Venom (8)

Venom (8)

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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 though by many as 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) Welcome To Hell (Album) Neat Records UK 1981 Sell This Version
Venom (8) Black Metal (Album, Comp) Neat Records Italy 1982 Sell This Version
Venom (8) At War With Satan (Album) Neat Records Finland 1984 Sell This Version
Venom (8) Possessed (Album) Neat Records Netherlands 1985 Sell This Version
Venom (8) Eine Kleine Nachtmusik (Album) Neat Records UK 1986 Sell This Version
Venom (8) Live : Official Bootleg (Album) American Phonograph UK 1986 Sell This Version
Venom (8) Calm Before The Storm (Album) Filmtrax France 1987 Sell This Version
Venom (8) Prime Evil (Album) Under One Flag US 1989 Sell This Version
Venom (8) Temples Of Ice (Album) Under One Flag UK 1991 Sell This Version
Venom (8) The Waste Lands (Album) Under One Flag UK 1992 Sell This Version
WR 001 Venom (8) Satanachist(Cass) Witchcraft Records (4) WR 001 Germany 1993 Sell This Version
Venom (8) Venom '96 (MiniAlbum, Maxi, Single) CMA Inc Venom UK 1996 Sell This Version
Venom (8) Cast In Stone (Album) Steamhammer, CBH Records Germany 1997 Sell This Version
cma 001 Venom (8) The Second Coming(CD + VHS) Warhead cma 001 UK 1997 Sell This Version
Venom (8) Resurrection (Album) Steamhammer Japan 2000 Sell This Version
Venom (8) Metal Black (Album) Castle Music Japan 2006 Sell This Version
Venom (8) Hell (Album) Sanctuary Records Japan 2008 Sell This Version
Venom (8) Fallen Angels (Album) Spinefarm Records Russia 2011 Sell This Version
Venom (8) From The Very Depths (Album) Spinefarm Records US 2015 Sell This Version
Venom (8) Live From The Hammersmith Odeon Theatre (Album) The Store For Music Germany 2017 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

none 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 (Single) Neat Records UK 1981 Sell This Version
Venom (8) Bloodlust Neat Records UK 1982 Sell This Version
Venom (8) Die Hard Neat Records Netherlands 1983 Sell This Version
Venom (8) Manitou (Maxi, Single) Neat Records, Neat Records UK 1984 Sell This Version