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Venom
Band Info
OriginNewcastle upon Tyne, England
Years-Active1979-1993, 1995-present
Genre(s)Heavy metal, black metal, speed metal
Label(s)Neat, Filmtrax, Under One Flag, SPV, Sanctuary/Castle, Universal
Associated ActsAtomkraft, Cronos
Homepagewww.venomslegions.com
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Venom are an English black metal and thrash metal band, formed in late 1979 in Newcastle upon Tyne, England.

Considered a seminal influence for thrash metal, black metal and coming to prominence toward the end of the New Wave of British Heavy Metal, Venom have found little mainstream success or critical acclaim, but are widely regarded as highly influential, particularly fo their fist two albums Welcome to Hell (1981) and Black Metal (1982).

The title of Venom's second album would become influential and definitive enough to describe an entire subgenre called black metal, a category underwhich the band is most commonly referred. The nature of Venom's high-pitch guitars, harsh vocals, user of pseudonyms, and unrelenting emphasis on satanic lyrics and imagery is considered the template for the sub genres later successes, and arguably for the broader extreme metal movemnet in general.

MembersEdit

Current line-up
  • Cronos - Vocals, Bass (1979-1987, 1995-present)
  • Rage - Guitars (2007-present)
  • Danté - Drums (2009-present)
Former line-up
  • Alan Winston - Bass (1979)
  • Abaddon - Drums (1979-1992, 1995-1999)
  • Mantas - Guitars (1979-1985, 1989-1992, 1995-2004)
  • Jesus Christ - Vocals (1979-1980)
  • Mykus - Guitars (1987, 2005-2007)
  • Jimmy Clare - Guitars (1987)
  • War Machine - Guitars (1989-1991)
  • Demolition Man - Vocals, Bass (1989-1992)
  • V.X.S. - Keyboards (1991-1992)
  • War Maniac - Guitars (1992)
  • Antton - Drums (2000-2009)

DiscographyEdit

Studio albums
Singles and EPs
  • In League with Satan (single, 1980)
  • Bloodlust (single, 1983)
  • Die Hard (single, 1983)
  • Warhead (single, 1984)
  • Hell at Hammersmith (EP, 1985)
  • American Assault (EP, 1985)
  • Canadian Assault (EP, 1985)
  • French Assault (EP, 1985)
  • Japanese Assault (EP, 1985)
  • Scandinavian Assault (EP, 1985)
  • Manitou (single, 1985)
  • Nightmare (single, 1985)
  • German Assault (EP, 1987)
  • Tear Your Soul Apart (EP, 1990)
  • Venom ’96 (EP, 1996)
  • Anti Christ (single, 2006)
Demos
  • Demon (1980)
Live albums
  • Official Bootleg (1985)
  • Eine Kleine Nachtmusik (1986)
  • The Second Coming (1987)
  • Bitten (2002)
  • Witching Hour (2003)
Compilation albums
  • From Hell to the Unknown (1985)
  • The Singles 1980-1986 (1986)
  • The Book of Armageddon (Best of) (1992)
  • Skeletons in the Closet (1993)
  • Kissing the Beast (1993)
  • New, Live and Rare (1998)
  • Old New Borrowed & Blue (1999)
  • In League with Satan (2002)
  • MMV (Box set) (2005)

External linksEdit

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