Decibel Magazine Review

By: Jeff Wagner
March 2013 

VON - Satanic Blood Album Review

Lots of blah-blah-blah about this album, mostly whether it’s “true VON” or not, but even if you were way into your shitty cassette dub back in the mid 90’s, you probably didn’t know who the core creative force in the band was. Everything about VON was shrouded. All that really matters now is whether the new VON is worthy or not. People too hung up on their own cultiness will say it’s not, but those sorts of people are hilarious and shouldn’t be taken too seriously.

Freaks who liked the sub-basement primitivism of VON’s two early demos (one of which was also titled “Satanic Blood" and later heavily bootlegged) will recognize that the basic idea hasn’t changed; it’s still as simplistic and monomaniacal as before. Those same freaks will also notice that most of these songs are from the demos. (I know: again?) "Jesus Stain" is a new one, and it’s fine. Nothing remarkable, but totally VON-like in its lack of complexity and crawling-in-vomits aesthetic. It’s all recorded with a little more clarity than the early demos, but just a little-it’ll still be attractive to those preferring black metal that lurks exclusively in the necro zone.

If you not familiar with the peculiar delights of this band, think about them as the black metal equivalent of Mortician: repetitive, primitive, low-budget, ugly. VON’s songs play tricks on you, too-it’s all so lowbrow and bizarre that it starts to feel like high art after awhile. Ultimately, this couldn’t possibly have the same appeal as the early demos, and feeding the same songs to us yet again is totally redundant. It’s puzzling why this even exists-new material would have made more sense, but that’s also much riskier if you don’t want to gamble with your cult status. 6/10

(Source: Decibel Magazine #100)

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

VON

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

Track-Listing:
01. Jesus Stain
02. Devil Pig
03. VENIEN
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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