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VENOM FROM THE VERY DEPTHS REVIEW 2015

 

VENOM - FROM THE VERY DEPTHS

SPINEFARM RECORDS

JANUARY 27 2015

 

 



Venom return in 2015 with a solid new album titled "From The Very Depths", A 14 tracklist of great, heavy "black metal" that shows that the band are keeping in line with their original sound along with a few new touches. Now I use the term black metal lightly as it's been a topic of discussion amongst many metal fans who argue the genre and style that Venom belongs to. Arguments aside, Venom are the originators of black metal period but if they were to debut today, they would probably be considered old school heavy metal but I think they are more "black n' roll", a mixed hybrid of hard rock and extreme metal which funnily enough is a direction a lot of black metal bands have gone into. But putting all that aside, the influence of Venom on the thrash and black metal scene is undoubted and this latest offering simply continues the legacy of what Venom do.

 

A fairly lengthy tracklist averaging at 4 minutes each, the album starts out with "Eruptus" as an eerie intro piece and blasts off with the title track right after, a heavy song that is fairly relentless from start to finish and splattered with the usual satan references. "The Death Of Rock N Roll" is one of the highlights with it's thrashy tempo and Motorhead-esque style, "Smoke" on the other hand has a more modern industrial feel and almost feels out of place on a Venom record. But then ""Temptation" rides in next and while having that similar modern feel, has a strong old school sound to it with it's chugging riffs and melodic guitar solo. If anyone knows Grip Inc. back in the 1990's featuring Dave Lombardo after he left Slayer, then you will have a sense of what these couple of songs sound like. Hilariously titled "Long Haired Punks" is ironically more thrashy than punk but a track that could easily have been on "Welcome To Hell" or "Black Metal". "Stigmata Satanas" is probably the most evil sounding track on the album, with a cool main riff and a catchy "Stigmata, Stigmata" chorus while 'Crucified" has a downbeat groove tempo that is headbanging worthy for any fan. The rest of the album follows with the above mentioned sounds, switching between old school metal, thrash and mid tempo grooves. "Evil Law" is the only track that is very different to the rest of the album, a more tribal, doomy song that is probably the heaviest song on the album.

 

The album rounds out with a live rendition of "Rise" which actually sounds pretty close to the studio tracks which brings me to the sound of the album. While it does retain some of the raw sound that Venom is known for and especially in black metal, it's also a more polished effort this time around but the guitars still having that low-fi sound in some ways. The bass and drums is pretty prevelant on this one which I think only adds to the overall sound of the album. "From The Very Depths" is a solid release by one of the pioneers in heavy metal and if you enjoyed any of their releases, you will find something to like here as well.

 

Release Date: January 27th 2015

 

TRACKLIST

Eruptus
From the Very Depths
The Death of Rock n Roll
Smoke
Temptation
Long Haired Punks
Stigmata Satanas
Crucified
Evil Law
Grinding Teeth
Ouverture
Mephistopheles
Wings of Valkyrie
Rise

 

by Andrew Schizodeluxe

 

VENOM - FROM THE VERY DEPTHS - HARD ROCK ALBUM REVIEW 2015