Hailing from Belgium, VIOLENT SIN formed in 2016 to honor and build upon the legacy of heavy metal and its varied & diverse forms. Although the band certainly draws inspiration from the days of yore, they’re certainly not limited to what people would call ’80s metal – in their words, “We believe that real metal is timeless” – and humbly and reverentially do they offer a continuation and innovation of what all their predecessors set in motion.
VIOLENT SIN’s first recording came in 2017 with a digital single, and then was followed a year later by a six-song demo. Five years would pass before a new lineup was configured, but at long last – and with a revitalized sound, to boot – is the band’s debut album ready to unleash its fury upon the world. Titled Serpent’s Call, VIOLENT SIN’s first full-length is indeed a summons to all headbangers who love denim and leather, cauldron and sword. Like a veritable jukebox, Serpent’s Call synthesizes all sorts of righteous metal styles – classic speed, proto-blackthrash, speed-cum-thrash, juiced-up traditional – into one 37-minute thrillride. The recording’s suitably rough but not overly raw, maintaining a “murky clarity” not unlike a classic Combat or Metal Blade record from 1985, and just the right amount of echo to emit sulfurous atmosphere. And at 11 swift ‘n’ stout songs, VIOLENT SIN race from one to the next, but always with memorability and malice.
For those who hail earliest Slayer, Exciter, Abattoir, Hallow’s Eve, and Germany’s Warlock, heed the Serpent’s Call of VIOLENT SIN!