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Venom - 2015 From The Very Depths

ALBUM: From The Very Depths
LABEL: Spinefarm
YEAR: 2015


LINEUP: Cronos - vocals, bass * La Rage - guitar * Dante - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Eruptus * 02 From The Very Depths * 03 The Death Of Rock N Roll * 04 Smoke * 05 Temptation * 06 Long Haired Punks * 07 Stigmata Satanas * 08 Crucified * 09 Evil Law * 10 Grinding Teeth * 11 Ouverture * 12 Mephistopheles * 13 Wings Of Valkyrie * 14 Rise



Still doing the rounds in 2015 is the current version of Venom, with Cronos still at the helm, assisted by La Rage and Dante, who both appeared on 2011's 'Fallen Angels' which was a respectable effort from a band whose notoriety still extends back to those legendary days of the early 80's. Naturally that doesn't need to be rehashed here, but you have to give credit to Cronos for keeping the band alive, even as the sole original member. His quest to keep the demonic intent of the band is admirable, but like every metal album these days there are 14 tracks here, which is always a trial to endure. Can anyone tell me of a 14 song album that was flawless the whole way through in the last decade at least? I certainly haven't heard one and as much as Venom try this doesn't fit the bill either. Oddly though the best non-original lineup for me though remains the one sans Cronos, the late 80's Tony 'Demolition' Man' Dolan era version.

The Songs
These guys hold up well though and Cronos' vocals still gives it the feel of early Venom, the title track sounding like something from 1982, with the rumbling bass lines giving it the authentic touch (not to mention the lyrics 'witching hour' and 'do you worship Satan?'). The thrash of 'Death of Rock and Roll' is definitely in keeping with the glory days of 'Black Metal' or 'Rip Ride' as it tears through its three minutes in harsh fashion. 'Smoke' is modern by comparison, very much a product of the last decade or so, in other words nowhere near as good. 'Long Haired Punks' gets back to basics, laying down a solid wall of noise at considerable speed, followed by 'Stigmata Satanas' and its attempts to relive the subject matter of 1981. It has the riffs to give it credibility however, far from a joke. There's a few plodders in the bunch naturally, 'Crucified' and 'Evil Law' not quite as passable, but made up for with tried and tested metal anthems like 'Mephistopheles' and 'Rise'.

In Summary
For Venom fans it's hardly likely to get better than this in 2015, some 34 years after 'Welcome To Hell' and even with a couple of hired guns it still sounds like Venom thanks to Cronos, clearly determined to keep the enterprise going. The 14 tracks are too much in my opinion, but obviously that's the business model in this day and age. Otherwise for some dependable traditional metal this should keep the punters happy for a while.

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#1 | gdazegod on February 10 2015 12:53:02
Interesting that Spinefarm picked these guys up..

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