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Review – Venomous Maximus – The Mission

“Houston’s Venomous Maximus gurgles with sounds of proto-metal gods Pentagram and Blue Cheer as well as new-school leaders like High on Fire. The headspace of this band falls somewhere between a Alejandro Jodorwsky film and a New Orleans voodoo den. Hail Satan and pass the chicken feet.”

– Craig Hlavaty – Houston Press

Mr. Hlavaty sums it up real nicely there. The Mission is the 2nd release from Houston’s own Venomous Maximus on Cutthroat Records. Listening to The Mission, I didn’t know what I was getting myself into. At forst I thought maybe I was listening to a tribute band for The Sword. As I listened further though, I realized I kinda like these guys sound a bit better. The Mission is more Gods of the Earth than Warp Riders. The Sword references aside, this is one heavy mother  F’n beast. In the 26 minutes it takes to go from “The Mission” to “The Living Dead” you’re in for a head bashing, body thrashing time. You’ll walk out of the listening session looking for a neck brace and aspirin. I can only imagine how they sound live and the amount of body stretchers required to be on hand by the venue due to the band kicking everyone’s ass. No wimps allowed. Give “The Living Dead” a listen and see for yourself.


2 responses

  1. Slight clarification: This is actually a review of their CD MMIX – MMXI which combines their 7″, Give Up the Witch, and their 12″, The Mission. The preview track, “The Living Dead”, is from Give Up the Witch.

    October 16, 2011 at 2:18 pm

  2. Pingback: Daily Bandcamp Album – Venomous Maximus – The Mission « The Soda Shop

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