Masters @ Rock Festival - Venom LIVE 2013
The Masters @ Rock festival in Torhout, Belgium is a different event, in contrast to most festivals that are pure metal or only rock this beast mix it all. So billed between the great old-school Kreator and the Kings Of Black Metal are the alternative rock band Guano Apes from Germany. Their sound is a fusion of metal, pop and rap. Odd indeed for sure.
United Kingdoms much-revered metal masters Venom still have the magic touch and both look and sound bigger and better than anyone else at Masters @Rock this year. I get myself in a good position, just a few meters from the fence at the front, in this area you really got the whole feeling of camaraderie and atmosphere that people poncing about out back ligging just never got a whiff of.
A decent crowd here greet Venom with a huge roar of anticipation, as the band enter the stage to their famous introtape the band ripped into the titletrack of their 31 years old groundbreaking Black Metal album and a wave of insanity spread around those rabid masses out front. The cataclysmic fanfavourite Leave Me In Hell and a heavy, heavy Hammerhead following hot on the heels of that crowd approved opener.
Every time Venom plays live they seem to become a stronger force. The rampant riffs, the anthemic power and the bubbling personality all prove irresistible as the trio piledrive through a set that not only pays due homage to their past, but also shows they can deliver modern monster of equal weight.
Cronos is the undisputed star of the show. In him, the metal scene has a charismatic and fearsome beast to contend with. The band look and sound great with Rage and Dante doing their parts to perfection. The crew behind the livesound are worth mention, everything in the right position makes the sound perfect for Venom. The sound is loud and the drums are pounding but they have kept much of their original dirty sound.
Most of all, Venom are exciting, slamming as hard as any bunch from the younger generation.
With encores underway courtesy of the Fallen Angels , it falls to Witching Hour and a rousing, crowd-driven rendition of In Leauge With Satan to form a fitting climax to what is by anyone´s standards a peerless performance. Despite the air of nostalgia, this awesome display is a timely reminder that Venom are still on ripping form and raring to go.
Bristling, blazing and just bloody brilliant.
Leave Me In Hell
Bloodlust / Black Flame Of Satan / Bloodlust
Possessed / Schizo / Live Like An Angel / Possessed
At War With Satan / Rip Ride / At War With Satan
Welcome To Hell / Hell
Buried Alive / Resurrection / The Evil One / Straight To Hell
In Leauge With Satan