Venom : Fallen Angels (2011 CD Review – Spinefarm Records/Universal) dr
By Domonic Rini
Venom has put together its followup to their previous release “Hell” and while checking this one out you have to really give these metallers props on the direction that they went for. If you are familiar with early Venom you know that their sound is very raw and recording quality was not strong. But with Fallen Angels we get a chance to hear a different side of the band. The evolution of the band is quite evident in this release. The strength in this one is indeed the writing and the recording quality. The band stays true to its roots with the raw sound but the recording quality is top notch. I had the opportunity to talk with the drummer (Danny Needham) about the recording of this release and he agreed with me on the rawness and the sound quality. So, on that note we are in for a ride on this release.
I will not do a total track by track review but a big chunk of it to give you a taste of what I thought of.
“Hail Satanas” give you the sense that this band is staying true to its black metal roots. A strong track to set the stage for the later ones. “Pedal To The Metal” is one of my favorite tracks, this one gives you a take on what “Welcome To Hell” would sound like if it came out today. Pure energy, great lyrics and tempo changes. Needham release throws a slam session on the drums to this one and really makes this one flourish. “Nemesis” from first note till the end is like a bitch slap with a chainsaw! A powerful track or unrelentless anger and is extremely a strong track. Nice solo in this track also. An all around metal song to the extreme. “Lap of the Gods” is a track that will knock you off your seat. Song starts immediately with a strong solo and into the grinding riff and Crono’s spewing lyrics mesh greatly with this one, plus it has a catchy chorus. So be prepared to put your horns up and hum along with Venom. “Hammerhead” clocks in at 5:00 of pure metal. It has that 90’s metal feel to it with the powered heavy riff. Very creative lyrics swim along with heavy melodic chorus. The track should be the bands new metal anthem. “Black Metal Is In Your Soul” what a line to throw in the anthemic song. Title track “Fallen Angels” is over seven minutes long but gives you a nice trip with the band and keeps you alert to track. You definitely do not find that this track is too long. A really nice groove and riffed song, the lyrics are extremely strong also and a strong chorus to match. “Begarman” is another strong track that is a strong groove track that will have you wanting to see this song performed live. “Punk’s Not Dead” the track leaked out by the band to promote their upcoming release fits in perfect with this release. Steady strong and catchy chorus. “Death By The Name” is a nice metal track, very upbeat, creative solo bleeds in this one. “Blackened Blues” starts off with the mad hammering on the bass. This is one of those tracks that are on here to give you the dark, evil side of the band. A nice way to wind down the release.
Overview: Venom’s : Fallen Angels is a really powerful release and followup from their last one. A good, quality sounding release. Venom gives you what they are all about in this release. Everything from the upbeat thrash riffs to the evil black metal lyrics. When you get a Venom record you know what you are in for. But this one is more special. It sound much better and the lyrics are extremely stronger, plus it gives the band a chance to get back on the radio. The band has been around for decades and have kept true to their metal roots and this is an example of what a great band can do.
Interview with Danny “Dante” Needham drummer Venom on Maximum Threshold Radio
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Dom Rini is the program director/host of the internationally syndicated show Maximum Threshold Radio Show. (Hard Rock/Metal/Comedy/News)