It should come as no surprise to anyone that even after twenty years Venom still refuse to go away, and this timely release shows why.
From the bludgeoning, scratchy roar of early works Welcome To Hell and Countess Bathory to the post-Cronos Prime Evil and the slashing cover of Judas Priest's Hell Bent For Metal, Venom show how they changed popular music forever. Countless bands, most notably Metallica and Slayer, drew heavily on Venom's insidious influence, but never themselves quite managed to capture the originals' malicious majesty.
Standout cuts on the album must be the opening and closing tracks, both taken from Venom's second and finest album, Black Metal.
An album that can't be recommended highly enough to any metal fan, especially those to young to remember Venom at the Hammersmith Odeon.