Medevil is a highly energetic, fast-paced metal band known for their tight songwriting, intense stage presence and roaring vocals. They are one of the few metal bands coming out of Chilliwack BC, and hold that title proud as they have earned much praise and respect since their inception in 2014. As one of the 6 finalists of the Wacken Metal Battle Canada, they are becoming more and more renowned; their fame attaining them a following both locally and beyond.
Their music could be described as "power thrash" with half of their set being chorus-driven, and the other half focusing on blistering fast riffs. Influences for the band include Iron Maiden, Megadeth and Metal Church. Their fast but catchy songs keeps the crowd chanting throughout the set, and leaves them wanting more. The band was founded January 13, 2014 by Eric Wesa (bass), and Liam (vocals). Two months after the band's inception the boys found the ultimate guitar duo they were looking for, Gary Cordsen and Brett Gibbs. Finally Chris Malcolmson joined in 2018 to replace Ross Collingwood on drums, solidifying the lineup.
As a band, Medevil has two common goals; to explore their musical talents, and continue performing live for their fast-growing fanbase.
LIAM COLLINGWOOD - VOCALS
BORN: December 19, 1993
FROM: Bath, England
Influenced by bands like Metal Church, Mastodon, The Darkness, Black Sabbath and the power metal and thrash genre, Liam started playing music at fifteen. Writing music and playing guitar helped him express himself in a way he never could before. Over the years, Liam and Eric started the band known now as Medevil. As the band progressed and members tried to find their fit, Liam moved from guitar and vocals to focusing solely on his voice. His passion lies with writing music, however he still loves to play guitar.
GARY CORDSEN - GUITAR
BORN: October 21, 1986
FROM: Chilliwack, Canada
Gary began playing guitar at age 14, inspired mostly by Rage Against the Machine's Tom Morello and, along with every other guitar player on the planet, Metallica. He has always enjoyed the technical aspect of guitar playing and that is what continues to inspire his playing today. Favourite bands include Megadeth, Arch Enemy, Lamb of God, Black Sabbath, Slayer, as well as solo artists such as Jeff Loomis, Andy James, and Yngwie Malmsteen.
BRETT GIBBS - GUITAR
BORN: October 31, 1992
FROM: New Westminster, Canada
Brett has been heavily interested in music for as long as he can remember. He started collecting music at around the age of 6 or 7, his first guitar at 9 and his first electric guitar around 11. Through the years he followed the Beatles, Queen, Metallica and Pink Floyd. Finally at 17, Brett found Meshuggah, and they completely changed how he heard music and are now his biggest influence. Ever since he started listening to metal, he has become very interested in rhythm and composition.
ERIC WESA - BASS GUITAR
BORN: June 29th, 1995
FROM: Edmonton, Canada
Eric's musical style is heavily influenced by Led Zeppelin, Gentle Giant, Iron Maiden, Megadeth, Black Sabbath, Blaze Bayley, and Metal Church. He started playing guitar at fourteen, and began with folk and rock music. In 2011, Eric started the search for a band mate at this time and met Liam. He started playing bass with another local band named 'Rexford Drive,' filling in only when needed. After playing live with them he came to enjoy the groove of the bass. In 2014, while Medevil was searching for a new bass player, he decided to change his role to suit!
CHRIS MALCOLMSON - DRUMS
BORN: April 26, 1984
FROM: Burlington, Canada
Chris's passion for music began at a very young age. His natural musical talent was honed throughout his adolescence, first influenced by Dave Grohl after watching the Nirvana MTV Special his sister recorded on VHS. Today his technique is influenced by Brad Wilk, Travis Barker, and like most drummers Danny Carey. Chris played drums and guitar in various bands throughout high school and college before joining Medevil.