Hellsingland Underground recently released their third album “Evil Will Prevail”. From the title one could almost expect some type of dark heavy metal, but it’s far from that. Instead it’s about uplifting rock with roots in southern rock and country rock. Well, it’s uplifting when it comes to the music but the singer Charlie Granberg’s lyrics don’t hold back when in comes to being cynical in describing the world he sees around himself. Dark and at the same time very personal.
I get the feeling of the band that continued playing while Titanic were sinking, which the band manifest already in the first song “Singing While the World Dies”. Even if they are faithful to their roots across the album, they give plenty of room for variation and exploration of some of the biggest rock influences from the seventies, where I hear Neil Young, Bruce Springsteen, Boston, powerpop, Americana and psykadelia in different songs. Listen for yourself in the Springsteen-vibing “You Shine the Dark Away” here below.