloodborne and HP Lovecraft.
What’s your live show like? How many shows have you played?
We like to bring a lot of energy to our live shows and transfer this to the crowd, getting them banging their heads before the first song has finished. Man, we have played loads, too many to number.
What’s the wildest thing you’ve seen or done at a live show?
While we were on tour supporting Evile in 2011 at the O2 in Manchester the crowd got so into it that members of the audience were crowd surfing onto the stage and they ended up falling onto all our guitar pedals, we spent most of the gig trying to avoid human bodies.
What kit do you use / guitars do you play / etc.?
We all use Jackson guitars and basses, Elixir Strings and Vocal zone pastels to keep our voices nice and lubed up.
Leigh uses EMG Pickups while Dave’s recently started using Fishman. Amp-wise Leigh uses Randal and Dave’s using EVH and Helix for effects.
What, if anything, are you plugging/promoting at the moment?
Our new EP Of Gods And Beasts will be released on the 7th of August and it can be ordered from our bandcamp.
What are your plans for the next 6 months or so?
We had planned to be on the road gigging but because we can’t do that we will be working on new songs for our 3rd album which we plan to hopefully record early next year.
If you were second on a three-band bill, which band would you love to be supporting and which band would you choose to open for you? A chance to plug someone you’ve toured with, or a mate’s band we’ve not heard of before!
We would love to support Kreator. They are one of those bands which are a massive influence on many of today’s thrash metal bands but are very underrated. There are so many awesome underground bands but to open I would choose Elyrean, A four-piece technical thrash metal band in vain of Sylosis, Revocation and Death.