M-Pire Of Evil
This trio originally comprised three former members of the mighty
in the form of original guitarist Mantas, bassist/vocalist Tony
"Demolition Man" Dolan (who replaced Cronos in Venom for a spell),
and Cronos' brother Antton on drums.
The band came together around 2010 and chose the name Prime Evil
(naturally, a Venom album title) as their band name, but later had to
change it to avoid confusion with another band by the name.
And so M-Pire Of Evil they became, debuting with an EP of mostly covers
before a proper full-length, Hell To The Holy
, in 2012.
Comparisons to Venom here are natural and unavoidable.
Though not a direct clone of either new or old Venom
(though, obviously, if any band has the right to clone Venom, it
would be these guys),
there are plenty of similarities, the style here often going for the older
style (minus the Satanic overtones) with some modern thrash touches.
The production is raw and rough, befitting the vibe they're going for.
There's not as much variance as one might like, and as a result the
songwriting is sometimes samey (Venom, one could argue, often
didn't get credit for their surprising diversity and skill in songwriting).
Still, this is a pretty solid effort and could do well with old Venom
Antton left in May of 2012 to focus on other priorities.
Mantas (Jeff Dunn)
JXN (Marc Jackson)
Antton (Antony Lant)
(EP) Creatures Of The Black
- Exciter (Judas Priest cover)
- Motörhead (Motörhead cover)
- God of Thunder (KISS cover)
- Hell Ain't a Bad Place to Be (AC/DC cover)
- Creatures of the Black
Hell To The Holy
- Metal Messiah
- Waking Up Dead
- Hell to the Holy
- Snake Pit
- All Hail
- The 8th Gate
- M-pire (Prelude)