December 1, 2022

Venator – Echoes of the Gutter Review

Published by: Dying Victim Records

Release date: Available now!!!

Genre: Metal


Line up:

Johannes Huemer – vocals
Leon Ehrengruber – Lead Guitar
Anton Holzner – rhythm guitar
Stefan Glasner – Bass
Jakob Steidl – Drums

List of tracks:

1. Howl at the rain
2. The Seventh Seal
3. Read and black
4. Night Rider
5. Manic Man
6. Made of light
7. The Rise
8. The Spell
9. The streets of gold

You instantly get a sense of the classic with Venator, the young Austrian’s traditional Heavy Metal outfit. They wear their influences on their sleeves without a doubt. Filed via under-the-radar releases you may have missed earlier this year, here’s “Echoes From The Gutter” their first release.

They imposingly deliver their debut with no filler and no pure frills alongside their skills, we have 9 tracks of just over 46 minutes of pure, non-stop metal.

Wrapped in today’s clean modern sound, “Howl At The Rain” opens with light 6-string notes increasingly reminiscent of classic WASP material. The Austrians mix this stuff in an imposing way, with a method that sounds golden.

The vocals are much more powerful as the album progresses; leader Johannes Huemer did very well here. Also, it’s worth mentioning that the gentlemen on guitars, Leon Ehrengruber and Anton Holzner, keep praising their instruments to roar in my ears, musician Stefan Glasner is often a highlight here, not to mention drummer Jakob Steidl, is brilliant as well.

“Red And Black” opens the door to the epic, which blends beautifully with the rest of the record, “Nightrider” builds tension for what’s to come, and off you go. Energetic, straightforward, and tight, METAL is in the running, with lasting and consistent headbanging potential. Very cool, one of the standout tracks on the album.

“Manic Man” is very powerful even, while “Made of Light” indulges in a lot of rock stuff, each of which exudes 80s charm wonderfully. The last 3 are “The Rising”, “The Hexx” and “Streets Of Gold”, which again show and construct sonic creative thinking and thus the fantastic performance of the quartet from Linz in a wide variety of ways and with a good form of rhythms.

For me there is not a filler here, one among my contenders for album of the year 2022, technically good in every way. If I had to make a comparison, I would say that their sound is reminiscent of the Swedish Air Raid, similarly in styles, double guitar action and just plain metal. Safe to add them to the big release list.

Written by: Shadow Editor

Rating: 8/10

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