AGAINST EVIL – All Hail The King

AGAINST EVIL - All Hail The King
  • 8.5/10
    AGAINST EVIL - All Hail The King - 8.5/10


Release date: April 6, 2018

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The foundation of Heavy Metal was built on solidarity songs, songs designed to unite a fan base that has had a tendency to feel disenfranchised and apart from mainstream society. The genre is thick with “call to arms” anthems that seek to unite fans and concertgoers under the banner of Metal with catchy sing along choruses intended to make an individual feel a part of something larger than themselves—any listener who has ever attended a concert by one the stadium greats of the genre—Iron Maiden, Metallica, Slayer—intuitively understands. Against Evil, a quartet from India, also have an intuitive understanding of Classic Metal’s essential underpinnings, and the songs on their second release All Hail The King (note: include “Hail” in the title and you have an instant anthem, just ask Manowar) reads like an anthem setlist: “The Army OF Four”, the title track, “Stand Up And Fight!”, and “We Won’t Stop” all are exhortations to join the fray on Against Evil’s side.

But battle-ready titles and choruses are worthless if the music doesn’t deliver the message with requisite force. Fortunately, Against Evil delivers with impact on most of the nine songs on All Hail The King. Lead single “Stand Up And Fight!” builds around a sharp-edged guitar riff, coupling it with a rousing chorus, a harmonic bridge and a tight rhythm section, the end result being a song with a Classic Metal feel that would not be out of place in a playlist of time-honored classics. Arch Enemy’s Jeff Loomis plays on “Sentenced To Death”, one of the thrashier tunes on this bedrock-solid album.



  • Daniel Waters

    Daniel was a reviewer here at Metal Express Radio. Iron Maiden’s Piece Of Mind wasn’t the first Metal album he owned, but it was the one that lifted the lid off his soul when he received the record as a gift on his 15th birthday. He's been a Metal fan ever since. He's probably best known as the author of various Young Adult novels such as the Generation Dead series and the ghost story Break My Heart 1,000 Times, now also a major motion picture entitled I Still See You, starring Bella Thorne. Writing and music, especially Heavy Metal music, has always been inextricably linked in his mind and career. His first paid gig doing any type of writing was for Cemetery Dance, where he wrote a horror-themed music column called Dead Beats, and when he was writing the first Generation Dead novel he had a ritual where he started his writing day with a Metal playlist that kicked off with “Crushing Belial” by Shadows Fall.

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