Venom – Storm The Gates (Review)


I can remember being a teenager and looking through the metal records (yes, vinyl records! I’m that old). My favorite bands were Guns N’ Roses, Van Halen, Quiet Riot, Ratt, etc.  I grew up in the in the bible belt and everyone was petrified of the Venom albums. With album titles like Black Metal and Possessed featuring pentagrams and goats heads, my friends and I wrongly assumed they were the devil’s disciples, true evil incarnate.  What a difference the years make. To be honest, I don’t even consider Venom anywhere near Black Metal, even though they coined the term.  After listening to several of their albums, I actually grew to like their music. Musically Venom are much closer to classic metal bands like Motorhead and Iron Maiden than anything in the extreme metal scene.  Their new album Storm The Gates is no exception to that rule.  While Venom may never be called virtuosos, they can write some damn heavy and catchy songs.  Starting out with the song “Bring Out The Dead”, the band gets your attention almost immediately. Music has always been subjective. Where one person might listen to Venom and hear something that sounds like a noisy toolbox going down a flight of stairs, another hears great music. And that’s been Venom‘s thing from the onset of their career. Every song has that familiar Venom sound that pummels you from beginning to end.  For some bands change is good, but for Venom, this is exactly what I and many of their fans have come to expect.  Like Motorhead and AC/DC, you pretty much have a good idea what the album will sound like before you listen to it, but it doesn’t mean that it isn’t still good. Storm The Gates is 13 songs of pure unbridled Venom. Take it or leave it. If you like their music, you’ll love it. If Maroon 5 is your favorite band, then you probably better pass, but If you’ve never heard them before, buckle up and hang on for a thrashy metal ride that you just might really enjoy.

Artist: Venom
Album: Storm The Gates
Genre: Metal
Label: Spinefarm Records
Release Date: December 14, 2018
Reviewed by: Bobby Caughron

Track Listing:

01-Bring Out Your Dead 3:21
02-Notorious 4:16
03-I Dark Lord 4:41
04-100 Miles To Hell 4:48
05-Dark Night (Of The Soul) 4:48
06-Beaten To A Pulp 3:14
07-Destroyer 4:18
08-The Mighty Have Fallen 3:15
09-Over My Dead Body 5:07
10-Suffering Dictates 3:10
11-We The Loud 3:55
12-Immortal 4:31
13-Storm The Gate 3:47

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