Venom – From The Very Depths

Venom have always been weighted down by a very metal millstone: that of their own legacy. The classic Mantas, Cronos, Abaddon line-up is the one everyone thinks of when Venom is mentioned. Since that era, Venom have been all over the place, with various line-ups, none of them achieving any great success.

The Welcome To Hell and Black Metal albums inspired entire genres of music: black metal, thrash metal, death metal all owe a huge debt to Venom.

It is unreasonable to expect any band to recreate their glory days (look at Metallica – over two decades since they’ve released anything approaching a decent album, and it’s unlikely they ever will). Nevertheless, From The Very Depths, viewed fairly, is a very good album indeed. Excellent songs, playing, and production, and a great attitude. Well worth listening to.

Spinefarm Records

Steve Earles is author and co-author of numerous projects, including To End All Wars: The WWI Graphic Anthology, available summer 2014 (

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