Against Evil: End Of The Line-2021.

Against Evil:Heavy Metal from India.

Discography:

War HeroSingle2015 
Fatal AssaultEP2015
Between the Hammer and the AnvilSingle2015 
All Hail the KingFull-length2018
UnpluggedLive album2020 
End of the LineFull-length2021
Noble John
Drums (2014-present)
Shasank Venkat
Guitars (lead) (2014-present)
M Sravan Chakravarthi
Guitars, Vocals (2014-present)
Siri Sri
Vocals, Bass (2014-present)
Songs
1.The Sound of Violence04:09  Show lyrics
2.Speed Demon04:09  Show lyrics
3.Out for Blood04:29  Show lyrics
4.Call to War04:28  Show lyrics
5.End of the Line04:35  Show lyrics
6.Sword of Power04:04  Show lyrics
7.Metal or Nothin’04:13  Show lyrics
8.Fearless03:27  Show lyrics
9.War Hero (re-recorded version) 03:46  Show lyrics
 37:20 

1 Comment

  1. gasmask_colostomy, June 16th, 2021
    As much as I’m into this album, I wish that I could give it a few touches with a magic wand so that I’d be able to offer a higher score. End of the Line plays out as a massively fun second full-length from the Indian quartet Against Evil, combining strands of trad, speed, and (mainly American) power metal for maximum feel-good vibes. Obviously, as you can tell from the cover art of the band members (or possibly their evil twins) being fried in electric chairs, feel-good vibes sometimes come together with a few serious topics and a macho image, but if you cast your mind back to your favourite albums by Vicious Rumors, Riot, or Jag Panzer that’s sort of the same, right?

    My magic wand would be used for 2 things, one easier to achieve than the other. The lesser of the magic tricks involves giving Against Evil the ability (or just the desire) to write one really good epic song, like their version of ‘Hallowed Be Thy Name’ for example. Why do they need that? Just cast your eye down the tracklisting and see all those songs clocking in at 4 minutes and a few seconds. While this length is clearly ideal for the up-tempo heavy metal that these guys deal in, it’s also limiting in terms of structuring and incorporation of varied ideas. End of the Line assumes that every song should be a kind of anthem, packing a riff or two that will surely get heads nodding, a punchy chorus with backing vocals aplenty, then some time saved for a lead section, often quite melodic in nature. The best of these cuts profit massively from that arrangement, ‘Out for Blood’ getting cocky with a mid-paced strut like the grittier end of hair metal, while ‘The Sound of Violence’ opens the album in style by smashing out riffs just the right side of quick and tearing through boldly sequenced vocal sections.

    The second wave of my wand concerns the vocals, which suffer a bit in comparison to the hearty production on the guitars and drums. When Siri Sri adopts a more rasping Grave Digger-style delivery for the title track, he matches the tone of the instruments pretty closely, just lacking a small amount of power in the mix; when the vocals take a turn towards more melodic climes, the ability to project a note isn’t really there, meaning that the heroic feel of the choruses don’t get the last push over the top that they would have with a belted held note. Similarly, the range that would make ‘The Sound of Violence’ a proper crazy listen seems to be held back. I guess in this regard Against Evil have a couple of choices they could implement immediately: either emphasize the already chunky riffing and flamboyant lead work even more, or bring the vast majority of the vocal lines towards the punchy, quick style that causes fewer of these concerns. The more drastic option would be to spend time getting the singers (Sravan Chakravarthi also contributes) to that level, which might only be a matter of more tours and experience. In all honesty, however, I’ve heard much worse vocals within similar genres, and the band seem aware of the limitation in that area and have written songs accordingly.

    Without the magic wand – we’re coming back to reality – End of the Line remains a very nice listen that promises a lot for Against Evil in the coming few years. Rather than the near-perfect trad metal album that I’m hoping for in vain, we have a serviceable streamlined bash at 8 tracks of fun stuff, plus a do-over of ‘War Hero’, the band’s debut single. It’s all over in under 40 minutes, which is the right way to do things if you’re trying to make a good impression, and apart from the kind of tired-sounding ‘Metal or Nothin’’ every track does its job well. I’m fond of this group based on this experience and will volunteer to serve as fairy godmother if they are interested in the offer.

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