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Early Days:

The British black metal band formed in the late '70s as Guillotine. After reducing their numbers from a quintet to a trio, they rechristened themselves Venom, made up of vocalist/bassist Conrad "Cronos" Lant, guitarist Jeff "Mantas" Dunn and drummer Tony "Abaddon" Bray. Their debut album Welcome To Hell was released in 1981.

Groundbreaking Album:

In 1982 Venom's second album Black Metal was released. It received critical acclaim and is still thought of as one of the greatest metal albums ever recorded and named a genre. Their next two albums were also very successful.

Lineup Changes:

A series of lineup changes slowed the band's momentum. In 1985 Mantas left, followed by vocalist Cronos in 1987. The next few albums had several different lineups and weren't as well received as Venom's earlier work.

Reunion:

In 1996 Cronos rejoined the band after Mantas had returned in 1989. Their 2000 album, appropriately titled Resurrection, received very positive response.

Current Band Members:

Conrad "Cronos" Lant - Vocals, bass (Cradle Of Filth, Cronos, Dwarfstar, Probot)
Mykus - Guitar
Antton Lant - Drums

Former Band Members:

Dave Blackman - Vocals (1978-1979)
Dave Rutherford - Guitar (1978-1979)
Dean Hewitt - Bass (1978-1979)
Chris McPeters - Drums (1978-1979)
Clive Archer - Vocals (1979-1980)
Alan Winston - Bass (1979-1980)
Tony "Abaddon" Bray - Drums (1979-1998)
Tony Dolan - Vocals, bass (1989-1996)
Steve "War Maniac" White - Guitar (1991-1992)
V.X.S. - Keyboards (1991-1992)
Al Barnes - Guitar (1989-1991)
Mike Hickey - Guitar (1987)
Jim Clare - Guitar (1987)
Jeff "Mantas" Dunn - Guitar (1978-2004)

Venom Discography:

1981 Welcome To Hell (Neat)
1982 Black Metal (Neat)
1984 At War With Satan (Neat)
1985 Possessed (Neat)
1986 Nightmare EP (Neat)
1986 Eine Kleine Nachtmusik (live) (Neat)
1986 The Singles 80-86 (Castle)
1987 Calm Before The Storm (Filmtrax)

1989 Prime Evil (Under One Flag)
1990 Tear Your Soul Apart EP (Under One Flag)
1991 Temples Of Ice (Under One Flag)
1992 The Waste Lands (Under One Flag)
1993 Skeletons In The Closet (Castle)
1993 Kissing The Beast (Castle)
1994 Old, New, Borrowed And Blue (Bleeding Hearts)
1996 Black Reign (Receiver)
1997 Cast In Stone (Steamhammer)
2000 Resurrection (Steamhammer)
2005 MMV (box set) (Sanctuary)
2006 Metal Black (Sanctuary)

Essential Venom Album:

Black Metal
The band's second album was so groundbreaking an entire subgenre of metal was named after it. Even today it sounds extreme, so imagine its effect when it was released back in 1982. This is an essential album not just for Venom or black metal fans, but for fans of all extreme metal.

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