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Against Evil – End Of The Line

Against Evil
End Of The Line
by Rachel Montgomery at 18 May 2021, 7:00 AM

AGAINST EVIL was a pleasant surprise. Hailing from India, this band formed in 2010 as a cover band called ECHO until 2014 when they decided to write original music. Thus, the band was truly born. In an interview with Wormwood Chronicles, they cited influences like JUDAS PRIEST, ACCEPT, DIO, IRON MAIDEN, and MEGADETH, and their music showcases it. Their style leans hard into traditional, but also features a lot of speed, also citing power and thrash metal as subgenres; the latter really shows in their impressive guitar solos.

I have to admit, wasn’t too sold on the opening track. It sounded generic on my first listen, a typical mishmash of contemporary and traditional styles. However, the next two tracks are gold. Then, “Speed Demon” came in, and it’s one of my favorites. From the galloping intro to the onslaught of speeding guitar riffs, the song is a thematic delight. The intense guitar solo in the middle gives the song its variety, but leaves the need for speed intact. “Out For Blood” reminds me of a SAMMY HAGAR number instrumentally, especially the galloping rhythm guitars and the relentless thrashing bass in the back. Similarly, the hook in the chorus with the echoing background is very 80s.

Call To War” is also thematically what it says on the tin. The beat and the main riff suggest a march. The lyrics describe a crucial war the speaker must face – and conquer – to prevail. While the main verses and chorus can sound pedestrian, the guitar solo, especially the war cries in the back, grab you and don’t let go. The squealing guitar solos on these tracks are perfection, and this song is no exception. Speaking of thematic elements, “End of the Line” opens with a chilling narrative depicting an execution before the guitars come rolling in. The hook is also haunting, painting a picture of martyrdom – the heroes are dying for the sake of their defeated comrades. Like “Call To War”, the guitar solo squeals, but it also coils and flutters with sweeps in an intense but poetic way.

The final track, “Fearless” is a nod to MOTORHEAD in the way it’s constructed. The riffs and instrumentals speed along, and the vocals have the same gritty-speak-singing quality as Lemmy did. However, I wish the darker & stormier sounding bonus track “War Heroes” were the true finisher of the album. While it technically does finish the album, it’s labeled as a bonus track. The hook hits you with “the speed of an arrow” and stays with you, leaving you humming hours after you finish the album.

At the end of the day, Against Evil’s style is big, loud, and incredibly performative. Their theatrical style is something to behold, and the notes they take from earlier acts like MOTORHEAD are apparent.  If you’re looking for a new traditional band that doesn’t stray too far from the genre’s roots, I’d tell you to give this band a listen. Their musical chops are more than worth it. Throw it in your playlist, and you won’t be disappointed.

Songwriting: 8
Production: 8
Musicianship: 8
Memorability: 8

4 Star Rating

Tracklist:
1. The Sound of Violence
2. Speed Demon
3. Out for Blood
4. Call to War
5. End of the Line
6. Sword of Power
7. Metal or Nothin’
8. Fearless
9. War Hero
Lineup:
Siri - Vocals, Bass Guitar
Shasank - Lead Guitar
Sravan - Vocals, Rhythm Guitar
Noble John - Drums
Record Label: Doc Gator Records
     


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