Cvlt Nation Review

By: Ryan O'Conner
November 19th, 2012

VON - Satanic Blood Album Review

Before we go any further, we have to address a few things about VON. The Misfits of black metal, VON have become more of a franchise than a band. With a line-up that requires you to dig your way through a genealogy of the band to figure out who the hell recorded this record, many will simply dismiss Satanic Blood as a cheap cash-in on a classic name. Go ahead. Honestly, how can anyone objectively listen to the first full length of a band who split up 20 years ago and not wonder what the hell was going on throughout the recording process?

However, let us focus on the music for a while, devoid of context.

What do we end up with?About as classic sounding of a black metal record as you can hope to hear in 2012. Reverb drenched and layered with hypnotic riffing, Satanic Blood is old school in a way that many will find downright archaic. At nineteen songs averaging about two and a half minutes in length, Satanic Blood is a journey from the earliest recordings (redone here) to new material, such as the opener, “Jesus Stain”. The template for this record as a whole, “Jesus Stain” opens with manic riffing, gruff, reverb laden vocals, and simplistic drumming that moves the song forward at a breakneck pace. As we weave through songs like “Devil Pig”, “Veadtuck”, and “Goat Christ” this pattern rarely changes. There are points where the song breaks, such as the middle of “Dissection InHuman” which devolves into an eerie, clamorous soundscape with near spoken word vocals, or the end of “Blood Von” which dissolves into sparse riffing before fading into silence. These points serve as respites from the frenetic riffing that drives most of this record.

It’s the sheer violence of VON’s sound that will leave most of us exhausted before we even pass the midpoint. What was once a vital sound becomes numbing as you pass through nearly twenty tracks. However, for fans of the bestial sound early 90′s black metal,Satanic Blood will be a welcome return of the old school

VON are history. Crucial to the 2nd wave of black metal, they should (and will) always have a place in the pantheon of American metal. Time has moved on, and as we stand on the threshold of 2013 it’s impossible to listen to this record and not get a twinge of nostalgia for a time when black metal was truly off the radar. Whether you’re willing to let yourself steep in this nostalgia is key to enjoying this record. A time capsule from 1992 produced in 2012, Satanic Blood is a paradox. A record humming with the nascent energy of black metal in it’s earliest days, but one that is fundamentally out of a place at any point in time, Satanic Blood is a fascinating listen. Just not one that is particularly relevant 25 years later.

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VON - Satanic Blood (Open Edition) (Digital Album)

vVurMzflessshhh Publishing

Cat/Sku#: VR D0007

Artist: VON
Title: Satanic Blood (Digital Album)
Audio Format: Digital Album
Publisher/Distributor: Von Records (USA)
Digital Release Date: 2012
Illustration By: VENIEN

01. Jesus Stain
02. Devil Pig
04. Release
05. Veadtuck
06. Vennt
07. Evisc
08. Goat Christ
09. Dissection InHuman
10. Chalice of Blood
11. Blood Von
12. Christfire
13. Backskin
14. Watain
15. Blood Angel
16. Lamb
17. Satanic Blood

Recording Lineup:
Jason Ventura (VENIEN) (vocals | bass)
Jon Gonzalez (Lord Giblete) (guitar)
Charlie Fell (drums)

Digital Bonus includes: 25 additional bonus tracks taken from rare VON demos | EP:
- Satanic (1990) (Cat/Sku#: VR D0001)
- Satanic Blood (1992) (Cat/Sku#: VR D0002)
- Blood Angel (1992) (Cat/Sku#: VR D0003)
- Satanic Blood (7" Vinyl EP) (2010) (Cat/Sku#: VR LTD0001)
+ digital copies of original demo cassette tape sleeves and covers

The long awaited official album from VON debuts after 20+ years! The wait is finally over! VON creator "VENIEN" entered the Von Records studio to record 17 classic songs from "The Demo Years" of VON
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