(8/10) Looking on the amount of bands that mention Venom as their reference or source of inspiration makes clear how important the band and esp. their records "Welcome to hell" and "At war with satan" have been. And with "Black metal" Venom gave an entire genre in metal a name.
If Venom still plays black metal, or ever played, could become a never-ending discussion which leads to nowhere. I also think that it's not really fair to compare Venom nowadays with the band in the 80's. Cronos, Abaddon and Mantas created something special and new in those days. They added another aspect to metal and created a revolutionary sound. But things changed over the years and the band went through a lot of line-up changes. Due to this inconsistancy their releases have also been better and worse. Mostly unfortunately the second....
The current line-up of the iconic band is stable now since few years. Next to founding member and mainman Cronos it is Dante (Danny Needham) on drums and Rage (John Stuart Dixon) on guitar that stand for Venom since 2009. And what started with the 2011 release "Fallen angel" finds now its continuation with "From the very depths".
The new album comes with thirteen songs plus the intro "Eruptus". The opener "From the very depths" is already a song where Venom pushs the pedal to the metal. Fast and furious with screaming guitars the song is an excellent appetizer for the rest of the longplayer. Talking about high-speed tracks, "Long haired punks" comes with the rawness of punk. It is a blazing fast song that is kept very basic. The dominante bassline gives the song the power and it's one of the best newer Venom songs. A must for live shows. The same goes for "Grinding teeth" which is also full-speed ahead. Without compromisses the drums are pushing the band to its limits.
But it's not only the fast songs that a worth to be mentioned. Also the moments in which Venom takes down the speed are cool ones. "Smoke" is one of those. It is in a moderate pace and takes its heaviness out of the brutal riff. Or listen to "Evil law". The song is almost a doom track with a pounding rhythm that opens the gates to hell.
All in all I also have to say the Cronos vocals are quite good on the new album. The same goes for the production, that is on the one hand raw and basic, but also differenciated.
I had a lot of fun when I listened to the album and I could imagine that it's the same with a lot of you guys. Venom reinvented themselfs and found back to old strength in a modern setup. Check out the album. It's worth it.
- From the very depths
- The death of rock'n'roll
- Long haired punks
- Stigmata satanas
- Evil law
- Grinding teeth
- Wings of valkyrie
Genre: Heavy Metal