Venom Inc.

Friday 10 - 20:05 to 21:00

Formed as Venom in 1979 in Newcastle upon Tyne, England and coming to prominence towards the end of the new wave of British heavy metal, Venom’s first two albums – ‘Welcome To Hell’ (1981) and ‘Black Metal’ (1982) – are considered a major influence on thrash metal and extreme metal in general. Venom’s second album proved influential enough that its title was used as the name of an extreme metal sub-genre: black metal. During the 80's, Venom were THE extreme band, releasing more classic albums such as ‘At War With Satan’, ‘Possessed’ and countless classics, live albums, such as the ‘Assault’ live album series and the legendary ‘Eine Kleine Nachtmusik’ double lp and the 'The Seventh Date of Hell: Live At Hammersmith Odeon' video which helped launch Metallica, who were the support band for Venom’s tour. Following Cronos' departure from the band, Tony Dolan ("The Demolition Man") from Atomkraft, stepped in filling Cronos' big, red boots, most admirably. And recording four releases with Venom: ‘Prime Evil’ (1989), ‘Tear Your Soul Apart’ (1990), ‘Temples Of Ice’ (1991), ‘The Waste Lands’ (1992). Regardless of your take on black metal forefathers Venom they are the undisputed originators of extreme metal as we know it. Almost 40 years after their inception, the revitalized 1989-1992 line-up of guitarist Jeff "Mantas" Dunn, vocalist/bassist Tony "Demolition Man" Dolan and drummer Anthony "Abaddon" Bray have returned with a monster of an album, ‘Avé’, out now on Nuclear Blast Records. Venom Inc. frontman Tony "Demolition Man" Dolan says: ‘Today is the day... the wait is over... this is your album! Our thanks goes out to you because YOU made this happen! We are so excited and happy it's finally here! Embrace, enjoy and come get it live! AVE! Never forget it's METAL WE BLEED!"