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Venomous

Venomous


Reviewed By Rod Whitfield
Published 22/11/2011

Surprising

Behind this rather comical band name lies a real and pleasant surprise. Indonesia is obviously not a known Mecca for hard rock and metal in the world, but these guys are apparently their biggest and best metal act. Apparently they’ve also been around for more than 15 years, which is arguably the biggest surprise of all. And it’s fantastic to see the global reach of our favourite style of music.

Initial impressions are of fairly primitive thrash metal, but this is also quite deceiving. Delving deeper into the album proper it becomes apparent there is a melodic, dynamic and even somewhat progressive heart beating beneath the primal exterior. These guys fuse some elements into their sound that make one sit up and take notice, such as their dynamic lead guitar harmonies, fairly unique off-kilter rhythms and unexpected quieter, more dynamic moments.

The vocals are just a touch on the limited side and the production could possibly have used maybe 5% more polish for this to be a truly world class metal release but these are very small gripes when you consider where these guys come from, and the fact that they no doubt operate on a less than shoestring budget. Beyond these minor issues there is a real hunger here: the sweat, blood and tears that may have been shed to keep this band going over the years can actually be heard, flowing out of the grooves of this record, and this gives it a fantastic feeling of urgency and intensity.

Obviously a decade and a half of developing their sound and style has paid off for these guys, in a nation where simply getting by would possibly be an individual’s major focus, let alone putting the time and effort into getting an all-original heavy metal band to a professional level. Could this band do a Sepultura and break out of a country lower on the socio-economic scale and find global success? That remains to be seen, but they are to be congratulated heartily on what they have achieved already, if this record is anything to go by. The mere fact that they are being talked about on an Australian heavy metal website is a very strong sign for this band, and you can only wish them well for the future.

(Xenophobic Records)

Venomous

Reviewed By Rod Whitfield
Published 22/11/2011

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