Venom (8)

Also known as Nomev, Venom '96
Members of Venom (8): Al Barnes, Anthony Bray, Antony Lant, Conrad Lant, Danny Needham, Dave Young (2), James Clare, Jeffrey Dunn, Mike Hickey, Steve White (8), Tony Dolan
This performer (group) in the Internet: http://www.venomslegions.com, http://www.myspace.com/venomlegions

Discography of Venom (8):

# Release title Total tracks Type of release is Imprint date Label
1 From Hell To The Unknown 22 Audio 1985 Raw Power
2 Black Metal 14 Audio 1985 Combat
3 Black Metal 14 Audio 1982 Neat Records
4 Scandinavian Assault 6 Audio 1986 Sonom
5 Welcome To Hell 11 Audio 1981 Bernett Records
6 Black Metal 10 Audio 1982 Bernett Records
7 At War With Satan 7 Audio 1984 Bernett Records
8 Possessed 13 Audio 1985 Bernett Records
9 Welcome To Hell / Black Metal 23 Audio 1986 Roadrunner Records
10 From Hell To The Unknown 22 Audio 1985 Raw Power
11 Prime Evil 11 Audio 1989 Under One Flag
12 ... Tear Your Soul Apart 6 Audio 1990 Under One Flag
13 Beauty & The Beast 11 Audio 2000 Dressed To Kill
14 In Memorium 1981 - 1994 18 Audio 1998 Deadline Music
15 From Heaven To The Unknown 35 Audio 1997
16 Cast In Stone 24 Audio 1998 Deadline Music
17 At War With Satan 7 Audio 1985 Roadrunner Records
18 The Best Of Venom - In Memorium 18 Audio 1993 Music Club
19 Eine Kleine Nachtmusik 18 Audio 1986 Neat Records
20 Welcome To Hell 11 Audio 1981 Neat Records
21 The Second Coming 23 Audio 1997 Warhead
22 At War With Satan 16 Audio 2002 Castle Music
23 Nightmare 2 Audio 1985-10-06 Neat Records
24 Black Metal 12 Audio 2002 Earmark
25 In League With Satan 2 Audio 1981 Neat Records
26 Nightmare 2 Audio 1985-10-06 Neat Records
27 Manitou 2 Audio 1984 Neat Records
28 Antechrist 2 Audio 2006 Castle Music
29 Witching Hour - The Best Of Venom 20 Audio 2003 Delta Music (UK)
30 Prime Evil 11 Audio 1990 Kraze
31 Kissing The Beast 12 Audio 1993 Disky
32 Skeletons In The Closet 16 Audio 1993
33 Resurrection 14 Audio 2000 Steamhammer
34 Black Metal 10 Audio 1992 Castle Classics
35 The 7th Date Of Hell - Live At Hammersmith 1984 11 Audio 1985 Polygram
36 At War With Satan 7 Audio 1992 Castle Classics
37 Welcome To Hell 23 Audio 2002-03-11 Castle Music
38 Eine Kleine Nachtmusik 20 Audio 1986 Neat Records
39 In League With Satan 42 Audio 2003 Metal-is Records
40 French Assault 6 Audio 1985 New Records (2)
41 Welcome To Hell 11 Audio 1992 Castle Communications
42 At War With Satan 7 Audio 2003 Earmark
43 Welcome To Hell 11 Audio 2003 Earmark
44 Metalpunk 11 Audio 1995-02-08 Soundwings
45 Possessed 13 Audio 2002 Earmark
46 Prime Evil 10 Audio 1989 Under One Flag
47 At War With Satan 7 Audio 1984 Roadrunner Records
48 The Singles 80-86 12 Audio 1986 Castle Classics
49 Venom / Bathory 12 Audio
50 Live : Official Bootleg 11 Audio 1986 American Phonograph


One of the most important bands to ever spawn from the metal underground, Venom helped the creation of extreme metal. Formed in Newcastle, England in the '70s as Oberon, the band became a reality thanks to singer/bassist Conrad Lant, guitarist Jeff Dunn, and drummer Tony Bray. Soon renamed to Venom, the members decided to opt for Satanic imagery and appear in interviews, magazines and booklets as Cronos, Mantas and Abaddon respectively.

Originally a mixture of Motörhead, Black Sabbath and Kiss, the band's fresh Satanic Hardcore/Metal debut, "Welcome to Hell" (1981) was though by many as the first real 100% Thrash album. Its successor, 1982's "Black Metal", while not as successful as Metallica's "Kill 'Em All" allowed the band to gain more fame, along with naming a whole generation of new bands. "At War With Satan", the band's finest hour, quickly followed as a response to the group's unexpected success with 1985's "Possessed", which unfortunately was the last album (of this early era) to feature Mantas.

More line-up changes happened, as Cronos soon left to follow a career as a solo artist and Abaddon was forced to re-recruit Mantas (largely missed by the fans) along with fellow British Atomkraft's Tony Dolan (who used the moniker 'Demolition Man' in Venom) and Al Banes. More albums followed by they were largely ignored as Metallica, Anthrax and Megadeth's approach to Thrash received greater appreciation and as bands like Mayhem started appearing.

In 1996 the band reformed as the original line-up with Cronos back in the fold. A self-titled EP was released, followed by other semi-successful albums and the re-release of all of the bands' older classics.


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