Published: 17th April 2019
How Against Evil managed to crowdsource their Europe tour m/
Vizag's most bodacious metal band Against Evil talk about how they managed to get popular on the airwaves in Europe
For any Vizagite, the word heavy metal will conjure up images of the band Against Evil. Now, their fan base has crossed boundaries and they'll soon make metalheads in Europe go crazy as well — when they kick off their Sentenced to Death Tour in Germany later this year. One of the top-billed bands in Andhra Pradesh, their song War Herohas gone almost viral and is on the playlist of plenty of metal lovers.
It all started in 2014 when Siri Sri, Sravan, Shasank and Noble John, all playing in different bands, teamed up to form Against Evil — at a time when metal was not really popular in Vizag. Working full-time jobs in the morning and holding practice sessions in the evenings, the band released their first album Fatal Assault in July 2015. The album was so highly rated that it bagged the Best Emerging Band Award from Rolling Stone and the Best Metal Artist Popular Choice Award from Radio City in 2016.
They're metal band formed by this foursome with a motive to make music which is fighting against evil things like politics and corruption. Through their music, they want to say something which is strong in a positive way
After a gap of three years, the band released their second album All Hail the King which put their music on the global map. Beyond awards, they have the oppurtunity to go on a tour of Europe and perform 19 shows in August and September. "Our new album represents old school music, very 80s style with lots of melodies, powerful vocals and extreme guitar work. Also, American guitarist Jeff Loomis performed as a guest musician on one of the tracks which actually made European music lovers interested in our band," said Siri Sri.
The album started getting popular in countries like Switzerland, Germany and Austria after Doc Gator Records, a Switzerland-based record label released the album in Europe. "A few months after our music was released in Europe, we got an opportunity to perform there, but we couldn't say yes because of the costs involved. Then, it came as a surprise to us that Doc Gator Records with the help of the Facebook page Heavy Metal Fans started Project Curry - a crowdfunding campaign which raised enough funds to help cover the costs of our upcoming tour," Sri adds.
Are you ready Europe?
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