Bewitchers new 7′ single “Too Fast For The Flames” is a precursor for the hoards of chaos to come.

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Bewitcher, the satanic speed metal trio has returned with a teaser for their upcoming sophomore album “Under The Witching Cross” in the form of the single “Two Fast For The Flames”. One listen to this speed drenched neck breaker and I already knew that the upcoming album will be a real treat. The band still remain as heavy as ever with a production very similar to their debut but with a bit more of a raw feeling especially in the drums. The song is very simple but it is catchy as hell and picking up a copy also guarantees a nice kick ass bonus with the band covering the W.A.S.P tune “Show No Mercy” adding a nice blackened layer making this tune even more epic. Overall, this is a nice tease for the upcoming album and I recommend you check it out as soon as possible.

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Album Review- Venom Inc: Ave

“Ave” is the debut album from Heavy/Black Metallers Venom Inc. and was released August 11th, 2017. Now Venom Inc. aren’t quite new as they are mostly the “Prime Evil” lineup of Venom featuring Tony “Demolition Man” Dolan, Jeff “Mantas” Dunn and Tony “Abaddon” Bray. With two out of three original Venom members rejoining forces with the Dolan and returning to the Venom name(sorta), it is quite exciting. Personally, this album has been long enough of a wait so lets dig in and see if they can dish out a heavy record after all these years.

 

Track Rundown

 

1.Ave Satanas- Opening with almost an ominous but epic fitting church choir sound, the song goes right into full heavy mid paced chugging. Mantas has some classic really grooving riffs here with Dolan spitting some really heavy lyrics  throughout. I know a lot of people had a lot of mixed feelings about this opening song. Personally I think it is a great catchy sludgy metal tune with some old school feeling and definitely one that would be a great crowd pleaser. I also have to admit every time I hear Mantas go into his solo I get chills. He has always been one of my favorite solo guitarists for how how much feeling he puts in his solo’s. It isn’t always one that is super intricate but it has a lot of feeling and is heavy as hell. Overall, this is a great opener to the album with a fresh sound with the formula still being familiar.

2.Forged In Hell-The main riff for this song is almost a throwback in a way to “Welcome To Hell” but still has an original feel to it with almost a jam kinda pace with Mantas doing some cool fills. Abaddon I have to say has become one hell of a solid drummer performing drum rolls with ease. The chorus has a very NWOBHM-ish feel to it. This song is definitely a throwback in way to the early Venom albums but works very well.

3.Metal We Bleed-This song goes more into Blackened Speed Metal territory and feels like it easily could have came out in 1988 with a pace that is oh so infectious. It is also a tune you could sing to as well with Dolan spitting lyrics fast and furiously.  This is easily one of the best tunes on the album simply for how ferocious and neck breaking it is.

4.Dein Fleisch-The first single on the album and probably the most polarizing song on the album.  It has some simple but effective riffing however it has more of an industrial metal structure not uncommon to bands from the 90s and even has this Rammstein-ish feel in the chorus. The band definitely make it work in their favor keeping it dark and having a quick but very melodic solo included as well. It definitely is a very original song and still keeps the heavy feel that Venom always carried but in  a different way. It shows that Venom Inc is about more than playing fast, they write catchy songs that have their own identity such as this one.

5.Blood Stained-This song has a heavy chugging pace going through it with a more melodic chorus that is one of my favorite on the album. The song is quite simple but works effectively creating a heavy atmosphere with the drums especially having that old school heaviness about them. I especially love the very dark bell tolls over a chugging open riff, it is just one of those moments that you can just hear over and over again.

6.Time To Die-Thus is easily one of the most neck breaking songs on the album with the band not letting up one bit and playing literally as fast as they possibly can. It is quite catchy as well and has a very punk atmosphere to it with the chorus being a simple shout of “TIME TO DIE”. There are some great grooving mid paced sections here to which keep the pace fresh. Easily one of the best on the album bar none.

7.The Evil Dead-This song sounds as if it were a bonus track off “Welcome To Hell” but with a bit more of a modern production and the Demolition Man giving some of his best vocal performances on the album. Mantas gives us another great solo as well and another favorite of mine on the album.

8.Preacher Man-Thus song has more e of a bluesy hard rock feel but still has a hard intense feeling about it. There are some smooth slow hazy moments that give the song character notably in the beginning and mid section of the song. Another very solid grooving tune on the album.

9.War- This song hits back with more of a straight thrash attack again done very solid. There are a lot of bouncing riffs which are always welcome, they always make the song very memorable for having an infectious beat. The solo is definitely the highlight of the track with Mantas doing one of the most intricate solo’s on the album and definitely has that classic Venom feel with it but in a more modern sense. This is another track that you cannot pass u[ when you put this album on.

10.I Kneel To No God-This song sticks to a more mid pace again giving the album variety but still keeping things interesting with infectious almost hard rock tinged riffing. The song does have a more laid back feel at least on first listen which makes it one track that takes a few listens to get really into. The chorus is very similar to the verses so it doesn’t hit as hard as most of the other songs but it still is good with some pounding backup vocals. Mantas’ grooving riffing is definitely the stand out of the whole song for me easily.

11.Black N Roll-The final song on the album shows the band going out guns ablaze. Lyrically, it is one of those homage songs mentioning motorhead songs, acdc songs and so on. It has a very Motorhead feel overall even up to the bass intro. It is a very simple song but its so damn infectious with a chorus that is straight out of an old school punk song. It does come full circle in a sense for Abaddon and Mantas as they are back to playing what they started with. Good old Blackened Speed Metal and they brought it back in spades.

Overall, I give the album a defining 9.5 out of 10. While the album is nothing genre defining(I mean there aren’t many bands that can innovate anymore), this album is history made with two thirds of the original Venom line up reuniting with Dolan since the early 90’s creating an album that has a modern take on an old formula. The spirit that they carried and the magic that bounces off between all three members is still very present creating eleven songs that flow very well with their own style. This album makes me hope that there is more for the band in the future and I can’t wait to catch them in Chicago next month. Ave Venom Inc!

Venom Inc. release new song “AVE SATANAS”

 

 

Venom Inc have released the second single for their new upcoming album “Ave” out this august. The track “Ave Satanas” has the same mid tempo as their first single but the riff is even more infectious. The song reminds me a lot of the track “Prime Evil” especially in it’s pacing. Dolans vocals are very on point and pack alot of power and grit. My favorite thing about this track is Mantas’ solo and how loose he plays it yet it works so well. So far between this track and “Dein Fleisch”, i’m very excited for the album, it is a very different sound than I thought they were going for but it works as its quite infectious and catchy and doesn’t try to sound like early Venom at all. They clearly have their own original ideas and this track shows that this is going to be a very different but interesting metal record than what a lot of others were expecting. I fully embrace it but what do you think? like it? hate it? Let us know!

Venom Inc. announce North American tour with GoatWhore and Toxic Holocaust

 

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Venom Inc featuring Tony Dolan, Abaddon and Mantas of the “Primal Evil” era of Venom have announced their next US outing this fall with Goatwhore, one of my favorite bands of the retro thrash movement, Toxic Holocaust and The Convalescence. The band is also working on a new album that I feel will be out around the time this tour starts. The tour begins September 1st in Philadelphia and runs all the way through October 4th with a two special Venom Inc. shows. They hit here in Chicago on September 8th, I’ll definitely be hitting it up before heading to California and so should you!

Album Review: Critical Solution- Barbara The Witch

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“Barbara The Witch” is the third studio album from Norwegian Thrash Metal group Critical Solution and is to be released April 28th, 2017. Ah Critical Solution are a band that I’ve been wanting to check out for awhile. I heard their first release a few years ago and noted the strong especially 90s era Metallica influences in the vocals which were pretty cool and I thought the band definitely had chops. However I havent checked them out on awhile so I figure this album will be a perfect reintroduction to the band. So lets see if the band has evolved in the past few years!

Track Rundown

1.Natas Fo Live-Opening with a very moody Gothic instrumental, I think this sets the tone well and is very King Diamond-esque in its approach but I dig it. There is a narration done by Arthur Brown which is pretty bad ass as well it is something you really don’t expect. I really think that it really ramps up the real opening song as well.

2.The Village-This song gets started in a very old school thrash kind of way in both the instruments and vocals. There are a oot of differing tempos and changes in the song that work very well and the vocals definitely fit great and have a bit of a punk feel to them as well. The band are really tight here as well and I dig the organ right in the middle of the song as well it again gives more of a theatric feel in the break of them song before the solo. Overall this is a great opener it really shows that this band can still play damn good.

3.Barbara The Witch- The first single off the album and it is again very trashy but has a bit of a modern progression to it between the verses. The verses and chorus are pure classic heavy metal and I find are really catchy as well. This is one of my favorites on the album as well it just really sticks with you.

4.Red Hooded Devils-I like the ominous opening on this track it is very atmospheric and changes up the pace a bit. The soft guitars are a nice inclusion as well and work quite nicely. However, when the song hits it really hits and definitely is one of the most epic songs on the album with speed being the main focus. It is a bit more simplified than the last two tracks but the chorus is really good as it has this haunting feel to it within it’s progression. The slower mid parts are pretty cool as well and adds more to the song than just to the beginning as well. Not a bad tune and one of the more well thought out songs on the album.

5.Peter Crow-This is another favorite on the album for me because the guitar lines are very Maiden-ish and work very well with the heavier chugging moments. The chorus is a lot more mid paced and has that epic notion about it with the more soaring vocals that dont tip above mid range but still feel very epic. The song goes in a lot of different directions with speed and starts and stops and is really interesting overall.

6.The Burning Pyre-This song opens more softly as well with some acoustic guitars that are really nice yet ominous as well which goes right into more heavy kind of marching beats and then…more narration from Arthur Brown. I think the narration was a nice inclusion here as well. This song has a bit more of a groove to it as well and shows a bit more of those Metallica influences in places as well. Overall, the song hits very well and keeps you banging your head all the way through with some interesting surprises throughout as well.

7.End of the Beginning-this is track is overall more narration and the album definitely shows its conceptual side very heavily but I dont mind because it adds to the interesting qualities of the record as a whole.

8.The Headless Horsemen-This is one of the fastest songs on the album and is all around just pure classic speed metal at its core and I love it. The band manages to play as fast as Anthrax in their hey day and still keeps the melody between the guitars quite well. The song does have some soft moments that lead back into these epic solo’s that are some of the best and most memorable on the album.

9.Officer Green-I love the heavier palm muted chugging on this song it grooves really well however it is really a more straightforward thrash song for the most part but still has that dark kind of progression that the band really knows how to do. Overall this is another juggernaut of a thrash song.

10.A Lady In White-This is definitely the most mid paced song on the album with a lot of guitar melodies in the core of the song but is overall a very straight forward soft atmospheric instrumental that may be a bit too long but isn’t bad.

11.Return Of The Witch- The previous track leads perfectly into this song which has a very testament feel in its progression but still has Critical Solution putting their own stamp on the sound especially with the the more unique vocals. This is definitely one of the most catchy songs on the album by far as well. The band really fire on all cylinders here for the final stretch.

12.Into The Abyss-This simple final narrative piece is what ends the main album and definitely is very dark in tone and ends the album quite well.

Overall, I give this album a solid 8 out of 10. Really for a band that has been around for just over ten years, I think Critical Solution are finally finding their own unique sound. They manage to craft these bad ass neck ripping thrash metal songs that have some modern and old school influences that blend well but also inject all theses theatrical bit and more atmospheric breaks in their songs that keep them quite interesting. This is an album that I think oldschool and newschool metal fans could enjoy. Also if this album sounds like your kind of thing, grab the special two cd edition with a second disc of covers from Ozzy, King Diamond, Black Sabbath and others entitled “Covers From Hell” it definitely is a nice treat with an alright great release from a band that really needs to start taking off, this is a band that deserves to be touring the world right now.

Did Venom Inc just leak their debut album release date?

 

 

 

Venom Inc featuring original members Mantas(guitar) and Abaddon(drums) and Bassist and vocalist Tony Dolan from the late 80’s/early 90’s line up, announced a few days ago that they had inked a record deal with Nuclear Blast records and announced on February 2nd on their Facebook that the album was coming very soon. However, this morning the band posted a photo on their official Venom Inc. Facebook page…

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I’m assuming that this is a tease for what is to come. Personally I cannot be more excited because of how good Venom Inc is as a band. Considering how well all the members still play and actually are probably playing tighter than ever, this album surely will be one to beat for the year.