When I was thirteen years old I snagged an album with a wicked (cool word in 1983) cover. It was a drawing of what looked like a cynical, smartass devil. The album was Venom’s Black Metal, and my pals and I thought it was damn near the funniest thing we’d ever listened to. Crappy production, crappy musicians, goofy songs, and horrible vocals. We played that record to death, much to the displeasure of our mothers, girlfriends, and girlfriends’ mothers. C’mon, Huckles, why are you blathering on about Venom? This is supposed to be a writeup for Grave Danger, the second album from Finnish miscreants Foreseen. Well, that is what I’m doing here, but my point is that Grave Danger is basically another Venom album. And for olde rivet-heads, there’s no such thing as too much Venom.

Caveat: I’m a bit inebriated as I write this review. You have to be, if you want this kind of music to sound “good.” And in this state, boy, does it ever work [The management of AMG do not advocate excessive alcohol consumption in order to make sloppy metal sound better.The Management.]. “Violent Discipline” starts off the racket, and violent it is, but disciplined it is not. It’s hard to believe it takes a five-piece band to equal the cacophony the Venom trio created 34+ years ago. Opening exactly as if it were a Venom outtake from Welcome to Hell, the song fades in with squealing feedback and a percussive racket before the song itself starts, which is also a percussive racket. A close listen reveals a good deal more skill than the early records I continually refer to, but the music is played with such a desperate looseness that it can be hard to pick out said skill. It wouldn’t surprise me if the band played in spandex or yoga pants, because they clearly have no concept of a pocket. Add in the out-of-breath shouted vocals from Mirko Nummelin, a Cronos soundalike, and you have pure unadulterated chaos.

I mean all this in a good way. For those of us who remember the olde days of bands like Venom, Hellhammer, and others who had some great ideas and concepts but not the chops to pull them off, Foreseen fit in perfectly. There’s more skill in these songs, but the spirit is the same: fast, furious, exuberant, with a complete lack of pretension. Want to put a breakdown here? Do it. Feel like a sudden pick-slide or drum fill for no apparent reason? Fuck yeah! There isn’t much point singling out various songs for their unique qualities, but standout tracks (such as is possible) include the title track, which is just pure out-of-breath punk-tinged speed, the aforementioned “Violent Discipline” with its numerous random breakdowns, and the short, intense 91-second closing track “Suicide Bomber,” which sums up everything about Foreseen in a musical IED.

Everything about Grave Danger is a glorious mess. The music is looser than a goose, the arrangements can make no sense, and Nummelin’s vocals shout randomly throughout the music, often behind or ahead of the band. The production follows suit, with genuine lo-fi values, boxy reverb on the drums, and no cleanup or post-production spit and polish whatsoever. I’m talking this all up quite a bit, but of course this style, pounded into the listener for eight songs over a mere 29 minutes, does have a limited appeal, coming off more like a gimmick than a serious, legitimate act. Still, the point of Foreseen as a band, and Grave Danger as an album, is to toss out anything resembling serious metal and just go balls-out in the fun department [The management of AMG do not advocate going “balls out” in the fun department or any other department for that matter.The Management.].

It might seem odd for a guy whose go-to music is more of a proggy nature to gush (relatively speaking) over messy, chaotic old-school thrash, but there’s room for many bands and styles in this fella’s library, and sometimes something like this is a breath of fresh air. Foreseen are enjoying themselves so much on Grave Danger that you have to as well, damn you. Does this review wander all over the place, odd thoughts here and there, only loosely following the structure dictated to us by our AMG Overlords? Yup. Just like the music.


Rating: 3.0/5.0
DR: 5 | Format Reviewed: 320 kbps mp3
Label: 20 Buck Spin and Svart Records
Websites: foreseen.bandcamp.com | facebook.com/Foreseen
Release Dates: EU: 2017.04.28 | NA: 04.21.2017

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  • Brutalist_Receptacle

    TOTALLY DIG THIS FVCKING RECORD

  • El_Cuervo

    What’s that? Huck’s been whipping his bollocks out again?

    • In the Fun Department no less.

      • El_Cuervo

        Bastard.

        • Right by the Ball Pit.

          • Huck N’ Roll

            When you’re only allowed in the Ball Pit once per year you whip out everything you can.

  • defjam

    34+ ago years you meant to say. How time flies by.

  • Oh man… those vocals… I just can’t, sorry!

    The production is also pretty awful, so I’d probably have dipped this down well below 3.0.

    On that note: I just received that new Dreaming Dead record today. It got a 2.5 on this site and, just as expected, I think it is considerably better than that. 3.5 maybe. Most importanly, in this context, it sounds absolutely great to my ears!

    • Juan Manuel Pinto Guerra

      There you go, the lower the score it gets on AMG, the better you like it. May I suggest you try listening to some Project Theory?

      • I liked the last Iwrestledabearonce album too, so… wait, I think you’re on to something there!

        It’s not bullet proof though, because Amaranthe really does suck horribly. Or effectively, I guess.

        I’m listening to Project Theory right now. I’m not sure I’d give it a 0.0, but it ain’t good. Sounds like a high school band formed by Linkin Park fans. It’s almost adorable.

        • Juan Manuel Pinto Guerra

          Alright, then give a listen to Angry White Elephant. It’s score is a 0.5 above that of Project Theory!

          • I finally gave Angry White Elephant a listen. Big mistake! I think your theory is bust :P

  • Jeffrey Carter

    The funniest vocal performance I ever heard back in the day was the B-side to Megadeth’s cover of “No More Mr. Nice Guy” off the Shocker soundtrack – a song called “Dead On” by Different Breed. We wore out the vinyl listening to this unintentionally hilarious gem over and over.

  • Thatguy

    After enough beer…oh, yes.

    • Juan Manuel Pinto Guerra

      Hey, Thatguy… Is that you all the way up that ladder?

  • Jeff Manteiga

    I’m in love with the vocal freakout at 1:47 through “Fearmonger.” Lots of fun to be had here!

  • EnslavedEld73

    I think this is what a lot of the new school thrash bands are missing, a sense of recklessness. Difficult to get “balls out” with those skinny designer jeans the kids wear these days.

  • Blackened Tech Sludge Death

    “Is Venom a band to emulate and pattern a career after?”
    Is there another band?
    Also, the embedded track is hilarious. They may not be the tightest band ever, but they do have excellent comic timing.

  • Name’s Dalton

    Crazy. Saw this on my Bandcamp page, started listening to it – and loving it – and figured I’d come here to see what AMG thought of it in some semi-recent, half-remembered review. Lo and behold, it was one freshly posted.

    Love this album. They’re touring the USA and I wish they were coming to Michigan. I’d be all over that show.

    • Name’s Dalton

      Oh and I’m totally sober. Couldn’t afford the shit I’d break listening to this drunk.

  • Juan Manuel Pinto Guerra

    Hey, Thatguy… Is that you all the way up that ladder?

  • Juan Manuel Pinto Guerra

    Let’s see Huck, you described Venom’s “Black Metal” as “Crappy production, crappy musicians, goofy songs, and horrible vocals.” Yet there’s people out there claiming that Venom didn’t originate Black Metal as a Metal genre, that they only came up with the name. COME ON!

    • Huck N’ Roll

      Right?!

  • Benevolent Sun

    The embedded track is indeed wicked. I have doubts that the record is actually in English. I also think that partially inebriated reviews should be mandatory at AMG because metal is disinhibited and the listener should also be disinhibited (via natural or exogenous means). When can we expect a FULLY inebriated review of something like the new Suicide Silence (bad record, pending entertaining review) or Incubus (actually not bad!) albums to be reviewed?

    • You’ve seen to much Drunk History :P

  • LExpoZiod

    This is the most stupidly ridiculous thing I’ve heard in a while and I love every second of it.

  • ElectricEye

    I like on Bandcamp that someone called this “berserk thrash metal.” Loving the unhinged vocals, very entertaining.

  • Bas

    Nice. I always appreciate honest sloppy metal and punk.

  • Tofu muncher

    So, I was listening to the whole album (28 minutes of it) on iTunes, and started to panick as I thought my laptop’s speakers just blew or something, but then I realized the production was indeed crappy. Heh. Love it.

  • Adam

    Timmy and the Lords of the Underworld have really beefed up their sound.