Venom
Metal Black


4.0
excellent

Review

by SylentEcho USER (21 Reviews)
November 30th, 2007 | 15 replies | 8,093 views


Release Date: 2006 | Tracklist

Review Summary: This is a return to form for Venom and their most successful album since 1983's At War With Satan.

Background info:
Venom was formed in late 1979 in Newcastle, England. The band is represented many metal styles like Heavy Metal, Thrash Metal, early Black Metal and NWOBHM. In 1982 they published one of their best and most influential albums, Black Metal. There's no end to the list of successful bands that Venom had influenced with that album. Venom had a few good releases after that but the quality diminished and Venom were beginning to slowly fade away by 1992, Venom did try to make a comeback, then with Abaddon and Mantas, in 1998 with Cast In Stone. While it had a better production than before, the songs were just weak and unmemorable. But with Metal Black, that most certainly is not the case.

Current Members:
Cronos: Vocals and bass guitar
Mykvs: Guitars
Antton: Drums

The year is 2006. At first I thought that if Venom really wanted to commemorate their 25 year anniversary of Black Metal, then they really should have done it with original line-up but I guess it didn't work out that way. Cronos and his new line up of Venom, consisting of Mykvs and Anton formerly of the british doomsters Cathedral, is showing up with an album that is perhaps in top three of 2006 and a fantastic comeback. Venom said that they were going back to their roots with their new release and they kept their promise.

This is a return to form for Venom and their most successful album since 1983's At War With Satan. So, how good is it? Well, The sound in the fourteen tracks of this album leads us back to the beginning of the eighties when the Black Metal genre was first invented and Venom were at the top where no one could touch them.

Energetic, heavy, fast, overflowing fury in all its notes, "Metal Black" is a great disc. Accompanied by Mykvs (guitar), his brother Antton (drums), Cronos uses wisdom with the experience provided by years of playing metal on the road from the the music made on their earlier classic albums and through past influences (Motörhead) and current influences of his (seen on this album as fine tuned guitars in lower shades and tones) and making it clear to the public that Venom were truly kings of black metal and are back to raise hell again.

At first I hated the fact that both Mantas and Abaddon were absent, but the musicianship on Metal Black is so damn tight that it really doesn't matter. Anton and Mykvs do a fantastic job of filling their predecessor's shoes here, and the production is equally as well fitting. Clear enough to make out all instruments which was not too easy before on a Venom record. "Burn In Hell", "Sleep When I'm Dead", "Death & Dying", "Antechrist" and the title track are killer metal tracks. Actually there really are no fillers here, even though some songs don't tend to stick out as well as the others.

Metal Black songs:
1)"Antechrist": A great start! Takes me back to "Black Metal"The drums are perfect, Cronos' vocals are really aggressive! Probably the best song on this album.
2)"Burn in Hell": A really great guitar solo.
3)"House of Pain": This is not a bad song but a bit repetitive because is all based on the same riff.
4)"Death & Dying":
5)"Ragè Satanas": One of the songs that strikes me at the first listening. Directly from hell!
6)"Darkest Realm": Another good song. The riffing is heavy as hell itself.
7)"A Good Day to Die": The guitar work in this song is crazy! Aweosme solo in the middle of the song.
8)"Assassins": This is not a very original song and it's rather repetitive, Cronos' voice is aggressive & rough. Pretty good.
9)"Lucifer Rising": Another song essentially based on the same riff. this is not one of my favourite songs.
10)"Blessed Dead": A perfect mix between a "thrash" rhythm and "death" accellerations!
11)"Hours of Darkness": Nothing Great but a good song.
12)"Sleep When I'm Dead": It seems a pneumatic hammer. Not fast but really heavy. Maybe the drummer plays with 2 clubs!
13)"Maleficarum": Another heavy track!!!!
14)"Metal Black": An ending in grand style! Fast as a shark....evil as satan.....is Metal Black!

If you're a fan of Venom and especially their first three classics, then Metal Black will satisfy your metal needs and the most interesting prospect about Metal Black isn't that they're back, it's what will they do next?

Rating:
4/5 for Metal Black!



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SylentEcho
November 30th 2007


1570 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

feel free to comment & please vote if you liked the review. This Message Edited On 11.30.07

rasputin
November 30th 2007


14541 Comments


Good review, informative and straight to the point. I don't mind Venom, but they bore me a little.

south_of_heaven 11
November 30th 2007


5433 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Besides the first two tracks, this album sucks.

10)"Blessed Dead": A perfect mix between a "trash" rhythm and "death" accellerations!

thrash thrash thrash :angry:This Message Edited On 11.30.07

SylentEcho
November 30th 2007


1570 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

damn! How could I make that mistake Lol, thanks for pointing it out. Ive edited it now. ;)

blackened07
November 30th 2007


949 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

I never really liked this cd for some reason.

McP3000
November 30th 2007


3941 Comments


Metal Black? I can't believe they just switched the words around of their most famous album.

Slaytan
November 30th 2007


1186 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

Besides the first two tracks, this album sucks.

Agreed.

rattlehead42147
November 30th 2007


1345 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

i bought this before i had heard any venom tracks, and i was like "maybe this is a reissue edition of Black Metal". how wrong i was. I threw this cd away.

SylentEcho
November 30th 2007


1570 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

But what do you guys dislike about them so much?

rattlehead42147
November 30th 2007


1345 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

compared to Black metal the shortcomings are clear imo. this album has some okay riffs but it doesnt compare to venom's old style at all. i sort of liked this when i bought it but then i heard the song black metal, which was when i started to see the mediocrity of this album.This Message Edited On 11.30.07

Slaytan
November 30th 2007


1186 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

compared to Black metal the shortcomings are clear imo. this album has some okay riffs but it doesnt compare to venom's old style at all.

I agree with Rattlehead, they've done much better.

Wizard
November 30th 2007


19383 Comments


I enjoyed how you combined a paragraph/ TBT review format. Nice idea and well written! This album kind of bored me.

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MutnikSpusic
May 19th 2010


560 Comments


soif i liek sez teh album tietl moer tahn twiec it maeks metal BLÁK METhÖLL black.
otherwise I'm with Vladimir rasputin

darkthrone1
December 1st 2012


387 Comments


some good riffs on this

forkliftjones
April 21st 2014


377 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Metal Black lol



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