Venom (8)

Thrash Metal (Heavy Metal) band from Newcastle, Tyne and Wear (England).

One of the most important bands to ever spawn from the metal underground, Venom helped the creation of Extreme Metal. Venom was known as Oberon in the 1970's, the band became a reality thanks to singer/bassist Conrad Lant, guitarist Jeff Dunn, and drummer Tony Bray. Soon renamed to Venom, the members decided to opt for Satanic imagery and appear in interviews, magazines and booklets as Cronos, Mantas and Abaddon respectively.

Originally a mixture of Motörhead, Black Sabbath and Kiss, the band's fresh Satanic Hardcore/Metal debut, "Welcome to Hell" (1981) was thought by many to be the first real 100% Thrash album. Its successor, 1982's "Black Metal", while not as successful as Metallica's "Kill 'Em All" allowed the band to gain more fame, along with naming a whole generation of new bands. "At War With Satan", the band's finest hour, quickly followed as a response to the group's unexpected success with 1985's "Possessed", which unfortunately was the last album (of this early era) to feature Mantas.

More line-up changes happened, as Cronos soon left to follow a career as a solo artist and Abaddon was forced to re-recruit Mantas (largely missed by the fans) along with fellow British Atomkraft's Tony Dolan (who used the moniker 'Demolition Man' in Venom) and Al Banes. More albums followed by they were largely ignored as Metallica, Anthrax and Megadeth's approach to Thrash received greater appreciation and as bands like Mayhem started appearing.

In 1996 the band reformed as the original line-up with Cronos back in the fold. A self-titled EP was released, followed by other semi-successful albums and the re-release of all of the bands' older classics.
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Venom (8) Discography Tracks


Venom (8) - Welcome To Hell album art Venom (8) Welcome To Hell (Album) Neat Records UK 1981 Sell This Version
Venom (8) - Black Metal album art Venom (8) Black Metal (Album, Comp) Neat Records Italy 1982 Sell This Version
Venom (8) - At War With Satan album art Venom (8) At War With Satan (Album) Neat Records Finland 1984 Sell This Version
Venom (8) - Possessed album art Venom (8) Possessed (Album) Neat Records Netherlands 1985 Sell This Version
Venom (8) - Eine Kleine Nachtmusik album art Venom (8) Eine Kleine Nachtmusik (Album) Neat Records UK 1986 Sell This Version
Venom (8) - Live : Official Bootleg album art Venom (8) Live : Official Bootleg (Album) American Phonograph UK 1986 Sell This Version
Venom (8) - German Assault album art Venom (8) German Assault (MiniAlbum, EP) Roadrunner Records Netherlands 1987 Sell This Version
Venom (8) - Calm Before The Storm album art Venom (8) Calm Before The Storm (Album) Filmtrax France 1987 Sell This Version
Venom (8) - Prime Evil album art Venom (8) Prime Evil (Album) Under One Flag US 1989 Sell This Version
Venom (8) - Temples Of Ice album art Venom (8) Temples Of Ice (Album) Under One Flag UK 1991 Sell This Version
Venom (8) - The Waste Lands album art Venom (8) The Waste Lands (Album) Under One Flag UK 1992 Sell This Version
Venom (8) - Venom '96 album art Venom (8) Venom '96 (MiniAlbum, Maxi, Single) CMA Inc Venom UK 1996 Sell This Version
Venom (8) - Cast In Stone album art Venom (8) Cast In Stone (Album) Steamhammer, CBH Records Germany 1997 Sell This Version
cma 001 Venom (8) - The Second Coming album art Venom (8) The Second Coming(CD + VHS + Box) Warhead cma 001 UK 1997 Sell This Version
Venom (8) - Resurrection album art Venom (8) Resurrection (Album) Steamhammer Japan 2000 Sell This Version
Venom (8) - Metal Black album art Venom (8) Metal Black (Album) Castle Music UK 2006 Sell This Version
Venom (8) - Hell album art Venom (8) Hell (Album) Sanctuary Records Japan 2008 Sell This Version
Venom (8) - Fallen Angels album art Venom (8) Fallen Angels (Album) Spinefarm Records Russia 2011 Sell This Version
Venom (8) - From The Very Depths album art Venom (8) From The Very Depths (Album) Spinefarm Records Europe 2015 Sell This Version
Venom (8) - Live From The Hammersmith Odeon Theatre album art Venom (8) Live From The Hammersmith Odeon Theatre (Album) The Store For Music Germany 2017 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

none Venom (8) - Demon album art Venom (8) Demon(Cass) Not On Label (Venom (8)) none UK 1980 Sell This Version
Venom (8) - In League With Satan / Live Like An Angel album art Venom (8) In League With Satan / Live Like An Angel (Single) Neat Records UK 1981 Sell This Version
Venom (8) - Bloodlust album art Venom (8) Bloodlust Neat Records UK 1982 Sell This Version
Venom (8) - Die Hard album art Venom (8) Die Hard Neat Records Netherlands 1983 Sell This Version
Venom (8) - Manitou album art Venom (8) Manitou (Maxi, Single) Neat Records, Neat Records UK 1984 Sell This Version