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Venom — From the Very Depths

Estimated reading time: 2 minute(s)

☆☆☆☆ This album very much sounds like an excuse for a showcase of bassist/vocalist Cronos, with everyone else feeling like an afterthought. It goes on way too long, with a doggedly old-fashioned and outdated sensibility, a production quality that while energetic is slapdash at best (especially the irritating guitar tone), and vocals that are at times clownish. Put another way: it strikes me as a less clever cousin of Spin̈al Tap’s “Break Like The Wind.”