Power of Metal.dk Review

From the Very Depths
Style: Blackish Metal
Release date: 26 January, 2015
Playing time: 52:25

So much had I enjoyed Venom’s previous album, “Fallen Angels”, that it got listed in my ‘Staff Poll’ of 2011 in this publication. “From The Very Depths” is more in-your-face than its predecessor and I dare say Venom are on a winning streak.

Wherever you care to look, the album is bursting with instant classics.....’Evil Law’, ‘Long Haired Punks’ and ‘Crucified’ are 3 exceptional specimens which come to mind. The sound is gruff and the attitude very Punkish, in fact it bears distinct parallels with Motörhead. Production-wise “From The Very Depths” is in a different league from Venom’s first full-length forays around 30 years ago and the level of musicianship way more eloquent than the band’s early anarchic days. And yet music’s demeanour is unmistakably Venom, a fact doubtlessly related to the identity of the man at the band’s helm: Cronos. Indeed the sneering attitude of Conrad ‘Cronus’ Lant feels as authentic as ever.

‘Mephistopheles’ has some incredibly tight-sounding bass and rhythm guitars. ‘Crucified’ has riffs as heavy as a steamroller testing the laws of gravity above your head. ‘Smoke’ has an industrial feel to it...which I liked. ‘Long Haired Punks’ is one of the best songs ever to come from the band. Album closer ‘Rise’ is a rallying call to the ‘Legions’ of Venom fans and has you craving for more. Sure, if you scrutinise this full-length with a magnifying glass you’re bound to find imperfections but as an assembled product “From The Very Depths” is as strong an album as you can hope for.

As a long-time Venom fan, I couldn’t be happier.

See the lyric-video of ‘Long Haired Punks’:

01. Eruptus (instrumental)
02. From the Very Depths
03. The Death of Rock'n'Roll
04. Smoke
05. Temptation
06. Long Haired Punks
07. Stigmata Satanas
08. Crucified
09. Evil Law
10. Grinding Teeth
11. Ouverture
12. Mephistopheles
13. Wings of Valkyrie
14. Rise
Label: Spinefarm Records
Promotion: Petting Zoo PR
Reviewed by: Chris Galea
Date: 22 January, 2015
Website: www.venomlegions.com