28 June, 2013

Venomous Maximus: Moonchild – new video

This “twilight zone” thingy that is going on with Houston, Texas VENOMOUS MAXIMUS is quite intriguing. I am quite sure I have encountered them and their album, ‘Beg Upon The Light’, a while back – yet, I read it is due out in Europe on July 3rd – 8th, 2013 and in North America on July 9th, 2013 on Napalm Records. With a slightly different cover, colour-wise. Well, ‘Beg Upon The Light’ deserves a proper release and should be bought here (Napalm Records store). VENOMOUS MAXIMUS' debut LP was first issued through Occulture Records in 2012. Its art was created by artist Dann Miller:
“With ten tracks and a runtime just under 46 minutes, the album is right in line with what one commonly thinks of as “full-length,” but it moves remarkably quick from one cut to the next, keeping a strong flow while not sacrificing a sense of the songs as individual pieces. ‘Dream Again (Hellenbach)’ culminates with well-mixed interplay between the two guitars and formidable thud from Brungardt [Bongo, drummer], and when Higgins says, “Everybody,” urging an imagined crowd to join him on the final chorus, it’s emblematic of the accessibility at the root of what VENOMOUS MAXINUS are doing. There’s an audience for this kind of metal, they know it, and that’s who they’re reaching out toward. The push continues on ‘Moonchild’, which features guest spoken vocals, more strong screaming, and the begging question, “Why did the gods have to make us this way?” backed by mounting chants in the bridge, offering one of the most dramatic moments of the album.” [Read the rest of ‘Beg Upon The Light’ review here, The Obelisk]

According to Blabbermouth (the CNN of heavy metal and hard rock news), VENOMOUS MAXIMUS are “one of the most successful metal bands to emerge from Houston, Texas in years, beloved of headbangers and headbanging blogs from across the U.S. and points beyond (maybe even astronauts)”. In existence since 2010, they “combine intense, unabashed metal riffing that locks into heavy rock grooves featuring interjected dual leads and surprisingly darkened atmospheres” to which they venture to add “the distinctive voice of towering front man Gregg Higgins and his unorthodox, unsettling tone, and unholy sinister laugh”:

VENOMOUS MAXIMUS features: Gregg Higgins – vocals and guitar, Christian Larson – guitar, Trevi Biles – bass and Bongo – drums


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