“Definition Hardcore Punk, by men who created the forum“ – Kevin Sharp
Mr. Sharp could not have had it more correct. VENOMOUS CONCEPT, one of the latest bands to emerge on Ipecac Recordings, consists of quite an impressive and qualified line-up: Buzz Osbourne (FANTÔMAS, MELVINS), Shane Embery (NAPALM DEATH), Danny Herrara (NAPALM DEATH) and of course, Mr. Kevin Sharp (BRUTAL TRUTH). Given the personalities in this band, you might expect brutal, noisy Grindcore with a massive experimental edge. Well, VENOMOUS CONCEPT pulls off half of that equation, but nevertheless, “Retroactive Abortion“ does not disappoint. Brutal and noisy this is, but experimental Grindcore it is not. No no, VENOMOUS CONCEPT plays Hardcore Punk in the truest sense of the word, though fast and brutal enough to delve into serious Grind territory.
“Retroactive Abortion“ is straight-up, heads-down, no-nonsense Hardcore, or “Outlaw Punk“ as the band likes to call it, that kicks into gear with “Weirdo“ and doesn’t let up one bit until the culmination of “Braincrash.“ There is not much variety in the songs, but then again, that isn’t really the point. The guitar and bass join hands to clothesline you over and over – while wearing spiked gauntlets, of course - while the drumwork is like getting punched in the gut by a metronome-powered robot with the speed set to “total absolute destruction.“ When it comes to vocals, Mr. Sharp is a madman, screaming and growling over the noise, projecting the image of a grumpy old punk as he rants about idiots, idiots and well, more idiots. Profound and technical this is not, but it sure is fun.
Fans of NAPALM DEATH, MINOR THREAT, DISCHARGE and POISON IDEA (on whom the band based their name) would probably eat this up, but this isn’t to say that it won’t appeal to fans outside of those bands. I don’t even like Grindcore and I only like a small amount of Hardcore Punk, but something about VENOMOUS CONCEPT really caught my attention. Maybe it’s the catchy, relentless nature of the album, or the lack of frills and pretence that are so common in the Metal scene today. Then again, it could be just because I’m a Buzz Osbourne fanboy. Either way, though it’s nothing groundbreaking or awe-inspiring, this album rips. (Online June 12, 2005)