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Joel Graham performing live in 2007
|Born||10 February 1977|
|Genres||Thrash metal, heavy metal|
|Occupation(s)||Musician, songwriter, writer|
|Associated acts||Evile, Rise to Addiction|
|Website||Official Evile Website|
Graham was born on 10 February 1977 in Dewsbury, England. He was strongly influenced and supported by his parents from a young age to enjoy music and was taken to rock shows from the age of 7 to see such bands as Queen, Iron Maiden and Bruce Springsteen. Graham started playing Bass as his main instrument in 1996 playing in local bands around the West Yorkshire area. He moved to Nottingham in 1999 and helped form the stoner rock band Ninedenine who released the highly praised Scars E.P in 2001. During this time he also worked at Earache Records processing orders for the labels then first webstore.
Rise To Addiction
In 2006, Graham returned to his birth town of Dewsbury and replaced Rob Naylor as bassist of Rise To Addiction. Graham co-wrote and played on the albums A New Shade of Black for the Soul 2007, and Some Other Truth 2009.
On 16 December 2009, he was announced as the replacement for Mike Alexander, the founding Evile bassist who died whilst on tour in Sweden on 5 October 2009. Graham played his first show with Evile on 14 January 2010 at Cardiff Barfly, also the same day his daughter was born. After a long intensive tour through the United States of America in 2010, he began recording the third Evile album Five Serpent's Teeth. This is the first Evile album to feature him as bass player, although the re-dux edition of Infected Nations released in 2010 contained a bonus disc of live material which featured him playing Bass.
In early 2014 Joel Graham joined Bass Guitar Magazine as a reviewer and contributing writer.
The Old Turk, Dewsbury
In October 2014 Joel Graham took on the role of Landlord at The Old Turk pub in Dewsbury in between performing and recording with Evile The Old Turk historically is the only dedicated rock/metal bar in Dewsbury and frequently has live music events on.
The Leggers Inn, Dewsbury
In February 2016 he became manager of The Leggers Inn and Old Stables Cafe a Marina pub with live music venue.
Joel Graham uses both a finger-picking style and a plectrum when performing, although his preferred style is finger picking. Graham mainly uses the alternate two-finger (index and middle finger) picking style, but he performs an extremely fast[clarification needed] three-finger roll style (made famous by bassist Billy Sheehan) during faster songs such as "Descent into Madness" and "Long Live New Flesh". He uses a plectrum for all songs originally performed by Mike Alexander, commenting in several interviews that he wanted to play those songs just as Alexander did.
Rise To Addiction
- Infected Nations re-dux Edition, Disc 2 (Earache Records) 2010
- Five Serpent's Teeth (Earache Records) 2011
- Skull (Earache Records) 2013
Also during early Evile performances
- Gibson Thunderbird
- Peavey Tour Series 700
- Peavey Tour Series 410 x 2
- Dunlop Cry Baby Wah
- Sansamp Delux Pre-Amp
- Electro Harmonics Big Muff
These effects are clearly heard in the song "Descent into Madness" in the Bass solo section towards the end of the song.
- Line 6 Wireless system
- Fender PT-100 stage tuner
- "Evile Announce New Bassist". Blabbermouth.net. Retrieved 6 January 2010.