Siri – Vocals, Bass Guitar
Sravan – Vocals, Rhythm Guitar
Shasank – Rhythm, Lead Guitar
Noble John – Drums
01. The Sound of Violence
02. Speed Demon
03. Out For Blood (feat. Billy Sheehan)
04. Call to War
05. End of the Line
06. Sword of Power
07. Metal or Nothin’
09. War Hero (Bonus Track, Re-recorded Version)
Against Evil is a heavy metal band from the city of Visakhapatnam (India), and formed in 2014. Combining traditional heavy metal, power metal, and speed metal with a modern sound, the band’s music can be described as adrenaline-inducing, fist-pumping, bone-crushing, anthemic metal! For the heavy metal enthusiast, this is an unmissable record and it’s definitely going to get regular rotation from me. The sound they have nailed down is killer.
The band has released two albums – Fatal Assault in 2015 and All Hail the King‘ in 2018 which were met with great critical acclaim. After the release of All Hail the King, the band started to gain a solid fan base worldwide, especially in Europe among fans of traditional heavy metal, power metal, and thrash metal which led to the collaboration with German/Swiss-based record label Doc Gator Records who later released the album in Europe.
Kicking off the album with a high-octane triple threat, Against Evil leave no face unmelted with the aptly titled and visceral ‘The Sound of Violence,’ the relentless pummeling energy of ‘Speed Demon,’ and the irresistible ‘Out for Blood’ which contains a guest spot from bass guitar legend Billy Sheehan (Mr. Big, The Winery Dogs). What becomes crystal clear immediately is just how hard Against Evil has worked to make these songs tightly focused yet still pack an incredible punch. There’s not a wasted second across any of the eight brand new tracks on offer as the band delivers a no-holds-barred thrill ride that packs a meteoric punch.
‘Call To War’ is just that, as it’s easy to imagine legions of fans with horns raised preparing for a battle, especially during a live setting, and the album’s breathless and powerful title track is the sound of a freight train on a collision course; an immovable object versus an unstoppable force. ‘Sword of Power’ veers slightly into power metal territory with an anthemic chorus and an exciting vocal melody throughout along with big bombastic solos, while ‘Metal or Nothin” is a love letter to the genre of heavy metal as a whole. At this point, you’re either in or you’re out, and Against Evil are giving us everything to drag us in.
My only real issue with this album is that it’s about two songs too short. While the re-recorded version of War Hero gives the already excellent track a fresh coat of paint with updated production and tighter performances, personally I would have replaced it with one or two more original songs. In a way, this is a testament to just how solid the rest of the album is in terms of composition and delivery, in that I just want more of it. This is without a doubt one of the best metal albums I’ve heard so far during 2021, and it’s a possible contender for metal album of the year.