If you go by Hellsingland Underground's prognosis, specifically that of vocalist and principal songwriter Charlie Granberg, we, society in general, are in deep shit. We're up to our ears in it. Why? Evil Will Prevail.
This is not an entirely happy album, at least lyrically speaking. On the title track Granberg sings:
"There’s a light at the end of the tunnel, From a freight train comin’ our way, If there’s a God in the heavens above, He better come out and show his face, Because idiots rule, stupidity reigns, No matter what anyone’s been tryin’ to say, Evil will prevail
And note the artwork from Luis Ricardo Falero's The Vision of Faust, depicting Faust's encounter with the world of Satan by vision. It's not looking good for us.
On the next song, Black Clouds on the Horizon, he laments, "It’s a warm and sunny day, So why do I get the feeling, The worlds about to end?"
It's a nice day for the apocalypse. Does Granberg know something we don't?
The irony is that these speculative and dire prognostications are delivered in Hellsingland Underground's lively southern-flavored melodic rock, something they do very well. If the world is going to go up in smoke from an Iranian nuclear holocaust, might as well have some toe-tapping tunes to ease your soul into eternity. There is a small glimmer of hope here. Even if he declares that "I Just Don't Believe in Love," Granberg says of some one, wife or child maybe, "You Shine the Dark Away." But that's about is good as it gets.
Nevertheless, despite the desperate tone, Evil Will Prevail finds Hellsingland Underground in fine form, delivering their signature southern-style melodic rock. Recommended.
Despite the desperate and dire tone of the lyrics, Evil Will Prevail finds Hellsingland Underground in fine form, delivering their signature southern-style melodic rock. Recommended.