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Venom

A seminal influence on the evolution of thrash and black metal, Venom formed during the late '70s in Newcastle, England. Originally a five-piece group called Oberon, they eventually trimmed their lineup to a trio comprising singer/bassist Conrad "Cronos" Lant, guitarist Jeff "Mantas" Dunn, and drummer Tony "Abaddon" Bray. Influenced by the heavy intensity of Motörhead and the visual flash of Kiss, the newly rechristened Venom developed a dark, blistering sound that paved the way for the subsequent rise of thrash music; similarly, their macabre, proudly satanic image proved a major inspiration for the legions of black metal bands to appear in their wake, even lending the genre its name with the release of their 1982 sophomore LP, Black Metal. (Their debut, Welcome to Hell, preceded it by a year.)

Venom's third album, At War with Satan, followed in 1983, and two years later they released Possessed. Lineup changes plagued the group in the years to follow, with Mantas exiting in the wake of 1985's live Eine Kleine Nachtmusik; guitarists Matt Hickey and Jimmy Clare were tapped as his replacements, making their debut on 1987's Calm Before the Storm. Cronos then quit as well, however, mounting a solo career and taking both Hickey and Clare with him as he left; at that point Mantas rejoined Abaddon to form a new edition of Venom with onetime Atomkraft vocalist/bassist Tony "The Demolition Risk" Dolan and guitarist Al Barnes. The new lineup made its bow on 1989's Prime Evil; Tear Your Soul Apart appeared a year later.

After 1991's Temples of Ice, Barnes quit Venom; his absence was filled by guitarist Steve "War Maniac" White, who along with keyboardist V.X.S. was recruited in time for 1992's The Waste Lands before both quickly exited. The trio of Mantas, Abaddon, and Dolan continued touring throughout the middle years of the decade, although no more new studio recordings were forthcoming; finally, in 1996 Cronos returned to the Venom fold, making way for Dolan's departure. The original lineup's return to action was heralded by the release of the mini-album Venom '96, followed in 1997 by the full-length Cast in Stone. After a world tour, Venom issued the two-disc New, Live & Rare in mid-1998. Buried Alive appeared a year later, and in the spring of 2000 the group returned with The Court of Death and Beauty and the Beast. In 2006 they celebrated their 25th anniversary with Metal Black, followed two years later by Hell. Fallen Angels, the group's 13th studio long-player, arrived in 2011, followed in 2015 by From the Very Depths, both of which were issued via Spinefarm/Universal. ~ Jason Ankeny
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Selected Discography

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Track List: From The Very Depths

1. Eruptus

2. From The Very Depths

3. The Death Of Rock N Roll

4. Smoke

5. Temptation

6. Long Haired Punks

7. Stigmata Satanas

8. Crucified

9. Evil Law

10. Grinding Teeth

11. Ouverture

12. Mephistopheles

13. Wings Of Valkyrie

14. Rise

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Track List: Kissing The Beast

Disc 1

1. Cursed

2. Need To Kill

3. In Memory Of (Paul Miller 1964-90)

4. Wolverine

5. Arachnid

6. I'm Paralysed

7. Crucified

8. Into The Fire

9. Riddle Of Steel

10. Shadow King

11. Trinity MCMXLV 0530

12. Black Legions

13. Parasite

14. Acid

15. Tribes

16. Even In Heaven

17. Kising The Beast

Disc 2

1. Live Like An Angel

2. Welcome To Hell

3. Bursting Out

4. Countess Bathory

5. Black Metal

6. Buried Alive

7. Die Hard

8. Angel Dust

9. Witching Hour

10. Teacher's Pet

11. School Daze

12. In Nomine Satanas

13. Blood Lust

14. Hell Bent For Leather

15. Speed King

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Track List: A Triple Dose Of Venom

Disc 1

1. Black Xmas

2. The Chanting Of The Priests

3. Metal Punk

4. Under A Spell

5. Calm Before The Storm

6. Fire

7. Krakin Up

8. Beauty And The Beast

9. Deadline

10. Gypsy

11. Muscle

Disc 2

1. Intro

6. Countess Bathory (Live)

11. Witching Hour (Live)

Disc 3

1. Black Metal (Live)

9. Welcome To Hell (Live)

10. Bloodlust (Live)

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Track List: Ressurection

1. Ressurection

2. Vengeance

3. War Against Christ

4. All There Is Fear

5. Pain

6. Pandemonium

7. Loaded

8. Firelight

9. Black Flame (Of Satan)

10. Control Freak

11. Disbeliever

12. Man, Myth & Magic

13. Thirteen

14. Leviathan

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Track List: Buried Alive

Disc 1

1. Welcome To Hell

4. Skeletal Dance

6. Megalomania

7. Black Metal

8. Buried Alive

9. Blackened Are The Priests

11. Die Hard

12. Carnivorous

Disc 2

1. Angel Dust

7. Witching Hour

8. Teachers Pet

9. Insane

10. Prime Evil

11. Harder Than Ever (Live)

12. School Daze

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Track List: Prime Evil

1. Prime Evil

2. Parasite

3. Blackened Are The Priests

4. Carnivorous

5. Skeletal Dance

6. Megalomania

7. Insane

8. Harder Than Ever

9. Into The Fire

10. Skool Daze

11. Live Like An Angel (Die Like A Devil)

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Track List: Black Metal

1. Black Metal

2. To Hell And Back

3. Buried Alive

4. Raise The Dead

5. Teachers Pet

6. Leave Me In Hell

7. Sacrifice

8. Heavens On Fire

9. Countess Bathory

10. Don't Burn The Witch

11. At War With Satan (Preview)

12. Bursting Out (60 Min+Version)

13. Black Metal (Radio 1 Session)

14. Nightmare (Radio 1 Session)

15. Too Loud For The Crowd (Radio 1 Session)

16. Bloodlust (Radio 1 Session) (Live)

17. Die Hard (12 Inch Version)

18. Agid Queen (12 Inch Version)

19. Bursting Out (12 Inch Version)

20. Hounds Of Hell (Outtake)

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Track List: Welcome To Hell

1. Sons Of Satan

2. Welcome To Hell

3. Schizoid

4. Mayhem With Mercy

5. Poison

6. Live Like An Angel

7. Witching Hour

8. One Thousand Days In Sodom

9. Angel Dust

10. In League With Satan

11. Red Light Fever

12. Angel Dust (Lead Weight Version)

13. In League With Satan (7'' Version)

14. Live Like An Angel (7'' Version)

15. Bloodlust (7'' Singles)

16. In Nomine Satanas (7'' Singles

17. Angel Dust (Demo)

18. Raise The Dead (Demo)

19. Red Light Fever (Demo)

20. Welcome To Hell (Demo)

21. B**ch Witch (Outtake)

22. Snots S**t (Outtake)

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Track List: In League With Satan

Disc 1

1. Intro Tape - 83-84

2. In League With Satan

3. Live Like an Angel

4. Welcome to Hell

5. Poison

6. Witching Hour

7. One Thousand Days of Sodom

8. Angel Dust

9. Bloodlust

10. In Nomine Satanas

11. Venom Radio 1 I.D.

12. Black Metal

13. To Hell and Back

14. Buried Alive

15. Teacher's Pet

16. Heaven's On Fire

17. Countess Bathory

18. Die Hard

19. Acid Queen

20. Bursting Out

Disc 2

1. Intro Tapes (Tours '85/'86)

2. Warhead

3. Lady Lust

4. Seven Gates of Hell

5. At War With Satan

6. Rip Ride

7. Genocide

8. Stand Up (And Be Counted)

9. At War With Satan TV Ad 2

10. Aaaaarghhh

11. Manitou

12. Woman

13. Dead of the Night

14. Nightmare

15. Satanachist

16. F.O.A.D.

17. Moonshine

18. Venom Radio I.D. Two

19. Wing and a Prayer

20. Possessed

21. Powerdrive

22. Burn This Place to the Ground

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my name is, yo dude. im voting clinton.
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Yes sir
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rip nick menza
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Ave satanas
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thanks heat
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Don't threaten my friend. U might wanna watch what u say? Just a thought?
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I see that the typo is still there, GJ Pandora....
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mfijut0
Hey kk wolf u better watch your a** before u get your a** killed!
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Ricardo shut the f**k up with that scrap s**t and take your f**got a** back to mexico you sewer rat venom are speed metal with doom and punk influences
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Buried alive is. At my song at my funeral
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So stoked that Venom kept jammin'. They amazed me in my youth and the new tracks are even better.....t h x Pandora....
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tedvanderhoo f 7 0
I've listened to venom for over 30 years and if you think there posers then you are most likely still cant buy a pack of smokes yet and don't know where real metal started.
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I love fatal illusion by megadeth
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Venom needs better tags.
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You are a poser
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Yeah and I'm the poser
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Yes and they're speed metal
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Next your gonna tell me Motörhead wasn't speed metal
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1st wave black metal
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you guys suck
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Welcome To Hell!
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Venom was the first real black/death metal band I listened to, fell in love, been deranged ever since.
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mfijut0
Wow I'm shocked this is the only band that April isn't on !!!!!
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anthony64702
VENOM ahhhhhhhhhhh h ! ! the one and only true black metal band.
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anthony64702
HAIL SATAN !!! old school black metal !!!!!!!!!!!! ! 6 6 6 see you in hell 666 !!!!!!!!!!!! !
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Godfathers of Metal.
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cjenkai
ALL HAIL CRONOS !
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So much to say, but I'll keep it short Venom f**king rules!
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well said beers1882!
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The guys a f ing idiot. He posts this s**t on every song that plays on his computer. Loser.
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Yo wind 69 ur a weird f**k get a life or finsh urs do everyone a favor
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Hey, everyone. Check out this dumbass below me! haha. What a weirdo.
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http://tomhe s s . n e t / H o w T o P l a y G u i t a r F a s t . a s p x ? p i d = 1 & a i = 8 6
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HELL YES !!!! \M/
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thebossmanco d y 7
Yes!!! I was going to fall asleep but I can't stop headbanging
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the excellent mix of black metal and thrash metal, always makes it fun to listen to
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SO F'N GOOD !!!!
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Venom f**king rules.
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ricardoporra s 1 3 2 3
F**k all u possers ....b**ches ...u dont know what black metal is all about ....Demonic Demon MLS 13 Sur ELA
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EXCELLENT FOR SURE !!!!!
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tallmadge78
Welcome to hell evil album love venom.
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F**king love this band!
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growling is cool
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Grrrrrrrrrrr r
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He's just growling I'd rather understand what he's saying metallica you understand what hetfield is singing
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Venom was the first band Metallica toured with they were just teenage punks then ,their parents had money and were smart they learned from a killer band love Venoms music true European sick mother f**kers,like the Europeans that brought their Bible bullshit over to America 500 years ago sick f**ks good music love it grew up on it early 80s.
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I never ever trolled on this band (about 9 months ago I got bored and tolled a whole bunch of metal bands and received death threats, I actually liked the bands I trolled on though) It's a good band, I'm glad I'm not finding my own idiot comments on this page.
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Venom, the only band that sucks so much a** yet is so good.
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Ave satanas!
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nybo_9... that is the stupidest thing ive f**king heard all day. you realize that venom have been around almost as long as sabbath right?
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