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Encyclopedia > Venom (band)
Venom
Origin Newcastle upon Tyne, England
Genre(s) Black metal[1]
Thrash metal
Speed metal
(see below)
Years active 1979–present
Label(s) Neat
Website www.venomslegions.com
Members
Antton
Cronos
Rage
Former members
See: Former members section

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Considered a seminal influence for thrash and black metal[2] and coming to prominence towards the end of the 'New Wave of British Heavy Metal', Venom have found little mainstream success or critical acclaim, but are widely regarded as highly influential, particularly for their first two albums, Welcome to Hell (1981) and Black Metal (1982). Thrash metal is a subgenre of heavy metal music, one of the extreme metal subgenres that is characterised by high speed riffing and aggression. ... This article is about the musical genre. ... The New Wave of British Heavy Metal (frequently abbreviated as NWOBHM or N.W.O.B.H.M.) emerged in the late 1970s and reached mainstream attention in the late 1970s, in the United Kingdom, as a reaction in part to the decline of early heavy metal bands such as... Welcome to Hell is the 1981 debut album by the British Heavy/Black Metal band Venom. ... Black Metal is the second album by Venom, and the origin of the term black metal. It was released in 1982. ...


The title of Venom's second album would become influential and definitive enough to describe an entire subgenre called black metal, a category under which the band is most commonly referred. The nature of Venom's high-pitch guitars, harsh vocals, use of pseudonyms, and unrelenting emphasis on Satanic lyrics and imagery is considered the template for the subgenre's later successes, and arguably for the broader extreme metal movement in general.[3] This article is about the musical genre. ... A pseudonym or allonym is a name (sometimes legally adopted, sometimes purely fictitious) used by an individual as an alternative to their birth name. ... Extreme metal is an umbrella term, somewhat loosely defined, for a variety of heavy metal subgenres developed since the 1980s. ...

Contents

Band history

Early years

Venom's original personnel came from three different bands: Guillotine, Oberon and DwarfStar. The original Guillotine featured Jeffrey Dunn and Dave Rutherford on guitars, Dean Hewitt on bass guitar, Dave Blackman on vocals and Chris Mercaters on drums. Blackman and Mercater were replaced by drummer Anthony Bray and vocalist Clive Archer of 'Oberon' and soon after, Dean Hewitt was replaced by Alan Winston on bass. Around the summer of 1979, Conrad Lant from the bands DwarfStar and Album Graecum replaced Rutherford on guitar. Oberon can refer to the following bands: Oberon is a Producer/Percussionist based in Ventura, California, and one third of the electronic band Intergon, formed in 2004. ... Conrad Thomas Lant (aka Cronos), born in London, UK, in 1963, is a musician who is the vocalist and bass player of the influential thrash metal/speed metal band Venom, from 1979 to 1987 and from 1995 to this day. ...


Prime influences of the band are Black Sabbath, Judas Priest, Motörhead[4] and Kiss.[5] Other bands cited by Venom as an inspiration are The Who, Deep Purple, Sex Pistols, Van Halen, The Tubes and Rolling Stones.[5] This article is about the British heavy metal band. ... For other uses, see Judas priest (curse). ... This article is about the band. ... Kiss is an American rock band formed in New York City in January 1973. ... The Who are an English rock band that formed in 1964. ... This article is about the rock band. ... Sex Pistols are an iconic and highly influential English punk rock band, formed in London in 1975. ... This article is about the band Van Halen. ... The Tubes are a San Francisco-based theatre rock band, popular in the late 1970s and early 1980s, known for their live performances that combined lewd quasi-pornography with wild satires of media, consumerism and politics. ... This article is about the rock band. ...


A few days before a show at a local church hall, Venom's bassist Alan Winston left the band. To fill in, Conrad Lant borrowed a bass guitar from Steve Thompson (later to become Venom's first producer) at the studio he worked at (Impulse Studios/Neat Studios). Playing the show with the borrowed bass plugged into his Marshall guitar amp and effects pedals, he created an unnerving racket and the 'Bulldozer Bass' was born.[citation needed]


Venom's lyrics often featured Satanic references, and the band members took on new stage names. Archer became 'Jesus Christ', Lant became 'Mr Cronos', Bray became 'Tony Abaddon', and Dunn became 'Jeff Mantas'. Satanism is a religious or philosophical movement centered around Satan or another entity identified with Satan, or centered around the forces of nature, particularly human nature, represented by Satan as an archetype. ... For the Okkervil River album, see The Stage Names. ... Wikipedia does not yet have an article with this exact name. ...


In April 1980, the band recorded a three song demo, featuring "Angel Dust", "Raise the Dead", and "Red Light Fever". Soon afterward, six more demo tracks were recorded for just £50, with Cronos taking vocal duties on the song "Live Like an Angel". Archer soon left the band, and Venom's line-up was finally a trio.


Welcome to Hell

Venom's recording debut was the 1981 single "In League with Satan"/"Live Like an Angel" which was released by Neat Records. Later that year they released their full-length debut, Welcome To Hell. Neat Records was the main label instrumental in the revival of heavy metal in the early 80s in the UK. The movement was known as the New Wave Of British Heavy Metal or NWOBHM for short. ... Welcome to Hell is the 1981 debut album by the British Heavy/Black Metal band Venom. ...


Though crudely recorded with sometimes dubious musicianship, Welcome To Hell was still a remarkable tour de force for the era. Venom's music was faster and harsher than most heavy metal contemporaries and while Satanism and other dark topics had been featured in metal before, the subject had rarely been more prominent. Cronos was quoted as saying that this celebration of evil subjects was inspired by musicians like Ozzy Osbourne of Black Sabbath, who would 'sing about evil things and dark figures, then spoil it all by going "Oh No, No Please God help me!"'[6] Ozzy redirects here. ... For other uses, see Black Sabbath (disambiguation). ...


Black Metal

Their second album, Black Metal (1982) is cited as perhaps the most important influence in the development of black metal, thrash metal, death metal and other related styles that are often grouped under the extreme metal umbrella.[7] Many defining elements of these genres are first found in the lyrics and song titles created by Cronos and his unique singing style as well as the guitar work and solos performed by Mantas. Black Metal is the second album by Venom, and the origin of the term black metal. It was released in 1982. ... This article is about the musical genre. ... Thrash metal is a subgenre of heavy metal music, one of the extreme metal subgenres that is characterised by high speed riffing and aggression. ... This article is about the musical genre. ... Extreme metal is an umbrella term, somewhat loosely defined, for a variety of heavy metal subgenres developed since the 1980s. ...


Critic Ed Rivadavia described Black Metal as the product of 'a trio of visionary village idiots grappling with forces beyond their control (i.e., creative developments so groundbreaking they themselves had little control over its final destination, nor the technical ability to match their vision).'[8] Despite its shortcomings, the album is nonetheless hugely influential. Narrowly, a visionary is one who experiences a supernatural vision or apparition. ...


At War with Satan

Though they would later be cited as important, neither of Venom’s first two albums sold well upon their original release. And while many of their British metal peers had found measures of popular success or critical acclaim (or, like Def Leppard, were moving away from metal towards hard rock), Venom were still widely regarded by critics as “a trio of buffoons,” according to critic Ed Rivadavia[9] Def Leppard are an English hard rock band from Sheffield who formed in 1977 as part of the New Wave of British Heavy Metal movement. ... Hard Rock redirects here. ... The term Buffoon is used to define someone who provides amusement through inappropriate appearance and/or behavior. ...


In an attempt to prove their status as serious musicians, Venom recorded At War with Satan in 1983. The epic 20-minute title track, with substantial progressive rock influences, took up the first side of the LP. Critic Rivadavia[9] suggests that the title track was “bloated” and “ill-advised”, but that the B-side of the LP was superior, with a focus on the rapid-fire, three-minute “scorchers” Venom did best. At War with Satan is the third album by Venom. ... For the Swedish political music movement, see progg. ...


Later work

Guitarist Mantas left the band after recording Possessed (1985). The follow-up, Calm Before The Storm (1987) moved away from Satanic themes in favor of TolkienesqueSword and Sorcery” material. [10] J. R. R. Tolkien in 1916, wearing his British Army uniform in a photograph from the middle years of WW1. ... This article is about a fantasy sub-genre. ...


In late 2005, Venom released a career defining 4-disc box set MMV, which includes an exclusive mini-poster of the band's seven-date tour of Europe with Metallica and a 60 page picture book, with interviews and pictures. The set includes all their best-known songs, along with rarities like live tracks, demos and outtakes. MMV may refer to: Maximum majority voting, a voting method that selects a single winner using votes that express preferences Medal of Military Valour 2005, in Roman numerals This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists pages that might otherwise share the same title. ... Metallica is a Grammy Award-winning American heavy metal/thrash metal band formed in 1981[1] and has become one of the most commercially successful musical acts of recent decades. ...


In March 2006, Venom released their latest album, Metal Black, featuring original frontman Cronos along with his brother Antton on drums, and guitarist Mike Hickey aka Mykvs. The album is a return to Venom's sound in Black Metal, as signified by the name "Metal Black".


As of early 2007, guitarist Mykvs has left the band due to an inability to completely focus on Venom during tours. A new guitarist by the name of Rage has been named as his replacement.


Venom announced the title and release date of their new album on February 14, 2008. The album is entitled "HELL" and will be released in May of 2008.


Genre

As Venom were one of the first incarnations of extreme metal, influencing many thrash metal, black metal, death metal and other extreme metal bands,[11] their exact genre has been a topic of debate. Venom has been labeled various genres by members of the press. Most prominent genres are black metal,[12] New Wave of British Heavy Metal,[13] speed metal,[14] thrash metal[15] and extreme metal.[16] Thrash metal is a subgenre of heavy metal music, one of the extreme metal subgenres that is characterised by high speed riffing and aggression. ... This article is about the musical genre. ... This article is about the musical genre. ...


Influence

Critic Ed Rivadavia writes that Welcome To Hell influenced "literally thousands" of bands.[17] Venom's music helped shape the development of many thrash metal bands, specifically the 'big four' of thrash: Anthrax, Metallica, Slayer and Megadeth (Metallica opened for Venom on an early 1980s tour[18] and Slayer played with them on the Combat Tour in 1985). Venom would also be of extreme importance to the black metal and even the early death metal scene, with numerous bands copying styles, themes and imagery from the band. Thrash metal is a subgenre of heavy metal music, one of the extreme metal subgenres that is characterised by high speed riffing and aggression. ... Metallica is a Grammy Award-winning American heavy metal/thrash metal band formed in 1981[1] and has become one of the most commercially successful musical acts of recent decades. ... For other uses, see Slayer (disambiguation). ... Megadeth is an American thrash metal band led by founder, frontman, guitarist, and songwriter Dave Mustaine. ... This article is about the musical genre. ... This article is about the musical genre. ...


Rivadavia argues that, somewhat like punk rockers The Ramones, Venom’s mediocre instrumental skills were actually their "secret weapon", inspiring countless metal fan teenagers to imitate the band. [19] The Ramones (L-R, Johnny, Tommy, Joey, Dee Dee) on the cover of their debut self-titled album (1976), cementing their place at the dawn of the punk movement. ...


Venom often used Satanic and other 'evil' themes in their lyrics, but critic Bradley Torreano declared that the band had "their tongues planted firmly in their cheeks", with a sense of humor and irony that was sometimes lost on their fans and other musicians. Torreano adds that Venom "[caught] the attention of both metalheads and punks, the band was emulated by the former and turned into camp icons by the latter."[20] Look up Tongue-in-cheek in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... The term camp—normally used as an adjective, even though earliest recorded uses employed it mainly as a verb—refers to the deliberate and sophisticated use of kitsch, mawkish or corny themes and styles in art, clothing or conversation. ...


When asked about the criminal actions or violent behaviour of some later black metal bands (notably, there were a string of arsons and a few murders in the Norwegian black metal community in the 1990s), Venom's members reportedly expressed disapproval, stating the point of Venom is to make controversial music, and "How can you make albums and tour if you are in jail?".[citation needed] The Skyline Parkway Motel in Afton, Virginia after an arson fire on July 9, 2004. ... This article is about the musical genre. ...


Criticism

While many fans and musicians see Venom as an important band, their music has nonetheless been the subject of debate and criticism. Critic Ed Rivadavia writes that though Welcome To Hell influenced "literally thousands" of bands, Venom were "critically reviled" and comprised of "incompetent musicians."[21] However, critic James Christopher Monger declares that Venom 'grew as musicians' as their career progressed.[22] Ethnographer Keith Kahn-Harris argues that Venom's limited technical skills, particularly early in their career, were a profound, though inadvertent factor in Venom's influence: being unable to mimic more technically proficient metal of their predecessors or peers, Venom instead opted to focus on sheer speed, creating a music that was inspired by earlier metal, yet simultaneously blazed new trails. Ethnography ( ethnos = people and graphein = writing) is the genre of writing that presents varying degrees of qualitative and quantitative descriptions of human social phenomena, based on fieldwork. ...


Venom were apparently well aware of how their musical skills were questioned, especially by other bands. During a concert at the Hammersmith Odeon in 1984, Guitarist Mantas was doing a between song rant when he remarked rather loudly: "A lot of bands are out there tonight, waiting for Venom to make a mistake. Well, we are the fucking mistake!" [23]


In his Black Flag tour diary, singer Henry Rollins wrote about a 1986 performance when Black Flag opened for Venom. He opines that Venom were hilarious, with mediocre playing and a stage performance focused on appearances rather than music; Rollins asserted that the musicians used portable fans to keep their hair flowing while on stage. Rollins wrote, "It was like seeing Spinal Tap ... I expected them to go into 'Sex Farm' at any second."[24] Rollins writes that he and some tourmates drew magic marker pentagrams on their hands to flash at Venom and offer “Hail Satan” salutes. For their final number, Venom asked the audience to chant what Rollins thought was “Black Funky Metal”, which briefly made Rollins suspect that he had overlooked Venom's sense of humor, until he realized Venom was actually saying “Black Fucking Metal.” Venom reportedly laughed off Rollins’ comments saying "Henry didn't have the balls to speak to us back then, he hid backstage, but now he mouths off behind our backs. His band were useless and that's why he writes books now. He even got the date of the show wrong. Go write some more books and we'll keep making music."[citation needed] Black Flag was a hardcore punk band formed in 1976 in southern California, largely as the brainchild of Greg Ginn: the guitarist, primary songwriter and sole continuous member through multiple personnel changes. ... == c programming[[a--203. ... Henry Rollins (born February 13, 1961 as Henry Lawrence Garfield) is an American singer and songwriter, spoken word artist, author, and actor. ... For other uses, see Spinal Tap (disambiguation). ... A pentagram A pentagram (sometimes known as a pentalpha or pentangle or, more formally, as a star pentagon) is the shape of a five-pointed star drawn with five straight strokes. ...


On the DVD extra material of the documentary Metal: A Headbanger's Journey, bassist/singer Lemmy of Motörhead jokingly opines that Venom "fake it" on their instruments, implying that they are not skilled musicians, though later amending the statement somewhat by stating that Venom were "alright". When interviewer Sam Dunn tells Lemmy that he himself was "blown away" by Venom back when he was twelve, Lemmy responds "Anything will blow you away when you're twelve. A day at the beach will blow you away when you are twelve." Cronos has always spoken highly of other musicians such as Lemmy, Ozzy Osbourne, Rob Halford and a host of other British bands, in one interview he said, "'head have always had a great response in Newcastle, Geordies really relate to them, Lemmy is a smart bloke and a wicked axeman, true rock n' rollers".[citation needed] Lemmy (born Ian Fraser Kilmister on December 24, 1945, also known as Ian Willis, Lemmy Kilmister, and Lemmy von Motörhead), is an English singer and bass guitarist, most famous for being the founding member of the heavy metal band Motörhead. ... This article is about the band. ... Sam Dunn is an Canadian Anthropologist most famous for his documentary, Metal: A Headbangers Journey. ... Ozzy redirects here. ... Robert John Arthur Halford (born August 25, 1951) is an English singer and songwriter, best known as the lead vocalist for the heavy metal band Judas Priest. ...


Members

  • Conrad "Cronos" Lant - bass guitar and vocals (1979–1987, 1995–present)
  • Rage - guitar (2007–present)
  • Antony "Antton" Lant - drums (2000–present)

Conrad Thomas Lant (aka Cronos), born in London, UK, in 1963, is a musician who is the vocalist and bass player of the influential thrash metal/speed metal band Venom, from 1979 to 1987 and from 1995 to this day. ...

Former members

Guitar

  • Jeffrey "Mantas" Dunn - guitar (1979–1985, 1989–2002)
  • Mike "Mykvs" Hickey - guitar (1987-1988, 2005–2007)
  • James Clare - guitar (1987-1988)
  • Alastair "Big Al" Barnes - guitar (1989–1991)
  • Steve "War Maniac" White - guitar (1992)

Jeff Mantas Dunn is a British guitarist best known as one of the founding members of the thrash/speed metal band Venom. ...

Drums

  • Anthony "Abaddon" Bray - drums (1979–1999)

Vocals

  • Clive "Jesus Christ" Archer - vocals (1979-1980)
  • Tony "Demolition Man" Dolan - vocals, bass guitar (1989–1992)

Discography

Studio albums and EPs

Welcome to Hell is the 1981 debut album by the British Heavy/Black Metal band Venom. ... Black Metal is the second album by Venom, and the origin of the term black metal. It was released in 1982. ... At War with Satan is the third album by Venom. ... Possessed is the fourth album by Venom Track Listing Powerdrive Flytrap Satanachist Were Gonna Burn This Place To The Ground Harmony Dies Possessed Hellchild Moonshine Suffer Not The Children Voyeur Mistique Too Loud (For The Croud) Personnel Cronos - Vocals, Bass Guitar Mantas - Guitar Abaddon - Drums Categories: | | ... Calm Before The Storm is the fifth album by Venom and the first after the departure of Jeff Mantas Dunn. ... Temples of Ice is the eighth studio album by English thrash metal band, Venom. ... Metal Black is an album by black metal pioneers Venom. ...

Live albums

  • Eine Kleine Nachtmusik (1986)

Compilation albums

  • The Singles 1980-1986 (1986)
  • The Book of Armageddon (Best of) (1992)
  • Skeletons In The Closet (1993)
  • Kissing the Beast (1993)
  • In League with Satan (2002)
  • MMV (Box set) (2005)

MMV may refer to: Maximum majority voting, a voting method that selects a single winner using votes that express preferences Medal of Military Valour 2005, in Roman numerals This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists pages that might otherwise share the same title. ...

References

  1. ^ All Music Guide - Metal Black
  2. ^ Venom history (allmusic.com)
  3. ^ Kahn-Harris, Keith, Extreme Metal: Music and Culture on the Edge, Oxford: Berg, 2007, ISBN 1845203992
  4. ^ Mantas interview (www.fortunecity.com)
  5. ^ a b Cronos and Abbadon Interview (www.fortunecity.com)
  6. ^ MMV, reviewed by James Christopher Monger for Allmusic.com
  7. ^ Khan-Harris, 2007
  8. ^ [1] Allmusic.com review of Black Metal, by Ed Rivadavia
  9. ^ a b At War With Satan, reviewed by Ed Rivadavia for Allmusic.com
  10. ^ Calm Before the Storm, reviewed by Steve Huey for Allmusic.com
  11. ^ Allmusic.com Welcome to Hell review
  12. ^ Black metal according to (1) Rockdetector.com Venom page, (2) Allmusic.com Venom page, (3) Metal-Observer.com Black Metal review, (4) Metal-Archives.com Venom page
  13. ^ NWoBHM according to (1) Allmusic.com Venom page, (2) Metal-Archives.com Venom page
  14. ^ Speed metal according to Metal-Archives.com Venom page
  15. ^ Thrash metal according to (1) Kahn-Harris, Keith, Extreme Metal: Music and Culture on the Edge, Oxford: Berg, 2007, ISBN 184520399, (2) Popmatters.com Yyrkoon - Unhealthy Opera review
  16. ^ Extreme metal according to Kahn-Harris, Keith, Extreme Metal: Music and Culture on the Edge, Oxford: Berg, 2007, ISBN 1845203992
  17. ^ [2] Welcome To Hell, Allmusic.com review by Ed Rivadavia
  18. ^ MMV, reviewed by James Christopher Monger for Allmusic.com
  19. ^ Possessed, reviewed by Ed Rivadavia for Allmusic.com
  20. ^ In League With Satan reviewed by Bradley Torreano for Allmusic.com
  21. ^ [3] Welcome To Hell, Allmusic.com review by Ed Rivadavia
  22. ^ Darkest Hour, reviewed by James Christopher Monger for Allmusic.com
  23. ^ Taken from audio track of: "The 7th date of Hell: Live at the Hammersmith Odeon" copyright 1984 Neat Records and Music (D.W.E. Ltd.)
  24. ^ Rollins, Henry Get In The Van: On The Road With Black Flag, 2.13.61 Publications, 1994

Conrad Thomas Lant (aka Cronos), born in London, UK, in 1963, is a musician who is the vocalist and bass player of the influential thrash metal/speed metal band Venom, from 1979 to 1987 and from 1995 to this day. ... Jeff Mantas Dunn is a British guitarist best known as one of the founding members of the thrash/speed metal band Venom. ... A studio album is a collection of studio-recorded tracks by a recording artist. ... Welcome to Hell is the 1981 debut album by the British Heavy/Black Metal band Venom. ... Black Metal is the second album by Venom, and the origin of the term black metal. It was released in 1982. ... At War with Satan is the third album by Venom. ... Possessed is the fourth album by Venom Track Listing Powerdrive Flytrap Satanachist Were Gonna Burn This Place To The Ground Harmony Dies Possessed Hellchild Moonshine Suffer Not The Children Voyeur Mistique Too Loud (For The Croud) Personnel Cronos - Vocals, Bass Guitar Mantas - Guitar Abaddon - Drums Categories: | | ... Calm Before The Storm is the fifth album by Venom and the first after the departure of Jeff Mantas Dunn. ... Temples of Ice is the eighth studio album by English thrash metal band, Venom. ... Metal Black is an album by black metal pioneers Venom. ... // Extended play (EP) is the name typically given to vinyl records or CDs which contain more than one single but are too short to qualify as albums. ... A live album – commonly contrasted with a studio album – is a recording consisting of material (usually music) recorded during stage performances. ... A compilation album is an album (music or spoken-word) featuring tracks from one or multiple recording artists, often culled from a variety of sources (such as studio albums, live albums, singles, demos and outtakes. ...

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