As if the band name and logo didn't make it obvious,
Venom Inc. is a
offshoot of sorts.
But this isn't just a case of some former members getting together,
as the trio here
(Tony Dolan, Mantas, and Abaddon)
Venom in the late 80's
and early 90's, during Venom mainman Cronos' sabbatical.
The origins of this band go back to around 2010, when
Dolan and Mantas started up
M-Pire Of Evil
, initially featuring yet another former Venom drummer.
That incarnation lasted a few years and put out two albums, and then
original Venom drummer Abaddon returned to the fold, and Venom Inc.
was born, quickly releasing Avé
As was the case with M-Pire (and, indeed, with newer Venom itself),
the first question on everyone's mind is how this compares,
in style as well as in quality, with the classic raw
early proto-black-death metal that Venom became famous for.
While Venom itself has been releasing quality albums for several years
is arguably a bit closer to what one might expect from
recent Venom, in that it retains some of the spirit and style of the
days of yore
(occasionally Mantas tosses out a riff that just reeks of the
with plainly more mature musicianship and a shade more modern
In other words, energetic, above-average black-tinged thrashy metal,
delivered with the conviction one would expect.
Nice to see that original Venom spirit live on both here and with Cronos'
- Ave Satanas
- Forged In Hell
- Metal We Bleed
- Dein Fleisch
- Blood Stained
- Time To Die
- The Evil Dead
- Preacher Man
- I Kneel To No God
- Black N Roll
- Tony Dolan