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Venom

From: Newcastle, United Kingdom
Last Known Status: Regrouped

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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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Venom To Re-Release "Black Metal"

Newcastle, England based Extreme Metal legends Venom has announced that they will once again be re-releasing their classic 1982 album, "Black Metal" later this year. The release will contain bonus tracks as well as an extra DVD which features the 1984 video release, "7th Date Of Hell" which documents the band's performance at the Hammersmith Odeon.

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Cronos Discusses The Importance Of Venom

The following story is courtesy of Jeff Kitts from Guitarworld.com:

Guitar World sits down for an in-depth interview with founding VENOM bassist Cronos to discuss the black history of his highly
influential - and storied - band.

1981 was a good year for metal. IRON MAIDEN’s Killers, BLACK SABATH’s Mob Rules, DEF LEPPARD’s High ’N’ Dry, OZZY OSBOURNE’s Diary Of A Madman: all quintessential, landmark albums in their own right, all indicative of where metal was at the dawn of the Eighties. The genre was still a few years away from poofy-haired MTV domination, but these and other releases, like RUSH’s Moving Pictures, with their singalong choruses and hooky riffage, hinted at the overly commercialized direction metal was headed. And the hard rock community - bands and fans alike - certainly seemed content with this evolution. Except three lads from the north of England, that is. More...

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Venom Delays "Hell"

Metal legends Venom have pushed back the release of their new album "Hell" by a coupleof weeks. The album will now be released on June 9th in Europe and June 10th in North America.

You can listen to the new song "Straight To Hell" at their official website.

The complete "Hell" tracklisting is as follows:

01. Straight To Hell
02. The Power And The Glory
03. Hand Of God
04. Fall From Grace
05. Hell
06. Evil Perfection
07. Stab U In The Back
08. Armageddon
09. Kill The Music
10. Evilution Devilution
11. Blood Sky
12. USA For Satan
13. Dirge / The Awakening

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Sigh's Venom Tribute To Feature Lilker, Embury

SIGH's upcoming six-song tribute to legendaryblack metal band VENOM, titled "Sigh's Tribute to Venom," will featurethe bass work of Dan Lilker (BRUTAL TRUTH, NUCLEAR ASSAULT) and ShaneEmbury (NAPALM DEATH, VENOMOUS CONCEPT)

In an update from the band, singer MIRAI KAWASHIMA says: "We're excited to have these two guest musicians and friends of SIGH to take part in our tribute to VENOM. Their work has helped make the tracks stand out even more. Dan plays bass on "Countess Bathory," while Shane is on "Witching Hour." It sounds awesome!"

Here is "Sigh's Tribute to Venom" tracklisting:

Black Metal
Schizo
Die Hard
Countess Bathory
Teacher's Pet
Witching Hour

The recording line-up is as follows:

Mirai Kawashima: Bass, Organ, Backing Vocals
Satoshi Fujinami: Drums, Guitar
Shinichi Ishikawa: Guitar
Junichi Harashima: Drums
Dr. Mikannibal: Vocals

In other news, the band is preparing for their 8th full-length album that will be entitled "Scenes from Hell / Tempore Belli / Vanitas." Sigh will work with a real string quartet and some brass players on this effort.

The new album is scheduled for release this fall on THE END RECORDS to coincide with SIGH's headlining tour
of North America with ZIMMERS HOLE and UNEXPECT.

Here are the latest Sigh tour dates: More...

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Venom Posts New Song "Straight To Hell" Online

UK metal legends Venom have posted a track from their brand new forthcoming album "Hell" online. You can check out "Straight To Hell" at the bands official website.

The new album will be released on May 26th in Europe and May 27th in North America and featured the following tracklisting: 'Straight To Hell', 'The Power And The Glory', 'Hand Of God', 'Fall From Grace', 'Hell', 'Evil Perfection', 'Stab U In The Back', 'Armageddon', 'Kill The Music', 'Evilution Devilution', 'Blood Sky', 'USA For Satan', 'Dirge' / 'The Awakening'.

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Venom Reveals "Hell" Album Artwork

Legendary fathers of seemingly every metal sub-genre Venom have posted the front cover for their new album "Hell" online. Check it out at this location.

The official tracklisting for "Hell" is as follows:

01. Straight To Hell
02. The Power And The Glory
03. Hand of God
04. Fall From Grace
05. Hell
06. Evil Perfection
07. Stab U In The Back
08. Armageddon
09. Kill The Music
10. Evilution Devilution
11. Blood Sky
12. USA For Satan
13. Dirge / The Awakening

The album is scheduled for release in Europe on May 26th and May 27th in North America.

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Venom Reveals "Hell" Tracklisting

UK black metal legends VENOM have confirmed the following tracklisting for their new album, Hell, due out on May 26th via Sanctuary in the UK and Germany: 'Straight To Hell', 'The Power And The Glory', 'Hand Of God', 'Fall From Grace', 'Hell', 'Evil Perfection', 'Stab U In The Back', 'Armageddon', 'Kill The Music', 'Evilution Devilution', 'Blood Sky', 'USA For Satan', 'Dirge' / 'The Awakening'.

You can check out samples of select songs at the official Venom website

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Venom Post Audio Samples Of New Material Online

British black metal pioneers VENOM have posted streaming audio samples of eight songs from their forthcoming album, "Hell". Click here to check out the following tracks:

* Hell
* Straight to Hell
* Stab U in the Back
* The Power & The Glory
* USA for Satan
* Evil Perfection
* Hand of God
* Dirge

According to a posting on the band's web site, the CD — which will be released in May via Universal — is "packed with 13 brand new malevolent tracks from the masters of black metal," including "Armageddon" and "Kill the Music".

VENOM will perform at the Hellfest (June 20-22) in Clisson, France. More shows will be announced soon.

A brand new VENOM band photo can be viewed at this location.

VENOM last year parted ways with guitarist Mykvs (a.k.a. Mike Hickey; ex-CARCASS, CATHEDRAL). "Personal unavoidable commitments in the U.S. have forced Mykvs to announce that he cannot commit 100% to VENOM's schedule," the band previously wrote in a statement. A new guitarist by the name of Rage has been drafted in to replace Mykvs.

With regards to the direction of the band's next album, VENOM frontman Cronos previously said, "VENOM will be even darker and heavier for the next release. The new song ideas that Antton and I have been composing over the last year will be exactly what the 'legions' expect from us, and will really test the abilities of the band members. There's going to be a lot of blood spilled making the next album. This band belongs to the fans and I'm going to stay true to the spirit of VENOM no matter what sacrifices have to be made."

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Venom To Headline Hellfest

The following message has been posted via Venom's official Myspace:

"Venom will be appearing at HELLFEST in Clisson, France on June 20th, 2008! The band are set to headline the first night of the three-day festival and promise to kick the festival off with a bang.

Currently in production rehearsals with their new stage show, the band guarantee a truly spectacular event for their French Legions."

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Venom Planning Live Shows

UK black metal legends VENOM check in with the following update:

"Venom are planning to play a select number of festival shows this summer to coincide with the release of their new album. The bands management are now in negotiations with promoters to confirm the shows."

Venom will release their new album "Hell" next month via Universal.

There will be 13 tracks on the album. Some confirmed song title for "Hell" include, "Hand Of God", "USA For Satan", "Kill The Music", "Straight To Hell", "The Power And The Glory", "Armageddon", "Evil Perfection" and the title track.

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Venom Unleash "Hell" In May

The new album from UK black metal legends VENOM is called Hell and is set for release in May through Universal.

According to a band update, "packed with 13 brand new malevolent tracks from the masters of black metal, Venom are now preparing to unleash this thunderous sequel to their 2006 Metal Black album. With song titles such as: 'Armageddon', 'Straight To Hell', 'Hand Of God', 'USA For Satan', 'The Power & The Glory', 'Evil Perfection', 'Kill The Music' and the title track 'Hell'. The new album truly shows the power and intensity that is Venom, the trio of Cronos, Antton and Rage deliver the metal album of 2008."

For more info click here.

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Artarfe Vega Rock Festival Postponed

The organizers of the Atarfe Vega Rock festival — which was scheduled to take place December 1, 2007 at Coliseo Ciudad Atarfe in Atarfe, Granada, Spain and feature appearances by such artists as JOEY BELLADONNA, EXCITER, GRAVE DIGGER, KATATONIA, LACRIMOSA, LIZZY BORDEN, MAYHEM, MY DYING BRIDE and VENOM — have issued the following update:

"As some of you will know due to official statements that can be red in the websites of some of the bands confirmed for the Atarfe Vega Rock Festival 2007, we sadly have to announce that the festival must be postponed until March of 2008, as a result of the damages caused by the floods that the city of Atarfe suffered, and about them all media from Spain informed.

"The '200 litres / m2' heavy downpour has meant 20 euro millions worth damages. These damages, as well as the duties of the engineers of the insurance companies, don't let us celebrate the Atarfe Vega Rock Festival the coming 1st of December in the Bullring and its area, as it was announced.

"We've had a meeting with the Mayor and the local authorities to show them how worried we were about it, and to get a reply about this situation. They've always told us that the festival can take place as expected, and we have to respect it, to ensure the security of people who attend to the festival, bands and staff of the festival.

"We've looked for an alternative location, but once again due to security reasons it's been impossible to find another place in Atarfe. We've even tried to celebrate the festival in another city, but there was no suitable location available, where the festival could take place and we could work in the production required for this festival, taking in account that we didn't have much time.

"After searching without success an alternative location, and once we've reached an agreement with the City Hall and the confirmed bands, we've decided to postpone the festival until March of 2008.

"Except due to date difficulties, we count on all the confirmed bands, as well as with other groups which will be also in the billing.

"With regard to people who have bought their tickets, they'll get their money back in the same stores, where they bought them. We really thank you for your support and loyalty. Besides, we want to compensate those people who have bought a flight ticket to attend to the festival. For this reason they'll get in for free in March, and they'll get free drinks. It's required that they send us an e-mail with the receipt of the flight ticket to verify it.

"We're very sorry about this postponement and the problems that it can mean to you, but no one expected that such a natural disaster could take place in Atarfe. We beg you for comprehension.

"As well as you, this postponement affects us too, because we had booked some bands, which fortunately have understood this setback and have agreed to play in March.

"In the same manner we've bought many international flight tickets for the bands, and now we'll have to buy more to let the groups come and play in March.

"Once again we beg you for understanding what it has happened, because this extraordinary situation is out of our control."

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Venom Drummer Comments On New Material

Metal Hell magazine recently conducted an interview with VENOM drummer Antony "Antton" Lant (brother of VENOM frontman Conrad "Cronos" Lant). A couple of excerpts from the chat follow:

On the addition of "Rage" on guitar:

"We have known Rage for quite a while now; just like (when) I used to rehearse with my brother before I was in the band we used Rage to rehearse when Mykvs was in the states Rage would come along to rehearsals and we would go through the set. Rage is a great guy and a great guitarist; he plays the old songs very much like the early VENOM guitarist, (with) lots of dive bombs."

In regards to how the new VENOM material is shaping up;

"I am really happy with the way things are going. It's great to get in and blast through the tracks as a band. You hear of so many bands now writing bits and pieces and sticking them together in ProTools. I think you loose the energy and enthusiasm like that."

On what type of production he might prefer on the next album;

"We were really happy with the production on 'Metal Black'. Some people used to complain about the production on the early albums and when we recorded 'Resurrection' people said it was too produced. You can't please everybody. For 'Metal Black' we went in like bands would years ago and basically recorded the tracks. Some of my favorite albums to date are older albums like AC/DC or VAN HALEN or even KISS."

On his opinion on the current releases by HELLYEAH and MACHINE HEAD:

"It's great to see Vinnie [Paul, ex-PANTERA and current HELLYEAH drummer] playing again; he is one of, if not THE, biggest influence on my playing. I started playing drums along to Phil Rudd, Tommy Lee and Eric Carr, but Vinnie made me get heavy for sure. I play drums in another band called DEF-CON-ONE and we used to do 'Fucking Hostile' live then we started doing 'Strength Beyond Strength'. Vinnie rules and he is a really good friend. MACHINE HEAD are awesome. I think Dave McClain should have some serious coverage in the drum magazines. He is an awesome drummer. He has his own style. When you put a MACHINE HEAD album on you can tell it's them even before Robb [Flynn] starts singing; now that's rare. There are too many metal bands out now with the same guitar sound, the same drum sound and the same production. You get these free CDs in metal mags and sometimes it's hard to know who's who without checking the cover."

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Venom Confirmed For Spanish Festival

UK black metal legends VENOM are the latest act confirmed for the Atarfe Vega Rock Festival which will take place at Coliseo de Atarfe (covered Bullring) in Granada, Spain, on December 1st. Acts confirmed for the festival include: BELLADONA, EXCITER, GRAVE DIGGER, KATATONIA, LACRIMOSA, LIZZY BORDEN, MAYHEM, MY DYING BRIDE, VENOM

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Devildriver Frontman Slams Venom

Metal-Rules.com's Sean AKA “Lord of The Wasteland” has issued an interview conducted last month with DEVILDRIVER's Dez Fafara. The following is an excerpt from the interview:

Q: DevilDriver was supposed to tour with Venom last year. How disappointing was that when that got cancelled?

A: "Really bad and really fucking disappointing in the way that they reacted. Those are heroes of mine and what happened is they postponed their tour TWICE, and as soon as they called us back and said, 'Okay, NOW we’re ready to go. Are you going to do the tour?' We said, 'Well no. We’ve already got Australia booked', and then they went on Sirius radio and said some extremely negative things about me and so now, if I ever see that fucking singer [Cronos], I don’t care if he’s a legend, I’m going to fucking grab him by the throat and teach him what responsibility is all about. You can put that in press. I hope it’s everywhere right now because I owe that motherfucker a lashing. He’s nothing but an old man that should have never said shit about DevilDriver because we waited. We put off TWO tours to tour with those guys and they kept putting their stuff back and putting their shit back because ticket sales weren’t selling. They were saying that their Visas were being revoked and when they finally got some ticket sales going and some marketing happening, that’s when they called us back for the tour and we already had plans. Then he said REALLY negative shit about me and my band, so fuck that dude! I don’t care what a legend he is or thinks he is but when I see him, I’m fucking going to confront him physically."

Q: That’s really shitty, too. I mean not just on a professional level but on a personal level being, like you say, they were heroes of yours…

A: "Shitty dude!!! I’m wearing a Venom shirt right now while we’re talking. Right now! And now I think everybody that just says they like Venom just wants to be fucking cool because the guy’s a dickhead and I’ve only seen like two of those in twelve years, I swear to god. Everybody I’ve ever run into from, like we said, from Mustaine to [Philip] Anselmo and to Ozzy have all been the most down to earth, cool guys. But that dude should have never fucking opened his mouth against me and my band. DevilDriver will take that band apart and he should just go…. go fucking get a job at Wal-Mart because he’s done."

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Venom Post New Album And DVD Updates

The follwoing message has been posted via the official Venom Myspace:

"History of Venom Videos DVD

Work has started on a special DVD release of Venom's classic videos. The Hammersmith show from 1984 (The 7th Date of Hell) and the Nightmare video to name a few, are set to feature along with new interviews from various members and 'never before seen' footage from the band members personal archives are also set to be included. More information and updates will be added soon.

New Album Update

Venom have decided to re-record some of the tracks on the new album and change the release date until early 2008. Anton explains: during the Scandinavian Tour we played through some of the new tracks in the sound-checks, there's something about the energy you deliver when playing on a stage that differs greatly from recording in a studio. All fired up we tore the tracks to shreds. We tried to organise a mobile studio to get to the next shows, but it was way too late notice, so on our return to the UK Cronos hired some small venues for us to record some new backing tracks to work on. At the end of the day it's all about recording a great album, and this new album is sounding absolutely awesome. The band are also preparing some samples to stream from the website, as well as some choice recordings from the tour.

More updates to follow soon!!!"

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New Venom Album To Be Released In Early 2008

UK black metal icons VENOM have decided to re-record some of the tracks for their new album and have changed the release date until early 2008. Drummer Antton explains: "During the Scandinavian Tour we played through some of the new tracks in the sound-checks, there's something about the energy you deliver when playing on a stage that differs greatly from recording in a studio. All fired up we tore the tracks to shreds. We tried to organize a mobile studio to get to the next shows, but it was way too late notice, so on our return to the UK Cronos (bass/vocals) hired some small venues for us to record some new backing tracks to work on. At the end of the day it's all about recording a great album, and this new album is sounding absolutely awesome. The band are also preparing some samples to stream from the website, as well as some choice recordings from the tour."

In other news, work has started on a special DVD release of Venom's classic videos. The Hammersmith show from 1984 (The 7th Date of Hell) and the Nightmare video to name a few, are set to feature along with new interviews from various members and 'never before seen' footage from the band members personal archives are also set to be included. Further information and updates are forthcoming.

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Former Venom Guitarist Launches New Project

Cargo Records UK have released the new GOATREIGN album, the new project featuring guitarist Mike Hickey (ex-VENOM).

According to a press release, Goatreign is a "pummeling collection of gut wrenching metal. Crushing rhythms, searing lead guitar, wrapped up with a deadly production make Goatreign a solid slab of classic metal! This has been an underground classic circulated amongst metal bands and fans alike. Goatreign features Mike handling guitar, bass and vocal duties with longtime collaborator Shawn Progen on the drum kit. Recorded at the legendary Slaughterhouse with production by Mike and Mark Alan Miller. This proper CD release follows the limited Skull & Crossbones CDR release from earlier this year. This release contains the original six tracks plus an additional five bonus/demo tracks."

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Metal Gets Its Due On Massive Rhino Boxed Set

Heavy metal fans will be banging their heads in delight this fall with the release of Rhinos's "Heavy Metal Box," due Oct. 2. The four-disc, 70-song set boasts classic tracks from Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, Motorhead and Slayer, among dozens of others.

Arranged chronologically from 1968 to 1991, the compilation also boasts hits from bands like Deep Purple, Metallica, Black Sabbath, Iron Butterfly, Pantera, Alice Cooper, Venom, Testament, Rush and Megadeth; the project will be packaged in a box resembling a Marshall guitar amp.

The liner notes will include extensive photos, track commentary and interviews with Ronnie James Dio and Lita Ford.

Here is the track list for "The Heavy Metal Box": More...

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See Venom Perform "At War With Satan" From Nosturi

Video footage of VENOM performing its classic song "At War with Satan" at Nosturi is available at YouTube.

VENOM and its management are currently discussing other live plans with their agents for later this year. An American tour and some dates in Australia are on the cards, and there is talk of some shows in Japan and across Europe.

The recording schedule for the new VENOM album is well underway. The band has already laid the majority of the backing tracks and "everyone is very excited by the results," according to a posting on the band's web site. "It's a very dark-sounding album following on in the footsteps of last year's release, 'Metal Black'."

VENOM recently parted ways with guitarist Mykvs (a.k.a. Mike Hickey; ex-CARCASS, CATHEDRAL). "Personal unavoidable commitments in the U.S. have forced Mykvs to announce that he cannot commit 100% to VENOM's 2007 schedule," the band previously wrote in a statement. A new guitarist by the name of Rage has already been drafted in to replace Mykvs.

With regards to the direction of the band's next album, VENOM frontman Cronos previously said, "VENOM will be even darker and heavier for the next release. The new song ideas that Antton and I have been composing over the last year will be exactly what the 'legions' expect from us, and will really test the abilities of the band members. There's going to be a lot of blood spilled making the next album. This band belongs to the fans and I'm going to stay true to the spirit of VENOM no matter what sacrifices have to be made." More...

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