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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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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:

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

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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Blind Guardian Confirmed For Earthshaker Fest

BLIND GUARDIAN, GOREFEST, MENDEED and JUSTICE have been confirmed for the 2006 edition of the Earthshaker Fest, set to take place July 21-22 in Kreuth. The festival billing is shaping up as follows (in alphabetical order):


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Queensryche, Poison, Lacuna Coil Chart In Top 30

QUEENSRŸCHE's "Operation: Mindcrime II" has sold 44,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at No. 14 on next week's The Billboard 200 chart. This is more than half of the total sales tally registered by the band's last studio album, 2003's "Tribe", which sold 20,000 copies in the first week and has shifted less than 75,000 units so far, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Meanwhile, the band's 1999 effort, "Q2K", opened with sales of 28,000 and has sold 150,000 copies to date.

QUEENSRŸCHE's top-selling album by far is 1990's "Empire", which was certified triple-platinum in October 1994 for sales in excess of three million copies in the United States. The original "Operation: Mindcrime" release (1988) attained platinum status in August 1991, while 1994's "Promised Land" reached the same plateau in December 1994.

In other chart news, LACUNA COIL's "Karmacode" shifted just under 34,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at No. 28 on next week's The Billboard 200 chart. The band's 2002 album "Comalies" has sold more than 230,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan. A representative for the group's record label, Century Media, recently told Billboard magazine that the album has sold 500,000 units worldwide.

LACUNA COIL will be on the cover of at least a half-dozen metal magazines this spring. In addition, an April appearance on "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" and a segment of "The Mix" on ABC News are slated, according to Billboard.

Another notable debut on this week's chart is POISON's 18-track collection, "The Best of Poison: 20 Years of Rock", which commemorates POISON's 20th anniversary and the band's career tally of more than 25 million albums and DVDs sold around the world. The album, which packs the group's biggest hits and fan favorites, opens with nearly 40,000 copies to debut at No. 17 on next week's chart.

POISON's "Greatest Hits 1986-1996" collection, which was originally released in November 1996, was officially certified double-platinum in November 2005 by the RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America) for shipments in excess of two million copies in the United States.

The following are notable heavy metal/hard rock U.S. sales debuts for the week ending April 9, 2006, as reported by Nielsen SoundScan (all figures are rounded to the nearest thousand, except numbers under 2,000, which are rounded to the nearest hundred; The Billboard 200 chart position included, where applicable):

QUEENSRŸCHE – "Operation: Mindcrime II": 44,000 (#14)
POISON – "The Best of Poison: 20 Years of Rock": 40,000 (#17)
LACUNA COIL – "Karmacode": 34,000 (#28)
DEAD TO FALL - "The Phoenix Throne": 4,000
PANTERA – "3 Vulgar Videos From Hell" DVD: 1,700
BLACKMORE'S NIGHT – "The Village Lanterne": 1,500
CALIBAN – "Undying Darkness": 1,700
EVERGREY - "Monday Morning Apocalypse": 1,400
KATATONIA - "The Great Cold Distance": 1,100
VENOM – Metal Black": 1,100
ONE MAN ARMY AND THE UNDEAD QUARTET – "21st Century Killing Machine": 100
TERROR 2000 - "Terror For Sale": 100

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Venom Post New Album Available For Streaming

VENOM's entire new album, "Metal Black", is available for streaming at MP3.com. Due in North America on April 4 via Sanctuary Records, the CD was mixed at the Townhouse Studios in London and contains 14 new songs, including "Antechrist", the demo for which can be heard at this location.

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Sodom Frontman Slams Celtic Frost, Venom

SODOM frontman Thomas "Tom Angelripper" Such has slammed CELTIC FROST and VENOM for their comeback attempts, claiming that neither band is worthy of the attention being given to them by the metal media and fans alike. In a brand-new interview with the German webzine Terrorverlag (web site), Angelripper had the following to say when asked about both bands' upcoming albums and touring plans (translated from German):


"I don't know what to think about that. The last few albums they released as CELTIC FROST were crap. OK, I'm sure that they are making a great [new] album, but I can't really trust them, coming back after all these years. . . Now they're getting a huge push, playing as headliners at the Wacken Open Air and Rock Hard Open Air festivals. We in SODOM have been playing and working our asses off non-stop for 25 years and we've never been invited to play the Rock Hard Festival! That really sucks! Maybe we should take a break for 15 years and then come back in wheelchairs. I'm sure then we would get a chance to play at some of those festivals!"


"I've heard some of the new songs and they do not come close to 'Welcome to Hell', 'Possessed', 'Black Metal' or 'At War with Satan' in any way. Their time is over! The entire thing seems to me to be about making some quick money."

You can read the entire interview (in German) here.

SODOM's new self-titled album is scheduled for release in Germany on April 21, in Europe April 24 and in the USA May 9 via SPV Records.

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Devildriver To Support Venom On US Tour

DEVILDRIVER frontman Dez Fafara (ex-COAL CHAMBER) has told MTV.com that the band will hit the road late spring for seven U.S. shows in support of VENOM.

"I'm doing it just to get the shirt," he joked.

While Fafara said his summer's still wide open — he believes DEVILDRIVER will tour in July and August as part of a big U.S. festival, but confirmed that the quintet "won't be doing Ozzfest and we won't be doing Sounds of the Underground." He added that there will be another headlining run kicking off in mid-September, with dates scheduled into early December. No accompanying bands have been confirmed for the trek yet, but Dez promises another brutal bill.

Before the year's out, Fafara hopes to have at least enough new songs written for DEVILDRIVER's third album, which he said they could start recording by this time next year. He said they've written four songs while they've been on the road and they're "heavy and brutal with lots of hooks, but definitely more technical — there's going to be a lot more riffage, because we want to kick it up for this next album."

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Necrodeath Finish New CD, Announce New Guitarist

Long-running Italian black/thrash metallers NECRODEATH have announced the addition of rhythm guitarist Pier Gonella (LABYRINTH) to the group's ranks. Gonella joins the band as the replacement for Claudio, who recently left NECRODEATH for personal reasons.

NECRODEATH have finished recording their sixth studio album, "100% Hate", and will fly to Sweden in the near future for the final mastering. The follow-up to 2003's "Ton(e)s of Hate" was recorded at Outer Sound studios in Rome and features a guest appearance by VENOM frontman Conrad "Cronos" Lant.

Cronos had the following to say following his recording session: "I've liked NECRODEATH since their first album - great intensity and enthusiasm, as well as heavy as fuck. It was a pleasure to record my voice for one of their new songs. Their new album promises to be a monster-sized slice of intense metal. Can't fuckin' wait. Hell yeah!!!"

Due on April 17 via Scarlet Records, "100% Hell" is described in a press release as "the most diverse NECRODEATH album to date, containing 10 furious tracks spanning from the fast thrashing assault of the mid-eighties to the groove-oriented sonic holocaust displayed with the latest efforts."

NECRODEATH's current lineup is completed by vocalist Flegias (CADAVERIA), guitarist Andy (ANDRASTA), bassist John (CADAVERIA, DYNABYTE, RAZA DE ODIO) and drummer Peso (RAZA DE ODIO).

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Venom Sets Release Date For "Metal Black"

Venom, often cited as a "forefather and inventor of black metal," has set the release date for their latest effort "Metal Black" for April 4th, 2006 on Sanctuary Records. The album sees original founding band member Cronos, together with longstanding members Antton and Mykvs, creating a new masterpiece of metal. With 14 brand new tracks, "Metal Black" is said to harken back to their earlier style on this upcoming release.

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Venom Album Release Update

Venom's new album, "Metal Black", will feature the all original line-up of Cronos, Antton, and Mykvs. "Metal Black" is scheduled to be released in April.

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More Bands Confirmed For Tuska Open Air

VENOM, CELTIC FROST and OPETH are among the confirmed bands for the ninth annual Tuska Open Air Metal Festival, set to take place June 20 – July 2 at Kaisaniemi Park in Helsinki, Finland. A total of 32 bands will perform on three stages over the course of three days. In addition, a couple of dozen bands will be appearing at the infamous evening clubs during the three-day festival run. The festival billing is shaping up as follows: More...

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Last Week's New Metal Releases Sales Numbers

The following are notable heavy metal/hard rock U.S. sales debuts for the week ending November 15, 2005, as reported by Nielsen SoundScan (all figures are rounded to the nearest ten, except numbers between 1,000 and 2,000, which are rounded to the nearest hundred; and numbers above 2,000, which are rounded to the nearest thousand):

NONPOINT - "To the Pain": 9,000
HELLOWEEN - "Keeper of the Seven Keys - The Legacy": 1,700
ANNIHILATOR - "Schizo Deluxe": 340
UFO - "Showtime" CD: 560
UFO – "Showtime" DVD: 500
SEPULTURA - "Live In Sao Paulo" CD: 410
SEPULTURA - "Live In Sao Paulo" DVD: 350
VENOM - "MMV" (4-CD Box Set): 80

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Venom Working On New Album

British black-metal progenitors Venom are in the studio working on the follow-up to 2000's "Resurrection" and have posted the new track "Antechrist" on their Web site. The band — bassist and singer Cronos, guitarist Mykus and drummer Antton — recently struck a deal with Sanctuary Records to release the group's early back catalog.

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Fenriz presents the Best of Old School Black Metal

Fenriz presents the Best of Old School Black Metal... is the first in a series of compilation albums from the mighty FENRIZ of DARKTHRONE. Featuring 16 classic tracks from the likes of VENOM, BATHORY, CELTIC FROST, HELLHAMMER, MAYHEM, BURZUM, DESTRUCTION, AURA NOIR and much more. Running at over 70 minutes this album is a must for any metal fan!

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Venom to Realease New CD

Black metal legends Venom have finished repairs on their studio and are mixing songs for their new cd due out in early 2005. Venom will preview some of the tracks under the "music" section of their site.

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