Thrash Hits verdict: “Occult Rock” is apparently “a thing”. What with Ghost signing the most ludicrous record deal (for the label at least) since Gallows, and the likes of The Devil’s Blood and Ancient VVisdom being critical darlings, a lot of people are investing a lot of capital, both financial and reputation-wise, in this trend catching on in a big way. While we’re yet to be convinced that the metal scene is prepared to embrace this scene/genre/whatever anywhere near to the extent that its backers are hoping for (we guess Ghost’s headline spot on the £5 Jägermeister Music Tour later this year will be the first true litmus test here in the UK….), if it is going to, then it’ll be bands like Venomous Maximus doing the serious legwork when it comes to convincing the doubters: dirty, hefty riffs with a grimly dark edge and some seriously sorcerous hooks. We got in contact with their vocalist/guitarist, Gregg Higgins, to find out what the score with this bunch of Texans is.