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'Fallen Angels'
Spinefarm Records
Released on 28th November 2011

Lee Fitzsimmons

lee fitzsimmons

However its delivered, be it bite or sting, venom is fast acting, destructive and rampages its way through a body affecting its very core. It contains powerful enzymes which target and disable certain processes in the body. This can lead to muscle paralysis and eventual death. However this particular album had an extreme opposite reaction and did not have me phoning Liverpool's centre for tropical diseases for a healthy dose of anti-venom! Rather the reverse methinks!


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I must say this reviewer and Venom share a certain affinity. I was born in the founding year which makes me believe that Venom is a band that is influential in the roots in thrash Metal. Not only in thrash, as 'Black Metal, 1982' is now utilised to describe an entire music genre. From their beginnings in Newcastle, Venom have gone from strength to strength, constantly proving that their stature on the battlefield of Metal is well earned and firmly acknowledged.

Beginning with 'Hammerhead', Venom launch into some guttural and engaging Metal which immediately sets the impressive tone for things to come on the entire album. From the outset Venom make this immediate challenge to the listener; "this is our stuff, listen and appreciate", and for me that works ever so well. The vocals and lyrics really draw you into a dark Metal world, coupled with instrumental ability that compliments these superbly and you have an opening track that grabs the listener, sets the scene and administers the sting.

The previous track flows ever so neatly into 'Nemisis' which keeps the listener engaged at a fantastic, powerful pace and contains an energy that flows right through the veins of anyone in earshot. Well it did for me at any rate! Pay extra attention at about 1.55 minutes into the track where we are treated to an excellent guitar piece which has even critical listeners silently (or in my case vocally) appreciating the ability.

I could list off the tracks one by one and highlight the myriad of positives which are contained within this album, probably boring you to tears in the process. I think not my friends. This album has a direct link of appeal to my senses. It's the album that gets me jazzed in the morning, thrashing in the evening and energised at night-time.

Pay particular attention to 'Pedal To The Metal', which is a fantastic tune for those engaged in any form of physical exertion who require that aggressive 'oooomph' to really boost them. It gives the whole body a jolt akin to numerous caffeine related products.

Other tracks such as 'Lap Of The Gods' and 'Death Be Thy Name' give the listener that same heightened sense of power, aggression and brutality which will shake up the nervous system of even the most sedate individual. This album could have a nun donning biker leathers, getting tattoos and proceeding down to the nearest chav infested public house for an afternoon of 'scally-nutting'. That's how powerful I believe the Metal to be in this album.

From a hellish imagery, Venom have delivered an album worthy of these talented and experienced Metal legends. Truly awe inspiring lyrics linked with great vocal ability and superb technical expertise are all evident within. After 30 years of hammering their stamp upon the Metal community, Venom show that they can still delight and astound and they certainly have not 'mellowed in time'.

Metal legends and well deserved. Venom with 'Fallen Angels' will reach up into the skies above and pull you down to earth and beyond with some excellent thrash.

'Fallen Angels' crashes to Earth on November 28th 2011 and if the last angel who fell to Earth is any indicator, the world will not be the same after it does! Pure Venom and I'm loving the infection.




Wacken Winter Nights 2018 takes place between February 23rd and 25th 2018 and the great news is that you can now experience a full-on, top class German Metal Festival easily and affordably.

It only takes an hour to fly to Hamburg from London and we've had longer journeys than that within the capital and they were certainly more expensive than the £33 air ticket that just appeared in our 'flights to Wacken Winter Nights' search.


Wacken Winter Nights is organised by the same team who are responsible for the world's greatest Metal festival, Wacken-Open-Air and the 2018 bill includes Skyclad, Orphaned Land, Elvenking, Finntroll, Grave Digger, Aeverium, Comes Vagantes, Coppelius, Corvus Corax, Die Pressgëng, Elvellon, Heimataerde, Hell-O-Matic, Ignis Fatuu, Ingrimm, Irdorath, Johnny Deathshadow, Krayenzeit, Letzte Instanz, Mr Hurley und die Pulveraffen, Pampatut, Pat Razket, Schandmaul, Sündenrausch, The Aberlour's, The Moon And The Nightspirit, Torfrock, Visions Of Atlantis, Vroudenspil, Wind Rose and more.

Besides this rich billing of superb Metal bands, there is so much more to see in the festival area including the medieval market and also the walking acts and jugglers you will meet at the theme worlds, including Robert Blake, three-time World Cup winner of street magic.

Wacken Winter Nights is something not to be missed and you can check out the amazing ticket and accommodation prices right here.

We just priced up the whole four day trip with hotels, flights, shuttles and festival tickets for less than £300 and we don't think you will get a better value festival than that, anywhere.


MetalTalk recently sat down with Wacken founder and owner Thomas Jensen and that interview will be online next week and it's a fascinating insight into how Wacken originated from nothing to become the world's premiere Heavy Metal event.


Wacken 2018 takes place from 2nd to 4th August 20218 and as with Wacken Winter Nights, if you have never experienced all it has to offer, then you owe it to yourself to remedy that.

Already announced for Wacken 2018 are Judas Priest, Nightwish, Running Wild (exclusive), Arch Enemy, Dirkschneider, Doro (Special Anniversary Show), In Extremo, Sepultura, Amorphis, Amaranthe, Firewind, W.A.R., Belphegor, Mantar, Knorkator, Deserted Fear, Watain, Night Demon, Epica, Knorkator, Belphegor, Firewind, Deserted Fear and many more and we'll have more Wacken 2018 announcements during December.

As well as being the greatest Heavy Metal festival in the world, it is without a doubt the Mecca of Metal and the one thing that every single person who loves our music should have on their bucket list.

For 2018, MetalTalk have joined forces with Wacken-Open-Air to help you get to Wacken easily and inexpensively and you can peruse the ticket and travel options right here.

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