Live report: Venom inc / Vital Remains / Mortuary Drape / Nervochaos / Desecrator – Iduna Drachten, 28-10-2016.
Today I’m very excited like a kid in a candy store. Finally I can attend a Venom (Inc) clubgig. After this I have seen both Venom acts. The Conrad show and the Venom Inc guys at Baroeg Open Air. For me there is only one real Venom left. Sure the vocals are recognisable with Conrad but the soul and vibe flames with Venom (Inc).
Enough chit chatter about who is the real Venom, there are more bands to witness tonight. The evening opens with Desecrator. These youngsters from Australia gave us some old school orientated thrash. I love the enthusiasm of this band. They got some Testamentish kinda vibe in their sound. A fun opener and if they grow a little more in their skills we’ll surely hear from them more often.
Next up is some dark metal from Brazil. NervoChaos brings us a very diverse set of extreme metal. Since 1996 they bring an interesting mixture of death/black thrash. I dig the aggressive dark vibe they have on stage. The soundguy really pushes the volume up to 12 but keeps the sound good enough to let us still enjoy the gig. The venue gets filled up more now and NervoChaos receive a good audience response. Good gig.
The next band is Mortuary Drape. These Italian blacksters are pouring out some great old school Black since 1986. Their Occult set is perhaps the odd one out in the line-up. It’s obvious this package tonight is very diverse with “Old School” as a combining factor. I love the harsh sound Mortuary Drape is blasting out on us. The costumes they wear give an extra dimension to their set. A good band to warm up for the last two acts.
Before the Legends of British Metal Venom Inc take the stage, it’s up to the legends of Death Metal Vital Remains to conquer the audience with an insane brutal set. Before we get the classicks, Brian Werner warms us up by setting a bible on fire. Yep, these firesome guys don’t like religion and they show and let us hear it in an aggressive loud way. Warner often reminds the audience we are at a metalgig and it must be aggressive and violent and tells the audience if they don’t mosh he will pay them a visit. A few minutes later the frontman takes a dive in the audience. This finally ends up in some little mosh pits and Vital Remains show they can easily headline an evening like this.
At half past eleven Venom (Inc) finally hits the stage to bring us some history and grandeur. When the guitar starts to weep … ya know this is the REAL deal. Mantas creates the same sound as he started out with in the early days. Abaddon’s drumming style easily brings us back to the good old days when they still hit the road with Conny and Venom were still the Sons of Satan. Tony “Demolation Man” Dolan is the perfect vocalist to replace and improve on Conrad. Recognisable vocals and a trademark face do not breathe the Venom soul. No, it’s Mantas, Abaddon and Demolation Man who breathe, sound and live like Venom. The staging, the loudness and even the fuck-ups (mic problems) bring us back to those golden eighties. Even though they are aging up, they didn’t become washed-ups or has-beens. No, they still kick ass and show they’re still relevant and there is a market for true metal. In my opinion it’s a shame people don’t give this line-up a good chance because there is a little Inc behind the name. When you hear the riffs of ‘Warhead’, ‘Witching Hour’, ‘Bloodlust’, ‘Black Metal’, ‘Don’t burn the witch’ and so on, combined with the roaring madman Dolan, you know this is the closest we ever get to Venom. This is the real deal and I am glad we have the opportunity to witness such metal epicness in these days!
It was a great evening here at Iduna Drachten. One that gave me a Venom gig I was longing for, for so long. Cheers and hopefully the Sons of Satan soon return!
Text and photography by Ronald van de Baan