never doubted Venom’s importance for heavy metal. “Welcome to Hell”
and “Black Metal” were seminal, no matter how crude and how crappy
the production. The band’s antiques and bad manners are legendary and
not at all justified by a massive talent – on the contrary. What made
Venom interesting was not the music, but rather the attitude, and in
that respect, the world could easily do without another attempt by
Cronos and his accomplices Antton and Mykvs to cause a stir.
is nothing shocking about “Metal Black”, let alone anything
interesting. Cronos’ half-hearted scream are about as talent less as
they’ve sounded the past 15 years and the album is only saved by an
occasional decent riff. The drum production is terrible, by the way.
but this frail attempt at metal grandeur plummets like Lucifer into the
tarred pits of hell.