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Hide behind your crucifix - 75%

Felix 1666, March 7th, 2015
Written based on this version: 2000, CD, Steamhammer

Thinking back to the early outputs of Venom, I must say that their records always possessed a healthy portion of filth. The musicians were punk-influenced mavericks that tortured the listener by creating a kind of martial chaos. Sometimes it seemed as if their instruments were their biggest enemies. Nevertheless, the nasty yet self-mocking band celebrated major successes with its unsettling way of proceeding.

"Resurrection" lacks of filth. It is a pure metal album which is free from external influences. Chaotic elements do not show up. The musicians master their instruments. And, for whatever reason, the full-length has not become a (commercial) resurrection.

Venom released a solid album which scored with a couple of very well constructed songs. But the black metal roots are trimmed, although two original members, Cronos and Mantas, were involved in the making of "Resurrection". Instead, the band is armed with fourteen tracks that combine elements of heavy, power and thrash metal in a predominantly successful manner. The modern production stresses the voluminous guitars without neglecting the contributions of Cronos or drummer Antton. Generally spoken, the sound is heavy and vehement. It does not show any old-school tendencies. Do not misunderstand me, "Resurrection" does not suffer from an artificial or high-polished sound. But in terms of Venom, one has to get used to this transparent and clean mix. Once this has been done, it is great fun to listen to powerful tracks such as the riff-driven "Thirteen" with its flattening chorus or the stoical "Firelight" which reveals an amazing degree of catchiness thanks to its captivating main riff.

Both songs do not focus on high speed and this approach is more or less representative for the entire record. Legitimate successors of rapid bullets such as "Lady Lust" or "Black Metal" do not appear. Instead, Venom surprise, inter alia, with unexpected details such as an atmospheric chorus ("War Against Christ") and an almost balladic bridge ("Leviathan"). But however, "Resurrection" offers a fairly broad spectrum of metal that does not lack of subliminal aggression. With a few minor exceptions, the songs do not include tedious sections. They are solidly designed and do not have to hide behind the compositions of comparable power / thrash bands. It is amazing, for instance, that the vast majority of the choruses is catchy and intensive at the same time. With regard to that mature performance, the lack of spontaneity plays a minor role. The main thing is that the songs are not predictably constructed.

The compactness and the honesty of the homogeneous album are noteworthy. Well, it is surely questionable whether a relatively "normal" metal full-length meets the expectation set by the notorious name Venom. But further development is not a crime. To try something new is also not forbidden. And we may not forget that the raw voice of Cronos establishes the connection between "Resurrection" and their early classics. You should therefore lend an ear to crashing tracks like "Disbeliever" or "Man Myth & Magic" in order to gain an impression. If you like no-frills metal, this album possesses the quality to enrich your collection.

Venom With Production Values! - 84%

Metal_Jaw, December 3rd, 2011

The original Black Metal Brits took a 3 year hiatus after 1997's "Cast In Stone", but returned in 2000 with "Resurrection", an unfortunate and overused title. It stands as a minor oddball in the Venom discography for many reasons. It's the first album without Abaddon on drums. Many songs have "filler" written all over therm, but yet are still pretty decent. It has arguably the most polished sound of any of their albums. But, is it any good overall?

Cronos and Mantas return for this set, and they're as good as ever. Cronos' bass is heavy as fuck on this record, and his voice is just as equally strong. Mantas in back in the saddle with loud riffing and shredding, though both men and their instruments lose a bit of that old, raw Venom charm due to the rather clean and loud sound of the songs, allowing for a minor generic feel to seep through. Replacing Abaddon is Cronos' younger brother Antton. While he doesn't have that manic, "fuck the world" speed and zaniness Abaddon had, he still more than makes up for with his own punishing brand of skull-smashing heaviness. A fine replacement.

The songs, all 14 of 'em (fuck me, is that enough?), are varied but similar. As I mentioned earlier, a good number of the songs are very fillerish, but many still have little quirks to them that make them better than they should be. Numbers like "Firelight" or Disbeliever" are just okay. Not bad, but okay. Little numbers like "Loaded" or "Man, Myth And Magic" remain memorable thanks to surprising melody and speed, while others like closer "Leviathan" are blessed with a crushing midpace. The best numbers overall include: the title track, which, while heavy as fuck and catchy, just sort of hangs together on a single riff (at least it's a good riff); "Pain", a semi-fast, hate-filled crusher with more killer riffing and guitarwork; "Pandemonium", a fast chugger with an unforgettable riff; and lastly, the fucking awesome "Vengeance", which I think ranks as a Venom classic with it's hateful Mantas lyrics and whirlwind guitars and Cronos' pissed-off roaring and crushing bass.

Overall, the lack of Abaddon, clean production and overuse of fillers may put some off, but "Resurrection" still ranks as certainly one of the band better efforts.

Meh... - 72%

Snxke, April 20th, 2004

This goofy meatball of a record is not terrible, yet it's utterly pointless at the same time. (Though I will give it two thumbs up for having some of the best artwork on any metal record at any time.) Venom are running on "arena metal" autopilot at this juncture and the best they can shove out it an fist-pumping, somewhat lethargic tribute to themselves (thank God Cronos can still sing like he always did...possibly even better) that from afar is entertaining but totally irrelelvant in todays world of metal. Sadly, this record might just be the Venom swan song as little has been heard about the band since Cronos suffered a severe neck injury.

Much of the album suffers on a songwriting level as well as finding the band being "out of touch with the times". Some of the songs are quite good but some are very, very poor. The one-two slam of "Resurrection" and the banging "Pandemonium" are quite good but songs like "Pain" and "Control Freak" are simply laughable. (Not in the "humor haha" way either.) Venom are artistically dry, desperate for something more substantial than a bad shout-along chorus that is fun in the moment yet adding depth to their already legendary career.

Venom are striking out with this one, though I do play it quite often. It's the musical version of "junk food" that leaves me interested for only the time that I am listening to it.

Please! Stay dead! - 51%

UltraBoris, December 30th, 2002

This is a very uninspired and forgettable album. Venom have gone from speed metal to very bland half-thrash. For the most part, this is not all that much removed from a Pantera album.

Highlights are few and far between... the first few songs on the album sound just about the same, and it is not until "Black Flame of Satan" that we get a song that manages to do more than just plod along. This is speed metal in the vein of Jugulator, or perhaps newer Exciter. The only really good song on here - it doesn't sound much like old Venom simply because the production doesn't blow ass, but it does harken back to that style.

The same can't really be said for the rest of the stuff, which either never get going, or just plain stop when they do. Stupid tricks like half-thrash riffs ("Leviathan") or dropping the riffs entirely in the verses ("Man Myth and Magic") are here far too often... and even the rest is just plain boring. "Vengeance" resorts to some of their most banal lyrics yet, and "Resurrection", while the vocals are kinda cool, the song is just a turd, riding one decent riff until its legs fall off, and never really counterpointing it.

"Pain" is halfway decent, with its moments of speed metal, but the verses are just so banal and content-free that the rest just can't redeem it. And that stupid little interlude just screams "what the fuck".

It's a really hit-or-miss album that has enough good ideas for maybe two or three songs. The rest is utterly formulaic, and totally devoid of the raw energy that made classic Venom so damn classic in the first place.

Venom are still kicking ass - 95%

Thrash_Till_Death, September 28th, 2002

Does Venom really need any introduction at all...? Nah, I didn't think so. Well now what can you expect from Venom, seeing how this cd came out 19 years after the band released possibly THE second or third most influential cd for metal. What you can expect is an ass kicking! Wow, the guys are still cranking out awesome tunes. This cd is great from start to finish.

The band welcomes new drummer Annton into the group and he proves his worth behind the kit. He has some wicked drum licks, like in Pain and Control Freak. The music itself is pretty modern sounding, bordering on thrash. There is some awesome riffs and Chronos does great vocal work on this cd. He even gives somewhat cleaning singing a try on Leviathan and it works! Some material on this cd will stick with you for a few days. I often find myself suddenly singing songs from this cd, as most songs are pretty memorable like Loaded or Black Flame of Satan. Just like old Venom tunes, you'll probably find yourself givin'r with the chorus.If Venom is still around and kicking, as Venom news has been a little slow lately, I hope they put out more cds like this.