Venom, the unholy trinity of Cronos, Rage and Dante, celebrate a massive 10 years together with new studio album, STORM THE GATES – a 13-track outing for blasphemers, fornicators and the forever cursed set for release via Spinefarm Records on December 14th 2018.
Since 2009, this latest incarnation of the group has had a clear vision of who they are and where they want to go, steadfastly refusing to compromise or waiver in their beliefs, building on the signature style and sound established by Cronos back in 1979. As both artist and producer, this iconic frontman, Venom’s beating black heart, effectively opened the gates (of Hell) for a whole new brand of Metal, genuinelychanging the game with an intensity never before seen or heard.
Mixing the raw energy and serrated edge of punk with the volume and bombast of metal, adding a life-threatening amount of pyro, then brutally dragging the whole thing through a tangled hedge of thorns, Venom has been responsible for some of the guitar world’s most revered – and feared – compositions. Titles to be whispered in darkened, cobwebbed rooms.
There was metal and then there was Black Metal. Venom Metal.
Now approaching the band’s 40th anniversary, Venom have matured into a true force of nature – louder, faster, nastier and ready to unleash the hounds of Hell with STORM THE GATES, studio album No. 15.Produced by Cronos himself, this is the raw sound of a band who don’t need tricks of technology to make their point. In 2018, Venom stand, as always, atop a pile of crushed skulls, wielding blood-stained sonic weapons designed to repel all that is weak and watered-down. There is real integrity here, a defined set of values, plus of course the ongoing ability to create music so worshipped by their Legions of followers worldwide.
The songs themselves are drawn from such passion, based on audience chants, insane mosh-pits of excitement, and that feeling of being part of something enduring and special.
No other line-up of the band has come close to what Cronos, Rage and Dante can deliver. F**k the pretenders, Venom rule the night!