Venom (8)

Black Metal band from Newcastle, Tyne and Wear U.K. founded in 1979.

With the release of their second album: Black Metal they gave birth and name to a genre: Black Metal, they also influenced the creation of other Extreme Metal styles such as Thrash, Speed and Death.

* By some, the band is considered to be a part of the NWOBHM movement, but according to Cronos words it wasn’t: "You think back to all those NWOHM bands at the time: They all sounded like someone else, with boring riffs and predictable lyrics. We didn’t want to be part of that, even if it meant people didn't like what we were doing at first, coz it was different".

Early age: Cronos created a band called Dwarfstar more rock / metal than punk and with the first signs of Satanic influences, writing song titles such as 'Sons of Satan', 'Bloodlust' and 'Welcome To Hell' and started incorporating pentagrams and dark satanic imagery.

1979 Conrad Lant a.k.a. Cronos (2) [Titan god from the Greek mythology that ate his children], was working at Impulse Studios in Wallsend he met Jeffrey Dunn a.k.a. Mantas (5). Cronos’s goal was to be in a band that plays original material not covers. He switched from rhythm guitar to bassist because the bassist left and stayed that way. At that time Clive "Jesus Christ" Archer was singer, but he was opposed to Satanism and that got him fired. Cronos tried the vocals and the rest of the band preferred him for singing.

1980 On October 10th, Venom recorded the first 6-track demo that got them signed with Neat Records for their first 7’’ ‘In League With Satan’ / Live Like An Angel - Die Like A Devil. Here it must be said that the initial mix of the tracks was made by a Neat engineer that he didn’t understand Venom’s sound and in result it didn’t really sound like them, so Cronos stole the initial tape and replaced it [before the pressing of the EPs] with one of his own mix!

1981 That same year, the band’s debut album, Welcome To Hell was unleashed [in 3 studio days], it wasn’t a true album but a collection of re-recorded demos with a sleeve, which is why there’s such a huge difference in sound quality between 'Welcome To Hell' and the next album.

1982 Having built a strong fan base among those who worshipped extreme metal, Venom returned [in 7 studio days] with their most important album: Black Metal with their original sound, Cronos shaped it as heavy as it could get.

1984 The band’s first UK live performance on June 1, was at the Hammersmith Odeon in London and became a sold-out event. At War With Satan album is released, idea started off as a story that Cronos wrote while he was still at school. It was going to be a Satanic Bible type idea that I wanted to have published as a novel, and then it turned into a concept album. The difference with other albums is that every song is linked into what went before, after all it was a story turn it into an album.

1996 the band reformed as the original line-up with Cronos back in the fold. A self-titled EP was released, followed by albums and the re-release of all of the bands' older classics.

..More line-up changes happened, as Cronos left to follow a solo career [to return later again] 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, then, in 2014 former Venom members Mantas and Abaddon decided to start up a new band titled Venom Inc. later on, former Venom member, bassist Tony “Demolition Man” Dolan, was added to the line-up.
The story still goes on with live performances and new albums..

''Lay down your souls to the gods rock n' roll''


Venom (8) - Welcome To Hell album art Venom (8) Welcome To Hell (Album) Neat Records, Neat Records UK 1981 Sell This Version
Venom (8) - Black Metal album art Venom (8) Black Metal (Album) 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 France 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) 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) 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
PILOT 140, pilot140 Venom (8) - Bitten album art Venom (8) Bitten(CD, Album) Burning Airlines, Burning Airlines PILOT 140, pilot140 UK 2002 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
Venom (8) - Storm The Gates album art Venom (8) Storm The Gates (Album) Spinefarm Records Europe 2018 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

none Venom (8) - Demon album art Venom (8) Demon(Cass, S/Sided) Not On Label (Venom (8) Self-released) 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

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January 10, 2020
These gentlemen were considered part of the NWOBHM. But also the founders of Black Metal. I think they fall in between somewhere. They were much more extreme than what the New Wave offered but nothing like modern Black Metal.


July 25, 2019
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Early stuff by this band is ok, hardly accomplished players and very basic heavy metal but it works well. If you're into punk or motorhead you'll like it, or fans of early heavy metal. Compared to metal around today very basic. But they amongst others were the roots for thrash metal and an inspiration for black metal.

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