Current Lineup :
Daniel Mucs – Drums
Sideeq Mohammed – Bass and Lead Vocals
David Gwynn – Guitar
Damien Levette – Guitar
Brief History :
Not Above Evil was formed in late 2009 by Sideeq Mohammed, Daniel Mucs and David Gwynn with the intention of developing a unique brand of metal driven by brutality and technical precision. Only a few months after getting together the trio recruited fellow University of Manchester student, David Horton to serve as a lead guitarist and released the band’s debut EP. In addition to receiving generally positive reviews the six songs off this self-titled EP would later form the basis of the band’s first full length record, Deification, which they released in summer 2010. Critics described the album as ‘well written’ and ‘played with confidence, self-assured, devilish pace and a crushing appetite for precision’ but the consensus was that Deification was, ironically, a stepping stone to greater things.
The band’s second EP, The Transcendental Signified, marks the debut of new guitarist Damien Levette after the departure of David Horton in late 2010. The Transcendental Signified represents the band’s foray into some of the heavier, darker and more progressive elements of their genre – an exploration which Sideeq mirrors lyrically through the fusion of the macabre imagery of heavy metal with the complexities of contemporary philosophical thought.
Career Highlight :
Headlining our ‘home venue’ The Roadhouse on a Saturday night, playing our new album ‘The Transcendental Signified’ all the way through to a full room.
Plans For The Future :
We’re a small band, so we just want to concentrate on building the machine, doing more gigs out of town and getting on the radars of the people who can help us grow.
Interesting Stuff :
Our backstage ‘antics’ consist of discussing physics problems and eating copious amounts of fatty food. We can’t really drink before a gig due to the technical nature of our music and we’re all a bunch of geeks!
Ideal tour-mates : Mastodon (the others might disagree with this :p)
Dream rider : Scotch eggs, haribo and science weekly!
Not Above Evil on the Web :
Band Website : http://www.notaboveevil.co.uk
Twitter : www.twitter.com/notaboveevil
Facebook : http://www.facebook.com/notaboveevil
Bigcartel : http://notaboveevil.bigcartel.com/
Bandcamp etc. site : http://notaboveevil.bandcamp.com/album/the-transcendental-signified
Other Services : http://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/not-above-evil/id395530880