(8/10) Venom is without any doubt a pioneer in metal. Not only that albums like ‘Welcome to Hell’ and ‘At War With Satan’ added a new level of extremeness to metal, but the band also set with ‘Black Metal’ a base for a totally new genre.
All this happened in the first half of the eighties and it was the classic line-up with Cronos, Abaddon and Mantas that challenged the borders of metal at the time. Unfortunately, Venom had to face several line-up changes which did support a continuation of the early spirit.
Since 2009 consistency in Venom’s line-up is back. Led by founding member Cronos, it’s Rage and Dante that became a constant part of the British metal legend, leading to new longplayers that show a recovered band. The 2015 release ‘From the Very Depths’ was one of these newer highlights and it’s ‘Storm the Gates’ that adds a next hellish chapter to Venom’s discography.
In total 13 new songs is what fans get with the new album. ‘Storm the Gates’ starts with the galloping ‘Bring out Your Dead’. The opener immediately spreads the devilish vibe with Cronos typical vocals as the icing of a pitch black metal cake. Screaming guitars and a powerful drumming add extra sinister fascination, something that gets even stronger with the smasher ‘I Dark Lord’. This dark anthem is, together with the title track, one of the best songs on the album. ‘Storm the Gates’ isn’t about a polished and shiny sound experience. This album is gloomy and raw. Even the slower tracks, like the unusual ‘Destroyer’, include a lot of unholy heaviness, which makes Venom’s 15th longplayer to a brutal piece of music.
Cronos and Venom continue the story of a successful return that started with ‘Fallen Angels’. Venom – an indestructable force of nature.
- Bring out Your Dead
- I Dark Lord
- 100 Miles To Hell
- Dark Night (Of The Soul)
- Beaten To A Pulp
- The Mighty Have Fallen
- Over My Dead Body
- Suffering Dictates
- We The Loud
- Storm The Gate
Label: Spinefarm Records
Genre: Heavy Metal
Release Date EU: December 14th, 2018