VENOM, the hugely influential U.K. outfit now celebrating a full 30 years since the release of its “Welcome To Hell” debut, will have a brand new studio album released on November 28 via Spinefarm Records/Universal. Titled “Fallen Angels” and featuring 13 fresh recordings produced by mainman/bassist Conrad “Cronos” Lant, this is the follow-up to 2008’s “Hell” release, and sees the trio (completed by guitarist Rage and drummer Dante) adopting a style highly redolent of classic early VENOM with modern studio technology employed only to increase the general level of nastiness.
The first limited edition pressing of “Fallen Angels” will come with two bonus tracks, “Annunaki Legacy” and “Blackened Blues”.
Prior to the album’s release, on October 31, a double-A side single, “Hammerhead” / “Hail Satanas”, will be made available on 12-inch vinyl and digital download, also through Spinefarm/Universal.
Says Cronos: “When we make an album, it usually takes a few tracks to get into the vibe, although this album’s vibe was very much present during the ideas stage… everything came together so naturally.
“We all started throwing ideas together on the South American tour, and then again during the live shows of 2010, and so we knew from the start that we had some amazing new songs to make a great album.
“With any new album, you look for a few songs to put into the live set, although that is going to be very difficult with this record, as we can nail the entire album live if we want!
“‘Fallen Angels’ is the result of a band that has spent nearly two years touring and growing as a unit, and as the band grows tighter, so the songs get better and heavier, and we instinctively know what each other is thinking, and the ideas flow easier.
“This album is only the very start for this lineup; there will be many more albums and live shows to come for VENOM.
“It has taken a long time and a lot of changes to finally deliver a VENOM that can attack black metal the way it should be — fast, furious, tight and terrifying. All hell breaks loose… hell fucking yeah!!!!!”
“Fallen Angels” will feature the following songs:
* Pedal To The Metal
* Lap Of The Gods
* Damnation Of Souls
* Hail Satanas
* Punk’s Not Dead
* Death Be Thy Name
* Lest We Forget
* Valley Of The Kings
* Fallen Angels
Regarding what fans can expect to hear from the next VENOM studio LP, Cronos told The Quietus, “The new tracks are tremendous. Basically, if you think of the way [former VENOM drummer] Antton [Antony Lant, who is also Cronos’ brother] was playing, especially on the last album ‘Hell’, he is a nu-metal drummer and comes from that kind of background. He’s hung ’round VENOM most of his life and it was just good to introduce him to the whole VENOM concept of playing like the way [original VENOM drummer] Abaddon used to play. Basically Abaddon came from a rock background and then basically developed a black metal, speed metal, thrash metal style. The nu-metal drumming is very different and it was a steep learning curve for him. At the end of the day he’s got his own style and he wants to be known for what he’s done and not be in my shadow, which is totally understandable. Some of the guys we had coming to the rehearsals were not ex-CRADLE OF FILTH but they were still, ‘I’ve been in this band, I’ve been in that band,’ but they were all far too young, you know. We were looking for someone in their thirties upwards who understood rock music.”
When asked how the new songs compare to those off “Hell”, Cronos said, “I would say more like those off ‘Metal Black’. More like our earlier stuff. ‘Hell’ was getting a bit too much like session tracks. Too . . . polished. And polish isn’t a good word for VENOM songs. VENOM songs need to be off the cuff, loose, a little bit thrash. Once you start polishing songs up a bit much you end up going in the wrong direction. There’s a spontaneity about VENOM songs that I’ve always loved. When we’re coming up with new VENOM songs there’s one thing that I always try and keep in mind: ‘Is that kid in his bedroom on his knees playing air guitar and going ‘Yeah! Get in!” You know? I’m not interested in Joe Satriani sitting there and discussing whether it’s technically correct or not! That’s the last thing on my mind.”
Photo credit: Terry Attwater