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COMIC TITLE: Absolute Carnage #1 (2019)
Ryan Stegman– Artist
Donny Cates–Writer
August 7, 2019
Marvel Comics

Opera Snapshot_2019-08-07_093334_twitter.comFor one whole entire year, there have been events that have been put in place that have been setting up this very moment as it all started with Venom and the introduction to the God of the Symbiotes known as Knull. Then you add in the events that happened in The Amazing Spider-Man series when the world was introduced to The Red Goblin which was Norman Osborn with the Carnage Symbiote and you mix all together and it brings you Marvel’s latest venture Absolute Carnage #1 which was written by Donny Cates (Venom) and illustrated by Ryan Stegman (Venom). Eddie has been separated from his symbiote for a while now and he has found out that he has a son, but there’s one problem with that and that is the kid doesn’t realize Eddie is his dad. He think’s that Eddie is his older brother and Eddie is OK with that for now because he wants to protect the kid from the Carnage symbiote. You see the Carnage symbiote is on the loose and he is trying to kill off anyone that he has had a symbiote combined with them and according to Eddie that is a lot of people. After a run in with his old Symbiote, Eddie now has to get some help from Spider-Man himself Peter Parker if they want to stand a chance against Carnage because if he is successful then there is no stopping him.

Opera Snapshot_2019-08-07_094010_twitter.comI am definitely loving the fact that this comic is diving deeper into the world of the symbiotes and the idea (SPOILER ALERT) that if Carnage is able to take all of the codices from the hosts that have worn a symbiote, he’ll not only be the most powerful symbiote, but he’ll be able to wake up Knull from his imprisoned sleep. You see all of the symbiotes rose up and trapped him on what was thought to be the planet of the symbiotes, but it’s really a prison. So that is a big time kudos to Marvel for hiring the man behind the recent run of Venom in Donny Cates to write this one which obviously makes the most sense. Donny has done such an amazing job for Marvel that I don’t think there is a comic out there that he has done that I have not liked. You can definitely sense the fact that he has gone all in when it comes to this series and I appreciate that. Not only is the writing of this comic amazing, but the artwork from Ryan Stegman is absolute superb. I have enjoyed every turn of the page and the amazing detail that has been put in. The imagery is so well done that Carnage definitely looks like someone you do not want to mess with so kudos to Marvel for keeping the team together for this run. I am so excited for what the future issues hold so I am sure you’re going to be seeing more from Marvel on this blog. Check out my grade below and check out this comic where ever you get your comics from.


Story/Plot: A+

Artwork: A+

Character Representation: A+

Entertainment Value: A+

download (1)One of the most controversial and probably one of the most influential bands in metal is none other than England’s most satanic group Venom. The band which was made up of Conrad “Cronos” Lant (Vocals/Bass), Jeffrey “Mantas” Dunn (Guitars), and Tony “Abaddon” Bray (Drums) started what could have been one of the most controversial bands at the time with the Satanic imagery and lyrics. In 1981, the band would release what Loudwire ranked 14TH on their 50 Best Metal Albums Of All Time list in the band’s debut record Welcome To Hell via Neat Records at the tail end of the New Wave Of British Heavy Metal. The album had such a distinct sound to it that it sounded like an demo, but was released as an album. That very sound would be very influential in the beginning days of Black Metal, but let’s not forget that their mix of heavy metal and speed metal would have great influence on Thrash, Black, and Death Metal. I don’t believe that the album ever charted and I am not sure how many albums it has sold, but they definitely have sold enough shirts. Rolling Stone Magazine ranked the album 74TH on their The 100 Greatest Metal Albums of All Time list so let’s check it out.

to-hell-and-back-venom1. Sons Of Satan– The track starts right out of the gate with some fury in this track that I think is about Satan’s sons reeking some havoc as they get followers. 4/5

2. Welcome To Hell– a very Motorhead/Saxon like track from the guys in the title track as they talk about raising some hell. The track features some furious playing as you can compare it’s sound to 2 Minutes To Midnight by Iron Maiden. 5/5

3. Schizo-an in your face metal scorcher about a guy who is obviously a schizophrenic that commits murders. 4.5/5

4. Mayhem With Mercy-The band Mayhem took their name from this track that starts with an eerie but melodic intro instrumental track. 4/5

5. Poison-a raucous track that is all about what happens when you have sex with someone that has a dirty little secret. 4/5

6. Live Like an Angel (Die Like a Devil)-This was one of the first Venom songs I had ever heard and it has that in your face speed of Motorhead which is about living one way to those you love, but being an absolute hellraiser around town. 5/5

2013-09-21-18-32-341-e13797936271367. Witching Hour-If you had the vinyl this was the beginning of side B and it’s a very heavy and fast face melting track that is all about that very hour when Satan comes to Earth to take what he wants. 5/5

8. One Thousand Days in Sodom– a hammering track that is all about that city that God destroyed because they were all sinners and some freaky stuff happened there. 4/5

9. Angel Dust-Venom never really put any hidden meanings to their songs and I am pretty sure that this one is pretty self explanatory. 4/5

10. In League With Satan– This was the second ever song I had ever heard from the band with it’s backwards messaging in the beginning before Abaddon’s tribal drum beats come in as the band preaches that they are in league with Satan. 5/5

11. Red Light Fever– The track starts with some fancy classical music before the band comes in sounding like they crashed the party with a riff that sounds like it could be similar to Symptom Of The Universe, but we could say that about a lot of tracks. The track is all about visiting those pleasure palaces. 4/5

My Final Thoughts-I definitely believe that I enjoyed this album a lot more than I did when it came to Black Metal, but even that album had some highlights. The sound of this album doesn’t bother me that much as it sounds pretty decent to me. My favorite tracks on the album are In League With Satan, Witching Hour, Welcome To Hell, and Live Like An Angel…. My least favorite track on the album is probably Red Light Fever and One Thousand Days In Sodom. I am going to give the album 4.4 stars out of five for a final grade.

emperorWe are moving right along the list that Loudwire released a year or so ago as they named their Top 50 Metal Albums of All Time. One of the things I noticed about their list is that there is quite a few black metal bands on the list as we already covered albums from Mayhem, Bathory, Darkthrone as well as the godfathers of Black Metal in Venom. One of the most influential bands in the second wave of Black Metal is Norweigan band Emperor which in 1997 was made up of Ihsahn (Vocals/Guitars/Synthesizers), Samoth (Guitars/Arrangements), Alver (Bass), and Trym (Drums). The album that I chose from the band is their second studio album Anthems to the Welkin at Dusk which was released on July 8, 1997 via Candlelight Records and Century Black. Loudwire ranked the album at 37 on their Top 50 Metal albums list, but they also ranked it as the best black metal album of all time. The album is considered very influential in the black metal scene for carrying the torch as the band recorded the album at The Grieg Hall in Bergen, Norway which is a 1,500 seat concert hall which definitely helped with the symphonic sound you hear.

emperor back1. Alsvartr (The Oath)– The track opens with a very melodic riff and the occasional sounds of what appears to sound like an owl. It sounds like the beginning of a horror film as an evil sounding voice recites the lyrics with the sounds of shrieks that help guide them. a truly bad ass metal track right here. 5/5

2. Ye Entrancemperium– The opening riff to this track is actually that of an unreleased (at the time) untitled Mayhem track, but this when the fierceness of black metal with a little bit of a symphonic feel comes in. This is definitely an epic track from the band that pushes the boundaries of black metal. 5/5

3. Thus Spake the Nightspirit– an interesting track that is all about embracing the darkness that rules our lives whether in this life or in the after life, but by embracing it you are less ignorant than those who mock it. 5/5

4. Ensorcelled by Khaos– Beautiful chaos could be a word to best describe this track that is an absolute sonic face melter in this track about a man who has done everything he believes he could have done to please the dark lord, but yet he feels he hasn’t. You can definitely see some of the influence this album has had on bands like Dimmu Borgir, etc. 5/5

R-1435191-1232291733.jpeg5. The Loss and Curse of Reverence-Another great track that just shows off how ahead of the time Emperor was and how great they were musically. The symphonic parts contained within the track are so dramatic and epic, it’s excellent. The track is about a man who shuns Christianity even though he was brought up to follow the faith. 5/5

6. The Acclamation of Bonds-I truly believe that the lyrics to the track are about a fallen angel who is telling his believers to fear not because their bond is unbroken like that of Gods. Musically this song is another knock out for the band in my opinion. 5/5

7. With Strength I Burn-another interesting track on the album that is about a man who goes on a journey for the truth, but when he is back where he started he feels more empowered than before. 5/5

8. The Wanderer– The last track on the album is an instrumental track showcasing the ability of the band which is amazing as this one was written by Samoth. 5/5

My Final Thoughts-I honestly and truly believe that this was an absolutely amazing record and I wish I had heard this sooner. This was the building blocks for every other band that has followed the Symphonic Black Metal route. It’s a shame that these guys are not really together anymore. The album gets a perfect five out of five for a final grade which means it’s part of the five star club. Do yourselves a favor and check this out!


1000x1000This past week, we posted an article where we had discussed that Venom has often been considered the founders of Black Metal music simply because they named an album Black Metal. If there was ever a band in the genre that could take credit as one of the founding fathers of Black Metal, it would be Sweden’s own Bathory who took what Venom had done with the recording quality and they molded the sound that would spawn a generation. The band which was made up of Quorthon (Vocals/Guitars) a.k.a. Thomas Börje Forsberg, Stefan Larsson (Drums), and Rickard Bergman (Bass Guitar) released their self titled debut album in October of 1984 via Tyfon Grammofon originally. The band originally gained notoriety when a band dropped out of a compilation album so the label asked it’s employee who was Quorthon to record a couple of tracks. After it was all said and done, the band’s two songs were the most popular on the album and the label asked Bathory to record a full album. The album artwork was originally released with the yellow look goat known to passionate fans as Gula Geten because it was originally supposed to be in Gold, but that was deemed too expensive. Quorthon asked them to get it as close to Gold as possible, but when he saw the final product, he hated it and after a printing of 1,000 copies, he changed  it to the B&W version we all know today.

MI00021198661. Storm of Damnation (Intro)– an ominous instrumental opens up the album sounding as if you are walking through the depths of hell. 4/5

2. Hades– It leads right into this track that kicks off with that in your face death metal fury in this track about where Hades dwells which is the underworld. 4.5/5

3. Reaper-another facemelting track that is all about the one and only Grim Reaper and what he can do which is taking your soul when he choses. 4.5/5

4. Necromansy– a thrash sounding track that is all about sacrificing in the name of Satan in the art of Necromancy. 4.5/5

5. Sacrifice-a song that is bad ass musically as it’s more of a metal track that is unrelenting and I love it. Another track that is all about sacrificing in the name of the lord of hell. 5/5

40127430101126. In Conspirasy with Satan– The first track on side B or the side titled Evil. The track is an in your face, I will rip your face off track that is all about claiming your allegiance to Satan. 4.5/5

7. Armageddon-a bad ass metal track that has a bad ass bass riff to go along with the guitars in a track that is all about the end of the world from the demons perspective. At the 1:20 minute mark, you can hear Bergman’s bad ass bass playing real well. 5/5

8. Raise The Dead– The church bells kick off this track before more bad ass extreme metal smashes through your speakers in this track about someone coming back from the dead for vengeance. 5/5

9. War– War is officially called for and declared against the heavens in this hellraiser of a track that combines elements of Motörhead with GBH and some extreme metal. 5/5

10. The Winds Of Mayhem-Outro-The sounds of hell see this outro track through to signify the end. 4/5

My Final Thoughts– While Quorthon claims that he was influenced by Black Sabbath, Motörhead, and GBH, a former drummer of the band claims that Venom was a total influence. Nonetheless, you can definitely hear the elements of Venom in this album, but Bathory very much made the sound their own. My favorite tracks on the album are War, Raise The Dead, and Armageddon. I am going to give the album which was voted number 40 on Loudwire’s Top 50 Metal Albums of All Time an 4.6 stars out of five for a final grade.

single veomOne of the most legendary bands from the 80’s that single handedly could be credited with creating the Black Metal genre is England’s Venom. The band released their first album Welcome To Hell in 1981 and have been terrifying parents ever since. Now the band is gearing up to release their fifteenth studio album Storm The Gates which is due out December 14TH via Spinefarm Records. The album is the band’s first since 2015’s From The Very Depths and Cronos is ready to pump you up for it saying, “Get ready for another killer album, packed full of awesome riffs and screaming mayhem. We’ve been hard at work for over two years to make sure this new release raises the bar, to deliver a demonic mix of old and new. Get ready to lay down your souls, legions!” The band that is rounded by Rage (Guitar) and Danté (Drums) bring the fury with the new track Bring Out Your Dead which is the band’s first single off the album and our Metal Single of the Week. The song begins with the typical madness that is Venom before launching into an all out metal assault as they summon the dead. Check out the track below and check out the artwork and track listing below:


01. Bring Out Your Dead
02. Notorious
03. I Dark Lord
04. 100 Miles to Hell
05. Dark Night (of the Soul)
06. Beaten to a Pulp
07. Destroyer
08. The Mighty Have Fallen
09. Over My Dead Body
10. Suffering Dictates
11. We the Loud
12. Immortal
13. Storm the Gates

Venom-Black-MetalThere are albums in the world that have been released that you can deny the influence and power they can have on a genre or generation. Some albums are so powerful in influence that sometimes they actually start a genre just from an album title. You can definitely say that it certainly was the case when English heavy metal band Venom released their second album Black Metal in November of 1982. If you haven’t guessed what genre it is that the album title influenced then you are absolutely hopeless or just not a fan of metal at all. The band which was made up of the classic lineup in Cronos (Bass/Vocals), Mantas (Guitar), and Abaddon (Drums) self produced the record alongside Keith Nichol. The album was so influential that various tracks from the album have been covered by the likes of Cradle Of Filth, Dimmu Borgir, Mayhem, Vader, Blitzkrieg, Hypocrisy, and to many more to list on here. The album artwork itself was created by Cronos and was an iconic image that has stood the test of time. The album is on the 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die book by Robert Dimery and it was voted #68 best British album of all time by Kerrang! readers.

Venom-BlackMetalBack1. Black Metal– The title track kicks off the album and it showcases the band’s brand of speed metal with those guttural vocals from Cronos. This was the track that influenced the genre, but you can hear elements of Thrash in the track. 4/5

2. To Hell and Back– An incredible straight up metal track from the band about a man who has danced with devil and lives to talk about it. 4/5

3. Buried Alive– The track starts off with audio of a man speaking about a body and you hear them digging up the dirt and dumping it on the coffin. Very melodic intro with heavy breathing with sinister talking from Cronos before the band kicks in and things get heavy. 5/5

4. Raise the Dead– This could be considered the continuing of the last track with a heavy Motorhead influence on the track. 4/5

5. Teacher’s Pet– A very funny track that talks about a sexual fantasy with a teacher. Check out the lyrics to the track. There is a huge blues influence in this track especially near the guitar solo. 4/5

6. Leave Me in Hell– This harder than hell thrash masterpiece is a track that talks about the Antichrist. 4/5

venom-black_metal-CD7. Sacrifice– The lyrics to this track are pretty self explanatory, but the music is where it’s at with it’s thrash/Motorhead styled madness. 4.5/5

8. Heaven’s on Fire– A speed metal classic that talks about a war between heaven and hell, but it looks like Heaven has been taken over. 4/5

9. Countess Bathory– A pretty kick ass metal track about the world famous and controversial Countess Elizabeth Bathory who was a serial killer. 4.5/5

10. Don’t Burn the Witch– a cool metal track from the band with a bad ass guitar intro that is a fight song for not burning witches. 4/5

11. At War with Satan (preview)– Just an intro track introducing the next album which would come two years later. 4/5

My Final Thoughts– I can definitely see and hear why bands were so influenced by these guys as they were so important to the Thrash Metal and Black Metal genres. Besides most of the subject matter which I could care less for, this was actually a kick ass album that I am glad I gave it a chance. I am going to give the album 4.2 stars out of five for a final grade.

For this week’s Unsigned Band Of The Week, we are heading to the beautiful state of Vermont for something dark and sinister.When I think of Black Metal, I immediately think of Norway which is arguably the birthplace of Black Metal as a genre. The idea of the name resonates from England and the band Venom who named their album Black Metal. One state that you wouldn’t associate Black Metal with is the state of Vermont which is known more for bands like Phish or at least that is what us Massholes believe anyways. So, when I was looking at an article on that was called The United States Of Black Metal, you can believe the look of surprise that came over me, but also the look of intrigue when I saw the band Peucharist and that they were from Vermont. Peucharist formed in 2011 and they describe their sound as “Barbaric black thrashing death.” The track I chose for you guys to check out is the band’s 2015 demo track Immolated Faith which is black metal at it’s finest. It’s enough to scare the crap out of you rover religious family members. Check them out on Facebook and check out their website.

pedalThe first round of the fifth ever Pedal To The Metal Tournament is in the books as you the fans made the difference. Much like last years tournament, I want to thank the fans of the Chuck Schuldiner Division (formerly Extreme Metal division) for showing up and supporting your favorite bands. The CS division had the most fan participation once again of any division and I thank you for that. The next division that showed the most fan participation was the Dio Division (formerly Heavy Metal) followed by a close race between the Lemmy division and the Hanneman division. Nonetheless, there was some big upsets in the this round and some very close matches. One of the big upsets has to belong to Avenged Sevenfold who defeated Ozzy Osbourne by a vote. One of the close races of that division was between Bobaflex who made it a race against Alice Cooper, but the band fell short by a vote. One of the most lopsided victories of the tournament belongs to Destruction who defeated Black Metal legends Venom by 96 votes in total. The second round (Sweet 16) will be up soon, but check out the rest of who won below on the bracket:

Sweet Sixteen Bracket


Here is the first round match ups for the Chuck Schuldiner Division (formerly known as the Extreme Metal division) in the 2016 Pedal To The Metal tournament which is our March Madness style tourney. This is the division that features the defending Pedal To Te Metal Tournament champion Kreator and they start off with Carcass in the first round. We also have Cradle Of Filth taking on Entombed A.D., Venom taking on Destruction, and Obituary taking on Cannibal Corpse. What upsets will the first round bring, you’ll have to vote and find out. As usual, there is a time limit to vote and you have until Sunday April 20TH to vote.

cradle of filth vs entombed ad

destruction vs venom

kreator vs carcass

cannibal corpse vs obituary

pedalHere it is metal fans, the moment you have been waiting for since we announced the 2016 Pedal To The Metal Tournament. For those of you that do not know what it is, it’s our very own March Madness style tournament where bands will duel it out for ultimate supremacy and bragging rights for a year. The way the winner is decided is by you the fans. That’s right, just like all the previous tournaments, you will ultimately decide the winner of each match in each round by voting. Before we carry on with selection Sunday, some things have changed with the tournament and you may have noticed. The first thing is that we had a lot of complaints last year regarding the voting process. Last year, we kept it open so that you (the fan) could vote as many times as you wanted. Well, apparently some fans of certain bands were pissed off over that because there band lost. We rectified that issue in the later rounds and we are going to continue it this year. The thing with this year’s tournament is that you are going to have to wait an hour before you can vote again. We also changed the name of the divisions and who gets to enter the tournament. In order t participate in this years tournament, you have to be an active band which means you actively tour and/or record music.

The names of he divisions have also changed as the extreme metal division became the Chuck Schuldiner division, the rock division became the Lemmy Kilmister Divsion, the heavy metal division became the Ronnie James Dio division, and the thrash division became the Jeff Hanneman division. To see who made it in what division, click here. As far as selection Sunday is concerned, we put each division into a hat and we picked the names out of a hat. Each name that we picked would face the next name until the division was complete. We have some surprise match ups for each division and then we have some doozies like Megadeth vs Metallica to open the Hanneman divsion. Newcomer Bobaflex has the heavy task of facing Alice Cooper while Kiss faces Guns N Roses in a mega match up. In the Schuldiner division, I am looking forward to seeing how defending Pedal To The Metal Tournament champs Kreator are going to do as they face Carcass in the first round. Each division has some newbies to it, but due to the new rule as far as active bands is concerned, the Kilmister division took the most hits with seven new bands (only Ozzy has participated in past tourneys). Check out all the matches below with the bracket:

1st round bracket