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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 inspir ...read more

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. « hide

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LPs
From the Very Depths
2015

2.6
40 Votes
Fallen Angels
2011

2.5
52 Votes
Hell
2008

2.4
62 Votes
Metal Black
2006

2.6
110 Votes
Resurrection
2000

3
54 Votes
Cast in Stone
1997

3.1
53 Votes
The Waste Lands
1992

3.4
37 Votes
Temples of Ice
1991

3
39 Votes
Prime Evil
1989

2.9
53 Votes
Calm Before the Storm
1987

2.4
61 Votes
Possessed
1985

2.8
93 Votes
At War With Satan
1984

3.5
195 Votes
Black Metal
1982

3.9
540 Votes
Welcome to Hell
1981

3.9
382 Votes
EPs
Venom '96
1996

Tear Your Soul Apart
1990

1.6
6 Votes
Demon
1980

2.9
5 Votes
Live Albums
Bitten
2002

2.3
2 Votes
Sons of Satan (The Assault Series)
2001

2.8
2 Votes
Eine Kleine Nachtmusik
1986

3.3
13 Votes
Official Bootleg
1986

2.8
3 Votes
Compilations
The Singles 1980-1986
1986

4.2
7 Votes

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