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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.

Conrad Lant, Jeff Dunn, and Tony Bray - three strapping longhairs from Newcastle, England - envisioned a different future for metal, one that did away with all songwriting convention, broke all known speed records, and scared the bejesus out of people. And they accomplished just this in 1981 with the debut album from Venom, Welcome to Hell.

“Venom was unlike anything at the time,” says Lant, known to the Venom legions as the bass-playing warlord Cronos. “People credit us with starting a movement and all, but the truth is I think it was inevitable. Punk had died. Metal was lame. There could only be one new way to do this — for metal bands to get some fucking balls again.”

Source: GuitarWorld

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1. americanpatriot1 writes:

Not a Venom fan, but their importance is undeniable.

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2. GoreGrinder writes:

f*** yea! Venom was keeping Metal raw when other bands were about to get really lame and silly. It was needed for someone to step up and carry the torch for fans who wanted extreme metal...and not songs about cherry pie and other bullsh**!
Np - Venom - "Rip Ride" loud as f***!!!

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3. Jenny writes:

Yeah, I'm guilty of liking some of that 80's butt rock and what not, but make no mistake, Venom is the sh!t !!!! "Welcome To Hell" is an amazing album. The first song I heard off of it was "Live Like An Angel (Die Like A Devil)"--and let me tell you, NO ONE can ever take the feeling I got away from me. \m/

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4. Kali writes:

Venom are the forfather's of black metal. Hail!

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5. Cynic writes:

Hail Indeed! But what's with all the Rush bashing? 2112 was awesome...

"I'm in league with Satan
I was raised in hell!"

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6. jimmy j writes:

What more can you say Jenny said it all. venom is da sh**.

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7. Diamond Oz writes:

Venom are the forefathers of every sub-genre of metal in my opinion. Like them or not, there was no other band like them before hand and they created something completely new with metal. In my opinion they're the most important band in metal since Motorhead and I will go so far as to say they're more important than Iron Maiden. Venom ruled before I was born and they still do today.

By the way has anyone got round to hearing the latest album yet?

Now playing: Venom - Countess Bathory

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