EPK – Rockin’ Engine – Altered By Evil (2023)

EPK – Rockin’ Engine – Altered By Evil (2023)

EPK – Rockin’ Engine – Altered By Evil (2023)

Publicist – Jon Asher – jon[@]ashermediarelations[.]com

For fans of Gojira, Metallica, Megadeth, Slayer, Lamb Of God

EP Title: Altered By Evil
Release Date: July 7, 2023
Label: Self-Release

“People who already follow us will notice a huge musical growth since our last EP in 2020. Our sound has evolved quite a bit, technical and more refined, but still punchy and heavy as Hell! After “The Wretched And The Damned”, we knew exactly where we were heading with our next record, and we can proudly say that we achieved our goal. It’s horror, it’s creepy, it’s dark, yet it’s also creative, fun and theatrical at times. Anyone who listens to this album will be brought into a psycho-horror fantasy, where Wes Craven meets Stanley Kubrick, where Ramirez meets Bundy, where “Tubular Bells” meets “Dies Irae”. The various subtle influences and nuances gathered in this work will please any hardcore horror movie fanatic, but also anyone who can plunge themselves into an imaginary world of monsters and evil spirits. We are certain that our new EP ‘Altered By Evil’ will define the future of Rockin’ Engine and that fans will receive this as our best work yet!” – Rockin’ Engine

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“this ENGINE is runnin’ and rockin’ on all cylinders with no signs of slowing down anytime soon.” – KNAC

“Midnight Road Rage” has great instrumental ideas. It’s an album that makes us proud. Love at first sound. It’s such a pity that it is only of eight tracks. Believe me. You won’t regret.” – Metal Addicts (2019 – Midnight Road Rage)

“a bombastic and heavy hitting forty minutes of metal and rock, full of swagger and sass.” – Metal Gods TV (2019 – Midnight Road Rage)

Matzes Gitarrenbude Radio Station: Album Of The Year – 2019 – Midnight Road Rage

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EP Title: Altered By Evil
Release Date: July 7, 2023
Label: Self-Release

Track Listing:
1. Carnival Of Evil – 5:45
2. Day Of Wrath – 4:22
3. Liber Ex-Mortis – 4:59
4. Monsters Under Your Bed – 5:11
5. Psycho Path – 5:23
6. Room 185 – 4:13 ft. guest vocals Steph Jomphe (Insurrection)
EP Length: 29:55

EP Credits:
All songs performed by: Rockin’ Engine (Guest feature of Steph Jomphe “INSURRECTION” in Room 185)
• All songs written by: Rockin’ Engine
Produced by: Dark Moon Productions
Mixed by: Dark Moon Productions
Mastered by: Dark Moon Productions
Album Artwork by: Steve O Leff (Image reference from Adobe Stock and Shutterstock)
Member of SOCAN

EP Recording and Live Band Lineup:
Steve O Leff – Vocals/Rhythm Guitar
Ste Vy Leff – Lead Guitar
JP Buzzard – Bass
Joel Bilodeau – Drums/Vocals


The EP as a whole

“Altered By Evil” is a tribute to everything we love about horror movies and serial killer documentaries. There’s a fascination behind the love of the macabre and the grotesque that we wanted to explore with our lyrics and expose different nuances of some classic works of art. With this album, we’re bringing the audience into a fantasy world of monsters and evil spirits, with a dash of historical elements that makes the listening experience even more interesting. 

Track by Track explained:

Carnival Of Evil:

Inspired by the works of Rob Zombie, more specifically Sid Haig’s fictional character Captain Spaulding, the Carnival Of Evil is a group of creepy gypsy-looking psychopathic killers moving from town to town, not only to amuse the audiences but also to terrorize them as their spectacles take place. They are ruthless yet charismatic, and they will stop at nothing to deliver a performance to die for!

Day Of Wrath:

This dramatic piece was originally inspired by one of my favourite horror movies, The Exorcist. However, it was only when I did some research on the origins of its musical score that I discovered the amazing historical value behind this masterpiece. Mike Oldfield’s Tubular Bells, is probably one of the best horror movie songs ever written, but there were certain parts in the movie where I had the feeling I’ve heard similar music before and it got me curious. In fact, Dies Irae (Day Of Wrath) was originally a poem written by Christian monks in the thirteenth century describing the day that God would descend on earth and unleash his final judgment on us all. This poem was later compiled amongst other literature pieces in a manuscript named Carmina Burana. The manuscript, which is thought to have been written in the fifteenth century, was only found in 1803 in the Benedictine monastery of Benediktbeuern, in Bavaria. This collection later inspired many orchestral virtuosos, including Verdi and Carl Orff, to compose what I think are the best classical works of all time.

Liber Ex-Mortis:

Inspired by the amazing Evil Dead saga, more specifically Army Of Darkness, Liber Ex-Mortis (Book Of The Dead) is the story of a man who was sent into the Middle Ages through an evil spirit wormhole and is forced to battle the undead in his quest to return to the present. He forms an alliance with two rival armies, and together, they vanquish the forces of evil to send them back into the Book Of The Dead, the spirit world.

Monsters Under Your Bed:

This is the story of a young woman haunted by her past, her imaginary monster. Being sleep deprived for a long time, she fears falling asleep as she constantly feels her monster’s presence around her. The monster, however, can only harm her in her dreams, her nightmares… or so she thinks! Inspired by the genius work of Wes Craven, Monsters Under Your Bed is our version of the infamous Nightmare On Elm Street. This piece is heavy, punchy, and catchy, and will satisfy the eyes and ears of any horror movie fanatic!

Psycho Path:

I’ve always been fascinated and intrigued by human behaviour, especially the deviant nature of humans. I’m a huge fan of serial killer documentaries, not because I support their actions, but mostly to try to understand the origin and the nature of Evil. Actor Christian Bale in his role in American Psycho is actually the main reason why I started learning more about actual historical psychopathic characters such as Ted Bundy and Richard Ramirez. During the writing process of this song, I wanted to take a different approach to their stories and tell them according to their point of view, like an actual psychopath. It’s the most evil and disturbing song we’ve ever written!

Room 185:

Jack Torrance, the character played by Jack Nicholson in Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining, has to be my favourite horror movie character of all time. That performance is what made me addicted to horror movies. I wanted to write a song about this movie as an homage to this masterpiece. When we started to work together on this song, we soon realized that this would be our heaviest composition to date, and we needed someone to help us express this emotion in order to be satisfied with our work. After doing some research, we approached Insurrection’s lead vocalist Stef Jomphe in an attempt to have his voice on the track, just to make it that much better! We were absolutely honoured and excited when he accepted the project and headed straight to the studio. This song hits you in a way that you have no choice but to headbang!



1. Being huge fans of the 80’s rock era, Joel and Ste Vy once decided to kidnap me (Steve O Leff) to go see Steel Panther live in Quebec City, which was a 5-hour drive from where we live. We unfortunately missed the show since the place was sold out and we couldn’t get in. We ended up in a bar to see our friends from The Agonist perform and spend the night. Surprisingly, the guys from Steel Panther end up in the same bar and we told them about our little misfortune. We ended up partying with them all night, singing karaoke, and drinking tequila shots. One thing’s for sure, they certainly live up to their image!

2. All our music videos have references to popular movies. We also do all our special effects, costumes, and makeup for the video shoots. I also like to write a script beforehand to help everyone grasp the ideas behind every scene, that way we can really capture the emotions we’re trying to expose in the videos. 

3. When we shot the video with Dark Moon Productions for our song “The State Of Nature”, we rented a Victorian-style reception space, located in a church basement in Ottawa. Everyone was dressed in Victorian gothic fashion, with vampire fangs, pale skin, and some blood. Joel built a super nice table for the human sacrifice scene, which was very bloody of course. Little did we know, a mass was taking place in the church above us and two priests came downstairs to ask us to lower the music. Let’s just say that when they came on set and saw all the blood and vampires everywhere, their faces were priceless!!!

4. As we did in our previous music videos, we always build our own props and video sets ourselves. Only, with the videos for this album, we decided to go big and build our own mechanical effects as well. After posting a few of our projects on social media, we started receiving demands to build props and special effects for other bands, which made us realize that we had something special to offer. We are now working on commercializing our creations to help out music video and even movie producers, while creating amazing professional relationships and perhaps making a living out of it.

5. JP Buzzard is quite the animal on stage! He really brings the spirit with his wicked long hair, leather pants, and signature moves. One of his moves is to throw his bass toward the crowd at the very end of our show but quickly grabs it back with his bass strap before it hits someone. But since not all stages are made for this beast, he once threw his bass right on a sprinkler head and everyone was going nuts… until we realized the sprinklers were deactivated. Talk about being lucky!

L-R – Ste Vy Leff (Lead Guitar), Steve O Leff (Vocals, Guitar), Joel Bilodeau (Drums), Jean-Pierre Proulx (Bass).

Photo Credits: Lisa Thompson of Dark Moon Productions


That’s how Rockin’ Engine rolls, full throttle, no compromise. Officially formed in 2018, they released their first self-produced album “Midnight Road Rage” which caught the attention of many hard rock and heavy metal enthusiasts throughout Europe and America. After joining forces with Dark Moon Productions to produce their first professional music videos, it was clear that this quartet’s path toward heavy metal eminence was only beginning. They later released a post-apocalypse concept EP, “The Wretched And The Damned”, that truly reflected the direction in which the band was heading. Their creativity, high-octane energy, and will to succeed, granted them a few honourable opening performing spots with Tony MacAlpine, Ross The Boss, Death Angel, and Yngwie Malmsteen.

Switching things into high gear for 2023, Rockin’ Engine produced their very anticipated new EP “Altered By Evil” inspired by 80’s psycho horror, ready to be released this summer. They claim it is by far their best work yet and look forward to raising Hell wherever they set foot. If Gojira, Lamb Of God, and Rob Zombie made a baby, Rockin’ Engine would be their bastard son. Their fusion of Hard Rock and Thrash Metal will set fire to any stage and leave everyone with a bad case of whiplash.

Rockin’ Engine is:
Steve O Leff – Vocals/Rhythm Guitar
Ste Vy Leff – Lead Guitar
JP Buzzard – Bass
Joel Bilodeau – Drums/Vocals

2023 – Altered By Evil
2020 – The Wretched And The Damned
2019 – Midnight Road Rage

Shared Stage with: Angelus Apatrida, Yngwie Malmsteen, Anvil, Death Angel, Exmortus, Hell Fire, Ross The Boss, Tony MacAlpine, Warrior Soul, Ghoulunatics, Fractures & Outlines, Cevilain, Colorsfade, Scepter, Lycanthro, Cynical Sons.

Tours and Festivals:
2019 – Canadian Army Run, Ottawa.
2018 – Canadian Army Run, Ottawa.
2017 – Canadian Army Run, Ottawa.
2016 – Canadian Army Run, Ottawa.