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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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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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Venom Gear Up For Scandinavian Tour

UK black metal legends VENOM are preparing for their Scandinavian Tour later this month.
The opening acts will definitely be Scandinavian bands says frontman Cronos: "I asked our agents in Scandinavia to select some local talent to open the shows. There's certainly no shortage of metal bands over there, so I've chosen a few that I thought would be ideal, but I've left the final decision to the agency."

In other live news, Venom and their management are also discussing other live plans with their agents for later this year. An American tour and some dates in Australia are in the cards, there's also talks of some shows in Japan and across Europe.

In new album news, the recording schedule for the new Venom album is well underway. The band have already laid the majority of the backing tracks and reports so far are that everyone is very excited by the results. According to a band update, "it's a very dark sounding album following on in the footsteps of last years release, Metal Black." More...

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Tribute to Venom - "Gods of Goats" Details

Metalrulez Prod (www.mzprod.com) has annouced there newest release: Tribute to Venom - "Gods of Goats." The long delayed tribute to Venom is over 55 minutes long and will be released as a CD with an 8 page booklet and limited to 500 copies.

Here is the Tribute to Venom - "Gods of Goats" tracklisting:

661. Machetazo - "Black Metal"
662. Sturmgewehr666 - "In League with Satan"
663. Hangman - "Raise the Dead"
664. Empheris - "Lady Lust"
665. Cremaster - "Acid Queen"
666. Aquer - "Countess Bathory"
667. Bastard - "Mystique"
668. Hekseri - "Don't Burn The Witch"
669. Chaosphere - "Leave Me In Hell"
670. Frostmoon Eclipse - "1000 Days In Sodom"
671. Arminius - "The Evil One"
672. Mord'A'Stigmata - "Resurrection"
673. Turin Turambar - "Black Fucking Medley"
674. Spinal Cord - "Live Like A Angel (Die Like A Devil)"
615. Cerembrum - "Countess Bathory"
616. Lux Ferre - "Black Metal"

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Venom Announce Scandinavian Tour Dates

British black metal pioneers VENOM have confirmed a "Scandinavian 7 Dates Tour" beginning late May.

Commented VENOM frontman Conrad "Cronos" Lant: "Even though we headlined the festivals last year, because of the time of year it was still broad daylight, so to play some indoor venues in the pitch black will be a much more venomous environment, we can't wait."

"Scandinavian 7 Dates Tour" dates:

May 23 - Copenhagen, Denmark @ Pumpehuset
May 24 - Stockholm, Sweden @ Klubben
May 26 - Oulu, Finland @ Teatria
May 27 - Helsinki, Finland @ Nosturi
May 29 - Oslo, Norway @ Betong
May 30 - Goteborg, Sweden @ Karen
May 31 - Malmo, Sweden @ KB

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Venom's "Resurrection" To Be Re-Released

Sanctuary Records will re-release VENOM's 2000 album, "Resurrection", later in the year. The CD, which was originally issued in 2000 on the Steamhammer label, was the first VENOM album to feature Antony "Antton" Lant (brother of VENOM frontman Conrad "Cronos" Lant) on the drums. An exact release date has not yet been announced.

In other news, VENOM frontman Cronos has revealed his plans for the group's next album. "VENOM will be even darker and heavier for the next release," he said. "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."

Talks are already underway to discuss VENOM's live appearances for 2007. The band's management and its booking agency are keen to book VENOM to play some of the other territories the group has still yet to destroy.

"Playing in Sweden [last] year was incredible," said Cronos. "It just seems mad that it took VENOM so long to get there. Now we want to look at all the other places where we've never been, like Spain for example." Cronos is also developing new ideas with the German pyro company who featured at a couple of their festival shows this year, and they promise some great surprises for this year's live shows.

VENOM last September cancelled its appearance at the Thrash Domination Fest 2006 in Kanagawa, Japan after "Cronos was "taken ill" and was ordered by his doctor to rest.

VENOM's latest CD, "Metal Black", was released in North America in April 2006 via Sanctuary Records. The CD was mixed at the Townhouse Studios in London and contains 14 new songs.

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Cronos Anthology Due Next Month

A two-CD anthology of the CRONOS back-catalog recordings, featuring members of VENOM, is being set for release by Sanctuary Records next month. Entitled "Hell to the Unknown", the CRONOS anthology will feature tracks from the three original CRONOS album releases, ("Dancing in the Fire", "Rock 'n' Roll Disease" and "Venom") plus never-before-heard rehearsal recordings of the band from America in 1989. The band played songs from the VENOM album "Calm before the Storm" as part of their live set.

"I wanted CRONOS to include these recordings on the anthology," said VENOM / ex-CRONOS guitarist Mykvs (a.k.a. Mike Hickey). "Even though this is a rehearsal that was recorded with only a couple of microphones, I think people should hear these songs played with real energy, I felt the album got a raw deal from the press, but I think people will judge the songs differently when they hear them played live and with a proper kick up the ass."

VENOM earlier in the month cancelled its appearance at this year's Thrash Domination Fest 2006 (September 16-17) in Kanagawa, Japan after frontman Conrad "Cronos" Lant was "taken ill" and was ordered by his doctor to rest.

VENOM recently completed a short North American tour, dubbed the "American 10 Commandments Tour", in support of its latest CD, "Metal Black". The album was released in North America on April 4 via Sanctuary. The CD was mixed at the Townhouse Studios in London and contains 14 new songs.

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Kings Of Death and Speed Metal On 'Horror" DVD

The third volume of the "Horror Pain Gore Death" DVD collection of horror music videos (horror films mixed with metal music) from established and obscure death, thrash and '80s metal bands will be released on September 26. The complete track listing for the set is as follows:

CANCER - Blood Bath
EXODUS - A Lesson In Violence
SLAYER - Criminally Insane
MENTORS - Peepin' Tom
MORTA SKULD - Consuming Existence
SODOM - Outbreak Of Evil
NECKTIE - Hostages
BLÜDWÜLF - The Horror
SLAUGHTER - Fuck Of Death
TOXIC HOLOCAUST - Thrashing Death
SEXCREMENT - Menstrual Money Shot
SAVAGE GRACE - Into The Fire
SUFFOCATION - Infecting The Crypts
KREATOR - Pleasure To Kill
SEPULTURA - R.I.P. (Rest In Pain)
VENOM - Don't Burn The Witch

For more information, click here.

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Venom Announce New Jersey Tour Date

UK black metal legends VENOM have announced a live date in New Jersey on their upcoming American 10 Commandments Tour. According to a posting at their website, "The band were last seen in the States in 1997 with a one off appearance at the Metalfest in Milwaukee, Venom promised they'd return with a Tour and have been eager to get back Stateside ever since, although line-up
changes and internal problems made it impossible. Now working closely with Sanctuary Group and The Agency, every effort has been made to get Venom back to America."

Confirmed Venom live dates with New Orleans’ extreme metallers, GOATWHORE opening are as follows:

August
24 - Tempe, AZ at Marquee Theatre
25 - West Hollywood, CA at House Of Blues (with DEVILDRIVER, HIGH ON FIRE)
27 - San Francisco, CA at The Fillmore (with Devildriver and High On Fire)
30 - Denver, CO at Bluebird Theater

September
2 - Cleveland, OH at Agora
3 - Chicago, IL at House Of Blues
5 - New York, NY at Irving Plaza
6 - Springfield, VA at Jaxx
7 - Sayreville, New Jersey at Starland Ballroom
8 - Philadelphia, PA at The Trocadero

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Devildriver and Goatwhore On Venom Tour

GOATWHORE have been added to the rescheduled VENOM tour, as well as DEVILDRIVER and HIGH ON FIRE on select dates. The updated tour is as follows:

August 24 - Tempe, AZ @ Marquee Theatre
August 25 - West Hollywood, CA @ House Of Blues*
August 27 - San Francisco, CA @ The Fillmore*
August 30 - Denver, CO @ Bluebird Theater
September 1 - St. Louis, MO @ TBA
September 2 - Cleveland, OH @ Agora
September 3 - Chicago, IL @ House Of Blues
September 5 - New York, NY @ Irving Plaza
September 6 - Springfield, VA @ Jaxx
September 8 - Philadelphia, PA @ The Trocadero

(* = With High On Fire and Devildriver)

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Goatwhore Support Venom On U.S. Tour

GOATWHORE, the New Orleans-based band featuring vocalist L. Ben Falgoust II (SOILENT GREEN) and guitarist Sammy Duet (ACID BATH, CROWBAR), has been confirmed as the support act for VENOM on select U.S. tour dates.

Upcoming GOATWHORE shows:

Aug. 24 - Tempe, AZ @ Marquee Theatre (w/ VENOM)
Aug. 25 - West Hollywood, CA @ House Of Blues (w/ VENOM, DEVILDRIVER, HIGH ON FIRE)
Aug. 27 - San Francisco, CA @ The Fillmore (w/ VENOM, DEVILDRIVER, HIGH ON FIRE)
Aug. 30 - Denver, CO @ Bluebird Theater (w/ VENOM)
Sep. 01 - St. Louis, MO @ TBA (w/ VENOM)
Sep. 02 - Cleveland, OH @ Agora (w/ VENOM)
Sep. 03 - Chicago, IL @ House Of Blues (w/ VENOM)
Sep. 05 - New York, NY @ Irving Plaza (w/ VENOM)
Sep. 06 - Springfield, VA @ Jaxx (w/ VENOM)
Sep. 08 - Philadelphia, PA @ The Trocadero (w/ VENOM) More...

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Devildriver Drops Off Venom Tour

After having their original tour (which was supposed to kick off this Sunday) cancelled, VENOM have rescheduled their North American tour. Initial rescheduled dates, which will no longer feature DEVILDRIVER, are as follows:

September 5 - New York, NY @ Irving Plaza
September 6 - Springfield, VA @ Jaxx
September 8 - Philadelphia, PA @ The Trocadero

More rescheduled dates, as well as DEVILDRIVER's replacement, are expected to be announced shortly.

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Venom Cancel North American Tour

VENOM's previously announced North American tour, which was scheduled to start on August 13 in New York City, has been cancelled, apparently due to "immigration problems" (as announced by frontman Dez Fafara of the support act DEVILDRIVER). The British black metal pioneers are believed to be trying to reschedule the dates for early September, although this has not yet been officially confirmed.

VENOM's new album, "Metal Black", was released in North America on April 4 via Sanctuary Records. The CD was mixed at the Townhouse Studios in London and contains 14 new songs.

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