REVIEW: Venom Inc (Max Watts Melbourne)
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REVIEW: Venom Inc (Max Watts Melbourne)




Where do you even begin with Venom? They are the originators of black metal. They were heavier and more Satanic than Black Sabbath, they had more pyro than KISS, more studs and leather than Judas Priest and they brought with them a style that kickstarted a whole genre of music. When Venom burst onto the scene, no one knew what hit them. They came out guns blazing with a wall of noise that you either loved or hated. Let’s be honest, for the most part, metal has always been about precision and tight playing but for Venom, it’s as if they said “screw this!”, threw the rule book out the window and made up their own rules. And they were simple: play louder than anyone else, play faster than everyone else, and shake the foundations of every stage they graced. It’s wonderfully glorious and I love it.

Over the years line-up changes have made Venom’s legacy kind of confusing. The original trio of Cronos (aka Conrad Lant, Bass and Vocals), Mantas (aka Jeff Dunn, Lead Guitar) and Abaddon (aka Antony Bray, Drums) are seen as the classic era of Venom, then members left, new ones joined, then Cronos went solo while old members rejoined and Venom carried on with The Demolition Man (aka Tony Dolan) on vocals. Then the original trio got back together, then members left and it goes on and on. As you can see, it’s a bizarre history of opened and closed doors to the point where we now have Venom, fronted by Cronos and backed by Dante and La Rage, who have never toured Australia and thankfully, Venom Inc who graced Melbourne with its presence tonight. Featuring Mantas, Abaddon and The Demolition Man, together they deliver a show that’s as close to the original Venom as you can get. This was going to be a wild night and Melbourne were ready.

REVIEW: Venom Inc (Max Watts Melbourne)
Black Jesus
Photo credit: Damo Musclecar

Kicking off the night’s shenanigans was local brutalians, Black Jesus. Mixing thrash and death metal over blast beats and angry vocals, they dished out 35 minutes of pure hammer smashed face riffs. While the room may have looked bare as they were on just after doors opened, they didn’t care and played like they were in front of thousands. Great stuff! Top shelf all the way.

REVIEW: Venom Inc (Max Watts Melbourne)
Desecrator
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Desecrator are no stranger to the likes of Venom Inc having toured Europe together, it was very just that they were on the road with the British trio returning the favour. They’ve firmly established themselves as top game players of the Melbourne metal scene with a set of 80s inspired thrash that had every punter in the room head banging in synch and raising glasses in cheers after every song. By the time they were done, the crowd was amped up with anticipation for what was to follow.

REVIEW: Venom Inc (Max Watts Melbourne)
Venom
Photo credit: Damo Musclecar

As soon as the lights dimmed and the intro was played, Venom Inc came on to the stage to an abundance of applause and tore right into the title track off their album, Ave. Driven by Abaddon’s pounding drums, Venom Inc sounded exactly how Venom should sound; loud, abrasive, the mix was kinda sloppy, kinda messy, yet perfectly brilliant. Again, as I said earlier, most metal bands are about being tight and precise while Venom Inc are about being true to the sound that made them a household name. Classic Venom came next with 'Welcome To Hell' and the crowd lapped it up. It was ear damaging for all the right reasons and the classic Venom tracks kept coming: 'Poison', 'Live Like An Angel (Die Like A Devil)', 'Sons Of Satan', 'Diehard', 'Don’t Burn The Witch', 'Warhead', 'Buried Alive', 'Leave Me In Hell', 'Raise The Dead', etc. it was hit after hit. Even newer tracks like 'Metal We Bleed' and 'War' fit perfectly alongside the classic Venom-era.

REVIEW: Venom Inc (Max Watts Melbourne)
Venom
Photo credit: Damo Musclecar

Finishing with 'Black Metal', the people of Melbourne were not going to let them leave so quickly as cheers for an encore began. The band returned for not one but two separate encores to blast through more classic Venom with the always brilliant 'Witching Hour' and the riff filled 'Bloodlust'. After 90 minutes, they were done and it was awesome.

The opening line to Venom’s song, 'Too Loud For The Crowd' states ‘Death defying mayhem volume screaming through the stacks’ and that’s exactly what it was last night. Venom Inc delivered one spectacular show. Watching Mantas play those riffs and solos is like a dream come true.

REVIEW: Venom Inc (Max Watts Melbourne)
Venom
Photo credit: Damo Musclecar

The dude shreds and those solos are timeless. Abaddon provided that classic Venom backbone with roaring drums while Dolan’s vocals are aggressive and on point as he pounds the living hell out of his bass. They’re the full package, my ears are ringing and the show was the best thing ever.

Thank you to Hardline Media for bringing the band to Australia. We have been waiting for far too long and not only did they deliver but Venom Inc gave us everything we wanted and more, at no extra cost.

REVIEW: Venom Inc (Max Watts Melbourne)
Venom
Photo credit: Damo Musclecar

VENOM INC AUSTRALIAN TOUR DATES
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Thur 22 Feb - Canberra - The Basement - Desecrator + Reign Of Terror
Fri 23 Feb - Sydney - The Manning - Desecrator + Murderworld
Sat 24 Feb - Brisbane - Crowbar - Desecrator + Laceration Mantra
Wed 28 Feb - Hobart - Republic Bar
Thur 1 Mar - Melbourne - Max Watts - Desecrator + Black Jesus
Fri 2 Mar - Adelaide - Enigma Bar - Desecrator + Hidden Intent
Sat 3 Mar - Perth - Amplifier - Desecrator + Psychonaut

REVIEW: Venom Inc (Max Watts Melbourne)
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