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Venom

From: Newcastle, United Kingdom
Last Known Status: Regrouped

Latest Venom News

Below is our complete Venom news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

Note: We began associating news directly with bands in late 2003. Therefore, earlier band news may not be listed on this page.

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Universal To Delay New Venom Until Halloween

Venom posted an update on it's website regarding the release of new LP "Fallen Angels." The announcement reads:

"Universal Music have now decided to set the release schedule of the new Venom album
for the Halloween period/approx: October 2011 - actual date to be confirmed.

The new album will contain 13 new classics plus 2 bonus tracks on special releases."

"Fallen Angels" was original expected this month. The tentative track listing is:

1. Hail Satanas
2. Pedal To The Metal
3. Nemesis
4. Lap Of The Gods
5. Hammerhead
6. Damnation Of Souls
7. Fallen Angels
8. Beggarman
9. Sin
10. Punk's Not Dead
11. Death Be Thy Name
12. Valley Of The Kings
13. Lest We Forget

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Full Length Metal Documentaries Posted Online

A number of documentaries pertaining to specific scenes and genres in heavy metal, most notably grindcore and black metal, have been posted online via YouTube and are now available to watch, uninterupted, from start to finish. "Grindcore - 85 Minutes Of Brutal Heavy Metal," features segments on a number of bands signed to Earache Records during the 1990's, including Napalm Death, Morbid Angel, Godflesh, Carcass and Paradise Lost amongst others and includes live footage, interviews and music videos.

Meanwhile, two different documentaries on black metal have also been posted online, including "Until The Light Takes Us," which examines the black metal scene in Norway during the 1990's and looks at such bands as Burzum and Darkthrone, complete with interviews with Gylve "Fenriz" Nagell and the then incarcerated Varg Vikernes. Alternatively, there is "Murder Music: A History of Black Metal," a British documentary hosted by Contraband Candy host René Ackermann that gives a much broader insight into black metal, tracing the genre's roots from the theatrics of Black Widow to the Christian black metal scene, and everything in between. You can view all of these films below. More...

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Venom Reveals New Album Track Listing

Veteran U.K metal act Venom has revealed the track listing for its upcoming new full length album. The new record, which is titled "Fallen Angels," is set to include 13 new tracks with an early September release through Universal Music being expected.

The tentative track listing for "Fallen Angels" is as follows:

1. Hail Satanas
2. Pedal To The Metal
3. Nemesis
4. Lap Of The Gods
5. Hammerhead
6. Damnation Of Souls
7. Fallen Angels
8. Beggarman
9. Sin
10. Punk's Not Dead
11. Death Be Thy Name
12. Valley Of The Kings
13. Lest We Forget

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Just For Fun

Record Store Employees Try To Decipher Metal Logos

Waterloo Records has posted a video clip online titled "Record Store Olympics Event 3: The Decipher," in which record store employees try to decipher increasingly incomprehensible metal band names based on their logos. Check out the clip below, and see if you can name all the bands based on their logos.

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Venom Reveals New Album Title

British extreme metal godfathers Venom have announced that the name of their forthcoming new studio album will be "Fallen Angels."

Although further details are vague at present time, the record will contain thirteen tracks and will be released through Universal Music in either August or September this year. Stay tuned for further information on the upcoming release of "Fallen Angels."

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Venom Mixing New Album

British extreme metal forefathers Venom have announced that they are currently mixing their new full-length studio album in London with producer Tom Belton.

At present, no release date for the record has been set and the album title has not yet been revealed, but the group is expected to make an announcement regarding these subjects shortly. Stay tuned for further information on the album's title, track listing, and release date.

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After Death Announces Venom Tribute

Florida act After Death has issued the following announcement about providing a cover song for an upcoming Venom tribute:

"An old idea from around 2002 is finally coming true. A tribute to Venom album. Venom has always been a big influence for quite a lot of Iron Pegasus bands and the label itself. It will not be just another tribute but a tribute with bands that somehow worked (or will work) with Iron Pegasus or Rock Saviour, with bands who understand what Venom was all about, like Desaster, Superchrist, Rok, Gorgon, etc.

"No cheap rehearsal or live stuff but real studio recordings. As a special feature, After Death will do a cover version of the entire 'At War With Satan' song, something nobody has done before (as far as we know). Release date is not sure yet, but let's hope for Autumn/Winter 2010."

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Venom Members Form Prime Evil

Former Venom members Jeff Dunn, Antony Lant and Tony Dolan have formed a new metal project called Prime Evil. The band are currently preparing their debut album planned for release in the spring of 2011. The album is also set to feature an appearance from former Venom guitarist Mike Hickey.

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Balfor To Play Global East Rock Festival

Ukrainian Black Metallers Balfor have been set to make an appearance on this year's Global East Rock Festival happening from the 2nd of September to the 4th of September 2010 at Kiev, Ukraine. Balforwill be scheduled to perform on the 3rd of September 2010. For more information and details, visit the Global East Rock Festival Official MySpace. The main headliners for Global East Rock Festival 2010 are Manowar and Venom. The other confirmed bands are as follows:

Moonspell
Obituary
Dark Tranquillity
Hammerfall
Mayhem
Rotting Christ
The Gathering
Mnemic
Sabaton
Balfor
Fleshgore
Bonfire
Oomph!
Maniac Depression More...

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Black Majesty Added To Basinfirefest Lineup

Australian power metal act Black Majesty is the latest band to be confirmed for the 2010 edition of the Basinfirefest, which takes place from July 2nd - 4th in Spalene Prorici, Czech Republic. Other confirmed bands include Testament, Dope Stars Inc., Dream Evil, Ektomorf, Venom, and more. Additional details on the festival can be found at this location.

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Von To Perform At Hole In The Sky

The 2010 edition of the Hole In The Sky festival is set to take place in Bergen, Norway from August 24th - 28th. The organizers have now issued the following update about Von performing at the festival:

"We promised you one surprise act, here is another: One of THE cult acts in the Black Metal Pantheon, the legend that is VON will perform in Bergen during Hole in the Sky 2010. Their two demos 'Satanic Blood' and 'Blood Angel' are among the most unique releases in Black Metal ever, songs like 'Lamb,' 'Devil Pig,' 'Veadtuck,' and 'Watain' have never been copied or bettered in all their minimalistic, hypnotic glory. Founding members Goat and Venien have decided to reform VON for a select number of shows, with Hole in the Sky being one the few festivals."

Comments the band: "Hole in the Sky Festival is a gathering of the Hordes of Norwegian Darkness and Ritual of Chaos, and that in itself is a significant precursor to our involvement and participation. VON is pleased and honored to be included within the ranks of such bands. VON will perform as special guest on the Wednesday dubbed Invocation together with Rotting Christ, Dead Congregation, Repugnant, Grave Miasma and Urfaust."

The currently confirmed lineup for the festival is as follows: More...

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Venom Pulls Out Of High Voltage Festival

British extreme metal godfathers Venom has announced that they have decided to pull out of Britain's High Voltage festival this year as a result of contractual differences. A message from the band's management reads as follows:

"We announced the concert in February in good faith and the band are very disappointed that they will not be playing at the festival, although their management are now looking at a possible replacement show in the UK for later this year."

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More Bands Confirmed For High Voltage Festival

The organisers of Britain's High Voltage festival has announced three more bands for this year's edition of the event. British heavy metal legends Saxon will be performing on the Metal Hammer stage, along with the other two new confirmations, British doom metal veterans Cathedral and Swedish power metal outfit Hammerfall. The festival is scheduled for July 24th - 25th at Victoria Park in London.

The lineup is now as follows: More...

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Mayhem Announces European Tour Dates

Mayhem has announced a European tour with the Slovenian band Noctiferia. The tour dates are as follows:

23-05 - Music Pub - Cluj Napoca - Romania
24-05 - Szene - Vienna - Austria
25-05 - Exit - Praha - Czech Rep
26-05 - Progresja - Warsaw - Poland
27-05 - Loch Ness - Krakow - Poland
28-05 - Coloseum - Kosice - Slovakia
29-05 - TBA
30-05 - Hristo Botev (w/ VENOM) - Sophia - Bulgaria
31-05 - SKC - Beograd - Serbia
01-06 - Pieffe Factory - Lucinico – Italy (Slovenian border)
03-06 - Rome - Italy

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Venom And UFO Added To High Voltage Festival

The organisers of Britain's High Voltage festival has announced some more bands for the festival's debut edition. Among the new confirmations are extreme metal daddys Venom, rock legends UFO, The Quireboys, Dweezil Zappa Plays Zappa and The Union, which features former members of Thunder. The event will take place in Victoria Park in London on July 24th and the 25th.

The lineup is now as follows: More...

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Sunday Old School: Venom

The New Wave Of British Heavy Metal produced dozens of new acts, some of which have gone down in history as legends of heavy metal and hard rock music, but of all these bands, none were as extreme, as over the top, as exciting, as Venom. The band was formed in the early '80s in Newcastle upon Tyne in the North East of England and released their first album, "Welcome To Hell," in 1981. They gained an underground, cult following in the United Kingdom as well as in the European and North American metal underground, yet they didn't perform a proper live concert until after the release of their second album in 1982. "Black Metal" would go down in history as one of the most influential metal records of all time, and the band's first show took place at the legendary Hammersmith Odeon.

During interviews, Venom would invent numerous tags to describe themselves in order to set them apart from other heavy metal bands of the time. Almost all of these tags went on to become actual sub-genres such as "black metal," "thrash metal," "death metal" and "doom metal." Venom claim they wanted to stand out from the other bands of the time because they felt metal wasn't being represented as well as it should have been. The final straw for Venom came, surprisingly, after Michael Jackson entered the British heavy metal charts with the song, "Beat It" because it featured a guitar solo from Eddie Van Halen.

Over the years, the band released several more albums and experienced several lineup changes, which some might say led to the somewhat unfair reactions to strong albums that didn't feature certain original members. Although they might seem ridiculous when looked upon, Venom is one of the most influential metal bands ever to enter a recording studio and is without question responsible for the likes of thrash, death and of course, black metal. They helped American bands like Slayer, Exodus and even Metallica find fans in Europe by taking them out on tour and their original sound can be heard on many albums from other thrash metal bands such as Metallica's "Kill 'em All" or Slayer's "Show No Mercy." Venom is still going today, with singer/bass player Conrad "Cronos" Lant remaining as the band's sole original member and they are currently working on a brand new album. For Venom, it wasn't quality or quantity that counted, it was standing out from their peers and creating something new, and no-one can deny they did just that.

Venom - "Bloodlust"
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Former Venom Members Form New Band

Jeff "Mantas" Dunn, the original guitarist and one of the founding members of British extreme metal legends Venom, has announced that he has formed a brand new band named Dryll with Anthony "Antton" Lant, a former drummer in Venom and the brother of Venom vocalist/bass player Conrad "Cronos" Lant. The band also features bass player Craig Elliot, formerly of Def Con One, which also featured Anthony Lant. You can check out some audio samples by heading to the bands official Myspace page.

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Venom Announces South American Tour

British extreme metal legends Venom has annnounced that they will be heading to Mexico and South American for a headlining tour in December. A statement from the bands management reads as follows:

"We started looking into the possibility of organising a Venom tour in South America a couple of years back, Venom have a massive following in Latin America, and now that the bands Agent has organised a fantastic tour with the promoters, the band immediately agreed to take time out from recording the new album to start their rehearsals for the tour."

The tour dates are as follows: More...

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Vader Reveals "Necropolis" Details

VADER's new full length album entitled "Necropolis" will be released in Europe on August 21 through Nuclear Blast. The album will be available as a standard CD edition, digi pack (featuring two cover tracks and bonus DVD) edition and vinyl edition. The album artwork and the whole layout was made by Jacek Wisniewski (who also made cover arts for such albums as "Black To The Blind", "Litany", "Revelations" and many more).

"Necropolis" was recorded at Hertz Studio with Slawek and Wojtek Wieslawski behind the helm. Then the album was mixed and mastered by Tue Madsen at his Antfarm Studio (it's been band's first cooperation with a foreign producer since "The Ultimate Incantation").

Peter commented: "Tue Madsen did tremendous work! He modeled power on this album. It is not easy to make VADER sound heavy and clear. When I was listening to the master tape for a first time, I knew after the opening notes that 'Necropolis' is gonna be a BLAST indeed!!! Tue thinks the same, which makes me even more happy. No VADER album sounded so powerful without loss of all these details in the songs. I am impressed indeed!!! We will do video clips, of course! I'm not sure yet which songs are gonna be chosen. I have some 'evil stories' in my mind just waiting to be realized. Personally, I want to see a clip for 'Devilizer', which opens 'Necropolis'. The CD front cover was done by Jacek Wisniewski and explains what's inside the album... We summoned the Old Spirits again. The Unknown is awakened...again. 'Necropolis' is exactly like the picture seen on the front cover: solid, metal and evil, with many details, backgrounds and... hidden mysteries. There's also another thing that don't let me fall asleep since a few days. I mean very honest, positive, almost enthusiastic response from Nuclear Blast!"

Digi pack editions of the album will feature two cover songs: "Black Metal" of VENOM (with a guest appearance of Bart Krysiuk from HERMH), and "Fight Fire With Fire" of METALLICA (featuring Maciek Taff from ROOTWATER, BLACK RIVER). Also included is a bonus DVD featuring a part of a charity show for Covan (DECAPITATED) the band played on April 26 in Krakow. The show recorded by 5 cameras, dynamic editing and HD quality - all that made by Inbornmedia Company from Wroclaw.

Here is the complete "Necropolis" tracklisting: More...

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Venom Reveals New Drummer, Start On New Album

British extreme metal legends Venom has announced a replacement for former drummer Antton with a man known simply as "Dante."

"We had a fantastic response", explained Cronos, "there were many great players to choose from, but at the end of the day I wasn't looking for someone who could just play the songs, I wanted somebody who was really hungry to be in the band for all the right reasons, and Danté also has all the right qualifications".

Venom and their management would like to thank all of the drummers who came to the auditions, plus all of the others who sent their CVs and CDs etc. The band are now in rehearsals with Danté and will be recording new demos for the next album over the coming weeks, as well as planning future shows. News of upcoming concerts coming soon.

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