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Review: Venom Inc. - Avé
Venom Inc.

Label: Nuclear Blast Records
Year released: 2017
Duration: 1:01:57
Tracks: 11
Genre: Death/Thrash

Rating: 4.25/5

Review online: September 16, 2017
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
Readers Rating

Rated 4.24/5 (84.71%) (17 Votes)

Well. Damn. This album has been on my regular playlist for several weeks now. At the time I'm writing this, I haven't read any review of the album but noticed that it scored pretty low ratings on 3-4 different sites. Well, to hell with them. I like it, even though I may have to hire someone to patch the holes I made in the walls from all that thrashing around.

I'm not a big fan of Venom's Demolition Man era so I wasn't expecting much from this album and I'd say the first couple of listens didn't really do it for me. Give it a couple of weeks, try again and bam! I was hooked. That was late spring or so and I'm still listening to it regularly.

Avé is not particularly original. It's basically Venom served with a more modern sauce but without falling into the "sucky modern metal" trap. The album's sound packs a hell of a lot of punch, it's just loud even at low volume and it's pretty much impossible not to headbang or at least tap that foot while listening to it. There are a few songs that I find a little on the weak side and even then they have their moments. Some, such as "Forged in Hell", "Dein Fleisch", "Time to Die", "Metal We Bleed", "The Evil Dead" and the all-hell-breaks-loose Venom-meets-Motörhead closer "Black 'n Roll" more than make up for any weaknesses. Fast, thrashy, heavy and incredibly catchy heavy thrashing metal is what's being served here. Old-school with a modern twist done right. I guess I like this album a little.

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Interview with bassist and vocalist Tony "Demolition Man" Dolan, guitarist Jeffrey "Mantas" Dunn and drummer Jeramie "War Machine" Kling on November 3, 2022 (Interviewed by Luxi Lahtinen)
Interview with Venom Inc. on November 24, 2017 (Interviewed by Luxi Lahtinen)
Interview with vocalist and bassist Tony "The Demolition Man" Dolan on November 6, 2016 (Interviewed by Luxi Lahtinen)
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