"The Mission" (Cutthroat; 2011)

Reviewed by Mike SOS


Houston, TX quartet Venomous Maximus serve up a scalding six-track stoner rock sojourn striking the middle ground between High on Fire, Electric Wizard, The Sword and proto-metal pioneers Pentagram on "The Mission."

Pounding rhythms and viscous guitar grooves are this squad’s primary weapons of choice, as this offering blazes with tenacious twin guitars and punishing bass and drums while a hazy vocal presence drapes a psychedelic rock aura across the entire affair.

Conjuring a headbanging style with an ethereal sense of vintage occult metal at the helm, Venomous Maximus deliver a throwback album with authentic chills and thrills aplenty.

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Rating Guide:

A classic. This record will kick your ass.

Killer. Not a classic but it will rock your world.

So-so. You've heard better.

Pretty bad. Might make a nice coaster.

Self explanatory. Just the sight of the cover makes you wanna hurl.


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