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Cast in Stone
Genres: Rock, Metal
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Total Scumbag | Hell | 05/09/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This is my first Venom CD and man was I blown away. I had heard some of their songs before but once I put Disc 1 of this CD I was blown away. This was total thrash metal with AWESOME lyrics! Venom came out in 1979 before thrash, death, and black metal existed and I truly believe that Venom influenced all 3 genres. The person that called this "a poor man's slayer" truly doesn't know what he's talking about. This band came out before Slayer, influenced Slayer and Slayer knows and pays tribute to this band all the time. Now, this may not be the most talented band of all time but this is just one of those CDS that when you put it in you are in another world and everything in my life is good. Also, it is 2 discs for only 15 bucks so it is well worth it. Buy today, or continue posing."
This is the REAL VENOM
Rob Michaels | portage, mi. United States | 06/18/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"It's about time Venom reunited, even if it was for a short time. But at least we got the "Venom '96" ep, "The Second Coming" live video+CD & finally this one right here: "Cast In Stone". This is how Venom should sound. Heavy as Hell. This CD kicks off with "The Evil One", the full length version that is. A shorter, rougher mixed version appeared on "Venom '96" (or "Live '96" on a different release). This song is just incredible. It's one of the heaviest and most devastating tunes Venom ever recorded. Seriously. Play it loud enough and it'll feel like a huge hammer is smashing your head in. And when Cronos growls, "Jesus f**ks you!", look out for a flaming doorway opening below you, cause you're goin' to Hell. Other awesome songs here are "Raised in Hell", a great head-bangin' number; "All Devil's Eve", where Mantas' guitar sounds like a massive freight train comin' at you; "Destroyed & Damned", another extremely powerful song, complete with thunderstorm fx & some surprisingly good singing from Cronos. But it's NOT a ballad, that's for sure. Then there's the ultimate Venom thrasher called "Flight of the Hydra", where Abaddon's arms probably fell off after he completed it. Also check out "God's Forsaken", "Mortals" and "You're All Gonna Die", a song which tells us that, no matter who you are or how important you think you are, you're still gonna take a dirt nap someday. Then when that disc is done, there's another disc full of re-recorded Venom classics like "Bloodlust", "Die Hard", "Ladylust", "Manitou" and others. And a song simply called "Venom". I don't know if this is new or a really old one that they just got around to recording, but it does have the Venom attitude. The songs on disc two are great, but of course, you can't beat the originals, you know? These CDs are how Venom might have possibly sounded if Mantas never left in the first place, but who knows? The songs are good & evil and really, really heavy, so I don't think you'll be disappointed. Reunions are sometimes crappy, but that's not the case with this one. Give your speakers a rest halfway through or they just might explode from a Venom overload. Crank it!!!"
Good introduction to one of the most influential bands ever
N. Durham | Philadelphia, PA | 12/29/2002
(4 out of 5 stars)
"A previous reviewer stated Venom as a "poor man's Slayer", so obviously he does not know his metal history. One of the most influential bands (Metallica, Slayer, and Pantera's Phil Anselmo have all sited Venom as a major influence) to ever play metal, "Cast in Stone" is a good introduction to new fans of Venom. Both discs are packed with older and newer (and in some cases newly recorded and re-recorded) songs that may take a while getting used to (those used to listening to old Metallica and Slayer may take a bit before really getting into it), but once you do you will fully appreciate the impact that Venom had on the heavy metal music genre. "The Evil One", "Raised in Hell", "Your All Gonna Die", and "Rip Ride" are all great songs and among Venom's best. All in all, those looking to get into Venom should definitely give this a shot. A mini-poster is also included that is a pretty cool extra."