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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.