This is yet another glorious compilation of the legendary black metal band Venom’s finest work. These tracks are all from the peak era of ‘89-’93, and even includes some remakes this lineup made of the band’s earlier work. The remakes are stronger, due to the renewed enthusiasm of the band and the savage voice of Tony Dolan. This, along with “Prime Evil” and “The Court Of Death”, will provide you with the very best of Venom (while there will be overlap). Simply evil brilliance.
How can almost 20 years of music from America’s premier progressive metal band be crammed into a live double-CD? In this case, the band’s career is divided into four parts, with the set paced loosely in order of release, although the tracks from Rage for Order are played within the EP and Warning suite, not as part of the Mindcrime suite. Operation: Mindcrime gets the lion’s share of time here and it’s performed with perfection and passion. The theatrical ”Suite Sister Mary,” an epic few bands could conceive, let alone play live, proves Geoff Tate is still one of the finest vocalists around. This isn’t a greatest-hits package played live–unsung classics such as the dramatic ”Roads to Madness” and ”London” are featured next to the band’s more radio-friendly cuts such as ”Silent Lucidity,” ”Empire,” ”I Am I,” and ”Breakdown.” Live Evolution is an experience for the die-hards rather than casual Queensryche fans, which is likely what the band intended. –Gail Flug
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I came across this one kind of by accident when I was looking for some Judas Priest cover songs. They do a rockin’ cover of Hellbent for Metal (Leather). They also do Speed King by Deep Purple and Megalomania by Black Sabbath. I grew up during this era and I’m surprised that I didn’t hear of them before now. There were just so many bands to keep up with back then and no internet. Their vocals, speed and power remind me a lot of Motorhead. My favorite track is Skeletal Dance. The album cover is really cool to. Its a definite keeper.
“Music to crack skulls by”–probably YOURS while you’re furiously headbanging. NEW LIVE & RARE could be considered VENOM’S finest work, except that CRONOS isn’t grunting out the lyrics on these, it’s the death-defying DEMOLITION MAN on bass & vocals. Will definitely make any Venom fan turn over every gravestone looking for more CD’s with the D-man on ‘em. All tracks are ferociously fast, loud and crazy, venturing into punk territory at times, but with very little satanic foolishness. Best track: TEMPLES OF ICE, hardcore homage to HP Lovecraft! GET IT BEFORE IT GETS YOU!
Heard that Venom has been back together for awhile now.Oh,boy.The Deadline branch of Cleopatra Records had released this decent 2-CD offering.On ‘New…’,you get studio cuts from 1981-94,like “Angel Dust”,”Raise The Dead”,”Temples Of Ice”,”Black Metal” and “Witching Hour”.You also recieve here some nice ‘live’ material including a couple of covers,Judas Priest’s “Hell Bent For Leather” and Sabbath’s “Megalomania”.A good 20 song compilation.Good chance to pick up and hear some vital black metal history.Should appeal to fans of Celtic Frost,Mercyful Fate,Kreator and Overkill.Remember:real men don’t wear ear plugs.